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Cooper Tires Winterfest – Barber Motorsports Park update #3

I’ve been Barber Motorsports Park (Barber) at least half of a dozen times, and each and every trip I’m equally impressed at how beautiful the facility is.  They are also continually making improvements and additions.  As part of a $4 million expansion of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, they are building a bridge from the back of the museum to the infield inside of the Turn 8 and Turn 9 area.  The structure will include viewing decks on both sides of the bridge and also garden seating on the museum side of the track.

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At 10am the 16 Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda drivers hit the damp but drying 2.3 mile, 17-Turn road course at Barber Motorsports Park for morning warm-up.

After five minutes, the session went red when James Dayson nosed his No. 16 ArmsUp Motorsports machine into the barriers at Turn 13.  Dayson got out on his own, but the front of the car suffered moderate damage.  The car was brought back to the pits and the track went back to green for warm-up.

The John Cummiskey Racing duo of Jordan Lloyd and Anthony Martin led the way, and were followed by Aaron Telitz, Nico Jamin and Jake Eidson.

Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire practice started their practice session promptly at 10:30am.

The session went green for the entire time and the top five times were set by: Weiron Tan, Florian Latorre, Jack Aitken, Raoul Owens and Alessandro Latif.

All cars were in both series were out on slicks.

The first USF2000 race of the day is up next at 11:15am, and will be followed at 12:15pm by the first Pro Mazda race of the day.

Cooper Tires Winterfest – Barber Motorsports Park update #2

Victor Franzoni conquered a wet track to take pole position for the first Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda race of the day.  (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Victor Franzoni conquered a wet track to take pole position for the first Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda race of the day. (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Good morning from a damp and cool Barber Motorsports Park.  Today will be the final day of Cooper Tires Winterfest and it looks like they will be able to get both scheduled races in with no problems.  Birmingham got about an inch of snow overnight, but only 60 miles north of the city, they received 6+ inches of snow.

The track is currently damp, but it looks like it should be dry by race time.  Today’s schedule is as follows:

10am-10:20am —> USF2000 Warm-up

10:30am-10:50am —> Pro Mazda Warm-up

11:15am-11:45am —> USF2000 Race 1

12:15pm-12:45pm —> Pro Mazda Race 1

12:45pm-2pm —> Lunch

2pm-2:20pm —> USF2000 Warm-up

2:45pm-3:05pm —> Pro Mazda Warm-up

3:30pm-4pm —> USF2000 Race 2

4:30pm-5pm —> Pro Mazda Race 2

The second race of the day in both series will be worth double points.

That corresponds to:

Position Points Position Points
1 60 11 20
2 50 12 18
3 44 13 16
4 38 14 14
5 34 15 12
6 30 16 10
7 28 17 8
8 26 18 6
9 24 19 4
10 22 20 2

Also, the most laps led in the second race of the day will be worth 2 points, and the fastest race lap will be worth 2 points.

The starting line-up for the first Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda race of the day was determined by qualifying yesterday. The starting line-up is:

Starting position Driver
1 Victor Franzoniz
2 Nico Jamin
3 Jake Edition
4 Aaron Telitz
5 Parker Thompson
6 Jordan Lloyd
7 Anthony Martin
8 Michai Stephens
9 Luke Gabin
10 Augie Lerch
11 Keyran Andres Soori
12 Garth Rickards
13 Nikita Lastochkin
14 James Dayson
15 Ayla Agren
16 Max Hanratty

The starting line-up for the first Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire race of the day was determined by the points standings after the first three races of Cooper Tires Winterfest. The starting line-up is:

Starting Position Driver
1 Jack Aitken
2 Weiron Tan
3 Will Owen
4 Nicholas Latifi
5 Florian Latorre
6 Raoul Owens
7 Timothe Buret
8 Garett Grist
9 Jose Gutierrez
10 Michael Johnson
11 Dalton Kellett
12 Alessandro Latif
13 Bobby Eberle
14 Carlos Conde
15 Daniel Burkett

We did get word that Nicholas Latifi, the driver of the M1 Racing No. 18, who suffered a serious crash in Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire practice yesterday, will be going to a back up car and is expected to start the first race.

