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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

Contact Adam: Email  

  

 

Continued global shipping issues have forced the cancellation of the 2022 Hankook 24H Sebring, originally scheduled for Nov. 18-20.

 

Last November, Sebring International Raceway hosted the Netherlands-based Creventic organization for only its fifth North American 24-hour race.  Despite a tremendous event won by Rutronik Racing in an Audi R8 GTS, both Creventic and its European-based teams experienced significant shipping delays with cars and equipment arriving after the original starting time of the race. 

 

That experience, and the fact that the many of the same shipping concerns continue, led to Creventic officials to make the difficult decision.  Given that shipping delays are temporary, Creventic and Sebring International Raceway officials will continue to work toward the return of the global series to Sebring, the birthplace of American endurance racing. 

 

Creventic is exploring options in Europe to replace the Sebring event.  The remainder of the 2022-23 Creventic schedule remains unchanged with Portimao, Portugal scheduled for July 8-10, Barcelona, Spain Sept. 9-11, Dubai Jan. 13-15 and Abu Dhabi Jan. 21-22.

 

Upcoming events scheduled for Sebring International Raceway include:

 

  • US Drift Circuit, August 27-28
  • SRO Fanatec GT World Challenge America, September 21-25
  • US Drift Circuit, October 15
  • World Racing League, October 28-30
  • Historic SportsCar Racing Pistons & Props, December 1-4
  • Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)/TransAm, February 23-26
  • World Endurance Championship (WEC) Testing, March 11-12
  • Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, March 16
  • 1000 Miles of Sebring (WEC), March 17
  • Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 18

 

For more information about Creventic and the Hankook 24H Series, visit www.24HSeries.com.  For information about Sebring International Raceway visit www.SebringRaceway.com.

 

 MAVTV Motorsports Network and FloSports announced today, that effective immediatelyall-new live MAVTV Plus programming will be available exclusively on FloRacing, FloSports’ dedicated motorsports platform. The MAVTV Plus app and website will no longer stream new or on-demand content as of today.

MAVTV and FloSports previously announced MAVTV Plus programming would be available on both the MAVTV Plus app and website, and FloRacing through July 27. However, to ensure maximum customer satisfaction, that transition has been moved up to today. Fans looking for new, live MAVTV Plus programming must now subscribe to FloRacing.

As part of the move to FloRacing, all MAVTV Plus subscriptions will be canceled, and starting today, all live streaming and Video On Demand (VOD) content can be seen through MAVTV on FloRacing. All MAVTV Plus monthly and yearly subscribers will be refunded a portion of the subscription amount. An email will be sent to each subscriber with information regarding the refunds.

Important Information For Current MAVTV Plus Subscribers

  • No MAVTV Plus subscriptions will be transferred to FloRacing
  • All MAVTV Plus subscriptions will be canceled on July 27 and a portion of the subscription will be refunded - subscribers may cancel at any time
  • Current MAVTV Plus subscribers can access replays and past content until Tuesday, July 27
  • As of today, a FloRacing subscription is required to continue watching live MAVTV Plus programming

All live programming that previously aired on the MAVTV Plus app, including the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, finals of the Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, 500 Sprint Car Tour, and more, is now available with a single subscription to FloRacing.

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MAVTV Motorsports Network programming has not changed and will still be available through cable television and select digital outlets with FloSports becoming MAVTV Plus' dedicated direct-to-consumer platform.

Fans can subscribe via FloRacing gaining access to over 2,000 races annually.  The subscription also unlocks premium FloRacing content including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes access with drivers, news, analysis as well as archived races and event highlights. Watch the races across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The uniqueness of Lime Rock Park, combined with the incredibly close competition among the Grand Touring (GT) classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022, could provide a rare but not unanticipated result in Saturday’s FCP Euro Northeast Grand Prix: an overall winner coming from the GT Daytona (GTD) class.
 
The GTD PRO class introduced this year runs with the same homologated GT3-spec cars that GTD uses. The primary difference is that most GTD PRO teams boast strong manufacturer support and put Pro level drivers (rated Platinum or Gold by annual FIA standards) at the wheel, while GTD teams are typically manufacturer customers and must run at least one Silver- or Bronze-rated driver.
 
Still, the competition among teams and drivers has been intense, with followers awaiting the time that a GTD car would take the “overall” GT win. It did happen – officially – in June at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, but under unusual circumstances.
 
