It was a tough fourth race for the USF2000 championship, but it ended up well for Afterburner Autosports’s Victor Franzoni as he held off Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing’s Nico Jamin on the last lap of the race Sunday.
The race was part of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale.
Franzoni’s car was partially new to him after his team changed the engine Saturday night, staying until around 10 p.m.
His crew’s efforts were rewarded with a victory that vaults Franzoni from 10th to fourth in the points standings.
Jamin’s second place makes this his fourth podium in four races, which is the same for Jake Eidson, who swept the races at St. Petersburg and also finished third in Saturday’s race.
The race’s pivotal moment came on Lap 3. Aaron Telitz led the first two laps but went off track after Turn 7 and ended up last. Franzoni led from then on, earning his second victory at NOLA Motorsports Park this year after his win during the Winterfest spring training in February.
The series moves to Barber Motorsports Park in two weeks.
Urrutia holds on for win: Treacherous conditions were the order of the day for the Pro Mazda championship and a new winner adorned the podium as Team Pelfrey’s Santiago Urrutia managed to hold his car on track in the deteriorating conditions to win over Andretti Autosport’s Weiron Tan with Juncos Racing’s Timothe Buret in third.
The finish was rewarding for Urrutia and Tan, as Urrutia had finished second and fourth in St. Petersburg while Tan had finished 16th and 15th after midrace incidents took him out of the running.
Tan was a championship favorite after his performance at Winterfest at NOLA Motorsports Park and Barber Motorsports Park, but St. Petersburg left him with an uphill wall to climb. He clawed back against much of his disadvantage with his finish Sunday.
The second Pro Mazda race for the weekend was canceled because of poor track conditions thanks to the rain that had persisted during the running of the first race and through other supporting events.
The series has not announced a date when the race will be made up.
The next race weekend for Pro Mazda is Barber Motorsports Park in two weeks.