Jul 22, 2014
Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing enjoyed a banner day on the streets of Toronto as teenaged teammates Jake Eidson and Florian Latorre each earned their first Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda victories during the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of Toronto.
Both drivers also scooped a second-place finish, which -- combined with a cruel slice of misfortune for series leader RC Enerson -- allowed them to take over at the top of the championship standings after Enerson suffered a drivetrain failure while leading on Lap 13 in Race 2.
Latorre, 17, of France, who had taken pole position for the fourth successive race weekend, took full advantage by taking the early lead, while teammate Eidson, 18, from Littleton, Colo., immediately passed front-row starter Enerson to move into second place. Eidson made his decisive move for the lead under braking for Turn 1 on Lap 14, after which Latorre locked up his brakes and slid into the escape road.
In Race 2, Latorre led the 22-car field from the pole. Enerson wrested the advantage midway around the first lap, which again saw the yellow flags waving following a multi-car incident in Turn 3 that took out several cars. Enerson continued to lead at the restart, with Cape Motorsports teammates Latorre and Eidson snapping at his heels.
The order remained unchanged until Lap 13, when Enerson abruptly slowed on the exit of Turn 1. After the full-course caution, there was enough time left for a two-lap dash to the finish, during which Latorre narrowly maintained his advantage over Eidson.
With his pair of podiums, Latorre leads the standings with a 15-point advantage over Eidson (199-184). Enerson trails in third with 177 points.
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will resume with a triple-header weekend, once again in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Aug. 2-3.