The Mazda Road to Indy divisions, as well as the Verizon IndyCar Series, were off this past weekend – but several drivers were making the rounds around North America this weekend.
We noted IndyCar drivers Jack Hawksworth and James Hinchcliffe in action at Road America; Gabby Chaves, the Indy Lights points leader, also made a day trip to Road America to support the DeltaWing team, which he’s driven for in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup this year.
In Trois-Rivieres, Pro Mazda title rivals Scott Hargrove and Spencer Pigot continued their battle at the legendary street course in Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin action. It was part of the weekend that also included this accident in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Pigot finished fourth in Saturday’s race one (Chris Green won) and won Sunday’s race two; the Sunday win was his second of the year (Toronto).
“I knew I had the pace. I just had to take advantage when I could but not take too many risks and end up in the wall, which is easy to do here,” Pigot said. “Just worked my way past Chris and Scott. It was good battling with them, as always. Really hard racing, but it was all clean today. Happy to get the win.”
Meanwhile Hargrove finished second in both races and retains the series points lead with a final two-race weekend to go at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 30-31. Hargrove leads Green by 16 points (152-136); 20 points are on offer for each win, and a maximum 40 possible.
Pigot and Hargrove’s Pro Mazda title battle will be decided in the next two weeks, after one race in Milwaukee this weekend and two in Sonoma the following weekend. There, Pigot currently leads Hargrove by 14 points (259-245). Wins are worth more than 30 points.
The other IMSA Development Series were in action at Road America this weekend. Sloan Urry, Michael Lewis and Angel Benitez Jr. won the three IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA races with Mikhail Goikhberg and Andrew Novich winning in IMSA Cooper Tire Prototype Lites.
We’ll have more on the Pigot/Hargrove title battle later this week on MotorSportsTalk.