Road America Saturday MRTI, PWC race notes

Ayla Agren in USF2000. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – There’s seven races combined today between the Mazda Road to Indy and Pirelli World Challenge, with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires having two races each, then one race apiece for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and PWC GT/GTA/GT Cup and GTS classes.

Quick reports from each will follow below:

USF2000 RACE 1

Lloyd, Martin, Gabin on all-Australian USF2000 podium. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography
Lloyd, Martin, Gabin on all-Australian USF2000 podium. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

Anthony Martin of Kalgoorlie, Australia continued his recent run of form in USF2000. The driver of the No. 8 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing entry won his third race in the last four, after scoring his first series win at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend, then snatching win from the jaws of teammate Parker Thompson at Lucas Oil Raceway on the oval at the end of May.

Martin then led flag-to-flag in this morning’s 11-lap, 30-minute first of two races today, to lead an all-Australian podium ahead of Jordan Lloyd (No. 21 Pabst Racing) and Luke Gabin (No. 91 JAY Motorsports).

Lloyd and Gabin started fourth and 10th respectively and used opportunistic, well-timed passing maneuvers to move forward in the short race, despite the limited green flag running. There were two yellow flags – one involving Lloyd’s two Pabst teammates, Garth Rickards and Yufeng Luo, on the opening lap – and a later one for another Cape car in team debutante Jordan Cane.

Victor Franzoni was fourth in the No. 9 ArmsUp Motorsports entry with series points leader Parker Thompson fifth in the No. 2 Cape car. Thompson will lose a bit of ground in the points standings.

“It was very difficult with the yellows. This track is about slipstreams and restarts can be very risky,” Martin told NBC Sports after the race. “I was thankful I was able to keep in front and boys behind me.”

Lloyd thanked Pabst Racing driver coach Tonis Kasemets, arguably one of the most experienced drivers ever at Road America, for his guidance and help during the weekend.

“Having him is a bit of a leg up. These guys are based not far from here and Tonis Kasemets has done more laps than anyone else almost. The track knowledge helps,” said Lloyd.

After a nightmare Lucas Oil race and a blown engine in practice, Gabin delivered a performance similar to his strong weekend at the IMS road course – the only track remotely comparable to Road America on the USF2000 schedule given the long straights.

“It was crazy. We started P10 … and it was really hard to work my way up. We didn’t quite have the pace. But it felt like we reinvented the wheel. Blowing an engine was not what we expected – it was heartbreaking – but the JAY crew got everything back together,” Gabin said.

The Pro Mazda 40-minute first race of the weekend is up next.


Telitz flashes the peace sign. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography
Telitz flashes the peace sign. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

Birchwood, Wis.’ Aaron Telitz scored his second win of the season, first since Round 2 in St. Petersburg, in the No. 82 Rice Lake Weighing Systems car for Team Pelfrey, in a dominant flag-to-flag drive from pole position.

The Wisconsinite ended ahead of a pair of Juncos Racing teammates, Nicolas Dapero and Will Owen, with Dapero ending a season and career-best second place in the No. 31 car.

Pato O’Ward, the erstwhile dominant driver who’d won six of the first seven races this season in the No. 80 Team Pelfrey car, ended off the podium for the first time this year in fourth, with TJ Fischer fifth in his Pro Mazda debut in the No. 81 entry.

Telitz entered the day 55 points behind O’Ward but he’ll make up some good ground as a result of this finish.

It’s a big day for Telitz, who recapped his first race below:

“Yeah it was a good start and my car was great early on,” Telitz told NBC Sports post-race. “I pulled out a big gap which helped. Then car got crazy loose. Hoped no one would catch me. It was just about managing it from there. It will be a big weight off my shoulder.

“Skippy [Skip Barber] here is like Talladega. You can pass back and forth twice down front and back straights. There was great awesome racing in the back today, but luckily, I was out front.”


A jumbled starting order for today’s first of two Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup races is on tap, with Adderly Fong taking the lone No. 88 Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3 to his first career series pole.

Fong’s No. 88 Bentley is the only Bentley entered this weekend with Andrew Palmer still recovering in hospital in Connecticut after his head injury sustained in an accident at Lime Rock Park.

The Hong Kong driver edged the pair of RealTime Racing Acura TLX-GTs, which had a pre-race boost adjustment entering the weekend, but still ended in their best grid positions this year.



