Victor Franzoni at speed on IMS road course
Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

Following a victory on Friday to kick off the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Victor Franzoni started from pole on Saturday and dominated all 29 laps of Race 2 to sweep the doubleheader.

Juncos Racing’s Franzoni started from pole and held onto the lead through the treacherous Turn 1 with the rest of the top five also maintaining their positions on the opening lap.

While the first five positions remained unchanged, Sting Ray Robb moved up from eighth to sixth on Lap 1 before giving up the position to teammate Phillippe Denes.

Three laps into the 40-minute race, Franzoni’s lead had grown to 2.4 seconds. At the six-lap mark, his advantage over TJ Fischer stood at 4.3 seconds.

With Franzoni firmly ensconced in the lead, ahead of Fischer by 5.8 seconds after 11 laps and 6.7 seconds after 14 laps, the closest battle on track was for the third and fourth positions.

Anthony Martin trailed third-placed Carlos Cunha by two seconds just past the halfway point of the 40-minute race while Nikita Lastochkin ran only 1.8 seconds behind Martin.

At the 25-minute mark with 17 laps complete, Franzoni’s advantage over Fischer stood at 8.3 seconds. Six laps later, the gap had grown a further 1.6 seconds to 9.9 seconds.

Franzoni took the white flag with a 12-second advantage over Fischer and crossed the finish line 13 seconds ahead of the Team Pelfrey driver.

“It’s a great a feeling,” Franzoni told The Apex. “It’s amazing to be with Juncos Racing because they’re huge, they’re in IndyCar now so I’m learning a lot. And it’s amazing to sweep the weekend here.”

Cunha, Martin and Lastochkin completed the top five. Phillippe Denes, Sting Ray Robb, Bobby Eberle, Matt Machiko and Kevin Davis rounded out the top 10.

After over a month off, the series will head to Road America for the fifth and sixth rounds of the 12-race 2017 schedule in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series’ KOHLER Grand Prix on the weekend of June 23–25.

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