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    These weird weekday tripleheaders may not be good for my work productivity, but they make things more fun . USF2000 practice and qualifying is in, and it's shockingly not going to form. Kiko Porto didn't have a top 10 start in his first four races, but he's got his first career pole today. Reece Gold has kept up his odd streak of five consecutive 2nd place starts, while runaway championship leader Christian Rasmussen was buried in 8th in practice and only made it up to 5th for qualifying. Is the six race win streak in jeopardy?

    Practice: https://www.usf2000.com/docs/default...rsn=3b7bb031_0
    Qualifying: https://www.usf2000.com/docs/default...rsn=7f7ab031_0

    It's a clean start, even with the normal Indy T1 craziness. Porto pulls out, while Jack William Miller gets Gold for 2nd halfway through lap 1. Eduardo Barrichello and Rasmussen round out the top 5.

    Miller didn't last long. Gold got back around, then the field swallowed him up going down the front straight. He then exacerbated the problem by going straight off of T1. He's now in the pits, possibly a brake issue.

    Porto has pulled a couple of seconds after lap 4 of 15. Josh Green now runs 4th, and Nolan Siegel has gone from 10th to 5th. Rasmussen is a total non-factor, dropping all the way back to 9th.

    7 laps in and Gold is closing it down, only about 1.4 seconds back now. Rasmussen has moved back up to 6th, including a forceful move around Michael d'Orlando in turn 7 that saw d'Orlando run off track and drop to 12th.

    6 to go and the lead is down to 3/4 of a second, as Gold keeps getting a few tenths each lap. d'Orlando is now out, he must've done something to the car while bouncing off track.

    Porto was in full defense mode lap 11, and the fight let Barrichello join the battle. 3 wide into 1 to start lap 12, Gold moves in front from the center lane but slightly overcooks it. Barrichello gets around him for 2nd.

    Positions hold through lap 13, though the battling has now allowed Josh Green to close in.

    Porto defends in T1, but Barrichello goes over/under and takes the lead. Then Gold makes an outside pass in 7, Porto now trying to hold onto a podium.

    Gold closes up to the rear wing but can't quite get there, first career win for Eduardo Barrichello! The top 4 are separated by just over a second in a really entertaining race. I got behind on my typing because I didn't want to look away.

    Rasmussen came home 6th, so the streak ends with a thud, but he still holds a huge points lead. d'Orlando did get back out, but finished a lap down. Two drivers made their series debut today, F1600 Championship Series points leader Simon Sikes came home 15th, while Michael Myers, who has an off road background, finished 18th.

    Full results: https://www.usf2000.com/docs/default...rsn=357ab031_0
    Last edited by Vic Mackey; 09-03-2020, 03:02 PM.

  • #2
    Like their little brother series, Indy Pro 2000 has a first time pole sitter leading the field today, with Artem Petrov at the front. Sting Ray Robb will be joining him on the front row. Hunter McElrea was fastest in practice, but that only translated to 5th quick in qualifying, while points leader Devlin DeFrancesco is starting all the way back in 8th, so an already entertaining points battle could get shaken up yet again. Kory Enders wasn't even at the track yet, so he's going to have to hop in cold and start at the tail.

    Practice: https://www.indypro2000.com/docs/def...rsn=11f57b5b_0
    Qualifying: https://www.indypro2000.com/docs/def...rsn=7cf57b5b_0

    It's an ugly start, with 3 cars coming together before even making it to the line. Jacob Loomis and Bob Kaminsky are done, and Moises de la Vara has damage. It went FCY halfway through lap 1. Petrov leads, the rest of the order is being sorted.

    Whatever problem Manuel Sulaiman had that kept him from qualifying still persists, he didn't take the green. This one is scheduled for 20 laps, there is a 50 minute time limit.

    Parker Thompson runs 2nd, followed my McElrea and Robb, who had a rough start. Danial Frost had a rougher one going from 4th to 10th after sliding off at turn 1. Working lap 4, still under yellow.

    Race starts for real on lap 5, and McElrea and Robb both get Thompson. DeFrancesco and Colin Kaminsky both went off of turn 7 while battling for position.

    7 laps in and Petrov has about a second and a half on Robb, with McElrea running 3rd. Lots of dicing at the back of the pack.

    Lap 9 and Robb goes around Petrov in T7 for the lead. McElrea then goes by for 2nd heading into T1.

    8 to go and positions are holding steady. Robb's lead over McElrea is about 1.75 seconds.

    Lap 13 and Petrov defends too hard down the back straight. He ran right on the inside line but couldn't make the corner as a result, Thompson and Braden Eves both got by. Petrov did get back around Eves into T1 to start the next lap.

    5 to go and the lead is 2 1/2 seconds. McElrea is locking up bad.

    Braden Eves has had a huge accident in 11 while fighting with Frost, red flag is coming out.

    Correction, the race has not gone red, but it may end under yellow. Eves spun, went airborne and flipped, coming down hard on its top.

    The race has been checkered after 18 laps, Sting Ray Robb is the winner.

    Broadcast is ending so any further updates will have to be found online. I won't lie, it was a bit of a worrisome scene, hopefully things turn out OK.
    Last edited by Vic Mackey; 09-03-2020, 03:42 PM.

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    • #3
      That was a huge hit. I truly hope Eves is OK

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      • #4

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        UPDATE: Braden Eves was involved in an incident late in the race and was taken to the Infield Care Center. He has been transported to a local hospital for further tests and evaluation, we'll update further when we know more.


