MRTI: Friday practice sessions in the book at Mazda Raceway

Franzoni led both USF2000 sessions. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

MONTEREY, Calif. – Six practice sessions are complete for the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires’ Soul Red Finale weekend at Mazda’s spiritual home of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in advance of deciding the championships and the Mazda advancement scholarships.

Victor Franzoni led both sessions in Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, while Ed Jones and Dean Stoneman split the two Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practices and Will Owen and Aaron Telitz split the two Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires sessions.

Quick recaps are below.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

It’s going to be an intense qualifying session tomorrow if today’s two practice sessions for the Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Cooper Tires are any indication.

Championship contenders Dean Stoneman and Ed Jones led the two sessions. Jones led in the morning before Stoneman dropped the hammer in the afternoon with the fastest time of the day, 1:16.098. Jones’ morning time was a 1:16.509 at the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit.

Beyond Stoneman, the returning Sean Rayhall was second in the No. 2 Team Pelfrey car at 1:16.329, with Shelby Blackstock an impressive third in the No. 51 Andretti Autosport car at 1:16.805. Jones (No. 11 Carlin, 1:16.810) and Garett Grist (No. 3 Team Pelfrey, 1:16.898) completed the top five.

Points leader Santiago Urrutia was seventh in the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian entry.

The second practice session was less eventful than the first, although it still featured one red flag when Heamin Choi ran off course in the No. 77 SPM car.

Jones led the opening 30-minute practice earlier in the day. The Dubai-based Brit clocked a best lap of 1:16.509, more than a half second quicker the rest of the field. Stoneman was second at 1:17.012, while Rayhall was third at 1:17.023.

Urrutia was sixth, but lost his front wing after running wide in Turn 9 of the course. He brought the car back to the pits with no other damage.

Two red flags interrupted the already short 30-minute first practice session, both for Zachary Claman De Melo. He stopped on course in the opening minutes past Turn 6, then after restarting later lost control off Turn 3 and nosed into the tire barriers.

Indy Lights times are linked here.

Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires had a pair of practice sessions for the Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Allied Building Products, and once Aaron Telitz got earlier mechanical issues sorted from the morning session he led in the afternoon.

The championship leader, driving the No. 82 Team Pelfrey car, had a clutch, oil leak and tire puncture in the first session and therefore only completed four laps. The Juncos Racing trio of Will Owen, Jake Parsons and Nicolas Dapero were 1-2-3 with Nico Jamin fourth for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Owen’s best time was 1:24.677, which stood as best of the day in the cooler conditions.

Telitz led the afternoon session but at a slower best time of 1:25.2311. Parsons and Owen were second and third. Telitz’s teammate Pato O’Ward was fifth in both sessions.

Times from both sessions are linked here.


Ordinarily you’d expect Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing to be at the top of the timesheets but it was ArmsUp Motorsports that flexed its muscle in both practice sessions on Friday in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, ahead of the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Monterey Powered by Mazda.

Victor Franzoni topped both sessions in his No. 9 car, and the likable young Brazilian topped the charts in both sessions. The morning session best time was 1:26.7907, which stood as the fastest USF2000 time of the day, while in the hotter and slower conditions of the afternoon, the best time was 1:27.758.

Cape was second, third and fourth in the morning with championship contenders Parker Thompson and Anthony Martin ahead of an impressive Nikita Lastochkin.

In the afternoon, Franzoni led Luke Gabin (JAY Motorsports), Thompson, Jordan Lloyd (Pabst Racing) and Cameron Das (JAY).

USF2000 times are linked here.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

Click here for 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

Click here for 250 Overall results | 250 West Rider Points | 250 Combined Rider Points

The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s