Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 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. 

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Rising star Kyle Kirkwood continued his astonishing record at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this morning by dominating the second leg of the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio for Andretti Autosport. Kirkwood, from Jupiter, Fla., is now unbeaten in seven Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires races at the challenging 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.
 
Andretti Autosport teammate Danial Frost once again followed Kirkwood home in second, after starting from pole position, while David Malukas (HMD Motorsports), from Chicago, Ill., minimized the damage to his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship aspirations by finishing third. Malukas, who led the standings prior to the weekend, now trails Kirkwood by only 11 points with eight races remaining in the season.
 
 
After claiming his third Cooper Tires Pole Award of the year during qualifying on Saturday morning, Frost clung onto a tenuous lead for the opening lap but was unable to prevent Kirkwood from taking advantage of his AER engine’s 50-horsepower push-to-pass feature on the back straightaway next time around. Kirkwood used the slingshot effect to move ahead comfortably before the braking zone for Turn Four, and even though Frost would enjoy the same power boost, he was unable to get close enough to return the favor.
 
It was the same story following a brief full-course caution after Carlin’s Christian Bogle, from Covington, La., slid off the road in Turn One. Kirkwood again was able to keep his No. 28 car tantalizingly out of Frost’s reach before edging away to score another clear victory, his sixth of the season and a record-extending 27th of his extraordinary Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires career in just 42 starts.
 
Frost seemed secure in second until the closing stages, when Malukas began to close in. Having overtaken Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports stablemate Linus Lundqvist, from Stockholm, Sweden, shortly after the restart, Malukas put his head down to close within striking range of Frost as the 35-lap race neared its conclusion but was never quite close enough to mount a serious challenge.
 
Lundqvist finished a relatively lonely, and disappointed, fourth, well clear of an entertaining battle between Italian-Canadian Devlin DeFrancesco (Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport) and Toby Sowery (Juncos Racing). Englishman Sowery had earlier fought past Denmark’s Benjamin Pedersen (Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports) following a protracted struggle, and looked set to displace DeFrancesco with five laps remaining. But DeFrancesco, from Miami, Fla., fought back, with the pair running side-by-side from Turn Four to Turn Eight before DeFrancesco was able – just – to maintain the status quo. Sowery had to be content with sixth and another Tilton Hard Charger Award.
 
The double one-two finish for Andretti Autosport moved them to within 17 points of HMD Motorsports, 387-370, in the Team Championship contest.
 
The entire Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires development ladder now takes a summer hiatus before convening at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill., for the first-ever Indy Lights oval track double-header on August 20/21.
 
Provisional championship points after 12 of 20 races:
1. Kyle Kirkwood, 290
2. David Malukas, 279
3. Linus Lundqvist, 265
4. Danial Frost, 204
5. Toby Sowery, 201
6. Devlin DeFrancesco, 190
7. Robert Megennis, 183
8. Benjamin Pedersen, 179
9. Alex Peroni, 179
10. Sting Ray Robb, 140
 
Kyle Kirkwood (#28 Road to Indy/Cooper Tires/Construction Contractors’ Club-Andretti Autosport Dallara-AER IL-15): “Our plan at the start was to protect and stay one-two, not fight each other, which is what teammates should do since it makes it hard for third or fourth to make a move. Danial made a little mistake in the Keyhole and that allowed me to attack. With teammates, you never want to put yourself in a risky position but with push-to-pass, I knew I’d clear him into the brake zone and we’d pull away. If I would have had to dive in on him, I wouldn’t have taken that chance. We were able to then manage the gap and clear push-to-pass range. I’m so stoked with the performance from the entire team this weekend: to be one-two and to fend off the HMD guys, that was great. Hats off to the team; the cars are just unreal here.
 
“I’m from Florida, but I really consider Mid-Ohio to be my home track – I enjoy driving here. There’s something about the high-speed corners and high grip – as opposed to most tracks, lap times go up as it gets warmer, not down. This is the track I have the most laps on and I’ve done really well here. But that said, everyone is talking about this ‘streak’ but I still have the same mentality that I’ve always had – that these streaks can come to an end at any time. Trends aren’t everything, but it’s going good right now.”
 
