MRTI, PWC at Mid-Ohio: Several different winners emerge

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – Today was an incredibly busy day of racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where besides Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying (LIVE, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and both of Indy Lights’ qualifying and first race, there are five additional races on the docket.

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda has its second and third races of the weekend, Rounds 13 and 14 of the season, while the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires has Round 13, and the Pirelli World Challenge GTS (Round 12) and GT ranks (Round 14) have their two races.

Here’s rolling updates from the track.

USF2000 RACE 2

Nico Jamin scored his second flag-to-flag win from pole in as many USF2000 races this weekend, the points leader doing so following a frantic start and then survival for the remainder of the 30-minute race.

Jamin and Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Aaron Telitz nearly collided on the start but once Jamin was through in the lead into Turn 4, the first turn after the start line at Mid-Ohio, it was clear sailing as he beat Jake Eidson and Telitz.

The win is Jamin’s third in a row and seventh this season, and extends his points lead.

PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE GTS

Kris Wilson avenged what was a frustrating Friday to post his fourth win of the GTS season in the second race of the weekend, ahead of Jack Baldwin. It was a good battle between the two drivers for the win.

“The key to the race was starting on the pole,” Wilson said. “Friday’s race was exciting when I was coming from the back too. I’ll admit that I would rather have it less exciting and never look back.  Although Jack (Baldwin) was giving me a run for my money in the last three or four laps.  He was right on me.”

Dean Martin rounded out the podium.

PRO MAZDA RACE 1

The key to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires race was the start, which Neil Alberico was ruled to have jumped and then fell behind Santiago Urrutia coming through Turn 8.

Once the points leading Uruguayan driver was past, he was able to hold on for the rest of the day in his Team Pelfrey entry for his second race win of the year. Alberico was second with Timothe Buret in third.

INDY LIGHTS RACE 1

It was a dramatic day for the Indy Lights runners, and their story followed in a separate report.

PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE GT/GTA/GT CUP

Ryan Dalziel scored an overdue first win of the season, and first since Mid-Ohio last year, in a dominant victory for EFFORT Racing in the team’s No. 31 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

James Davison was second for his fourth straight podium with points leader Olivier Beretta third for the second straight race.

Frankie Montecalvo (GTA) and Alec Udell (GT Cup) were the other two class winners, with both news-worthy. Montecalvo won courtesy of a last lap pass on Bryan Heitkotter for his third straight class triumph; Udell, who at only 19 is already a five-year series veteran, has finally scored both his first class and series win after a litany of near misses.

USF2000 RACE 3

Jamin completed the trifecta over Telitz and Eidson in the final race of the day, for his fourth straight and eighth overall as he firms up his grasp on the series points lead.

WHAT’S ON TAP FOR SUNDAY

  • Pro Mazda races its second race of the weekend at 8:50 a.m., with Urrutia looking for the weekend sweep.
  • Indy Lights has its second race of the weekend at 10:30 a.m., as Enerson looks to make it two-for-two and score his third Mid-Ohio career win (USF2000 in 2013).
  • PWC GT runs at 11:50 and is the warmup act for the IndyCar race, which follows.
  • IndyCar rolls off coverage at 1:30 p.m. ET LIVE on CNBC, with green flag at 2:07 p.m.