I wound up calling the first of two Indy Lights races from Road America this morning on a last-minute pinch hitting role, rather than just sitting in my usual work spot.

On track, Zach Veach dominated en route to his first win of the season and fourth in his career in the No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing Dallara IL-15 Mazda. The win comes in the home state for team owner Brian Belardi.

There was quite a bit of action behind him, ultimately punctuated by a great drive in second from Dean Stoneman in his No. 27 Stellrecht entry for Andretti Autosport.

Stoneman ultimately overcame a five-second post-race time penalty that would be added to his race time for Lap 1 contact with Andre Negrao, and although he finished 2.9841 seconds behind on the road it became 7.9841 seconds with the penalty added.

Not as fortunate was Santiago Urrutia, who also incurred a five-second penalty for contact with another car, and that dropped him from fifth back to ninth.

Felix Serralles completed the podium with Ed Jones, the series points leader, in fourth. Jones unofficially leads Stoneman by 23 points – 204 to 181 – ahead of tomorrow’s race, which airs at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN following the IndyCar race coverage.


Anthony Martin won his second race of the day and has unofficially moved into the USF2000 points lead by one point over Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Parker Thompson, who finished third.

Sandwiched between them was Victor Franzoni of ArmsUp Motorsports, with Ayla Agren (John Cummiskey Racing, lead image on this post) and Garth Rickards completing the top five. It’s the best results of the year for both drivers, who last year were teammates at Team Pelfrey.


Much the same as the two USF2000 races, the two Pro Mazda races were the same – the driver who won in the morning also won in the afternoon.

Aaron Telitz completed the weekend and Saturday sweep for Team Pelfrey in the No. 82 Rice Lake Weighing Systems entry, dominating from start to finish.

Nico Jamin posted a season and career-best second in Pro Mazda in the No. 2 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing entry ahead of Will Owen, third for a second straight race for Juncos Racing.


An uneventful first race of the weekend for the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup took place this afternoon with the pair of RealTime Racing Acura TLX-GTs dominating the proceedings in an authoritative 1-2 finish.

Ryan Eversley and Peter Cunningham led the way in GT. Eversley won his first PWC race of the year and first since St. Petersburg in 2015.

Additionally, in GTS, Derek DeBoer scored his first career in the series in a TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage.

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Detroit: Chase Sexton narrowly leads Cooper Webb


For the fifth time in 10 rounds of the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season, the three riders at the top of the championship standings shared a podium and while those points tell one story, the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Detroit tell a slightly different tale.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Detroit
Cooper Webb is peaking at the right time. – Feld Motor Sports

Chase Sexton has been all but perfect during the past 45 days with podium finishes in each of his heats and Triple Crown features. His only stumble during this period was a 10th-place finish in the Indianapolis Main. Last week, Sexton was perfect with wins in both his heat and the feature, although he needed a little help from an Aaron Plessinger mistake to take the top spot on the podium at the end of the night.

Cooper Webb finished fifth at Houston and was beginning to worry ever so slightly about his position in the points. Prior to the race in Tampa, he told NBC Sports that it was time to win and like Babe Ruth pointing to the outfield fence, Webb went out and captured it. Following that race, Webb has swept the podium and earned the red plate two weeks ago in Indianapolis. At Detroit, he added two more points on Eli Tomac as the season begins to wind down.

Tomac struggled with a stiff neck at Indianapolis and after a modest third-place showing in Detroit, he revealed he was still suffering a little. Webb and Sexton have been able to close the gap on Tomac in the past 45 days, but one of the main reasons he is so close in the points was a pair of wins that started the year. Seattle is going to be important for the defending champion because Tomac cannot afford to lose any more momentum with seven rounds remaining.

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It appeared Jason Anderson was turning things around. He earned his fifth heat win at Detroit, which was also his sixth consecutive race (including features) in which he scored a top-five. A fall in the Detroit Main dropped him a lap off the pace and sent him home with a season-worst finish of ninth, causing a ripple effect in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings.

Justin Barcia was a huge part of the show last week in Detroit. He swapped positions with both Webb and Tomac in the middle stage of the race, which allowed Sexton to close the gap. Barcia finished fourth in that race to earn his third consecutive top-five. He’s been outside the top 10 only once in the first 10 rounds.

