May 10, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
Five of six Mazda Road to Indy races on the revised 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course saw first-time series winners in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tire and Cooper Tire USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
Luiz Razia (Indy Lights) and Adrian Starrantino (USF2000) added their names to the IMS list of winners, while Scott Hargrove (Pro Mazda) made it 2-for-2 in that series this weekend (See Friday’s results here).
From pole, Luiz Razia captured his first win of his Indy Lights career and the first for the usually dominant Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team this season. SPM, which has won the last four series championships in succession, was 0-for-5 heading into Saturday’s race.
Razia won from teammate Jack Harvey, who also scored his second podium in as many days (the pair were second and third on Friday, behind Matthew Brabham).
Behind them, championship protagonists Zach Veach and Gabby Chaves had another frustrating afternoon in ending seventh and eighth, respectively after off-course excursions at Turn 1 late in the race. They ended ninth and 11th on Friday.
Chaves’ Belardi Auto Racing teammate, Alex Baron, finished third behind the SPM pair ahead of Veach’s Andretti Autosport teammate, young “Matty Brabs.” The championship’s been shaken up as a result with both Razia and Harvey now fully into the title fight after finding their footing in the opening three weekends of the year.
Scott Hargrove completed a weekend sweep of the Pro Mazda races on the IMS road courses, with his Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Neil Alberico finishing second in Saturday’s second race.
Hargrove held off Spencer Pigot, who had gone 4-for-4 in wins to start the season, in the early stages of the race before Pigot had an issue that dropped him to 14th. He rebounded to eight but it was still a rough weekend for the points leader.
Alberico came through to second with Pigot’s teammate at Juncos Racing, Jose Gutierrez, third and on the podium for the first time. Garett Grist and Kyle Kaiser completed the top five.
Although he started from pole, JAY Motorsports’ Adrian Starrantino had to work hard Saturday to secure his first USF2000 win. But the young American pulled it off.
Starrantino fell behind Victor Franzoni at the start but on Lap 11, an issue dropped him back. Starrantino held on as Florian Latorre shaded him, with Franzoni third.
Clark Toppe finished fourth with one of Starrantino’s teammates, Henrik Furuseth, putting in a great drive to climb from 20th up to fifth.
After this weekend on the road course, Pro Mazda and USF2000 head to the 0.686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway oval for the Night Before the 500 on May 24, while Indy Lights’ next race is the Freedom 100 on IMS’ oval May 23, Carb Day.
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