We are still waiting to hear about the No. 79 USF2000 car of Santiago Lozano, who suffered a similar fate in practice yesterday morning.

Both drivers blamed aquaplaning on a wet racetrack for their incidents.

Thanks for reading and we’ll have more to come soon.

Cooper Tires Winterfest – Barber Motorsports Park Update #1

Good morning from Barber Motorsports Park (Barber), the 2.3 mile, 17-turn road course located just east of Birmingham, Alabama.

The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire drivers and teams were scheduled to test at the track yesterday and this morning, but the cold weather scrapped that plan.  Indy Lights will be back at Barber on March 3rd for a full day of testing.  Let’s hope they have better weather.

Today’s forecast includes a Winter Storm Warning and currently it’s raining and the temperature is a balmy 33F.  The Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights are bound by a rule that the either the air temperature or track temperature is 50F before they are allowed out on track.

Fortunately, the Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda and Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire series do not have the same constraints.  Kudos to Cooper Tire for making tires that are able to race in cooler temperatures.

Yufeng Luo will not be participating in the Barber rounds.  Pabst Racing tweeted that he had a family emergency.

Race #1 for USF2000 is at 2:00pm and Race #1 for Pro Mazda is at 3:00pm.

The USF2000 cars went out for practice at 11:15am for a 20 minute session.  Drivers tiptoed around on their opening lap and were on their first “hot” lap when Santiago Lozano lost control of the No. 79 M2 Autsoport machine between Turns 7 and Turn 8 and clobbered the wall on the left hand side.  His Van Diemen Elan was severely damaged, but did it’s job protecting the driver, as he was able to get out of the car under his own power.

After a lengthy clean up, the track did go back to green, but only for a few minutes before the checkered fell.  Jake Eidson from Pabst Racing led the way with Nico Jamin, Aaron Telitz, Victor Franzoni and Keyran Andres Soori were the remainder of the top five.

After a five minute break the USF2000 drivers went back out 15 minute qualifying session.

The session remained green for all 15 minutes.  There were a number of spins but all drivers were able to get going under their own power.

The top five in qualifying were: Franzoni, Jamin, Eidson, Telitz and Parker Thompson.

I had a chance to chat with Jamin after qualifying and he said the conditions were tough for USF2000 qualifying, but were not un-drivable.

Complete qualifying results are:

1 Victor Franzoni
2 Nico Jamin
3 Jake Edition
4 Aaron Telitz
5 Parker Thompson
6 Jordan Lloyd
7 Anthony Martin
8 Michai Stephens
9 Luke Gabin
10 Augie Lerch
11 Keyran Andres Soori
12 Garth Rickards
13 Nikita Lastochkin
14 James Dayson
15 Ayla Agren
16 Max Hanratty

Pro Mazda went out for their 20 minute practice session at 12:15pm.

The session went red in the first five minutes when Nicholas Latifi had a big shunt on the straight-away between Turn 4 and Turn 5.  He hit the Armco on drivers right and the car split in half.  He was able to walk away from the crash under his own power.

The car puked out a ton fluid and it took the rest of the session to clean it up.  The top 5 times in the disjointed session were set by: Raoul Owens, Nicholas Latifi, Alessandro Latif, Michael Johnson and Bobby Eberle.

Qualifying for Pro Mazda was cancelled due to weather and the first race will be set by current Cooper Tires Winterfest points.