Danial Frost (#68 DEN-JET Andretti Autosport Dallara-AER IL-15): “We got a good gap at the start but I made a small mistake going into Turn Two on the second lap. Kyle saw that and got a run using the push-to-pass to get by me. I tried to get him on the restart but he had the upper hand. At that point, I settled into second waiting to see what would happen, but it seemed as though the rear of the car went off a bit and I started struggling. I had to push to keep Malukas behind me. But things are going well now – we’re starting to understand the car a lot better and the feedback is going in the right direction. We’ve done a solid job and I’m quite proud of the team for making us quick these past two weekends.”
 
David Malukas (#79 HMD Trucking-HMD Motorsports Dallara-AER IL-15): “The start was okay. The run off wasn’t as good as yesterday but we were already in a straight line by Turn One. I stayed behind Linus in Turn Two which wasn’t the move, and that almost allowed DeFrancesco to get by. We know we have the straight-line speed, but the race was just so tough. It’s so hard to be behind someone here – if you get too close, you get huge understeer.”

Holiday weekends are a treasured tradition, and this weekend will see a new mark for race fans as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli makes its 50th visit to Road America.  America’s Road Racing series will stage two 100-minute sprint races as part of the NASCAR Cup event weekend at the fabled Wisconsin facility July 1-4.

Another event-record field of 63 cars will take to Road America with the TA2®  race up first on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. Central with the multi-class TA/XGT/SGT/GT going green first thing Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Central. (Download the Trans Am by Pirelli App for Weekend Updates) 

The Trans Am class will be one to watch as multiple Road America winners are entered among the class including Boris Said, Ernie Francis Jr., local driver Cliff Ebben and championship leader Chris Dyson.

Following two consecutive victories, Dyson leads the TA championship standings by 12 points over second-place Tomy Drissi (144-132) heading into Road America.

Drissi is looking for a bit of redemption this season on the iconic race track. During his last visit in 2020, Drissi, contending for the lead, spun in the final moments of the race, gifting the win to Dyson. (Video: 2020 Road Amrical Race From Drissi Onboard)

While Drissi is on a quest of redemption, Dyson is looking for a repeat result form his outing last week at Mid-Ohio, where he scored the Motul Pole and race victory in the No. 20 ALTWELL CBD Ford Mustang. Dyson has qualified on pole for two consecutive seasons at Road America, as well as claiming wins in multiple races in the IMSA American Le Mans Series and in the Pirelli World Challenge for Bentley in 2015.

“We’ve got great momentum going now,” said Dyson. “Road America is a special place for the Dyson family and I’ve personally had a lot success here.  I love the place and it's rightfully considered one of the greatest road racing tracks in the world. Our ALTWELL CBD Mustang is well suited to this circuit. I’m optimistic about the weekend.”

The CD Racing squad will have a guest driver Guy Smith in the teal and white No. 21 Thetford Corporation Ford Mustang. Smith, the 2003 Le Mans 24-Hour winner and 2011 IMSA American Le Mans Series champion, was a Dyson Racing regular for its prototype program, but this will be Smith’s Trans Am debut for the team.

 "I was already in the USA racing at Watkins Glen when Chris reached out, actually just a few hours away from the team's base in Poughkeepsie,” said Smith. “So it worked out well and I'm really excited about this weekend.  Rejoining Chris and the Dyson group is like a homecoming for me.  This has always been my American 'racing family.'  Chris has been telling me about the Trans Am cars for a few years, so I'm eager for this opportunity to race one with him.  The team has been doing a great job so far this year so the objective this weekend is to get both the cars on the podium and help the team in the championship."

Seven-time Trans Am champion Francis Jr. has suffered a heart-breaking season, fighting mechanical issues that have kept his speed from translating into results in the first half of the season. 

For the first time in his career, Francis Jr. comes into season at its mid-point without a win. But, this weekend might be different for Francis Jr.(No. 98 Future Star Racing Ford Mustang) as the young Floridian is the leading all-time Elkhart Lake winner, with five victories. Francis Jr. won in American Muscle in 2014-15 and in TA4 in 2016. Since turning his attention to the lead TA category, Francis won overall in 2017 and 2019.

