Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Race 1
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, OH
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
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Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Race 1
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Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
About the track

The 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural-terrain road course offers a little of everything -- elevation changes, speed corners, flowing corners, tight corners, a narrow (40 feet) racing ribbon and a challenging entry to pit lane.

Race Review

Lexington, Ohio – Points leader Santi Urrutia took another step toward his goal of winning the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires for Team Pelfrey by virtue of his victory this afternoon in the first of two races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course which will comprise the Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.

Championship rival Neil Alberico (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) bounced back to prominence with a second-place finish, while Timothé Buret completed the podium after finding a way past pole-winning Juncos Racing teammate Garett Grist on Lap 6.

Urrutia, from Miguelete, Uruguay, enjoyed a slice of good fortune when early race leader Alberico was instructed by Race Control to drop behind the Team Pelfrey driver after being adjudged to have anticipated the start with a little too much alacrity. At that stage Alberico, who qualified second, was pulling away from the pack, having leaped ahead of Grist at the start line, with Urrutia following him through from fourth on the grid at the rolling start.

Alberico throttled back to negate the 3.5-second advantage he had established, and skillfully managed to allow Urrutia past, as instructed, without losing any more positions.

Urrutia then controlled the remainder of the 30-minute race to secure his third win of the season, while Alberico had to be content with second place, albeit with the consolation of adding a bonus point for posting the fastest lap of the race.

Buret managed to squeeze past the unfortunate Grist when the Canadian was forced to lift off the throttle in order not to make contact with Alberico as the former race leader slotted in behind Urrutia as instructed. Try as he did, the disgruntled Grist was unable to redress the balance.

Florian Latorre (Cape Motorsports) finished fifth ahead of Weiron Tan (Andretti Autosport) and Pato O’Ward (Team Pelfrey), who secured the RePlay XD Move the Race Award for his pass on Victor Franzoni on Lap 7.

Dalton Kellett (Andretti Autosport) and Franzoni (M1 Racing) completed the top 10.

Contingency Awards included the Quarter Master Hard Charger Award, which went to Urrutia for making up three positions after starting from fourth on the grid, the PFC Award to the winning team, Team Pelfrey, and the Staubli Award to Daniel Burkett, who finished 11th for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.

 

Top Three Positions
1st
Santi Urrutia
Team Pelfrey
2st
Neil Alberico
Cape Motorsports
3st
Timothe Buret
Juncos Racing
Past track winners
Anthony Martin (R3) / 2017
Victor Franzoni (R2) / 2017
Anthony Martin (R1) / 2017
Nico Jamin (R2) / 2016
Nico Jamin (R1) / 2016
Neil Alberico (R2) / 2015
Santiago Urrutia (R1) / 2015
Garett Grist (R2) / 2014
Nicolas Costa (R1) / 2014
Matthew Brabham (R2) / 2013
Matthew Brabham (R1) / 2013
Ryan Justice / 2006
Raphael Matos / 2005
Guy Cosmo / 2002