Portland USF2000 Preview E003

by The Earl of Indy, Robert Earl |

USF2000 presented by Cooper Tire is part of the Road to Indy Program. If the NTT IndyCar Series is the major leagues, then the USF2000 is the Single-A level of the minor leagues.

Portland International Raceway will host 2 Races – Races 12/13 of the 15 total for the season.

This will be the first race for USF2000 since Since Mid Ohio. These cars and drivers did not run the ovals at Pocono or Gateway.

You can imagine that there will be alot of nervous, pent up energy for these young men and women as they take on the 1.964 mile – 12 turn road course.

Luckily – 3 Test Sessions on Thursday With a Practice and Qualifying for Race 1 on Friday

Qualifying for Race 2 on Saturday before they take to the race

Sunday’s race will follow the NTT Indycar Series race

These cars run an average near 99mph on the PIR course.  Not surprising that the race record is held by Indy Pro 2000 star Kyle Kirkwood and the Qualification record is held by Rasmus Lindh, the Indy Pro 2000 points leader.

3 New Drivers will be in the field for the Portland Races.

20-year-old Portland, Oregon resident Kyle Dupell will be in the #73 Newman Wachs Racing car joining Nolan Seigel.  NWR currently sits 7th in the Team Championship.

 Legacy Autosport sits 6th in the Team Championship and they will add Aryton Ori to the #77 car, teaming with Zach Holden.  Aryton just turned 15 and will be an Incoming Freshman in High School in Orlando Florida.

Josh Green from NY will get his chance to shine for the 4th place Jay Howard Driver Development Team.  Josh is currently 2nd in the US F1600 class and will be teaming with Christian Bogle and Christian Rasmussen.  

This will bring the total to 27 drivers that have competed in the USF2000 series in 2019.  Lots of Dreams of making it someday into the field of 33 for the Indy 500. That is what the Road to Indy is all about.

Lets Turn to the Championship. 

The winner will get an over $300k advancement to compete next year in the Indy Pro 2000 series so a lot is on the line.

Braden Eves Leads Hunter McElrea by 9 points heading into Portland.

McElrea carries the momentum as he finished on the podium for Race 1 at Mid Ohio and Lead Wire to Wire in Race 2.  

Eves finished 8th and 7th in Mid Ohio so he will be looking for a better weekend in the Rose City.

Darren Keane sits in 3rd with 207 points followed by Colin Kaminsky in 4th at 199 points.  Race 1 winner at Mid Ohio, Christian Rasmussen rounds out the top 5 with 198 points. 

I will be watching all of the race action on Saturday and Sunday on the Road to Indy TV app or online at RoadtoIndy.TV.

Puffy Lux