Another threat to Dyson’s win streak, is Road Atlanta winner Boris Said. Returning to wheel Pancho Weaver’s No. 2 WeaverRacingTechnique/SRI Dodge Challenger, Said won at Road America in 1995, 2002 and in 2018 driving for Weaver in the Monster Dodge Challenger.

Then there’s Ebben, a three-time Trans Am Road America winner, scoring victories in 2009, 2011 and 2016 here on his home track. While making limited appearances in the series, the Appleton, Wisconsin driver scored a third-place podium finish last year behind Chris Dyson and Francis.

While Tony Ave is also a Road America Trans Am winner, he will not be competing this weekend as a driver, but his Ave Motorsports team will field NASCAR up-and-coming talents.

Matthew Butson, a Trans Am West Coast regular winning most recently in 2020 at Sonoma, will field the in the No. 24 Chevrolet Corvette for Ave Motorsports. Signing the deal just yesterday, Ave Motorsports will also host Cody Ware, son of former NASCAR team owner Rick Ware, in the No. 4 Ave Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. Ware won the Asian Le Mans 2019-2020 season, and has also competed across multiple motorsport disciplines like IndyCar, NASCAR Trucks, Xfinity and Cup races.

 Ave is no stranger to developing road racing talent. Natalie Decker frequently drives for Ave Motorsports in both the West Coast and National Series when Tony is not behind the wheel.

SGT continues to fuel deep competition for the production classes. With three pole-to-checkers victories in four races, Justin Oakes in the No. 11 Droneworks Chevrolet Corvette looks to pad his championship lead with another win at Road America, a new track to the Texas-based driver.

After falling to second last season in the XGT class at Road America, points leader Erich Joiner returns to Road America in the No. 10 Good Boy Bob Coffee Roasters Porsche 991 GT3 R in search for a win on the historic track.

The Trans Am will feature in two 100-mile, 25-lap contests at Road America: the TA2® Muscle Car Challenge on Saturday and the multi-class TA/XGT/SGT/GT race on Sunday.

The TA2® field will participate in a test and practice day on Thursday. Friday morning the TA/XGT/SGT/GT classes will hold testing and practice before TA2® qualifies at 1:00 p.m. Central.

Saturday kicks off with back-to-back qualifying sessions for TA/XGT/SGT/GT classes starting at 8:20 a.m. Central. TA2® will take the green at 4:45 p.m. Central for a 100-mile sprint.
 
The weekend ends on Sunday with the TA/XGT/SGT/GT race starting at 8:00 a.m. Central.

 

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Find the Trans Am by Pirelli App in the App Store for iPhone or on Google Play for Android.

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ABB, global technology leader and official title partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, is to further strengthen its long-standing commitment to the all-electric series by becoming the race titlepartner for the New York E-Prix on July 10 and 11.

ABB joined the series in January 2018 in a ground-breaking collaboration, which made it the first title partner of an FIA-sanctioned single-seater championship.

Staged in sight of Manhattan's majestic skyline, this year’s ABB New York City E-Prix will once again be a double-header event, with two races being held over July 10-11. The back-to-back races will mark ABB’s first title partnership of an individual E-Prix.

Located at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in the heart of the Red Hook neighbourhood, the event has become a staple on the championship calendar since 2017 and a firm favourite with teams, drivers and fans alike. In 2019, it famously closed out season five where Jean-Eric Vergne made history to become the first ever double ABB FIA Formula E champion.

Theodor Swedjemark, ABB’s Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, said:“The US is ABB’s largest market, where we have 20,000 employees across all 50 states. ABB has significantly expanded the company’s US footprint since 2010 by investing more than $14 billion in plant expansions, greenfield development, and acquisitions to accelerate the adoption of e-mobility and electrification. Our involvement in the ABB New York City E-Prix is more than a race, it is an opportunity to test and develop e technologies that will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, create well-paying American jobs, spur innovation, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E, said: “With Formula E and ABB having collaborated for almost 50 races, we’re delighted to be extending that relationship for one of the championship’s flagship events. North America is of key importance in the electric vehicle revolution and the ABB New York City E-Prix provides the perfect platform to showcase just how far our two companies have been able to push the boundaries of this technology and its infrastructure.”