Current points are:

Rank Driver WF1 WF2 WF3 Total
1 Jack Aitken (R) 32 19 32 83
2 Weiron Tan (R) 26 32 20 78*
3 Will Owen 22 22 15 59
4 Nicholas Latifi (R) 7 25 22 54
5 Florian Latorre (R) 14 17 13 44
6 Raoul Owens (R) 19 15 9 43
7 Timothe Buret (R) 12 14 12 38
8 Garett Grist 17 1 19 37
9 Jose Gutierrez 6 13 17 36
10 Michael Johnson 11 12 11 34
11 Dalton Kellett (R) 15 1 14 30
12 Alessandro Latif (R) 10 10 10 30
13 Bobby Eberle 9 11 8 28
14 Carlos Conde 8 9 7 24
15 Daniel Burkett (R) 13 1 0 14

Jake Eidson currently has a commanding lead in USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest standings.  Complete standings and statistics to date are available here:  Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda standings and stats.

Jack Aitken currently leads Weiron Tan by only five points in the Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire Winterfest standings.  Complete standings and statistics to date are available here: Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire standings and stats.

Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire driver pictures and social media

Pro Mazda

Drivers

Jack Aitken

Jack Aitken racing for Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jack Aitken racing for Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Neil Alberico

Neil Alberico racing with Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Neil Alberico racing with Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Timothe Buret

Timothe Buret racing with Juncos Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Timothe Buret racing with Juncos Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Daniel Burkett

Daniel Burkett racing for Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Daniel Burkett racing for Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Carlos Conde

 

Kyle Connery

Tristan DeGrande

Bobby Eberle

Bobby Eberle with World Speed Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Bobby Eberle with World Speed Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Garett Grist

Garett Grist racing with Juncos Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Garett Grist racing with Juncos Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez racing with Juncos Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jose Gutierrez racing with Juncos Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Dalton Kellett

Dalton Kellett racing with Andretti Autosport (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Dalton Kellett racing with Andretti Autosport (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson racing with JDC Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Michael Johnson racing with JDC Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Florian Latorre

Florian Latorre racing with Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Florian Latorre racing with Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Alessandro Latif

Nicholas Latifi

Nicholas Latifi racing with M1 Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Nicholas Latifi racing with M1 Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Will Owen

Will Owen racing with Juncos Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Will Owen racing with Juncos Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Raoul Owens

Raoul Owens racing for JDC Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Raoul Owens racing for JDC Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Weiron Tan

Weiron Tan racing with Andretti Autosport (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Weiron Tan racing with Andretti Autosport (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

 

Teams

Andretti Autosport

Cape Motorsports with /WTR

JDC Motorsports

Juncos Racing

M1 Racing

Team Pelfrey

World Speed Motorsports

Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda driver pictures and social media

USF2000

Drivers

Ayla Agren

Ayla Agren of Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Ayla Agren of Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

James Dayson

James Dayson of ArmsUp Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

James Dayson of ArmsUp Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jake Eidson

Jake Eidson of Pabst Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jake Eidson of Pabst Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Victor Franzoni

Victor Franzoni driving for Afterburner Autosport (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Victor Franzoni driving for Afterburner Autosport (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Luke Gabin

Luke Gabin driving for Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Luke Gabin driving for Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Max Hanratty

Max Hanratty racing for ArmsUp Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Max Hanratty racing for ArmsUp Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Nico Jamin

Nico Jamin racing for Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Nico Jamin racing for Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Nikita Lastochkin

Nikita Lastochkin driving for Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Nikita Lastochkin driving for Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Augie Lerch

Augie Lerch driving for JAY Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Augie Lerch driving for JAY Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jordan Lloyd

Jordan Lloyd driving for John Cummiskey Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jordan Lloyd driving for John Cummiskey Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Santiago Lozano

Santiago Lozano driving for M2 Autsoport (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Santiago Lozano driving for M2 Autsoport (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Yufeng Luo

Yufeng Luo driving for Pabst Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Yufeng Luo driving for Pabst Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Anthony Martin

Anthony Martin driving for John Cummiskey Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Anthony Martin driving for John Cummiskey Racing (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Garth Rickards

Garth Rickards driving for Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Garth Rickards driving for Team Pelfrey (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Aaron Telitz

Aaron Telitz of Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Aaron Telitz of Cape Motorsports with /WTR (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Keyran Andres Soori

