Leeds, Ala – Oliver Askew is a man on a mission this season. At St. Pete, he won the second of the two races on the Florida street circuit in the season opening weekend. Then, this weekend at the Barber Motorsports Park, he fared even better.
Askew, swept both USF 2000 races at the 2.3-mile Alabama road course, in winning on both Friday and Saturday afternoons here. In fact, he led every lap this weekend as well.
He picked up where he left off at St. Pete, as the youngster started on the pole and led every lap en route to his second USF 2000 victory on Friday. The win didn’t come easy though, as an impressive race by 14-year-old Kaylen Frederick backed up his strong start to the season with a runner-up effort on Friday afternoon at the Barber Motorsports Park.
Dutch driver Rinus VeeKay come home third while and Frederick’s teammate Robert Megennis drove his car to a fourth place effort on a sunny day in central Alabama.
Parker Thompson, who swept both races at Barber in 2016 rounded out the top five in fifth position.
The first issue came when Ricky Donison slid into the gravel trap in Turn 3. That allowed Frederick to stay with stay with Askew and even make a move on the restart, but he couldn’t get by allowing Askew to head to victory lane.
Askew topped Frederick by just 0.2273 seconds.
Cape Motorsports earned another PFC Award as the winning team, while Frederick took home the Staubli Award.
On Saturday, Askew once again started from the pole and led every lap of the way. This time though, he had a wider margin over Frederick as he crossed the finish line well ahead of the 14-year old rookie.
Frederick, came home second in each race which is nothing short of impressive.
Thompson, improved from his fifth place finish in race No. 1 to a podium in race No. 2 on Saturday.
The opening lap on Saturday saw three separate incidents taking out four separate cars.
Cape Motorsports picked up yet another PFC Award as the winning team, while Thompson earned the Staubli Award and debutant Flinn Lazier, 18-year-old son of 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, claimed the Tilton Hard Charger Award after rising from 22nd on the grid to 12th for Newman Wachs Racing.
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will return to action, once again in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series, at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 12-13.