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        • #5
          UPDATE: Braden Eves was involved in an incident late in the race and was taken to the Infield Care Center. He has been transported to a local hospital for further tests and evaluation, we'll update further when we know more.

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          • #6
            That's positive news at least. Hopefully for more good news tonight.

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            • #7

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              Per Dr. Geoff Billows, INDYCAR Medical Director, Braden Eves is awake, stable and undergoing further evaluation. Additional updates as we get them.

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              • #8
                No official word yet on Eves, but from what was said on this morning's USF2000 qual broadcast it sounded encouraging. One last note on yesterday's race, Artem Petrov was given a 30 second penalty for jumping the restart, dropping him from 4th to 10th. Full results: https://www.indypro2000.com/docs/def...rsn=53f07b5b_0

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                • #9
                  USF2000 race 2 is getting ready to start. Porto picked up another pole this morning, with childhood buddy and yesterday's winner Barrichello beside him. Miller will go off 3rd (yesterday's issue turned out to be a front wing folding underneath the car), with Rasmussen 4th and Gold finally not starting 2nd, but 5th. Fast lap from this race will set the grid for race 3, so expect more shenanigans from drivers out of contention, pitting for tires to set a fast race lap. I really hope that goes away next year.

                  Qualifying 2: https://www.usf2000.com/docs/default...rsn=4475b031_0

                  Surprisingly clean start again. Barrichello gets the jump, with Miller making his way to 2nd while Porto plummets to 6th. Rasmussen jumped to 3rd, but then Christian Brooks got him in T1 to start the 2nd lap.

                  Field has settled in after 3 laps. It's Barrichello, Miller, Brooks, Rasmussen and Gold.

                  5 laps in, and Gold has slid back to 8th. Kyle Dupell appears to be out.

                  8 down, 7 to go, and the lead is around 1.7 seconds. There's some fun dicing in the back, but the front is holding static.

                  5 to go and Rasmussen has closed back in on Brooks. Dupell is running again, albeit 5 laps down.

                  2 to go, and Porto has gotten back around Rasmussen for 4th.

                  This one got closer than expected as Miller took nearly a second out of the lead on that last lap but Barrichello holds on for his second win of the weekend. That's two second generation drivers at the front. Christian Brooks filled out the podium, with Porto and Rasmussen rounding out the top 5.

                  Barrichello squeaked out fast lap of the race by .01 over Rasmussen, so that's your front row this afternoon.

                  Full results: https://www.usf2000.com/docs/default...vrsn=875b031_0
                  Last edited by Vic Mackey; 09-04-2020, 12:04 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Vic Mackey View Post
                    No official word yet on Eves, but from what was said on this morning's USF2000 qual broadcast it sounded encouraging. One last note on yesterday's race, Artem Petrov was given a 30 second penalty for jumping the restart, dropping him from 4th to 10th. Full results: https://www.indypro2000.com/docs/def...rsn=53f07b5b_0
                    Banged up pretty bad, but will recover: https://twitter.com/Bradeneves/statu...98108411039745
                    "He went into a tire barrier, which is certainly the nicest of all the barriers." -Bobby Unser, Denver '90

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                    • #11
                      Juncos locked out the front row again for Indy Pro 2000 race 2, but flipped the order, so it's Robb on pole with Petrov alongside. Frost, points leader DeFrancesco and McElrea will round out the top 5. Manuel Sulaiman's car was repaired (he missed race 1 with an engine change) so he gets to race today. As with USF2000, fast race lap will set the grid for race 3 later this afternoon.

                      Qualifying 2: https://www.indypro2000.com/docs/def...rsn=70ff7b5b_0

                      Much cleaner start than yesterday. Robb got a nice jump, with DeFrancesco going 4th to 2nd.

                      Something happened to Colin Kaminsky on lap 1, he's dropped 50 seconds back. Sulaiman went off in T1 to start lap 2 and has also dropped to the back.

                      After 5 of 20 laps, the field is starting to string out. Top five is Robb, DeFrancesco, Petrov, Thompson and Frost. Sulaiman is out, and Kory Enders appears to have gone off as well.

                      Halfway through, not a whole lot going on really. Lead is 1.8 seconds.

                      The battle for race 3 pole is interesting. Robb has fast lap right now, but four drivers are all within 1/10 of a second right now.

                      5 to go and everyone is pretty much minding their own business. Antoine Comeau has come into the pits. Lead is a tick over 2 seconds.

                      3 to go and the gaps are shrinking between 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Maybe we'll get some late action.

                      White flag, and the lead is 2 seconds. Comeau's issue has been resolved and he's back out.

                      Well it won't go down as an instant classic, but Sting Ray Robb will take it. It's his 3rd win of the season, and closes him to within 4 points of runner up DeFrancesco. Petrov, Thompson and Frost round out the top five. Robb will take pole for race 3 by setting fastest lap. That was tight, here's the first two rows: Robb 1:20.81, McElrea 1:20.84, DeFrancesco 1:28.85, Thompson 1:20.91.
                      Last edited by Vic Mackey; 09-04-2020, 12:34 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Are they not going to post the live stream of the first Pro 2000 race due to Braden’s crash? I see where the other 5 races of the weekend are out there as well as all 4 qualifying sessions.

                        Glad Braden wasn’t hurt any more than he was! Such a shame after such a great run at Gateway. Hope the recovery is quick.
                        Bryan Herta - winner of the 2005 Michigan 400 - and I was there!!!

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