The No. 25 BMW M Team RLL BMW M4 GT3 – from the GTD PRO class – crossed the finish line first among the GT classes, followed by the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the GTD class, but those cars were among nine moved to the rear of their respective classes for drivers failing to meet the revised minimum drive time standard set for the race shortened by a lightning delay.
 
That elevated the No. 27 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 from GTD to the top spot among all GT entries, with GTD cars making it a 1-2-3 sweep. Roman De Angelis, co-driver of that No. 27 Aston Martin with Maxime Martin, thinks it could happen again at Lime Rock under more traditional racing conditions. Especially since this race features only the GT cars.
 
“It was done before a bit by fluke,” De Angelis said of the GTD win at Watkins Glen, “but it’s possible (this weekend) with all the GTs together and no prototype or traffic intervention. It could be really interesting.”
 
Lime Rock is a fast, short, tight circuit. Overtaking can be difficult in evenly matched cars, so drivers will need to attempt bold passes when the opportunities arise. Timing of pit stops and being on the fortuitous end of when a yellow flag waves will be key.
 
“A lot of these tight tracks where it’s difficult to pass, there’s a lot of fuel saving and a lot of undercut, overcut,” De Angelis said in reference to making a pit stop before (undercut) or after (overcut) the leader to gain track position. “A lot of things that go into it can make a bigger difference sometimes than on-track battles. I think it will be an interesting one to watch from a strategy aspect as well.”
 
Regardless what happens, the Silver-rated De Angelis enjoys going wheel to wheel with the Golds and Platinums of the GTD PRO class, knowing he and Martin can compete on equal footing – and maybe come away with bragging rights.
 
“That’s probably the greatest thing about them making the cars equal,” he said, “it’s the ability for everybody to have a chance.”
 
A pair of WeatherTech Championship practice sessions take place Friday at Lime Rock ahead of qualifying at 5:40 p.m. ET that afternoon (livestream on IMSA.com/TVLive). The two-hour, 40-minute race is available live at 3 p.m. Saturday on Peacock and IMSA Radio. The USA Network telecast starts at 5 p.m. Saturday.
 The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will expand in Season 9 and the debut of the Gen3 race car to include more E-Prix races in more world cities with more race teams on the Formula E grid than ever before.
 
The Season 9 provisional calendar was published today by Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) following ratification by the FIA World Motor Sport Council and with the support of local ASNs (National Automobile Clubs) for each city.
 
The planned schedule for next season currently features 18 races between January and July 2023 on street circuits in 13 world cities, beating the previous record of 16 races in 10 different cities this season.
 
Deafening cheers from the Foro Sol grandstand will greet the new Gen3 race car, the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built, when it debuts at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico City on 14 January for Round 1 of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
 
Two major motorsport fanbases will welcome E-Prix for the first time. Round 4 of the championship will be held in Hyderabad, India, on 11 February, while fans in Brazil will see the São Paulo E-Prix on 25 March for Round 7.
 
Berlin remains the only city to host an E-Prix in all nine seasons of the championship, while Seoul and Jakarta will see Formula E return following inaugural races this season. The record-breaking TV audience and sold-out grandstands in Jakarta means the city will now host an expanded double-header of races next season.
 
Diriyah in Saudi Arabia will host the popular double-header of night races on 27 and 28 January. Monaco, Rome and London complete the schedule of named races.
 
Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer, Formula E said:
 
“The Season 9 calendar of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is our most expansive and dynamic racing schedule yet and I cannot wait to get started. We will continue to push the international boundaries of all-electric street racing with E-Prix in Hyderabad and São Paulo, while maintaining the hugely-popular races in Diriyah, Mexico City, Berlin, Monaco, Rome and London with Jakarta and Seoul now established on the calendar. We are also working hard to include Cape Town and a race in the USA when the provisional calendar is updated later this year.”
 
As well as the arrival of the much-anticipated Gen3 race car - the world’s first net zero carbon race car in the world’s first net zero carbon sport – the Formula E grid will be formed from 12 teams and 24 drivers.
 
From next season the only place to see new arrivals McLaren Racing, Maserati and ABT go head-to-head with historic motorsport names including Porsche, Jaguar and Nissan is on the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship grid.
 
Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer, Formula E said:
 
“From Round 1 in Mexico City to the climax of Season 9 in London, the stage is set for the most successful Formula E season yet. Engineers and sustainability experts at the FIA and Formula E have worked together to build the Gen3, a race car that proves how high performance and sustainablity can powerfully co-exist without compromise. We welcome Maserati back to motorsport for the first time in decades alongside McLaren Racing and the incredible roster of teams and manufacturers that makes Formula E unique. We expect Season 9 to continue our momentum of growing the global fanbase for the sport.”
 
 
Season 9 Provisional Calendar:
 
Event
Round
Location
Date
1
1
Mexico, Mexico City
14 January 2023
2
2 & 3
Saudi Arabia, Diriyah
27 & 28 January 2023
3
4
India, Hyderabad
11 February 2023
4
5
TBD
25 February 2023
5
6
TBD
11 March 2023
6
7
Brazil, São Paulo
25 March 2023
7
8
Germany, Berlin
22 April 2023
8
9
Monaco, Monaco
6 May 2023
9
10 & 11
South Korea, Seoul
20 & 21 May 2023
10
12 & 13
Indonesia, Jakarta
3 & 4 June 2023
11
14
TBD
24 June 2023
12
15 & 16
Italy, Rome
15 & 16 July 2023
13
17 & 18
United Kingdom, London
29 & 30 July 2023
 
 

Candy Digital, the next generation digital collectible company, in partnership with Hall of Fame Digital, today announced the upcoming launch of the first-ever digital collectibles featuring Richard Petty. Coinciding with the celebration of Petty’s upcoming 85th birthday, the Track Titans: Richard Petty Collection will showcase iconic imagery of the seven-time NASCAR racing champion across a range of limited-edition digital collectibles, some of which grant owners access to physical Richard Petty memorabilia items and in-person experiences, including a tour of the Richard Petty Museum by none other than The King himself.

 

“One of the greatest parts of my racing career is being able to find ways to interact with race fans, new and old,” said Richard Petty. “These digital collectibles that we worked on with the team at Candy Digital highlight important moments in my career and I am excited to the reaction from race fans when they see what we created.”

 

“Richard Petty is known as ‘The King’ for good reason: he’s one of the best to have ever raced. We’re humbled and thrilled that this living legend has entrusted us to create digital collectibles commemorating his storied career,” said Candy Digital’s CEO, Scott Lawin. “Racing fans have a deep reverence for the history of their sport and those who paved the way for the current generation of drivers, and we’re excited to give fans a new way to deepen their connection to one of the all-time greats.”

 

The Richard Petty Collection will feature multiple products beginning on Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, through Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

 

  • The King | Petty Blue Bust

A 1-of-1 digital collectible bust of Richard Petty sporting his signature hat and sunglasses, as well as an exclusive curated video showcasing key moments over the course of his career.

 

The winner of this digital collectible auction will also be granted one-of-a-kind experiences that will bring them face-to-face with The King himself, including a Richard Petty-guided tour of his museum; a drive with Richard Petty through his hometown; and a race day with Richard Petty at a to-be-determined track.

 

The auction will begin on July 19th, 2022 at 12pm ET and close on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 at 7pm ET.

 

  • The King | Asphalt Bust

A limited edition of 85 digital busts of Richard Petty in his signature hat and sunglasses accompanied by a 1/64th scale 1992 Richard Petty Appreciation Tour Diecast.

 

They will be available for $200 each, as long as supplies last, from July 19th, 2022 at 12pm ET until on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 at 7pm ET.

 

 

  • Richard Petty Collection Digital Cinemagraphs

Three (3) different limited-edition Richard Petty digital cinemagraphs featuring never-before-seen imagery from Richard Petty’s career. 200 of each edition will be available for $43 each. These three editions are:

  • Richard Petty | Rising Son
  • Richard Petty | Birth of a King
  • Richard Petty | A Legacy is Born

 

Each limited edition will be available for seven (7) days, with the first, second and third editions becoming available on Tuesday, July 26, Tuesday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 9, respectively, beginning at 12:00 PM ET. Any fan who collects all three cinemagraphs will be eligible to receive an additional free, fourth cinemagraph, delivered to their Candy account via airdrop. Details of what this cinemagraph will feature will be revealed at a later date.

 

The Richard Petty Collection will be minted on the Palm blockchain, an environmentally friendly Ethereum-compatible side-chain with a nearly 0% carbon footprint, and will trade on the Candy Racing secondary marketplace.

 

Candy Digital and Hall of Fame Digital will continue to work together to bring additional racing legends to life through digital collectibles in the future.

 

Additional information and updates can be found at www.candy.com/racing.

