Exclusive Autosport driver Parker Thompson avoided the concrete walls that claimed many of his competitors to take the checkered flag in the first of two Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda races on the streets of Toronto.
Thompson, from Alberta, Canada, took off from the pole position and led all 25 laps of the 30-minute race. He crossed the finish line with a 0.9-second lead over Cape Motorsports’ Oliver Askew.
Road America doubleheader victor Rinus VeeKay brought the No. 21 Pabst Racing machine home in third ensuring that the top three at the start remained in the same positions at the finish.
Further back, attrition struck the 17-car field with fourth-place starter Kaylen Frederick only completing two laps before being forced to retire after contact that caused rear-end damage.
David Malukas, back in the field driving for BN Racing after missing the race at Iowa Speedway, started in the fifth position and completed seven more laps than Frederick before he also retired with damage after contact with the wall.
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Calvin Ming, Robert Megennis and Dev Gore joined Malukas and Frederick in retiring early due to contact while Ricky Donison remained on pit lane after completing seven laps due to a mechanical issue.
Benefitting from the attrition were DEForce Racing’s Jose Sierra and Pabst’s Lucas Kohl who moved up to complete the top five behind Thompson, Askew and VeeKay.
Sierra advanced from the sixth position to fourth though he was 20.6 seconds behind VeeKay while Kohl moved up seven positions to finish fifth a further six seconds behind Sierra.
Alex Baron, Moises de la Vara, Devin Wojcik, Jayson Clunie and Darren Keane completed the top 10.
Next up for the series on the streets of Toronto is Race 2 at 9:40 a.m. EDT on Sunday with Askew starting from pole having turned the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s qualifying.