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USF2000 Preview: Toronto

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The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda heads to the streets of Toronto for the final street race weekend of the season and the championship battle couldn’t be tighter.

Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammates Anthony Martin and Parker Thompson are tied for the championship points lead with 217 points each, and both drivers have increased motivation to do well.

For Thompson, this is his de facto home race, given that he’s from Red Deer, Alberta. Last year, he finished 11th and 12th in Toronto, so podium finishes are expected this time around.

As for Martin, victories have been the story for the Australian as he won both races at Road America as well as the sole oval race of the year at Lucas Oil Raceway. Last year, Martin finished third and fourth at Toronto, so he won’t need much to better those results.

The entry list boasts 23 cars, including four cars from CMw/WTR, two from ArmsUp Motorsports, two from Chastain Motorsports, two from John Cummiskey Racing, two from RJB Motorsports and two from JAY Motorsports.

Looking through past results at Toronto, it’s worth noting that the last two years have seen the championship winner win at least one of the races. In 2015 Nico Jamin won once at Toronto and in 2014 Florian Latorre was victorious in one race at Toronto. In 2013, Scott Hargrove did manage a runner-up finish in one race but couldn’t complete the championship winners’After his best finish of the season,  trifecta.

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Christopher DeHarde is a native of Luling, Louisiana and has contributed to Motorsport.com, Motorsports Tribune, The New Orleans Advocate and Race22.com. He’s a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Mass Communication and has been writing about motorsports since 2014. Primarily covering the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy, DeHarde has also covered the FIA World Endurance Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and NASCAR.

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