 

 Zynga Inc., a wholly-owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO) and a global leader in interactive entertainment, today announced that its subsidiary NaturalMotion will host American Road Trip 2 in CSR Racing 2 (CSR2), its hyper-real drag racing game. In the expanded new installment of the popular American Road Trip series, players will join a coast-to-coast U.S. tour celebrating American car culture and the spirit of racing between late June and October 2022. After being awarded a free RAM 1500 TRX truck for their collection, players will race across the country in-game from California to New York, unlocking new cars for their collection as they go.

 

The American Road Trip series is CSR2’s tribute to America’s rich automotive history, taking players through historic cities like Philadelphia, Detroit and Los Angeles as they compete in multiple races across 14 different events like the Indianapolis Trinity Cup or Phoenix Legendary Gold Cup. American Road Trip 2 adds four new stops as players race toward New York, including the famed Nevada Route 160 highway, Albuquerque, Wakita and Nashville.  

 

The new installment also adds over ten new vehicles for players to collect and race including the RAM 1500 TRX, the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400, the Czinger 21C, the 2022 Hennessey Venom F5, the NASCAR Next Gen Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet ‘Sick Seconds 1.0’ Camaro SS created by Tom Bailey. Bailey is a 4-time winner of HOT ROD Drag Week and his Camaro earned the title of HOT ROD’s Fastest Street Car in America by running 6-second quarter mile passes five consecutive times. He is also the first person ever to have run a 5-second quarter mile pass during competition. 

 

“American Road Trip 2 will bring our players a thrilling summer racing road trip across the country with exciting new vehicles to drive – all without leaving home,” said Julian Widdows, Senior Vice President of Racing at NaturalMotion. “The new series willshowcase the fastest street car in America, Tom Bailey’s ‘69 Camaro SS, and we can’t wait to bring this new adventure to mobile racing fans.”

 

“It’s great that mobile gamers can now harness the raw power of my ‘Sick Seconds 1.0’ Camaro SS for the first time in CSR2,” said Tom Bailey. “I’m looking forward to seeing players blow by other competitors in the SS, taking advantage of its ability to push over 3,000 HP to its rear wheels. Never settle for second place!”

 

CSR2 is available to download for free on the App Store as well as on Google Play

A new, multiple-class, sprint-race series will make its debut in 2023 as International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today unveiled the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge, with entitlement sponsorship from longtime pillar IMSA partner VP Racing Fuels.
 
The series will feature currently homologated Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) and Grand Touring 4 (GT4) race cars in 45-minute sprint races with one driver per car. The new series class names will be LMP3 and GSX respectively. To be eligible to drive in either class, all drivers must have an FIA Driver Categorization of either Bronze or Silver. A five-event, 10-race schedule is planned for the series, which replaces the current IMSA Prototype Challenge series.
 
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will continue in its traditional endurance format, featuring the Grand Sport (GT4) and Touring Car (TCR) classes, competing across a 10-race schedule.
 
“We are grateful to our longstanding partners at VP Racing Fuels for expanding their relationship with us to bring a new and different brand of excitement for IMSA race fans,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “LMP3 and GT4 cars, drivers and teams have delivered fantastic competition over the years. Putting them together in a sprint format is a fresh and differentiated approach that we expect will be popular with fans and competitors alike.”
 
Each IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge event weekend will include a qualifying session in which the fastest timed lap will set the field for the first race. The second fastest qualifying lap by each car will determine the starting grid for the second race of the weekend. There will be no pit stops during the races, and all race cars will ride on Michelin tires.
 
The IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge further expands a robust partnership between IMSA and VP Racing Fuels. Since 2014, VP has supplied the Official Fuel of IMSA, and in 2020, the company added the distinction of Official Performance Coolant of IMSA with its “Stay Frosty” line of automotive coolants. Last year, the partnership expanded again, becoming the Official Performance Additive of IMSA with VP’s “Madditives” line of fuel treatments and octane boosters.
 
“VP Racing and IMSA have enjoyed a nearly decade-long partnership, bringing world-class racing to racers and fans around the globe,” said Bruce Hendel, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for VP Racing. “We are proud to enhance our relationship as the entitlement sponsor of the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge, an appropriate entitlement, signifying our continued commitment to IMSA.”
 
All 2023 IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge races will be streamed live in the United States on Peacock, with television coverage airing post-event on USA Network. Live race streaming for international audiences will be available on IMSA.com.
 
