NASCAR Coke Zero redflagged again for third time at Daytona, this one due to rain

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get more wild and crazy at Daytona International Speedway, it just did in Sunday’s Coke Zero 400.

What was a rescheduled race due to rain last night has become one of stop-and-go, now under the third red flag of today.

Following a massive 25-car wreck on Lap 98, the race resumed on Lap 104, with Aric Almirola and the legendary No. 43 Ford of Richard Petty Motorsports in the lead.

Almirola remained in the lead when caution was called five laps later on Lap 109, and then NASCAR redflagged the race on Lap 113 when a huge rainstorm enveloped the backstretch with heavy rainfall.

While NASCAR hopes to resume the race once the rain stops and the track is dried, count Almriola as one who doesn’t want the rain to stop, which would lead to his first career Sprint Cup victory and also on the 30th anniversary of team owner Richard Petty’s 200th and last Sprint Cup win in 1984.

“I’m not going to lie,” Almirola told TNT. “I just wish the Good Lord would dump a huge rain shower on us right now.”

The Air Titan track dryers are back on the 2.5-mile high-banked superspeedway.

We’ll be back shortly with more updates as they evolve.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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