Lloyd wins a six-lap sprint after major carnage

Jordan Lloyd led a Pabst Racing 1-2 in the first USF2000 race of the season in St. Petersburg, but his hard work didn’t start until lap 12 following long caution periods.

A 26-car field fell into first-corner mayhem as James Munro’s Team Pelfrey entry appeared to spear front-row starter Parker Thompson under braking for Turn 1, causing many frontrunners to swerve or stop dead on track to avoid the incident.

Worst affected were Thompson, of course, but also Munro's teammate TJ Fischer and Max Hanratty.

That left Lloyd, teammate Yufeng Luo, Robert Megennis and Luke Gabin as the top four, and that’s precisely the order they stayed in to the checkered flag – but not before another yellow.

Following the restart on lap 7, the third Pabst entry of Garth Rickards spun into the wall on the main straight after contact with Pelfrey's Jordan Cane.

That allowed Clint McMahan of RJB Motorsport – who started 20th – into fifth, ahead of Victor Franzoni of Arms Up Motorsport.

On the final restart on lap 12, Lloyd nailed the restart, and Luo was comfortably clear of Megennis.

However, on the following lap, Franzoni took fifth from McMahan but all eyes were on sophomore Anthony Martin, who was setting fastest laps and slashed past Franzoni after the Brazilian had attempted a brave but futile move on Gabin at Turn 1.

Martin closed on Gabin and appeared to have the pace for a podium finish as Megennis started falling away from the Pabst entries. However, he simply ran out of laps and had to be content with fifth.

Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1  Jordan Lloyd Pabst Racing 30:44.217
2  Yufeng Luo Pabst Racing 1.555
3  Robert Megennis Team Pelfrey 4.355
4  Luke Gabin JAY Motorsports 4.662
5  Anthony Martin Cape Motorsports w/WTR 4.929
6  Victor Franzoni ArmsUp Motorsports 5.654
7  Clint McMahan RJB Motorsports 16.634
8  Dakota Dickerson Afterburner Autosport 17.216
9 Nikita Lastochkin Cape Motorsports w/WTR 17.438
10 Ayla Agren John Cummiskey Racing 18.032
11  Michai Stephens RJB Motorsports 18.742
12  Tazio Ottis JDC MotorSports 19.541
13  Sam Chastain Chastain Motorsports 20.146
14  Eric Filgueiras Spencer Racing 20.721
15  Parker Thompson Cape Motorsports w/WTR 33.818
16  Robert Allaer JDC MotorSports 34.834
17  Charles Finelli Fat Boy Racing 47.889
18  James Munro Team Pelfrey 48.954
19  Brendan Puderbach Fat Boy Racing 1:00.7046
20  Austin McCusker Chastain Motorsports 1 Lap
21  Felipe Ortiz Afterburner Autosport 1 Lap
22  TJ Fischer Team Pelfrey 4 Laps
23  Lucas Kohl John Cummiskey Racing 5 Laps
24  Garth Rickards Pabst Racing 11 Laps
25 Jordan Cane Team Pelfrey 11 Laps
26  Max Hanratty ArmsUp Motorsports 16 Laps

 

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Series USF2000
Drivers Jordan Lloyd
Teams Pabst Racing Services
Article type Race report