The 18 drivers that started the first Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda of Cooper Tires Winterfest race all made it through the first lap cleanly.  The top 3 at the end of the first lap were: Jake Eidson, Aaron Telitz, and Nico Jamin.

The big mover early on was Victor Franzoni who gained seven spots on the opening lap from his starting position of 14th.  By the 2nd lap he had moved up to 5th and passed Jordan Lloyd for 4th on lap 4.

Team Pelfrey’s Garth Rickards pulled in on the 6th lap with mechanical gremlins.

Eidson started to pull out a gap, lap by lap, that had swelled to 2.6 seconds over Telitz by the tenth lap.  Telitz, meanwhile, had his hands full fending off his teammate Jamin.  Further back in the field Lloyd got back by Franzoni.

By the fifteenth lap, Eidsen held a commanding 3.2 second lead over Telitz, who was still fighting for his life (and second place) with Jamin.  It was another ten seconds back to rookie Jordan Lloyd, who had his John Cummiskey Racing teammate,, Anthony Martin, who had just passed Franzoni, on his tail.

The top rookie was Jordan Lloyd from John Cummiskey Racing who edged out his teammate and Australian countryman Anthony Martin for 4th place. A very impressive showing from a pair of rookie drivers with a new team.

The 19 lap race ran clean the entire time as Eidsen led every lap on the way to his third career USF2000 win.  The win was the second in the last two years for Pabst Racing. (Will Owen won at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last year).

Full results are below:

Rank Car No. Driver Laps Completed Quickest Lap Time
1 22 Jake Eidson 19 1:37.249
2 3 Aaron Telitz 19 1:37.119
3 2 Nico Jamin 19 1:37.158
4 94 Jordan Lloyd 19 1:37.788
5 33 Anthony Martin 19 1:39.138
6 17 Victor Franzoni 19 1:38.921
7 80 Parker Thompson 19 1:38.206
8 84 Nikita Lastochkin 19 1:37.840
9 5 Keyvan Andre Soori 19 1:39.312
10 82 Luke Gabin 19 1:40.229
11 23 Yufeng Luo 19 1:39.545
12 6 Max Hanratty 19 1:39.128
13 81 Ayla Agren 19 1:39.659
14 12 Augie Lerch 19 1:40.512
15 16 James Dayson 19 1:41.481
16 79 Santiago Lozano 19 1:40.432
17 14 Michai Stephens 18 1:52.348
18 83 Garth Rickards 6 1:38.854

I willl have reaction from the drivers a little bit later, my current encampment is a bit of a haul from the paddock.