– The start of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season has been incredibly successful for Cape Motorsports, as the multi-time USF2000 series champions are off to a massive start. The team has won five of the first six races in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with their talented rookie driver Oliver Askew, sweeping this past weekend’s event on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to extend the streak. Askew’s teammate Ricky Donison also turned in his best performance of the year, finishing third in Race One before recovering from opening lap contact in Race Two to knife through the field back to eighth. It was a stellar outing overall for Donison, who becomes the first driver from India to podium in MRTI competition. In the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Anthony Martin scored a pair of fourth-place finishes to keep himself in the hunt for the title.
The Pro Mazda series was back on-track for the first time since the opener at St. Petersburg. Cape Motorsports driver Anthony Martin came in as the point leader having both races in Florida, and he would go on to score a second in Race One and a fourth in Race Two on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course to now sit just six points behind Victor Franzoni heading to Round #3 in Wisconsin. The Mazda Scholarship driver qualified third for Race One and had a great battle with Franzoni for the lead early on before taking second. Anthony qualified fourth for the second race of the doubleheader and then fought Team Pelfrey’s Carlos Cunha for third and ended up fourth.
Cape Motorsports will now focus on the next event on the MRTI schedule, which will be held at the end of June in Elkhart Lake, Wis., at the iconic Road America (June 23-25).
DRIVER PERFORMANCE / QUOTES
PRO MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES – ROUNDS #3/4
MAY 11-13, 2017 – INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
ANTHONY MARTIN – PRO MAZDA #8
Qualifying 1: 3rd – 1:23.8527
Qualifying 2: 4th – 1:23.9988
Race 1: Start – 3rd / Finish – 2nd
Race 2: Start – 4th / Finish – 4th
Driver Quote: “This weekend was really tough for me. We struggled to get the car performing the way we wanted it to. Disregarding that, we still came away with some good championship points. We aren’t out of the running and it is really close now. We will go back and recap on the weekend and work harder to get a strong car for the upcoming race in Elkhart Lake. I love that track and I hope with the two wins from last year, that will motivate and help us to get everything out of the ca