MONTEREY, Calif. – The three rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires will be decided today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as part of the “Soul Red Finale.”
Here’s quick breakdowns of the titles for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series.
Ed Jones (No. 11 Carlin) leads Santiago Urrutia (No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian) by seven points, 343-336.
Jones will have at least one bonus point for pole position, which gives Urrutia a maximum possible number of 32 points. If he were to achieve that with a win, he’d have 368 points. He’d defeat Jones at that number, because the best Jones could do would be second, and at a 368-point even tie, Urrutia would have four wins (or five in this instance, because 32 assumes a win) to Jones’ two.
Otherwise, for Urrutia to overtake Jones, he’ll need a seven-point overtake. That could be second to Jones’ fifth, third to Jones’ sixth, fourth to Jones’ ninth and so on and so forth.
|2||55||Santiago Urrutia||URG||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||336||366||361||358||355||353||351||350||349||348||347|
|2||55||Santiago Urrutia||URG||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||336||346||345||344||343||342|
This is likely going to come down to the second of two Pro Mazda races on the day, and third on the weekend, to decide.
Following a first race win on Saturday, Pato O’Ward has closed the gap to Team Pelfrey teammate Aaron Telitz to just eight points, 371-363.
With a win in the first race, O’Ward would take the points lead if Telitz finished fourth or worse. Telitz has the pole position so the key for him is simply finishing ahead of the teenager to solidify and/or increase the gap.
|1||82||Aaron Telitz||USA||Team Pelfrey||371||401||396||393||390||388||386|
|2||80||Pato O’Ward||MEX||Team Pelfrey||363||393||388||385||382||380||378|
|1||82||Aaron Telitz||USA||Team Pelfrey||371||385||384||383||382||381||380|
|2||80||Pato O’Ward||MEX||Team Pelfrey||363||377||376||375||374||373||372|
Anthony Martin appears to have the easiest road to a title ahead of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Parker Thompson, with an 18-point gap, 369-351.
The maximum number of points Thompson could get with a win and most laps led and fast lap would be 32 points, and 383 for the season.
That means regardless of what Thompson does, Martin clinches if he finishes sixth or better. Sixth place nets him at least 384 points.
|1||8||Anthony Martin||AUS||Cape Motorsports w/WTR||369||399||394||391||388||386||384||383||382||381||380|
|2||2||Parker Thompson||CAN||Cape Motorsports w/WTR||351||381||376||373||370||368||366||365||364||363||362|
|1||8||Anthony Martin||AUS||Cape Motorsports w/WTR||369||379||378||377||376||375||374||373|
|2||2||Parker Thompson||CAN||Cape Motorsports w/WTR||351||361||360||359||358||357||356||355|