ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Scott Anderson is the man on form in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
After securing his first victory a couple of weeks ago at Mid-Ohio, and following up with a pair of podium finishes yesterday for Belardi Auto Racing, the reigning Skip Barber National champion bounced back with another fine win this morning to cap off a thrilling tripleheader race weekend for the burgeoning open-wheel development series, the first rung on the highly acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy.
Anderson started from the pole today under a clear blue sky and managed to hold off the snarling 28-car field into turn one, whereupon early season pace-setter Spencer Pigot made a fine move to the inside on the exit and was able to assume the lead for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing under braking for turn three. Pigot’s teammate, Matthew Brabham, who won twice on Friday to snatch the series points lead from Pigot, also made a move past Anderson as the top three looked to break away from Matthew Di Leo (No. 56 Res Precast/MDL Racing), Shelby Blackstock (No. 8 Starstruck/Andretti Autosport), Neil Alberico (No. 19 Kartel Motorsports/Bondurant School/RaceLite Protection/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports), Luigi Biangardi (No. 15 Inject-It/Gulfstream Properties/Slick Locks/Chicago Indoor Karting/ArmsUp Motorsports) and the rest, led by JDC’s Scott Hargrove (No. 38 Analytic Systems/Race Energy/Skip Barber Racing School/Red Line Oil).
The action among the leaders was hot and heavy for the first three laps as places changed on a regular basis around the fast, 4.048-mile road course. Finally, on Lap 3, Anderson used the draft to perfection along the long front straightaway and was able to wrest away the advantage from Pigot, who promptly lost another place to Brabham.
Anderson was able to establish a clear advantage as the two Cape Motorsports teammates battled amongst themselves for the next few laps before Pigot managed to edge away from Brabham. The 18-year-old from Orlando, Fla., set the fastest lap of the race as he chased after Anderson but couldn’t quite get close enough to make a real challenge.
Anderson, from Fort Collins, Colo., took the checked flag 1.689s clear of Pigot, with Brabham settling back into a comfortable third ahead of a battling Blackstock – who claimed his career-best finish of fourth, Di Leo and Alberico. Biangardi couldn’t quite match their pace but held onto seventh ahead of Trent Hindman (#3 Premier Woodcraft/Zydro+/DFL Construction/RaceLite Protection/Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) and Hargrove.
Another fine start by Norwegian teenager Henrik Furuseth (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) took him into the lead of the National Class for the second day running.
Brabham still leads the Championship Class standings by a 14-point margin over Pigot.