Thomas Nepveu Wins His First Race In The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship At Road America

Thomas Nepveu Wins His First Race In The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship At Road America

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Elkhart Lake (Wisconsin, United States) – June 20, 2021. What a race for Thomas Nepveu and his #2 Cromwell | Karting Excellence | Home Hardware car prepared by Cape Motorsports, who took his first Cooper Tires USF200 Series win today at the legendary Road America track near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The young rookie, making his first visit to this track, showed how effective his learning has been since the beginning of the season, leading 9 of the 12 race laps and putting up a veteran-like battle with an opponent before winning right at the finish.

“After qualifying 7th on Friday, I knew my #2 Cromwell | Karting Excellence | Home Hardware car was competitive. With a set of new tires for the second race, I was confident. I had a good start to get to 4th place and then a great restart on the 4th lap to take the lead and to keep it until the checkered flag. Thanks to all my partners and my team Cape Motorsports”, said Thomas Nepveu with enthusiasm from the podium.

The 4-mile layout with three long straights and sweeping bends puts an emphasis on smoothness in and out of corners that lead onto the straightaways to ensure the best possible top speed. Thomas Nepveu’s last race, on the Lucas Oil Raceway oval, was an excellent preparation for these high-speed manoeuvres.

 This was Thomas Nepveu’s first visit to this track, and he had the opportunity to learn the racing lines and reference points over two one-hour test sessions on Thursday. Covering a total of 36 laps, Thomas ended up 10th quickest in the second session after improving his time from the first session by 0,58 sec, an excellent performance.

The Friday morning official practice sessions brought another quantum improvement, as Thomas ran 9 laps over the 30-minute session, ending up 7th, only 0.1170 sec. behind the quickest car in the session. In addition, Thomas Nepveu was running quicker and quicker laps at the end of the session, with his last lap being his quickest of all despite tires that were showing more and more wear.

After a frustrating 13th place result in Q1, a mere second off pole time, the team decided to let the #2 Cromwell | Karting Excellence | Home Hardware car out late in the second session (Q2) session in the hope that the chances of benefitting from an aerodynamic “tow” were greater. The strategy worked as Nepveu rose to the challenge and turned in the 7th quickest lap on his second timed lap. He covered only four timed laps in the session, ending up in a good starting position for Race 2 and with a set of little-used tires that may come in handy for a race.

 

Race 1 – 11TH place

Thomas Nepveu moved up to 10th place from 13th on the grid at the start and spent the rest of the 12-lap race there, save for crossing the line in 9th place on lap 5. Thomas Nepveu kept improving over the second half of the race, setting his six progressively “quickest lap” of the race on six consecutive laps (Laps 6 to 11). This showed a steady improvement after a busy early race that included some aggressive passing on a restart after the single caution period.

 

Race 2 – VICTORY

What a race! Thomas Nepveu said yesterday that he was happy with his 7th place on the grid after Q2. But he certainly had some big plans for the race. After jumping to 4th by the end of lap1, a master move allowed him to pass the three-car pack in front of him and jump into the lead by the end of lap 4.

The rest of the 12-lap race was a demonstration of Thomas Nepveu’s skill, precision, concentration, management of his aerodynamics, clean and error-free driving right to the end. Thomas kept his cool late in the race during a two-car-wide attack from second-place finisher Simon Sikes and won the race by 0,0679 sec. in a side-by-side finish.

This was the first Podium finish and the first win for the rookie driver from Oka (Quebec, Canada.) and a great display of this promising driver aboard a perfectly prepared car by Cape Motorsports. The win puts Thomas Nepveu second in the Rookie-of-the-Year contest, just 28 points behind the leader and his teammate Spyke Kohlbecker.

Thomas Nepveu Racing at Legendary Road America

Thomas Nepveu Racing at Legendary Road America

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THOMAS NEPVEU RACING AT LEGENDARY ROAD AMERICA

June 17 to 20, 2021 – Rounds 9 & 10 – Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship

 

Oka (Quebec, Canada) June 15, 2021. Thomas Nepveu will race on another new track for him this weekend: the fantastic Road America layout with 14 turns spread over 4.0 miles (6.44 km) and a lap record speed for a USF2000 of 112 mph (180km/h). The young driver and his Cape Motorsports team will compete in rounds 9 and 10 of the 18-event Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

This weekend marks the mid-point of the 2021 season, and Thomas Nepveu has gained experience so far this year on all types of track layouts and corners, from tight to medium, and especially high speeds such as at the Lucas Oil Raceway oval and the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit. As he has done for every event so far, Thomas Nepveu has worked hard on his preparation according to the track characteristics using simulation and the exhaustive material prepared by his team, Cape Motorsports.

“I have been working on the simulator to understand the long and quick corners, how to re-accelerate as early as possible out of the corners followed by long straights and on making the most out of the aerodynamic effects at high speeds, to overtake or to make life difficult for the drivers behind me to pass. I’m getting more and more confident in my #2 Cromwell | Karting Excellence | Home Hardware car, and I know that Cape Motorsports is going to give us fast cars,” said the driver ready for top-5 finishes in the two races scheduled for this weekend.

