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Clark Toppe Claims Win in Cooper Tires WinterFest Race 3

Clark Toppe ran his first mistake-free race of the Cooper Tires WinterFest at NOLA Motorsports Park and reaped the benefits, claiming his first win in Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda competition. Toppe was dominant, running out to a seven second margin of victory over Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jake Eidson, with Michael Epps completing the podium. The win by JDC MotorSports’ Toppe meant that three different teams were represented on the top step of the podium this weekend—none of those being Cape Motorsports, the most dominant team the past two years.

ArmsUp Motorsports’ Aaron Telitz started the race from pole position, with Toppe alongside him on the front row—both beneficiaries of incidents in Race 2 that allowed them to turn the two fastest laps of the race and earn the right to start up front. Telitz and Toppe battled in the first corner, with Telitz slipping down the order to seventh, while Toppe maintained his place at the front. From there, Toppe was gone, consistently turning quick lap after quick lap. Behind him, though, there was a lot of action. Race 1 winner and Race 2 runner-up Victor Franzoni had settled into second with a comfortable gap to Eidson in third. On Lap 6, though, Franzoni dropped out of the race, handing second to Eidson and allowing the top five to settle with Epps in third, Scott Andrews in fourth, and Race 2 winner RC Enerson in fifth.

The top five order changed on Lap 9, when Telitz was able to get by Enerson for fifth. From there out, the race settled down, with just the retirements of Nico Jamin and Henrik Furuseth providing any meaningful shakeup to the field. Toppe cruised home, claiming his best finish by far in USF2000 compeititon.

 Toppe, Franzoni, Enerson, Eidson, and the rest will now take the battle to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday when the Cooper Tires WinterFest resumes with another three races for the USF2000 field.

USF2000 Cooper Tires WinterFest Race 3 Results

1.      Clark Toppe

2.      Jake Eidson

3.      Michael Epps

4.      Scott Andrews

5.      Aaron Telitz

6.      RC Enerson

7.      Henrik Furuseth

8.      Austin Cindric

9.      Will Owen

10.   Florian Latorre

11.   Danilo Estrela

12.   Jeroen Slaghekke

13.   Gustavo Myasava

14.   Santiago Lozano

15.   Juan Diego Maldonado

16.   Victor Franzoni

17.   Nico Jamin

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Written 02-22-2014, 05:54 pm
Updated 02-22-2014, 05:57 pm
Written by B. Ewer
Photography US F2000

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