Weekend at Mid Ohio leaves Parker Thompson looking for more.

Weekend at Mid Ohio leaves Parker Thompson looking for more.

DATE OF RELEASE:

Monday, July 29, 2019 – 07:00 EST

MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE – LEXINGTON OHIO

 

Photos by: R.MacAloney/cdn-r.com ©2019

 

Involved in a tight battle for the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires, Abel Motorsports driver Parker Thompson entered Rounds 10 & 11 of the series this weekend at Mid-Ohio ranked second in the overall standings. With only 5 points separating three drivers for that second-place position, every point earned in the two-race event would play a significant role in the standings going forward. After a great qualifying performance, Thompson was struck by misfortune during race action. A mechanical issue forced his retirement early in Race 1. A fourth-place finish in Race 2 saw him lose further ground to Championship contenders Lindh and Kirkwood.

Qualifying in third position for Race 1, Thompson made an early move into second place before a transmission shift actuator failure forced his retirement. With multiple incidents on track in the opening laps, Thompson would register an 11th place finish in the fourteen-car field.

After reparations were made for Race 2 on Sunday, Thompson was again able to improve on his third-place qualifying position and take second early in the race. He would comfortably hold the position until a full course yellow brought the field together on lap twenty. With only five laps remaining Thompson would lose two positions on the restart, and finish in fourth.

Parker Thompson
“This was definitely not the weekend that we were looking to have. We’ve experienced a range of highs and lows in this Indy Pro 2000 season, but I’m proud to have the great crew with Abel Motorsports by my side. We’ve had such a dependable car all year. The shift actuator failure that we experienced this weekend feels like one of those incidents of bad luck that happens sometimes in racing. The team had no issues getting the car back together for Race 2 today. We had a great start, and I felt like we had the pace to challenge for the lead early on. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the jump I needed during a re-start late in the race. The guys behind me were ready to pounce. This one hurts. We’ll look to do better in Round 12 next month at Gateway.”

Pro2000  Race 2 Qualifying Results at Mid Ohio

Pro2000 Race 2 Qualifying Results at Mid Ohio

Pos No Driver
1 #28 Kyle Kirkwood (R) RP Motorsport Racing
2 #68 Danial Frost (R) Exclusive Autosport
3 #8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports
4 #2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing
5 #5 Ian Rodriguez (R) RP Motorsport Racing
6 #10 Rasmus Lindh (R) Juncos Racing
7 #51 Jacob Abel (R) Abel Motorsports
9 #98 Phillippe Denes (R) FatBoy Racing
10 #6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing
8 #90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport
11 #7 Kory Enders (R) DEForce Racing
12 #11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/Jay Howard Driver Development
13 #3 Antoine Comeau (R) Turn 3 Motorsport
14 #83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing
Pro2000 Race 1 Qualifying Results

Pro2000 Race 1 Qualifying Results

MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE QUALIFYING Race 1

Pos No
1  #28 Kyle Kirkwood (R) RP Motorsport Racing
2  #10 Rasmus Lindh (R) Juncos Racing
3  #8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports
4  #51 Jacob Abel (R) Abel Motorsports
5  #5 Ian Rodriguez (R) RP Motorsport Racing
6  #68 Danial Frost (R) Exclusive Autosport
7  #2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing
8  #98 Phillippe Denes (R) FatBoy Racing
9  #90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport
10  #6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing
11  #7 Kory Enders (R) DEForce Racing
12  #3 Antoine Comeau (R) Turn 3 Motorsport 2
13  #11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/Jay Howard Driver Development
14  #83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing

Parker Thompson looks forward to INDY PRO 2000 championship battle at Mid Ohio @parkertracing

Parker Thompson looks forward to INDY PRO 2000 championship battle at Mid Ohio @parkertracing

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Parker Thompson Racing Release:

In a season that has seen Parker Thompson take part in races belonging to four different championship series, a tight Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires championship battle has been a source of renewed energy and motivation. Between Indy Pro 2000, GT3 Cup Challenge, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the young Alberta native has competed in twenty-seven races this year. Driving the #8 car of Abel Motorsports, Thompson currently holds second place in the overall Indy Pro 2000 Championship standings. He is coming off a double-duty weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto, where he combined for three podiums and four top-five finishes in Indy Pro 2000 and GT3 Cup events.

“In terms of action on the track, this season has certainly been busier than I could have ever imagined. Maybe at some point I’ll grow tired of racing almost every weekend, but that is pretty hard to imagine when we are caught up in championship battles like this one in Indy Pro 2000. The Road to Indy is where I started my racing career, and a championship here would mean so much to me. It’s a hard fight though. There are three of us [Kirkwood, Frost and Thompson] all within five points of each other for 2nd place in the standings. And I’m sure that each of us are looking up at Lindh in that first-place position more than we are looking at each other.”

The series travels to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for Championship Rounds 10 & 11. The 2.25-mile track is one familiar to Thompson. He earned a win there earlier this year in GT3 Cup. Given the tight nature of the Indy Pro 2000 championship race, a win again seems like the only sure way for Thompson to improve his position in the standings. With experience at multiple levels on the Road to Indy though, Thompson takes a slightly different stance.

“Of course winning is always the objective, but this is a long season that often rewards consistency. After winning the first two races in St. Petersburg, I’ve been reminded often how important that consistency is. With Abel Motorsports, we’ve made a lot of headway this year. One single performance isn’t going to earn us the title. If our group can continue in the direction that we’ve been headed over the last couple of weekends though, then I’m very excited about our chances.”

Event Schedule
Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio – Rounds 10 & 11

July 26, 2019
16:15 – 16:35 EST Qualifying 1

July 27, 2019
09:10 – 09:30 EST Qualifying 2
17:00 – 17:40 EST Race1

July 28, 2019
10:00 – 10:50 EST Race 2

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