The schedule for the inaugural IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge season will be unveiled as part of IMSA’s annual State of the Sport presentation planned for Saturday, Aug. 5 at Road America. 

Racemaker Press has announced that “Boost! Roger Bailey’s Extraordinary Motor Racing Career” – the latest biography from author Gordon Kirby – is now available at Racemaker.com.

 
Perhaps nobody in the history of automobile racing enjoyed a career of wider reach and diversity than Roger Bailey. Over the course of 52 years, from 1959-2012, Bailey competed as a mechanic, engine builder, crew chief, sanctioning body technical inspector and, finally, co-founder and administrator of the Indy Lights series. 
 
“Boost!” details Bailey’s life and career, documenting the many skills that made him so successful. “Roger was such a great guy,” said Roger Penske, founder and chairman of Penske Corporation and decades-long owner of multiple race teams. “He worked with us in the SCCA Can-Am Series in 1967 and you could see that his passion for racing was as strong as anyone’s. He brought a lot of good ideas to us and was one of the hardest workers we ever had in our organization.
 
“You could see that when he took over running the Indy Lights series. He had a wide wing span of what he could do and people liked him as a person to be their leader. If you can lead people like Roger has done over the years you build real momentum and he was at the top of that list.” 
 
“In 'Boost!' I’ve tried to capture not only Roger Bailey’s talents but his ability to work with a variety of different personalities in this sport to achieve success and maintain lifetime relationships based on his tactful straightforwardness. He made it work, and it worked well,” said Kirby, who now counts eight books that he’s authored for Racemaker Press of the 17 of his career.
 
Bailey started his career in 1960 with the Jim Russell School in England. He then worked for the Cooper Car Company, winning the 1961 British Saloon Car Championship with Sir John Whitmore’s Mini-Cooper and the 1964 British Formula 3 Championship with Jackie Stewart’s Ken Tyrrell Cooper. He worked on Bruce McLaren’s F1 Cooper in 1965, then worked on Ford’s Le Mans program, building Ford GT mk 2s for the 1966 and ’67 Le Mans 24 Hours. After a season in the Can-Am with George Follmer’s Penske/Lola T70, Bailey spent two years at Ferrari preparing Chris Amon’s Formula 1, Tasman, sports cars and Can-Am cars. He was the first non-Italian to work for Ferrari’s race team.
 
In 1970 Bailey worked on George Eaton’s BRM Can-Am cars then spent five years with McLaren Engines in Detroit building turbo Offenhausers for Johnny Rutherford’s McLaren Indy cars, twice winning the Indy 500 with Rutherford. He moved on to run at McLaren turbo BMW 320i in IMSA for David Hobbs before spending four years with IMSA as the sanctioning body’s technical director. 
 
His career as a mechanic came to its culmination in 1986 when he co-founded the American Racing Series with Pat Patrick. In 1991, the ARS became the Indy Lights series with Bailey at the helm of the category through its heydays until his retirement in 2012.
                   
“Boost!” Is a large format, hard-backed book filling 210 pages with 120 photographs. The book retails for $60 plus shipping and is available from Racemaker Press at 39 Church St., Boston, MA 02116. The book may be ordered at Racemaker.com.
 
Defending Championship Off-Road Pro 2 champion Keegan Kincaid returned to action at his home track, Crandon International Raceway, for the 29th Annual Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run on Saturday and Sunday. When all was said and done, he continued to climb into the 2022 title chase thanks to a season-best fourth place result on Sunday in the #4 Lucas Oil/Cooper Tire/Vision Wheel Pro 2.
 
“I’m glad we were able to start getting our season back on track with some better results in Crandon,” said Kincaid. “We showed on Saturday that we’ve got the speed to get back on top of the box, we just need some racing luck to start going our way. Still, racing in front of the hometown fans is always a huge confidence boost, and we know it’ll just be a matter of time before we’re taking checkered flags once again this year!”
 
After a disappointing start to the year at Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway, Kincaid would enter the Brush Run as one of its defending Pro 2 race winners. He’d show the same pace on Saturday, holding point for much of the race after taking the holeshot on the land rush start, but would drop to ninth at race’s end. Redemption finally came on Sunday, when Kincaid managed to hang onto fourth, matching his Sunday finish in last year’s second Pro 2 race at the event.
Despite the early-season struggles, Kincaid remains well within the hunt for another championship with seven points races remaining. With an immensely competitive class of racers in the field, no one driver has been able to set himself apart, giving the Wisconsin native every opportunity to capitalize over the next few months of racing.
 
