USF2000 PODIUM FINISH FOR JDC MOTORSPORTS IN INDIANA Goikhberg finishes third and sets fastest race lap in first series oval race at O'Reilly Raceway Park INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (May 31, 2010) -- Rookie standout Mikhail Goikhberg continued JDC ...
USF2000 PODIUM FINISH FOR JDC MOTORSPORTS IN INDIANA
Goikhberg finishes third and sets fastest race lap in first series oval race at O'Reilly Raceway Park
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (May 31, 2010) -- Rookie standout Mikhail Goikhberg continued JDC MotorSports' impressive showing in the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda on Saturday (May 29), finishing third and setting a new lap record in Round Three at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Fellow rookie star Raphael Abbate added an eighth place result in the team's first oval outing of 2010.
Less than a week after a double win performance in a non-points event in California, the JDC MotorSports USF2000 drivers were back on track via the first of back-to-back oval races. Building on the strong west coast run, and an impressive showing in official pre-event oval testing, both Goikhberg and Abbate wasted little time coming to grips with the ORP banked oval during the Friday practice sessions. Despite being newcomers to oval competition, the Russian and Brazilian never placed outside the top-five during the three hour-long runs.
Given the drivers pace in day one, spirits were high in the JDC camp when the Night Before the 500 race day commenced on Saturday morning with two additional one-hour practice runs. Focusing on ideal car setup and racing line in the two runs, Goikhberg and Abbate continued to show good speed, securing three more top-five results.
The top-five trend continued after the lunch break during two-lap single-car qualifying. Piloting the No. 11 Avery Dennison/Alphacolor/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, Abbate secured a row two starting position for his first-ever oval race via the fourth quickest time. Goikberg nearly matched his teammate's pace during his outing, posting the fifth fastest time in the No. 10 Chetverg/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports entry.
After short break to debrief and prepare the cars, it was time to go racing in Indianapolis in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Upon the green flag waving, it immediately became apparent that Goikhberg would be a driver worth watching. Showing both good speed and patience, the former Ontario Formula Ford Championship front-runner repeatedly challenged for third place throughout the opening stages of the race. It was however following the lone full-course caution just prior to the halfway mark that Goikhberg made his move, taking over the final podium position via a nice inside move.
Behind the JDC charger, things were not going quite as well for Abbate. Coming to grips with oval competition for the first time, the Brazilian lost several positions early on, before becoming embroiled in a good dice for eighth place.
As the 50-lap race progressed, Goikhberg continued his march to the front. Turning the fastest race lap upon taking over third place, he rapidly closed the gap to second. Upon catching the early race leader, Goikhberg challenged for position lap after lap, often getting to the inside entering one of the four turns. Unfortunately the JDC racer was unable to make a move stick. The end result was Goikhberg taking the checkered flag in third, earning valuable points in both the driver and team championship fights. Abbate added to the Minnesota-based team's tally, finishing eighth.
JDC MotorSports continues its pursuit of the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda title on June 19, with Round Four taking place at Iowa Speedway.
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