To follow the latest news and information on Formula E visit - www.FIAFormulaE.com

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
IMSA Prototype Challenge: Watkins Glen Unofficial Results
 
 Racing is a team sport, the saying goes. MLT Motorsports proved it Friday in winning the IMSA Prototype Challenge race at Watkins Glen International.
 
Following a solid opening stint from driver Josh Sarchet that had the No. 54 Ligier JS P320 in second place, the MLT Motorsports crew completed a quick enough pit stop to put co-driver Dakota Dickerson into the lead. Dickerson held strong from there through changing conditions around the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course and pulled away to a comfortable victory in the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) development series.
 
The first win of the 2021 season for the No. 54 moved Sarchet and Dickerson to the brink of the lead in the season standings. They’re just 10 points behind Moritz Kranz, the pole sitter who finished second Friday in the No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports America Duqueine D08.
 
“This is the boost we needed,” Dickerson said. “We’ve had the opportunity to win a couple times this year so we knew it was coming. The boys had an awesome pit stop. Ultimately, that’s what got us in front of Moritz and got us the win.
 
“Fantastic race. It was tricky with the conditions but glad to be on the top step of the podium.”
 
Kranz led Sarchet throughout the first stint of the one-hour, 45-minute race. Light rain began falling on portions of the track soon after Dickerson took the wheel of the No. 54 with about an hour remaining. The Californian was able to keep Kranz in his mirrors on a pair of restarts, the final one in treacherous conditions with 26 minutes left, following a full-course caution necessitated when four cars slid off the back section of the course that took the brunt of heavier rain while the main straight remained mostly dry.
 
“It was tough,” Dickerson said. “Being the first one into most of those zones, it was really difficult. The nice thing about Watkins Glen is the sight picture changes a lot with the weather. The track changes color so you can see where it’s damp, where it’s dry. As the track progressed to dry, I think that’s what ultimately got us that big gap at the end.”
 
Dickerson crossed the finish 18.736 seconds ahead of Kranz. It was the third career Prototype Challenge win for Dickerson and first for Sarchet. The duo had finished second once and third twice in the opening three races this season.
 
“It feels great, couldn’t be better,” Sarchet said of his breakthrough to the top of the podium. “It was a fun first stint. No rain so it made it a little easier, and I was just hanging onto the back of Moritz. Once we got the call to (pit), I just rolled right up on his bumper, pulled in and got a clean stop, and then we got the lead on the pit stop.”
 
Dan Goldburg and Rasmus Lindh finished third in the No. 6 Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier, just ahead of Ari Balogh and Garett Grist, who recovered from a pair of pit-lane drive-through penalties to take fourth in the No. 33 Jr III Racing Ligier.
 
Kranz was the top finisher among Bronze-rated entries. Francesco Melandri and Anthony Lazzaro (No. 24 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier JS P3) won the LMP3-2 class for previous-generation Le Mans Prototype 3s and also claimed second place in Bronze Cup behind Kranz.
 
The IMSA Prototype Challenge takes an extended break before returning to action Oct. 8-10 at VIRginia International Raceway, in the fifth of six rounds this year.

NERD Focus™, a leading focus beverage aimed at assisting in energy production and concentration, is teaming up with up-and-coming NASCAR driver Natalie Decker ahead of the Henry 180 Xfinity race. Eagle River, WI native and newest NERD Focus™ sponsor, Decker will be back on her home turf as she races in the Henry 180 Xfinity Series Race on July 3rd at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The race will start at 2:30pm ET and fans can watch the non-stop action broadcasted live on NBC. Decker has been an avid NERD Focus™ consumer for several months, drinking the beverage to help assist with an energy and focus boost when she needs it most. Since she herself uses the brand, the sponsorship in this race felt very fitting for Decker.

“As a professional driver, energy and focus are crucial in getting you across the finish line as quickly as possible,” said Natalie Decker. “NERD™ approached me several months back about trying their brand, and I was instantly intrigued with the boost I felt and how refreshing the taste was. I’ve personally been enjoying the brand for several months and feel confident in having them be a part of my team through this sponsorship.”