Keyran Andres Soori driving for ArmsUp Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Keyran Andres Soori driving for ArmsUp Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Parker Thompson

Parker Thompson driving for JDC Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Parker Thompson driving for JDC Motorsports (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Teams

Afterburner Autosport

ArmsUp Motorsports

Cape Motorsports with /WTR

JAY Motorsports

JDC Motorsports

John Cummiskey Racing

M2 Autsoport

Pabst Racing

Swan Motorsports

Team Pelfrey

Partners To Follow:

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Cooper Tires Winterfest – USF2000 points and statistics

Jake Eidson from Pabst Racing leads a strong contingent of hopefuls halfway through Cooper Tires Winterfest (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jake Eidson from Pabst Racing leads a strong contingent of hopefuls halfway through Cooper Tires Winterfest (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

 

Cooper Tires Winterfest Driver Points (through 3 of 6 races)

Rank Driver WF1 WF2 WF3 Total
1 Jake Eidson 33 22 32 87
2 Aaron Telitz 25 19 17 61
3 Jordan Lloyd 19 17 25 61
4 Nico Jamin 22 25 4 51
5 Victor Franzoni 15 32 DSQ 47
6 Anthony Martin 17 8 22 47
7 Parker Thompson 14 13 14 41
8 Luke Gabin 11 15 15 41
9 Keyran Andres Soori 12 14 10 36
10 Yufeng Luo 10 11 11 32
11 Garth Rickards 1 12 19 32
12 Nikita Lastochkin 13 10 8 31
13 Ayla Agren 8 8 13 29
14 Max Hanratty 9 9 6 24
15 Augie Lerch 7 7 7 21
16 Santiago Lozano 5 6 9 20
17 Michai Stephens 4 4 12 20
18 James Dayson 6 5 5 16

 

Cooper Tires Winterfest Team Standings

Rank Team WF1 WF2 WF3 Total
1 Cape Motorsports with /WTR 33 30 11 74
2 John Cummiskey Racing 22 11 33 66
3 Pabst Racing 23 16 24 63
4 Team Pelfrey 5 10 20 35
5 JDC Motorsports 9 7 9 25
6 ArmsUp Motorsports 3 7 2 12
7 JAY Motorsports 4 4 4 12
8 M2 Autsoport 4 4 4 12
Cape Motorsports with /WTR' s Nico Jamin has started on the front in eau of the three Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda race in Winterfest thus far. (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Cape Motorsports with /WTR’ s Nico Jamin has started on the front in eau of the three Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda race in Winterfest thus far. (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

 

Average starting position through the first three Cooper Tires Winterfest races at NOLA Motorsports Park

Rank Driver Average Start
1 Nico Jamin 1.3
9 Jake Eidson 1.7
2 Aaron Telitz 3.3
18 Jordan Lloyd 4.7
15 Luke Gabin 6.0
11 Anthony Martin 6.7
13 Parker Thompson 7.3
17 Nikita Lastochkin 7.7
8 Victor Franzoni 8
10 Yufeng Luo 9.7
3 Keyran Andres Soori 11
16 Garth Rickards 11.7
4 Max Hanratty 12.7
14 Ayla Agren 13.7
5 Augie Lerch 16
12 Santiago Lozano 16.3
6 Michai Stephens 16.7
7 James Dayson 16.7

 

Average finishing position through the first three Cooper Tires Winterfest races at NOLA Motorsports Park

Rank Driver Average Finish
1 Jake Eidson 1.7
2 Aaron Telitz 3.7
3 Jordan Lloyd 3.7
4 Anthony Martin 7
5 Nico Jamin 7.3
6 Parker Thompson 7.3
7 Luke Gabin 7.3
8 Victor Franzoni 8.3
9 Keyran Andres Soori 9
10 Yufeng Luo 10.3
11 Garth Rickards 10.3
12 Nikita Lastochkin 10.7
13 Ayla Agren 11.7
14 Max Hanratty 13
15 Augie Lerch 14.3
16 Santiago Lozano 14.7
17 Michai Stephens 15
18 James Dayson 16
Keyran Andres Soori of ArmsUp Motorsports has gained the most positions through the first three Cooper Tires Winterfest races ((Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Keyran Andres Soori of ArmsUp Motorsports has gained the most positions through the first three Cooper Tires Winterfest races ((Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

