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Parker Thompson Holds Serve for USF2000 Indianapolis Victory

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.

Pos No Start Driver Hometown Team Laps Comments
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

About the author

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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