NERD Focus™, the original “Think Drink”, will sponsor Decker in the Henry 180 Xfinity Series this holiday weekend. NERD Focus™ is formulated with nootropics, adaptogens and vitamins aimed to help consumers increase clarity and concentration, boost memory and cognition and support overall brain health. The sponsorship presence brings the energy drink to the forefront of the exciting sport of NASCAR and the roaring, one-of-a-kind experience that races bring. Natalie’s Chevrolet Camaro racecar, number 23, will sport NERD Focus™ graphics and she will be wearing a branded fire suit in the driver’s seat. The 22-year-old Wisconsin native is already well on her way towards becoming one of the top young drivers in the NASCAR scene.

“We are so excited to see Natalie NERD-ed out for a big race out in front of her home state fans,” said Howard Davner, CEO of Beverage USA, the parent company to NERD Focus™. “There’s always something special about a homecoming and we’re thrilled to be along for the ride with her!”

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Who doesn't love Robbie the Robot?

Since the first season of Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder, we have had the opportunity to work with Waldorf Publishing to get to know some of their authors, many of whom have a passion not only for the written word, but for speed!    

 

My former co-host Mykkal Mulalley-Kapalo and myself have been grateful to the teams and racers that we have spoken with on the program, and during this unparalleled pandemic, we hope to provide you, our readers, listeners, and fans, a little snippet into some of the people who help make this the greatest sport in the world.

Today, we are pleased to highlight Alli Mackenzie.

What was your first car? A 1987, rusty red, ford tempo!
What do you drive now? A white Lincoln SRX.
What is your dream car that you wish to own? I'm driving it! 
Do you see yourself ever buying a battery operated car? A Tesla! Absolutely! Drive in style and support our beautiful planet.
If you went on a road trip, what book would you bring? The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield; one of my all-time favorite books.
 What do you think about Elon Musk and his advances in technology? He's a brilliant visionary who continues to show the World that anything is possible with drive and determination.
 
Stay tuned for more insights into the amazing authors of Waldorf Publishing in the coming weeks.
 
Be sure to follow Alli Mackenzie on social media:
W: www.allimackenzie.ca
 Instagram: https://instagram.com/alli_the_clarity_coach
 Facebook: https://facebook.com/allitheclaritycoach
 
 
Professional off-road racer Keegan Kincaid scored the hat trick in Championship Off-Road’s challenging Pro 2 division on Saturday, taking the checkered flag in the first race of the 28th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run at Crandon International Raceway. The Crandon native would maintain his control over the championship chase with finishes of first and fourth on the weekend.
 
“I’m pumped to have made it three-for-three to start the 2021 season with another victory at Crandon on Saturday,” said Kincaid. “A home track win is already special no matter what, but to keep doing it against this field is a big challenge, especially with how many talented racers have joined us full-time this year. We definitely still have some unfinished business here for the fall and the World Cup, but our title bid is in great shape, and getting to carry this momentum into ERX gives us a great shot at backing up our win there from last year!”
 
After drawing an eight on the inversion for Saturday’s race, Kincaid would nonetheless fight his way into podium contention in the first few corners with the #4 Lucas Oil Pro 2. When the leader pulled off with a mechanical issue, Kincaid would slot into second place, and just two laps later, he’d make his way around to take the top spot. With a clear race track in front of him and the battles behind him increasing in intensity, the local hero would make it a perfect three for three to kick off the campaign.
 
Sunday became another muddy battle of attrition, one that would end with Kincaid taking a fourth place finish. Nonetheless, his three victories mean that the incoming Pro 2 points leader remains well equipped to surpass last year’s second place championship finish. Even better, the next Championship Off-Road event takes place at ERX Motor Park, where Kincaid kicked off last season with a victory and dual podium finishes, and went four-for-four on podiums in two events last season.
 
The 2021 Championship Off-Road season continues on July 9-10 at ERX Motor Park. Weekend tickets are $45 for adults and $10 for kids, and camping and VIP access are available. Click here to purchase your tickets to watch Keegan race!
 
Keegan Kincaid is supported by Lucas Oil, Cooper Tire, Vision Wheel, Discount Tire, Fox Shocks, Langlade Ford, Impact, Traxxas, Champion Power Equipment, Roush Competition Engines, FK Rod Ends, Truck Country, NTN, and VP Racing Fuels. For more information and to stay in the loop, follow Keegan on Facebook and Instagram.
 