 

Number of positions gained/lost through three races of Cooper Tires Winterfest 

Rank Driver Gained/Lost
1 Keyran Andres Soori 6
2 Ayla Agren 6
3 Augie Lerch 5
4 Michai Stephens 5
5 Santiago Lozano 5
6 Garth Rickards 4
7 Jordan Lloyd 3
8 James Dayson 2
9 Jake Eidson 0
10 Parker Thompson 0
11 Aaron Telitz -1
12 Max Hanratty -1
13 Victor Franzoni -1
14 Anthony Martin -1
15 Yufeng Luo -2
16 Luke Gabin -4
17 Nikita Lastochkin -9
18 Nico Jamin -18
Jake Eidson is focused on another quick lap.  He has scored the fastest race lap in two of three Cooper Tires Winterfest races so far. (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jake Eidson is focused on another quick lap. He has scored the fastest race lap in two of three Cooper Tires Winterfest races so far. (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Average of a drivers quickest race  lap during the first three races of Cooper Tires Winterfest 

Rank Driver Quickest Lap Average
1 Jake Eidson 1.7
2 Nico Jamin 2
3 Victor Franzoni 3.5
4 Aaron Telitz 3.7
5 Anthony Martin 4.2
6 Jordan Lloyd 4.7
7 Parker Thompson 7.7
8 Luke Gabin 8.3
9 Keyran Andres Soori 9.3
10 Garth Rickards 9.3
11 Nikita Lastochkin 9.7
12 Yufeng Luo 11.7
13 Max Hanratty 13
14 Ayla Agren 13.7
15 Michai Stephens 15
16 Augie Lerch 15.3
17 Santiago Lozano 15.7
18 James Dayson 17.3

 

Winterfest Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire standing and statistics. 

Cooper Tires Winterfest – Pro Mazda Points and Statistics

Team Pelfrey's Jack Aitken leads Andretti Autosport's Weiron Tan on track, and half-way through Cooper Tires Winterfest.  (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Team Pelfrey’s Jack Aitken leads Andretti Autosport’s Weiron Tan on track, and half-way through Cooper Tires Winterfest. (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Cooper Tires Winterfest Driver Points (through 3 of 6 races)

Rank Driver WF1 WF2 WF3 Total
1 Jack Aitken (R) 32 19 32 83
2 Weiron Tan (R) 26 32 20 78*
3 Will Owen 22 22 15 59
4 Nicholas Latifi (R) 7 25 22 54
5 Florian Latorre (R) 14 17 13 44
6 Raoul Owens (R) 19 15 9 43
7 Timothe Buret (R) 12 14 12 38
8 Garett Grist 17 1 19 37
9 Jose Gutierrez 6 13 17 36
10 Michael Johnson 11 12 11 34
11 Dalton Kellett (R) 15 1 14 30
12 Alessandro Latif (R) 10 10 10 30
13 Bobby Eberle 9 11 8 28
14 Carlos Conde 8 9 7 24
15 Daniel Burkett (R) 13 1 0 14

* Weiron Tan was penalized five points for violation of Rule 1.23 which states:

Upon completion of a Race, all Competitors shall follow the instructions of Officials. Unless otherwise directed, the top three finishers in the Race shall proceed as instructed and fully participate in Post-Race ceremonies and media interviews. Members may not remove, obscure or otherwise alter any sponsor recognition.

