For Parker Thompson, much of Saturday’s USF2000 finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was spent riding around in first, trailing the pace car during an extended yellow. For the rest of the time, Thompson maintained his lead to claim a dominant victory in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race 2.
Thompson took the lead on the opening lap from the pole, then spent the majority of his race following the pace car from the lead after three separate incidents and oil on-track from the No. 5 of Austin McCusker led to a lengthy caution.
In all, slightly over 20 minutes of the 30-minute feature would be spent under yellow.
When the race finally returned to green-flag conditions with eight minutes remaining, Thompson withstood a fierce charge from Victor Franzoni to claim the victory by .7114 seconds.
Franzoni crossed the line in second, with Luke Gabin taking the final podium position from 1.9195 seconds back.
Anthony Martin and Jordan Lloyd completed the top-5 finishers. Yufeng Luo, Garth Rickards, Lucas Kohl, TJ Fischer and Robert Megennis rounded out the top 10.
USF2000 will return to action on May 27 when the field heads to Lucas Oil Raceway as part of the 2016 Carb Night Classic.
|1||2||1||Parker Thompson||Alberta Canada||Cape Motorsports w/WTR||15|
|2||9||4||Victor Franzoni||Sao Paulo Brazil||ArmsUp Motorsports||15|
|3||91||7||Luke Gabin||Perth Australia||JAY Motorsports||15|
|4||8||3||Anthony Martin||Kalgoorlie Australia||Cape Motorsports w/WTR||15|
|5||21||2||Jordan Lloyd||Toowoomba Australia||Pabst Racing||15|
|6||23||5||Yufeng Luo||Beijing China||Pabst Racing||15|
|7||22||6||Garth Rickards||Mechanicsburg PA||Pabst Racing||15|
|8||34||13||Lucas Kohl (R)||Santa Cruz do Sul Brazil||John Cummiskey Racing||15|
|9||82||17||TJ Fischer (R)||Wilsonville OR||Team Pelfrey||15|
|10||80||15||Robert Megennis (R)||New York NY||Team Pelfrey||15|
|11||3||8||Nikita Lastochkin||Moscow Russia||Cape Motorsports w/WTR||15|
|12||33||12||Ayla Agren||Baerum Norway||John Cummiskey Racing||15|
|13||77||19||Sam Chastain (R)||Indianapolis IN||Chastain Motorsports||15|
|14||72||16||Tazio Ottis (R)||Berkeley CA||JDC MotorSports||15|
|15||19||21||Michai Stephens (R)||Evanston IL||RJB Motorsports||15|
|16||20||20||Clint McMahan (R)||Knoxville TN||RJB Motorsports||15|
|17||7||24||Dale VandenBush* (R)||Green Bay WI||ArmsUp Motorsports||15|
|18||11||23||Robert Armington* (R)||El Dorado Hills CA||Tomasi Motorsports||15|
|19||6||18||Max Hanratty||Hartland WI||ArmsUp Motorsports||14|
|20||18||10||Dakota Dickerson (R)||San Diego CA||Afterburner Autosport||14|
|21||81||9||Jordan Cane (R)||Chichester England||Team Pelfrey||13|
|22||15||26||Brenden Puderbach* (R)||Bronx NY||Fat Boy Racing||9||Contact|
|23||5||14||Austin McCusker (R)||Manhasset NY||Chastain Motorsports||3||Mechanical|
|24||92||11||Cameron Das (R)||Baltimore MD||JAY Motorsports||1||Contact|
|25||12||22||Eric Filgueiras* (R)||Cape Canaveral FL||Spencer Racing||0||Off Course|
|26||44||25||Charles Finelli* (R)||Locust Valley NY||Fat Boy Racing||0|
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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.
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