Images via Noggs Photo
 After a brief break, the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires returns to action this week for what promises to be an exciting Fourth of July weekend at the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. All three levels of the highly acclaimed open-wheel racing development ladder will be competing alongside the NTT INDYCAR SERIES on the challenging 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, as the season enters its second half. At stake are scholarships and prizes valued at over $3.1 million to assist talented race car drivers in progressing from the grassroots of the sport to the pinnacle.
 
All three championships – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – are finely poised, with a new leader having emerged in each series following the most recent races at Road America.
 
Tense Times in Indy Lights
The battle for title honors on the top rung of the ladder, Indy Lights, has reached a crucial stage with half of the season’s 20 races now in the books. The champion will claim a scholarship valued at almost $1.3 million which will guarantee entry into at least three NTT INDYCAR SERIES races in 2022, including the Indianapolis 500.
 
 
David Malukas (HMD Motorsports), from Chicago, Ill, currently holds an eight-point edge over both Kyle Kirkwood (Andretti Autosport), from Jupiter, Fla., and Linus Lundqvist (Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports), from Stockholm, Sweden. Remarkably, the championship lead has pivoted between all three aspirants following each of the past three races.
 
Malukas and Kirkwood have both won four times this season with Lundqvist claiming the other two race wins. Kirkwood’s most recent success, two weeks ago at Road America, took his Road to Indy win tally to a series high 25 in 40 starts.
 
Malukas has finished on the podium previously at Mid-Ohio and has the benefit of some Indy Lights experience at the track in 2019. But he cannot match the records of his two primary rivals. Kirkwood swept all three Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship races at Mid-Ohio en route to the title in 2018, then won both Indy Pro 2000 Championship races the following year on his way to another scholarship. Lundqvist enjoyed a similarly emphatic debut last year when he won both Formula Regional Americas Championship races, chased home each time by teammate Malukas. Lundqvist, a former British Formula 3 Champion, went on to claim the FRA title with consummate ease.
 
Juncos Racing teammates Toby Sowery, from Cambridge, England, and Sting Ray Robb, from Payette, Idaho, also have enjoyed success at Mid-Ohio. Sowery finished on the podium when Indy Lights last visited Mid-Ohio in 2019, while Robb won twice in 2020 as he romped to the Indy Pro 2000 championship – as well as a scholarship to graduate into Indy Lights for 2021.
 
Competitors in the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will be able to hone their skills during a Promoter Test day on Thursday, July 1, followed by one more test session on Friday morning. The official schedule continues with practice and one qualifying session later in the day to set the starting grid for Race One on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. A second qualifying session on Saturday morning will determine the order for Race Two on Sunday, immediately prior to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES headline event, at 10:00 a.m. All times are EDT.
 
Comprehensive coverage can be found on Peacock Premium in the U.S., on REV TV in Canada, and internationally on The Race YouTube channel, the Road to Indy TV App and at RoadToIndy.TV and indylights.com.
 
Eves Seeks Home-Track Advantage
The past two USF2000 champions, Braden Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, and Christian Rasmussen, from Copenhagen, Denmark, are now locked in combat for another championship in Indy Pro 2000. Also squarely in their sights is a second scholarship valued at $718,065 to ensure graduation to the next level, Indy Lights, in 2022.
 
 
After 10 out of 18 races which will comprise the 2021 season, Rasmussen (Jay Howard Driver Development) holds an 18-point edge. He has already proven to have a hot hand at Mid-Ohio, winning once during his rookie campaign in 2019 and adding four more victories from the six races held there in 2020.
 
Although Eves finished outside the top five at Mid-Ohio during his own rookie season in 2019, he turned the tables on his Danish rival by securing the championship. Eves then went on to notch a victory last year at his home track for Exclusive Autosport during his rookie Indy Pro 2000 season before it was cut short by an injury sustained in a crash on the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit.
 
Eves’ Exclusive Autosport teammate, Artem Petrov, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Mexico’s Manuel Sulaiman (Juncos Racing) and New Zealand’s Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing) also have earned victories already this year. Petrov and Sulaiman also won Indy Pro 2000 races at Mid-Ohio in 2020, while McElrea claimed a USF2000 checkered flag in 2019.
 