“Road America is one of the Classic American road courses, the racing is always exciting, mostly because it’s one of the few remaining tracks that has multiple sections the drivers can overtake on, Thomas has improved at each race this season and I am sure he will excel at Road America,” explains Dominic Cape, president of Cape Motorsports.

Road America is located North of Milwaukee (Wisconsin) in a national park (Kettle Moraine) and is reminiscent of the Circuit du Mont-Tremblant and of Spa-Francorchamps, two other mythical layouts set in the Laurentian Mountains (North of Montreal, Canada) and in the Ardennes Mountains (Eastern Belgium).

Weekend Schedule (EDT)

  • Thursday, June 17: Test Session 1 – 9 :50 -10:50 AM | Test Session 2 – 2:10 – 3:10 PM
  • Friday, June 18: Practice 1 – 9:00 – 9:30 AM | Qualifying 1 – 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Qualifying 2 – 4:30 – 4:50 PM
  • Saturday, June 19: Race 1 – 12:15 – 12:55 PM (12 laps – 40 min.)
  • Sunday, June 20: Race 2 – 9:00 – 9:40 AM (12 laps – 40 min.)

Live Timing: Road to Indy TV application Cooper Tires USF2000 site

Canadian Results from today’s races @detroitgp 12/Jun/21

Canadian Results from today’s races @detroitgp 12/Jun/21

 12/Jun/2021 10:25pm est
UPDATE: Due to a technical violation by the GTD winning car it has been stripped of its first place finish, due to this the #23 car has been promoted to first place.
Here are the results from today’s races at the Detroit GP.
IMSA GTD
1st – #23 Roman De Angelis Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3
8th – #75 Mikael Grenier Sun Energy 1 Mercedes-AMG GT3
10th – #76 Jeff Kingsley Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3
11th – #28 Daniel Morad Alegra Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3
 
NTT Indycar Series
17th #29 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
18th #4 Dalton Kellett A.J foyt Enterprises
 
Indylights
7th – #17 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
12th – #11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing
Canadian Lineup for the Detroit GP this weekend, IMSA-Indycar-Indylights

Canadian Lineup for the Detroit GP this weekend, IMSA-Indycar-Indylights

The following Canadians will be participating in this weekends three series races at the Detroit GP on Belle Isle.

IMSA GTD

#23 Roman De Angelis Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3
#28 Daniel Morad Alegra Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3
#75 Mikael Grenier Sun Energy 1 Mercedes-AMG GT3
#76 Jeff Kingsley Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3

NTT Indycar Series

#4 Dalton Kellett AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevy
#29 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Honda

Indylights

#11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing
#17 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

 

ST Racing seals another podium at the Virginia International Raceway

ST Racing seals another podium at the Virginia International Raceway

June 8, 2021.- ST Racing secured another podium in TC America at the Virginia International Raceway on a weekend when its BMW M4 GT4 also shined in the headlining GT4 America Series.

The weekend got off to a superb start when Nick Wittmer, once again on substitute duties in place of Bryson Lew, set a storming 1m 54.364s in first qualifying, netting the #38 BMW M4 GT4 3rd on the grid for race one. This marks ST Racing’s strongest qualifying performance of the year in the GT4 America Series.

With momentum on his side, Nick made an equally impressive start to race one, moving the ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 into 2nd overall with a resolute pass into turn one. The sheer might of the BMW’s 3-litre M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder allowed Nick to keep the leader in his sights down VIR’s awesome back straight. Contact shortly afterwards however ultimately meant this pace would not last, though both Nick and teammate Tomas Mejia gamely managed to bring the #38 BMW home 6th in the Silver class.

A truncated second qualifying session meant Tomas Mejia started 23rd overall for race two, but the young Californian, still in his maiden GT4 season with ST Racing, put on a fighting display during his opening stint on Sunday morning, passing 10 cars on-track before bringing the #38 BMW in for the regulatory pit stop. Unfortunately, whilst running 2nd in-class, Nick Wittmer was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Proving his pace on Saturday was no flash in the pan, Nick dutifully brought the M4 home 11th overall – 12 positions up from its starting position – and 4th in the Silver class.

Samantha Tan meanwhile, back for her second TC America race weekend of the season in the sister BMW M2 CS, continued to showcase her ever-developing pace and maturity across both 40-minute races at VIR. Having qualified 5th in the TCX class for race one, Samantha made a bold move down the back-straight on the opening lap to move into 4th. Despite an off-track moment late in the race, ‘assisted’ as she was by three cars going side-by-side into turn one, Samantha nevertheless managed to secure a solid 5thin-class at the flag. On Sunday, another feisty start meant the #438 M2 was in the thick of the fight for 3rd place from the get-go, Samantha dutifully taking the position when her principal opponents ran wide on lap two. A heavy clash in the race’s TCA category meant race two was eventually red-flagged, thus securing Samantha Tan her third podium finish from four TC America starts so far in 2021.