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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.


Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.