Reece Gold (Juncos Racing), from Miami, Fla., gained a USF2000 race win of his own at the Lexington, Ohio, track in 2020, but the 16-year-old is still seeking his elusive maiden victory in Indy Pro 2000, despite qualifying on pole position for four of the last six races.
 
The Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will commence with a trio of 45-minute test sessions on Thursday, July 1. Friday will comprise 30 minutes of official practice followed by 20 minutes of qualifying to form the grid for Saturday’s first race at 10:50 a.m. One more qualifying session earlier on Saturday will set the starting grid for Race Two on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
 
Global live streaming can be found on the Road to Indy TV App and at RoadToIndy.TV and indypro2000.com.
 
Stellar 28-Car Field Set for USF2000
The largest field of USF2000 cars since 2013 has been entered for this weekend’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio triple-header, which will comprise the 11th, 12th and 13th rounds of what is turning out to be an incredibly intense season. The previous record turn-out of Tatuus USF-17 cars since its introduction in 2017 was 26 for the 2018 events at the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit and Road America.
 
 
Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing), from Recife, Brazil, currently holds a slender 15-point championship lead over Pabst Racing’s Yuven Sundaramoorthy, from Delafield, Wis.
 
Porto and Josh Pierson (Pabst Racing), from Wilsonville, Ore., who currently lies third in the points chase but is still seeking his first victory, are the only two drivers to finish among the top 10 in all 10 races so far this season.
 
Michael d’Orlando (Cape Motorsports), from Hartsdale, N.Y., Christian Brooks (Exclusive Autosport), from Santa Clarita, Calif., Prescott Campbell (DEForce Racing), from Newport Beach, Calif., and rookie Thomas Nepveu (Cape Motorsports), from Oka, Que., Canada, are the other race winners so far in 2021.
 
Up for grabs is a scholarship valued at over $400,000 which will enable the champion to graduate to Indy Pro 2000 in 2022.
 
In addition to the usual contenders, Chase Hyland (Jay Howard Driver Development), from Denver, Colo., and Christian Weir (Turn 3 Motorsport), from Naperville, Ill., are set to make their USF2000 debuts this weekend, while short track oval veteran Nathan Byrd, from Sun City, Ariz., will make his first start on a road course after debuting on the Lucas Oil Raceway oval for Legacy Autosport in May.
 
The massive field will take advantage of three 45-minute sessions during the Promoter Test Day on Thursday, July 1, before getting down to serious business with official practice and qualifying on Friday for the first of three races which will start at 4:20 p.m. The busy weekend will continue with two more races at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and then bright and early on Sunday at 8:05 a.m.
 
Global live streaming can be found on the Road to Indy TV App and at RoadToIndy.TV and usf2000.com.

Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires® continued their success on the track winning back-to-back races this weekend in rounds three and four of the 2021 Championship Off-Road (COR) series. Coming off his seventh Pro 4 Championship last year, LeDuc swept the weekend, taking maximum points in his pursuit for another championship season. Ryan Beat had similar success this weekend, taking first place in the Pro 2 division on Sunday. All three victories took place at Wisconsin’s Crandon International Raceway. LeDuc and Beat relied on Toyo® Open Country® tires to get to the finish line and pick up their first victories of the season in the COR series. 

Located in Crandon, WI, the International Raceway is one of the longest and fastest short-course tracks in the COR series circuit. At 1.5-miles in length, the course can see trucks hitting speeds that exceed 100 miles an hour. LeDuc and his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / WD-40 / Ford Raptor Pro 4 Truck dominated the weekend in his bid for his eighth championship of his career. Ryan Beat and his Pro 2 truck added another victory to his decorated career. 
 

“This weekend was the hardest pair of races in recent history and we had to choose a tire that could handle the changing weather conditions,” said Kyle LeDuc. “The decision to run the Open Country C/T was the right choice. The tire is incredibly strong and reliable with amazing grip on the dirt.  It’s one of the reasons we won both class races at the big house!”

“We had a great weekend!  We have put in hours of testing and development to find the speed needed to win in this competitive class,” said Ryan Beat. “With 25 trucks out there, equipment like tires and shocks are crucial for success. We have what I feel is the best combination with the Bilstein shocks and Toyo Tires. I am looking forward to more wins!”

