MRTI: Malukas wins Pro Mazda Race 2, Kirkwood takes USF2000 Race 2 in Portland

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The 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season came to an end on Sunday with Race 2 at Portland International Raceway, and David Malukas dominated the outing to take his third win of the 2018 season.

Starting second, Malukas jumped into the lead with an aggressive move on the start to take the lead – he shot up the middle between Rinus VeeKay and Parker Thompson to take the top spot.

Malukas went unchallenged from there to win by over three seconds.

VeeKay, the 2018 Pro Mazda champion, finished second, holding off a hard-charging Oliver Askew in the process.

Nikita Lastochkin finished fourth, with Thompson fifth after suffering a cut tire following the opening lap. Sting Ray Robb finished sixth, the last car running, while Robert Megennis and Moises de la Vara dropped out after contact – they were credited with seventh and eighth.

Results from Race 2 are below.


USF2000: Kirkwood caps Incredible 2018 With His 12th Win

Kyle Kirkwood at Portland International Raceway. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

Kyle Kirkwood completed his remarkable 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season by scoring his 12th win of the year, and 11th in a row, in Sunday’s Race 2 at Portland International Raceway.

Kirkwood started third, but took the lead on a Lap 7 restart from then leader Rasmus Lindh – Kaylen Frederick was in the mix early on, but nosed into the back of Lindh after an earlier restart. Frederick suffered damage to his front wing and was given a drive-through penalty for the contact.

Back up front, Kirkwood pulled away from Lindh after taking the lead, and won by just under two seconds.

Julian Van der Watt outdueled Igor Fraga in the battle for third, while Lucas Kohl rounded out the top five. Frederick, meanwhile, languished in 15th after the contact and penalty.

Race 2 results are below.


Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

Pastrana Nitro Rallycross
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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.