MRTI: Tan, Eidson win Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Weiron Tan (Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires) and Jake Eidson (Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda) won the pair of Mazda Road to Indy races at the 0.686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday, for FreedomFest.

For both drivers, it is their third win of the season. For Tan, he delivered Andretti’s third straight Pro Mazda win at the track, after Matthew Brabham and Grist won the last two years.

The races were moved to the afternoon of the day before the Indianapolis 500, rather than the traditional night before the 500.

Eidson (Pabst Racing) held off Nico Jamin (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) in the 75-lap USF2000 Mazda Freedom 75, with Eidson particularly strong through slower traffic. Jamin made a late charge but came up short. Jamin’s teammate Aaron Telitz finished in third.

In the Pro Mazda Cooper Tires 90, Tan (Andretti Autosport) led flag-to-flag from pole but had to withstand a late challenge from Will Owen (Juncos Racing), who closed when Tan was trying to lap two of Owen’s teammates in Garett Grist and Jose Gutierrez. Rising Star Racing-backed Neil Alberico, also of Cape, finished in third.

There were championship implications on the day in Pro Mazda with both points leader Santiago Urrutia and third-placed Timothe Buret retiring. Alberico and Tan will have gained significant ground.

Both series head to Toronto next in three weeks time.