Cooper Tires Winterfest Team Standings

Rank Team WF1 WF2 WF3 Total
1 Andretti Autosport 26 23 26 75
2 Juncos Racing 25 21 22 68
3 Team Pelfrey 25 15 25 65
4 M1 Racing 2 19 16 37
5 JDC Motorsports 14 12 5 31
6 Cape Motorsports with /WTR 10 11 6 27
7 World Speed Motorsports 2 3 3 8

Average starting position through the first three Cooper Tires Winterfest races at NOLA Motorsports Park

Rank Driver Average Start
1 Jack Aitken 1.3
2 Weiron Tan 1.7
3 Garett Grist 3.7
4 Jose Gutierrez 3.7
5 Will Owen 4.7
6 Florian Latorre 6.7
7 Raoul Owens 7.7
8 Dalton Kellett 7.7
9 Timothe Buret 9
10 Nicholas Latifi 9.7
11 Daniel Burkett 10.5
12 Alessandro Latif 12
13 Michael Johnson 12.7
14 Bobby Eberle 14
15 Carlos Conde 15
Weiron Tan of Andretti Autosport has used a win and two seconds to lead the average finishing position at Cooper Tires Winterfest so far. (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Weiron Tan of Andretti Autosport has used a win and two seconds to lead the average finishing position at Cooper Tires Winterfest so far. (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Average finishing position through the first three Cooper Tires Winterfest races at NOLA Motorsports Park

Rank Driver Average Finish
1 Weiron Tan 1.7
2 Jack Aitken 2
3 Will Owen 4.0
4 Nicholas Latifi 6.3
5 Florian Latorre 6.7
6 Raoul Owens 7.3
7 Garett Grist 7.7
8 Timothe Buret 8.3
9 Dalton Kellett 8.7
10 Jose Gutierrez 9.3
11 Michael Johnson 9.7
12 Alessandro Latif 11
13 Daniel Burkett 11.5
14 Bobby Eberle 11.7
15 Carlos Conde 13

 

M1 Racing's Nicholas Latifi has gained the most positions through the first three races of Cooper Tires Winterfest (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

M1 Racing’s Nicholas Latifi has gained the most positions through the first three races of Cooper Tires Winterfest (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Number of positions gained/lost through three races of Cooper Tires Winterfest 

Rank Driver Positions Gained/Lost
1 Nicholas Latifi 10
2 Michael Johnson 9
3 Bobby Eberle 7
4 Carlos Conde 6
5 Alessandro Latif 3
6 Timothe Buret 2
7 Will Owen 2
8 Jack Aitken 2
9 Raoul Owens 1
10 Florian Latorre 0
11 Weiron Tan 0
12 Daniel Burkett -2
13 Dalton Kellett -3
14 Garett Grist -12
15 Jose Gutierrez -17

Average of a drivers quickest race  lap during the first three races of Cooper Tires Winterfest 

Rank Driver Quickest Lap Average
1 Weiron Tan 1.3
2 Jack Aitken 2.7
3 Nicholas Latifi 4.3
4 Will Owen 4.7
5 Garett Grist 5.5
6 Jose Gutierrez 5.7
7 Raoul Owens 5.7
8 Florian Latorre 6.7
9 Timothe Buret 9
10 Daniel Burkett 10
11 Dalton Kellett 10
12 Alessandro Latif 10.7
13 Michael Johnson 11.3
14 Bobby Eberle 12.7
15 Carlos Conde 13.7

Cooper Tires Winterfest Update #12 – Pro Mazda Race #3 notes and results

Jack Aitken vs. Weiron Tan highlighted a very entertaining third Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire race this afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park.

After a ragged start in this mornings race, Tan and Aitken “played nice”, which allowed the field to get through first lap incident free.

The two cars that suffered the most damage during the first lap incident in Race #2 were the No. 5 of Garett Grist and the No. 2 of Daniel Burkett.  The Juncos Racing crew worked their tails off and got the car of Grist (who hit the wall) fixed in time for the race.  Unfortunately the car of Burkett (who left the racing surface to avoid the incident) suffered damage beyond what the Cape Motorsports with /WTR crew could fix before the green flag.  They should be back in time for the next round at Barber Motorsports Park

When the green flag fell, Tan, the pole sitter and Aitken drag raced down the front stretch and went side-by-side for the first four turns before Aitken pulled ahead.

