Eves takes benefit and will get a USF2000 sweep
Cape Motorsports maintained its stranglehold on the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship this afternoon by finishing a sweep of the opening two rounds on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Following up on an completed victory yesterday by Braden Eves, the workforce, which has gained the final eight Driver Championships in succession, gave the impression to be moments away from celebrating one other first-time USF2000 victory when pole-sitter and race-long chief Darren Keane misplaced management below braking for Flip 13 on the ultimate lap whereas below intense stress from Jay Howard Driver Improvement’s Christian Rasmussen.
Keane’s Cape Motorsports teammate Eves, who had been operating third, took full benefit of the reward to seize the checkered flag, ending forward of Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing) and Zach Holden (BN Racing) who accomplished the rostrum.
After proving to be one of many stars in yesterday’s season-opener by carving his means from the again of the sphere (resulting from a defective transponder in qualifying) to seventh, Floridian Keane appeared to have right this moment’s Race 2 in full management, regardless of the distraction of two full-course cautions.
On every of the restarts, Keane was in a position to preserve his lead over Rasmussen — that’s till Flip 13 on the ultimate lap when he left his braking only a fraction too late, spinning broadside throughout the observe and leaving Rasmussen with no likelihood of taking avoiding motion.
With the 2 vehicles spinning to a halt, Eves was simply far sufficient behind to have the ability to choose a transparent line and emerge along with his second win of the weekend.
McElrea and Pabst Racing teammate Colin Kaminsky, together with Frenchman Alex Baron (Legacy Autosport), Australian Cameron Shields (Newman Wachs Racing) and Mexican Jose Sierra (Legacy Autosport), additionally have been embroiled in a battle for placings at one level or one other. However as Shields and Sierra fell out of rivalry, McElrea, the winner of final yr’s Mazda Highway to Indy USF2000 $200okay Scholarship Shootout, was in a position to be part of Eves on the rostrum for the second straight day.
Baron bounced again from his monster accident on the opening lap yesterday, rewarding his workforce’s arduous work by ending fourth, narrowly forward of Kaminsky and spectacular Mexican Manuel Sulaiman, who charged from 20th on the grid (resulting from an accident yesterday in qualifying) to complete sixth and earn the Tilton Arduous Charger Award.
Whereas claiming one more PFC Award because the successful automotive homeowners for brothers Dominic and Nicholas Cape, Eves’ memorable weekend additionally ensured he has a commanding championship lead because the collection heads subsequent to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway highway course for 2 races in early Might.