Teammates Urry and Ashley Freiberg stuck together from the start and posted faster times on lap 13 than the leader. Freiberg held onto third position until lap 24 when Angel Benitez Jr. snuck past her.
The NGT Motorsport driver’s run to the podium started on lap nine when he pushed from 10th position to eighth after jumping past Mills and his fellow NGT teammate Eduardo Cisneros. From there, Benitez Jr., continued to pick off his opponents – Colin Thompson on lap 10, Kasey Kuhlman on lap 13 and ultimately Freiberg with only five laps to go. The Venezuelan entered the race as second in the points standings and needed a podium spot after being unable to finish race one at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“I needed this,” Benitez exclaimed. “I was really fighting for second and it took me awhile to get into pace from the start of the race, and I didn’t want another crash like my first race.
But after the middle of the race I got up to speed and started passing people one-by-one and we got a podium. We started 10th and I’ll take third. I am not as happy as I should be. So I am going to just keep working.”
In the Gold Cup, Michael Levitas of TPC Racing claimed his second victory of the weekend after gaining four spots by lap seven, which earned him the Yokohama Hard Charger Award as well.