The order at the end of the fist lap was: Aitken, Tan, Garett Grist, Florian Latorre, and Dalton Kellett.

The second lap saw Nicholas Latifi and Jose Gutierrez go side-by-side through Turn 10, 11 and 12 before the Latifi came out ahead.

Tan was right under the gearbox of Aitken down the backstretch on lap 4, and showed himself to the outside, but tucked right back in behind Aitken.  That was closest he would get and for most of the race the gap remained between 0.4 and 0.9 seconds.

By the sixth lap, the two leaders had pulled almost a seven second gap over third place runner Grist, who was the engine on a nine car train of flame spitting Mazda rotary powered cars.

Tan continued to dog Aitken and narrowed the gap back to 0.2 seconds on lap 15, but couldn’t make a move for the lead.

Series interloper (he’s signed to race in the World Series By Renault 3.5 championship) Latifi was able to get by Canadian Garret Grist on the second last lap to score the final spot on the podium.

Paralyzed racer Michael Johnson was able to make two nice passes late in the race to score an impressive top 10.

Rank Car No. Driver Laps Completed Quickest Lap
1 82 Jack Aitken 20 1:34.687
2 22 Weiron Tan 20 1:34.380
3 18 Nicolas Latifi 20 1:34.975
4 5 Garett Grist 20 1:34.868
5 7 Jose Gutierrez 20 1:36.666
6 23 Will Owen 20 1:36.794
7 28 Dalton Kellett 20 1:37.444
8 10 Florian Latorre 20 1:38.428
9 6 Timothe Buret 20 1:37.352
10 54 Michael Johnson 20 1:36.220
11 14 Alessandro Latif 20 1:36.100
12 19 Raoul Owens 20 1:36.781
13 13 Bobby Eberle 20 1:36.905
14 33 Carlos Conde 19 1:43.246

A final post is upcoming with some final thoughts about the first half of Cooper Tires Winterfest.

Cooper Tires Winterfest update #11 – USF2000 race #3 notes and results

****The No. 17 Afterburner Autosport car of Victor Franzoni has been disqualified for a technical infraction, elevating Jake Eidson to victory in race #3***

Victor Franzoni put an emphatic stamp on the NOLA Motorsports Park portion of Cooper Tires Winterfest and let the Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda paddock know that he will be one of the drivers to beat, if you want to win the Mazda Motorsports scholarship.

Franzoni made up seven and five spots on the first lap in the first two races of the event, and continued his impressive starting prowess this afternoon; making up the two spots from his third starting position with a daring pass to the lead in Turn 1.

The end of the first lap saw the running order as: Franzoni, Nico Jamin, Jake Eidson, Aaron Telitz and Jordan Lloyd.

Ayla Agren of Team Pelfrey was the early big mover gaining five spots from here 15th place starting spot.  She continued her improvement and ended up in 9th place.

By the fifth lap Franzoni had built up a three second lead on second place Jamin, who was busy defending against a determined Eidsen.

Telitz, who was running 4th, made a mistake on lap six and fell back to 9th place.  He was able to claw back three spots to finish 6th.

On lap 10 the top 10 were: Franzoni, Jamin, Eidson, Lloyd, Martin, Garth Rickards, Luke Gabin, Parker Thompson, Telitz and Agren.

Jamin and Eidson continued their nose to tail battle until lap 14 when Eidsen was able to force Jamin into a mistake going into Turn 10  The driver of the No. 22 pulled alongside the No. 2 on the back stretch, which forced Jamin to brake too late and drive through the corner onto the grass.  As we’ve seen with other incidents, a trip onto the grass at NOLA Motorsports Park likely means your day is done.  Jamin ground to a halt and the track went yellow to retrieve his stranded car.

