Mazda Road to Indy drivers spent the weekend racing on the streets of Toronto, despite the heavy flooding to hit the area last week. Several drivers had break-through weekends while others hope to soon forget their trip north. The following is a short recap with results from USF2000, Pro Mazda, and Indy Lights in Toronto.
First off, Neil Alberico took race one in USF2000 after starting from pole position. The win, his third of the season, moved him from eighth to third in the championship standings. While Alberico maintained the lead throughout the race, he faced serious pressure from second-place finisher Florian Latorre. Danilo Estrela completed the podium after moving through the field from 11th. Henrik Furuseth was fourth with RC Enerson rounding out the top five. Click here for full results from USF2000 Round Six.
In Race 2, Estrela worked his way past Alberico on the outside of Turn 17 before taking the checkered flag for his first USF2000 victory. Championship leader Scott Hargrove finished runner-up with Latorre earning his second podium of the weekend in third. Peter Portante put in a solid drive to fourth with Alberico completing the top-five. Scott Rettich topped the National Class both days. Click here for full results from USF2000 Round Seven.
In Pro Mazda, it was all Matthew Brabham. The 19-year-old driver won both days. For those counting, that’s seven straight wins for Brabham — who now leads the championship by 65 points. Diego Ferreira finished runner-up in both races with Nicolas Costa rounding out the podium in both events. Lloyd Read was fourth in Round Seven, while Toronto-native Zack Meyer was fourth in Round Eight. Kyle Kaiser drove to a solid fifth-place in both races. Click here for full results from Pro Mazda Round Seven. | Click here for full results from Round Eight.
Jack Hawksworth was the driver to beat in Indy Lights. After earning his first pole position, Hawksworth drove to his second-career Indy Lights win while averaging 96.512 miles per hour on the 1.755-mile street circuit. Peter Dempsey advanced from seventh to finish second; his highest finish since his thrilling win in Indianapolis during the Freedom 100. Gabby Chaves rounded out the podium. Points leader (+8) Carlos Munoz was fourth — and later finished 17th in the IndyCar race after replacing injured Ryan Briscoe (wrist) in the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing machine. Juan Pablo Garcia finished fifth for his third top-five result of the season. Sage Karam, Zach Veach, Jorge Goncalvez, and Matthew Di Leo completed the results. Click here for full results from Indy Lights Round Eight.