LeDuc is a seven-time Pro 4 champion in the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series and his two victories this weekend exemplify his dominance over the past few years at Crandon International Raceway. Beat is a three-time Pro-Lite off-road racing champion, two-time Rick Huseman award winner, and 2018 Lucas Oil Driver of the Year. Both drivers look to continue their success when the COR series returns to ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota on July 9-10.

“We are thrilled with the successful weekend with both Kyle and Ryan reaching the top of the podium with Toyo Open Country tires,” said Stan Chen, senior manager, events, sponsorships, and motorsports Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “These impressive performances by both drivers bode well for their championship pursuits in this year’s COR series.”

Toyo Open Country tires are known for excellent performance on and off the track. Witness their toughness and hear from more Team Toyo members in this recent video on Baja racing: https://youtu.be/2LkgCceHeSA. To learn more about the Open Country line of tires visit https://www.toyotires.com/product/open-country.

 

Turn 3 Motorsport will go to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the next round of racing in the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. The 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course will host two races for the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and three races for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, making a considerable amount of points available to series competitors.
 
Turn 3 Motorsport is coming off a weekend of season high results at Road America during the last round and eager to continue that momentum at the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Last year, the team achieved a pole position and second place finish at the midwestern venue with Road to Indy driver Danial Frost, showing they have a strong package going into this event.
 
James Roe // #3 Topcon/Trintech // Indy Pro 2000 Championship

“I’m looking forward to Mid-Ohio this weekend,” said James Roe. “It is one of my favorite tracks here in North America. It is a super technical course that rewards precision. I had a strong run here in both the F3 Americas and F2000 Championships, so the plan is to replicate that and keep our trajectory going in the right direction.”

James Roe in his #3 Topcon/Trintech Indy Pro 2000 car // ?: Elmer Valenca / Topcon

Josh Green // #33 JHG/Mark Green // USF2000 Championship

“We’re prepared and ready to go for Mid-Ohio,” said Josh Green. “I’m super excited for what looks to be a wet weekend at one of the most challenging circuits in the country. We will be working hard to build a car that will work well for us all weekend long and to finally take those first podiums and wins home.”

Josh Green in his #33 JHG Investments/Mark Green USF2000 car

Dylan Christie // #34 DCR // USF2000 Championship

“I’m looking forward to stepping up the pace and hunting for podiums and wins this weekend,” said Dylan Christie. “I have improved my pace with each race weekend, and I know I will keep getting faster. Mid-Ohio looks like a challenging circuit, so I should be able to highlight my speed. I know Turn 3 will have my back.”

Dylan Christie in his #34 DCR USF2000 car

Christian Weir // #32 R+L Carriers/Autobahn Country Club // USF2000 Championship

“I’m very excited to join Turn 3 Motorsport and the USF2000 series this weekend,” said Christian Weir. “The testing I have done has set my goal high for Mid-Ohio, but it’s going to be about gaining experience for me. I hope that I will have lots of battles and be able to experience different situations on the track this weekend. Being able to test alongside with my two teammates Josh Green and Dylan Christie has shown me a lot. I’ve been able to see my pace against other drivers which has pushed me to go faster. I’m excited to go racing this weekend!”

Christian Weir in his #32 R+L Carriers/Autobahn Country Club USF2000 car

“Mid-Ohio is an exciting track,” said Team Owner Peter Dempsey. “It’s challenging for drivers to get everything right and get the car where they want it. It’s a big weekend for Josh and Dylan in USF2000, and it’s going to be important for them to work very hard with their engineers to get the cars where they need and get the best performance out of themselves and their equipment. On the Indy Pro 2000 side, James has a lot of momentum going from these last couple of rounds, and we’re hoping he can carry that into the weekend and get some strong results. We are also very excited to have Christian Weir join our USF2000 team for his first ever Road to Indy race weekend.”
 
This weekend’s Road to Indy event will run in tandem with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for a full few days of racing over the 4th of July holiday. On track activity begins with a promoter test day tomorrow followed by practice, qualifying, and races on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A full weekend schedule is detailed below.

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Live streaming for the event can be viewed worldwide on the Road to Indy TV app or on www.indypro2000.com / www.usf2000.com.
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