Time ran out as they were retrieving his car and Franzoni took the yellow and checkered flags on lap 17.

Rank Car No. Driver Laps Completed Quickest Lap
1 22 Jake Eidson 17 01:37.3899
2 94 Jordan Lloyd (R) 17 01:37.9468
3 33 Anthony Martin (R) 17 01:37.7615
4 83 Garth Rickards (R) 17 01:38.3771
5 3 Aaron Telitz 17 01:37.6337
6 82 Luke Gabin (R) 17 01:38.4245
7 80 Parker Thompson (R) 17 01:38.3430
8 81 Ayla Agren (R) 17 01:38.8352
9 14 Michai Stephens (R) 17 01:38.9990
10 23 Yufeng Luo (R) 17 01:38.7841
11 5 Keyvan Andre Soori 17 01:38.6129
12 79 Santiago Lozano 17 01:39.3972
13 84 Nikita Lastochkin (R) 17 01:38.4313
14 12 Augie Lerch (R) 17 01:39.1725
15 6 Max Hanratty (R) 17 01:39.7580
16 16 James Dayson 16 01:40.9126
17 2 Nico Jamin 14 01:37.4429
18 17 Victor Franzoni DSQ 01:37.3202

Cooper Tires Winterfest update #10 – Pro Mazda race #2 notes and results

After a clean race yesterday, the Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire field didn’t even make it to the start/finish line before the shenanigans began.  The front row of Jack Aitken and Weiron Tan began playing games as they lined up two wide going into the final corner before taking the green.

Whether Aitken failed to go or he missed a shift, it gave Tan a huge jump on the rest of the field as the green flag flew.  The accordion effect, and drivers behind Aitken who were anxious to go initiated an incident just before the start finish line, that saw Garret Grist end up against the inside wall with significant damage and Carlos Conde slide though the grass on the outside wall.

The No. 3 Cape Motorsports with /WTR car of Daniel Burkett sustained front and damage and he came to a stop further down the track.  Also involved were Dalton Kellett, Raoul Owens, and Alessandro Latif, who all made pit stops to try and repair the damage caused by hitting debris.

The field went back to green on lap 5 with Tan leading the way.  The big gainer on the first green flag lap of the race was Latiffi who moved from fourth to second, while the big loser was Jose Gutierrez who dropped from second to fifth.  Pole sitter, Aitken had worked his way up to fourth.

Unfortunately, on lap 7 the Andretti Autosport No. 28 of Dalton Kellett had to pit again to try and repair damage sustained during the first lap incident.

By lap 10, Tan had built up an almost four second gap over second place runner Nicolas Latiffi, who was busy holding off a charging Will Owen and Jack Aitken.

The race became timed after the long yellow to clean up the first lap mess, and ended on lap 14 with Tan holding a 6.9 second lead over second place Latiffi.

The win is the first win in America for Tan, an European F3 veteran and native of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  It’s also the first win as a driver coach for Jack Hawksworth, who is Tan’s roommate in Houston, Texas.  The two drivers also share common management.

Complete results are below:

Rank Car No. Driver Laps Completed Quickest Lap
1 22 Weiron Tan 14 1:34.441
2 18 Nicolas Latifi 14 1:35.240
3 23 Will Owen 14 1:35.116
4 82 Jack Aitken 14 1:35.149
5 10 Florian Latorre 14 1:35.298
6 19 Raoul Owens 14 1:34.945
7 6 Timothe Buret 14 1:35.445
8 7 Jose Gutierrez 14 1:34.844
9 54 Michael Johnson 14 1:36.124
10 13 Bobby Eberle 14 1:38.285
11 14 Alessandro Latif 13 1:35.901
12 33 Carlos Conde 10 1:39.481
13 28 Dalton Kellett 6 1:41.015
14 5 Garett Grist 3:17.356
15 2 Daniel Burkett 3:12.657
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