Adam Cianciarulo had a great start to the Main. He led a couple of laps before losing a lap and slipping back to eighth in the final rundown. That run was strong enough to elevate him three positions in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Detroit.

450 Rankings

Driver Percentage
1. Chase Sexton
[2 Main, 6 Heat wins]
87.00 1 0
2. Cooper Webb
[2 Main, 1 Heat win]
86.71 2 0
3. Eli Tomac
[5 Main, 6 Heat wins]
84.57 3 0
4. Jason Anderson
[5 Heat wins]
80.71 4 0
5. Ken Roczen
[1 Main, 1 Heat win]
80.50 5 0
6. Justin Barcia
[1 Heat win]
79.07 7 1
7. Aaron Plessinger 77.14 6 -1
8. Adam Cianciarulo 69.75 11 3
9. Christian Craig 68.86 10 1
10. Justin Cooper 63.90 9 -1
11. Justin Hill 58.57 15 4
12. Dean Wilson 51.50 12 0
13. Colt Nichols 51.25 13 0
14. Shane McElrath 46.86 17 3
15. Josh Hill 46.79 16 1
16. Benny Bloss 45.31 18 2
17. Jared Lesher 39.00 NA
18. Joey Savatgy 38.63 14 -4
19. Cade Clason 37.50 21 2
20. Grant Harlan 35.54 23 3

Supercross 450 Points

The NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings look at the past 90 days in the 250 class in order to have a balanced comparison between the East and West divisions and Hunter Lawrence has been all but perfect this year. At Detroit, he earned his fifth win of the season and kept alive a streak of podium finishes in six rounds. He tied his brother Jett Lawrence with 10 250 wins one week before the West riders take to the track for back-to-back races at Seattle, Washington and Glendale, Arizona.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Detroit
Nate Thrasher is settling into a comfortable role as ‘best in class’. – Feld Motor Sports

The Lawrence brothers are dominating the points in each of their respective divisions, which means the remainder of the field is battling to be best in class.

In the East, that rider is Nate Thrasher, who beat Hunter in a head-to-head matchup in their heat only to finish second in the main when the majority of points were awarded. Thrasher seems to have accepted his position in the championship standings, but that doesn’t mean he won’t keep trying for wins.

Haiden Deegan showed a lot of aggression in his heat last week. He threw a couple of block passes at his teammate Jordon Smith and set up a series of events that kept Smith from making the big show while Deegan settled into second in the preliminary. Deegan was unconcerned about how he raced his teammate and would not let a little controversy keep him from celebrating his second career podium in Detroit.

Supercross 250 Points

Jeremy Martin just keeps clicking off solid results. He won his heat last week by making a pass on Deegan and Smith while they were in the heat of their battle. Martin finished fourth in the Main, which means he continues to have only one finish worse than sixth in any of the features or mains.

Smith fell one position in the points standings, but the damage was even worse in SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Detroit. Crash damage in his heat contributed to a last-place finish in that race, for which he earned minimal points. He was not able to advance from the Last Chance Qualifier after stalling his bike in heavy traffic.

250 Rankings

Rider Power
1. Hunter Lawrence – E
[5 Main, 5 Heat wins]
90.43 1 0
2. Jett Lawrence – W
[3 Main, 3 Heat wins]
90.30 2 0
3. Nate Thrasher – E
[1 Main, 3 Heat wins]
84.00 5 2
4. Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat win]
79.80 9 5
5. Haiden Deegan – E
[1 Heat win]
78.21 7 2
6. Jeremy Martin – E
[2 Heat wins]
78.00 8 2
7. Jordon Smith – E
[3 Heat Wins]
76.77 4 -3
8. Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main]
75.30 3 -5
9. Mitchell Oldenburg – W 75.20 11 2
10. RJ Hampshire – W
[4 Heat wins]
74.50 17 7
11. Max Anstie – E 74.43 6 -5
12. Tom Vialle – E 72.07 12 0
13. Max Vohland – W 71.56 10 -3
14. Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat win]
69.22 14 0
15. Chris Blose – E 67.43 18 3
16. Chance Hymas – E 67.10 15 -1
17. Enzo Lopes – W 66.00 20 3
18. Michael Mosiman – E 65.80 16 -2
19. Pierce Brown – W 65.78 13 -6
20. Phil Nicoletti – W 59.25 21 1

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days for the 450 class and last 90 days for 250s (because of the split nature of their season).

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