Alex Baron Wins USF2000 Race Sunday in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The racing wasn’t done on Sunday when the checkered flag dropped on the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener at St. Pete. Both the USF2000 as well as the Pro Mazda Series held their final races of the weekend too.

On Saturday, rookie Kyle Kirkwood reached victory lane in the season opening race. On Sunday, a veteran making a return to the series found his way to the win.

Alex Baron won two races in 2013 in the USF2000 Series and has came back in 2018 with a new team in Swan-RJB Motorsports. He qualified on the pole for the race and used that to his advantage in winning his first race in nearly five years in the No. 19 Mazda. He led flag-to-flag in leading all 25 laps on Sunday afternoon. 

“This is great,” said a happy Baron after the win. “I haven’t had a victory in such a long time so to come back and be in victory lane is something special. It was great, starting on pole and being able to pull out a gap. I didn’t overreact on the restarts and kept focused.  The team did a great job prepping the car in such a short amount of time. Only two weeks ago, I had no idea what I would be doing this season! We only got a couple of test days so to get in the car and pull this off is an achievement for everyone.”

Igor Fraga would come home second in his No. 91 Mazda while Lucas Kohl finished third in his No. 22 Mazda.

Two rookies in Jamie Caroline and Kirkwood rounded out the top five.

The first 20 laps of the race went caution free before the first yellow flew on Lap 20 for Rasmus Lindh getting into the Turn 13 wall. Manuel Cabrera also crashed on the last lap.

The next race will be on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  1. 19 Baron
  2. 91 Fraga R
  3. 22 Kohl
  4. 28 Caroline R
  5.  8 Kirkwood R
  6. 12 Sierra R
  7. 10 Holden R
  8. 21 Ming
  9. 24 Frederick
  10. 11 Enders
  11. 80 Van der Watt R
  12. 36 Keane
  13. 30 Donegan R
  14. 82 Tomaselli
  15. 81 Dupell R
  16.  5 Soler-Obel R
  17. 31 Cook R
  18. 37 Osborne R
  19. 38 DeLuzuriaga R
  20. 93 Clunie
  21. 90 Cabrera R -2
  22. 27 Kaminsky OUT
  23. 51 d’Orlando R OUT
  24. 23 Lindh R OUT
  25. 29 McDonough R OUT

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