MRTI: Sunday race recaps from Toronto

Thompson wins on home soil. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography
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TORONTO – Three authoritative performances capped off the weekend for the Mazda Road to Indy, with the second races for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in Toronto.

In a similar performance to Saturday, talented young Swede Felix Rosenqvist led flag-to-flag from pole in the 45-lap, 50-minute 13th race of Indy Lights in his No. 14 Belardi Auto Racing Dallara IL-15 Mazda. It’s his third win of the season, the first driver to do so this year, but by missing the Road America and Iowa rounds he’s out of the title picture.

Rosenqvist took the victory by 7.2614 seconds over Andre Negrao, who equalled his season-best result in the No. 17 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry in second with Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) holding off Negrao’s SPM teammate Santiago Urrutia for the final podium position.

After a relatively uncompetitive weekend, Ed Jones finished fifth, but maintains his points lead. The Dubai-based Englishman leads Urrutia by 24 points (268-244).

The driver who had a tough day was Dean Stoneman, with a fuel leak taking the Andretti Autosport car out of the race before it even began.

Felix Serralles, meanwhile, survived a couple punctures to end 10th. Stoneman has 237 points with Serralles on 235 and Kaiser on 233 after his second podium finish of the weekend.

The Pro Mazda race followed a similar script as Saturday as well, with Wisconsinite Aaron Telitz winning his fourth consecutive race for Team Pelfrey.

Teammate Pato O’Ward, who won six of the first seven races this year, returned to the podium for the first time in nearly two months, when he won at Lucas Oil Raceway end of May.

The result leaves the pair of drivers tied on 297 markers heading to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a couple weeks.

Nico Jamin was third, banking his third straight podium finish for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.

In USF2000, Parker Thompson snatched the lead from Cape teammate Anthony Martin – racing hurt with a sore left hand – and set sail for his fourth win of the season and a cool one to deliver on home soil.

Saturday winner Victor Franzoni completed the podium for ArmsUp Motorsports while Dakota Dickerson (Afterburner Autosport) and Robert Megennis (Team Pelfrey) banking strong top-five results.

All three series head to Mid-Ohio in a couple weeks for a pivotal weekend. For Pro Mazda and USF2000, it’s the second-to-last weekend of the year while Indy Lights also has Watkins Glen International to run before all three series crown their champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September.