Keegan Kincaid’s 2022 season continues on July 15-16 at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota. Tickets to watch Keegan take on the rest of COR’s Pro 2 field are available right now, while live streaming will be carried as always by FloRacing, with TV airings on the CBS Sports Network later in the year.
 
Keegan Kincaid is supported by Lucas Oil, Vision Wheel, Cooper Tire, Battle Approved Motors, Champion Power Equipment, Langlade Ford, Roush Performance Products, Fox Shocks, Impact, Ehren PSP, and VP Racing Fuels. For more information and to stay in the loop, follow Keegan on Facebook and Instagram.
Myles Rowe scored a dominant win today for Pabst Racing in the first of three races that will comprise the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. A third victory of the season for the 22-year-old from New York, N.Y., moved him back atop the point standings in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship after an early incident restricted previous leader Michael d’Orlando (Cape Motorsports), from Hartsdale, N.Y., to a 14th-place finish.
 
Australian Lochie Hughes initially crossed the finish line in second place, although his impressive debut for Jay Howard Driver Development came to naught when his car failed post-race technical inspection. Rowe’s Pabst Racing teammate Jace Denmark, from Scottsdale, Ariz., thereby inherited the position ahead of Billy Frazer (Exclusive Autosport), from Auckland, New Zealand.
 
 
Rowe started the 20-lap race from the inside of the front row after claiming his second Cooper Tires Pole Award of the season during an intense qualifying session this morning which ended with the top 10 drivers separated by less than three tenths of a second.
 
Rowe immediately took off into the lead although he was placed under intense pressure during the first couple of laps by d’Orlando, who started on the outside of the front row. Rowe fought off several challenges before being given some respite when Hughes, who had overtaken Denmark on the opening lap, made an opportunistic pass on d’Orlando for second place at Turn Nine.
 
After a brief full-course caution following an incident farther down the field, the race was restarted with Rowe leading from Hughes and Denmark. D’Orlando and Frazer should have lined up fourth and fifth, but d’Orlando instead made for the pit lane to change a damaged wing, while Frazer fell to 12th place as the green flag waved.
 
Rowe immediately asserted his superiority as he pulled rapidly away from a tremendous battle for second place between Hughes, Denmark and 14-year-old Nikita Johnson (VRD Racing), from Gulfport, Fla. Johnson rose as high as third before ending his race due to contact after 14 laps.
 
Rowe by then was long gone, earning a fifth PFC Award of the year for winning team owner Augie Pabst as he took the checkered flag some 8.7031 seconds clear of Hughes, who remained just ahead of Denmark. The eventual one-two sweep for Pabst Racing enabled the Wisconsin-based team to extend its lead in the Team Championship to 33 points over Cape Motorsports.
 
Frazer provided one of the drives of the race as he fought his way back from 12th to third, followed by Jagger Jones (Cape Motorsports), from Scottsdale, Ariz., and fellow New Zealander Jacob Douglas (Exclusive Autosport), who recorded his best result of the season in fifth.
 
Danny Dyszelski, from Belmont, N.C., earned the Tilton Hard Charger Award after rising from 19th on the grid to 10th.
 
The second race in this triple-header weekend will start at 10:45 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 2, with the finale also tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.
 
Provisional championship points after 11 of 18 races:
1. Myles Rowe, 243
2. Michael d’Orlando, 225
3. Jace Denmark, 217
4. Billy Frazer, 206
5. Jagger Jones, 199
6. Bijoy Garg, 171
7. Thomas Nepveu, 162
8. Christian Weir, 138
8. Spike Kohlbecker, 130
10. Simon Sikes, 119
 
Myles Rowe (#22 Penske Entertainment-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “The race today was good. It was fairly simple; there was only one restart, which was good. I was afraid there was going to be another restart at the end after I had a huge lead but luckily I didn’t have to do that. The original start, it wasn't plain and simple. I had to defend several different corners over the first two laps from Michael d’Orlando but it went well. We banged some wheels a little bit but it was all clean racing. Michael and I go way back (to karting) so I’m pretty sure he enjoyed that, I hope, too. After that it was just about making consistent laps and making sure I could get to the end, and that’s what we did. Pabst Racing gave me a great car and my support system, Penske Entertainment, Sparco and Bell, I couldn’t do it without them so all credit to them for this one.”
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