After the Glen, one of these guys
will have a 2018 Pro Mazda seat.
The season-long Anthony Martin vs. Victor
Franzoni battle in Pro Mazda Presented by
Cooper Tires carried through to Mid-Ohio’s
triple-header, where Martin’s two wins to
Franzoni’s one gave the Aussie a slight edge
heading into the final two race weekends.
After a Mid-Ohio stop that served up as
many twists as the 2.258-mile road course
itself, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper
Tires championship headed into its final
rounds with plenty of scope for intrigue.
The drama began right at the top of
the points table, where Juncos Racing’s
Kyle Kaiser escaped the double-header
with his championship lead intact, despite
suffering his most difficult weekend of the
season to date. Kaiser qualified sixth and
Herta was well-placed to capitalize
on Kyle Kaiser’s
he spun while
leading the second
karting at eight.
His Dad Marijn
races a Benetton
B197 in BOSS GP.
ninth respectively for the two races, and
slid backwards to 12th on both occasions –
not the results he was looking for at a time
when his target was to carry momentum
into the final two rounds at Gateway
Motorsports Park and Watkins Glen.
“Obviously this wasn’t the weekend
we were hoping for,” said the Californian.
“We struggled for pace in the qualifying
sessions and races. Fortunately we built
up a big buffer throughout the season in
case we had a rough weekend like this.”
Also fortunately for Kaiser, some of his
closest rivals suffered setbacks that
helped to soften the blow to his points
lead, although Santi Urrutia and Nico
Jamin were able to reinforce their own
campaigns with a win apiece.
But with just two races left for
someone to stake their claim to the
biggest scholarship in racing, there’s
everything still to play for.
A dramatic Mid-Ohio round has left the Indy Lights title battle
wide open as it heads towards an exciting climax.
Kaiser remains the
driver to beat for
the 2017 Indy
although his job
was made tougher
by a difficult
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AND THEN THERE WERE TWO...
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Oliver Askew (FAR LEFT) still holds the
advantage in the race for the Cooper Tires
USF2000 Powered by Mazda title and
accompanying scholarship. but after two
dramatic races at Mid-Ohio. the stage is set
for a tense season finale at Watkins Glen.
Championship leader Askew opened
the weekend with the win that he craved,
but the victory was blunted somewhat by
a 10-point penalty for a jumped start.
It also allowed rival Rinus VeeKay (LEFT)
to remain in touch, courtesy of his third
place behind Pabst teammate Parker
Thompson, and the pair carried their good
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form into Sunday when Thompson scored
the race win ahead of VeeKay – a result that
helped the latter slash Askew’s margin
down to just 13 points ahead of the finale.
The Thompson/VeeKay Mid-Ohio show
was also significant on another front: it
secured Pabst Racing its first-ever
USF2000 teams championship.