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Petri Suvanto picked up his second consecutive win in Round 5 of the USF2000 National Championship at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis as part of the Night Before the 500.

The talented Finn started from pole position and led early on carving his way through lap traffic. Australia’s Luke Ellery worked his way up to Suvanto’s rear wing midway through the race after starting fourth. Nearing lap 30, Ellery found his way past Suvanto and appeared as if he might become the first repeat winner.

That all changed on lap 48 when a lap car driven by Rodin Younessi spun in front of the lead pack. With nowhere to go, Ellery was collected and his day was over.

Suvanto reclaimed the lead and held off Zach Veach for the final 10 laps of green flag racing. By taking the checkered flag as the race leader, Suvanto became the first repeat winner of the 2011 USF2000 National Championship season. Previously, he won Round 4 on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

In addition to earning the pole position and winning the race Saturday in Indianapolis, Suvanto also set the fastest lap of the race touring the 0.686-mile bullring in 21.791 seconds.

Juan Piedrahita put together a good race rounding out the top-three with Spencer Pigot just behind in fourth place. Wayne Boyd rounded out the top-five.

The USF2000 National Championship resumes action on June 16-18 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Complete results after the jump.

USF2000 National Championship
Night Before the 500
Lucas Oil Raceway Results

  1. Petri Suvanto
  2. Zach Veach
  3. Juan Piedrahita
  4. Spencer Pigot
  5. Wayne Boyd
  6. Matthew Di Leo
  7. Timmy Megenbier
  8. Roman Lagudi
  9. Vincent Beltoise
  10. Luca Forgeois
  11. Shannon McIntosh
  12. J.R. Smart
  13. Luke Ellery
  14. Rodin Younessi
  15. Ardie Greenamyer

One Comment

  1. David Summerfield on May 29, 2011 6:42 am

    Looked to me contact happened before that black car spun. The guy behind had plenty of room on inside but just came right in the rear of the black car. Great race though! These guys are fast around that oval which was never meant for car racing it! Ovals are for horse racing!

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