English rookie Harrison Scott secured a hard-earned victory at Royal Purple Synthetic Motor Oil Grand Prix of Indianapolis supporting the Lupus Foundation of America at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course. Last year’s runaway Euroformula Open champion fought his way to the front in Race One on Friday to claim his second successive chequered flag in Round Five of an extremely competitive Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
After Qualifying in third, Harrison was soon fighting with the leaders when Race One went green. The top four positions changed frequently during the action however David Malukas (BN Racing) was handed a drive-through penalty which afforded Rinus VeeKay (Juncos Racing) the lead only to lose it on Lap 16 when Harrison made a fine pass under braking for Turn One. Moments later, the caution flags waved following an engine failure for Team Pelfrey’s Andres Gutierrez.
Harrison held off the attentions of pole-sitter Oliver Askew (Cape Motorsports) during a five-lap dash to the finish to claim RP Motorsport Racing’s second successive PFC Award as the winning team.
At the start of Race Two on Saturday, Askew led from pole position alongside Harrison in P2, and the drama started early when Malukas, who had started in third, collided while trying to tuck into Askew’s draft resulting in multiple contacts in the immediate field, including Harrison’s #10 epicura/Masterpack Innovative Printing-RP Motorsport Racing Tatuus-Mazda PM-18.
After a lengthy full-course caution, Carlos Cunha (Juncos Racing), Parker Thompson (Exclusive Autosport) and Harrison enjoyed an exciting battle for the lead through the middle stages of the race until Harrison suffered an electrical failure while running in second place, forcing him to retire.
Harrison Scott (#10 epicura/Masterpack Innovative Printing-RP Motorsport Racing Tatuus-Mazda PM-18):
“Race One was amazing – I was going crazy on the radio and the team was just screaming. They have worked so hard, because we’re so far behind the other teams in knowledge and everything. Every time we’ve gone out on track we’ve improved. To get back-to-back wins is incredible, especially this early in the season. It shows the hard work we’re doing.
“After starting in second in Race Two and fighting back from P6 after being hit at the start, to chasing down the leader and sitting on his gearbox before an electrical failure caused me to retire, it was quite a rollercoaster weekend! But we can come away smiling knowing that we had by far the quickest package out there this weekend, so it’s all positive as we look ahead to the next race.”
The next Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires event takes place on 7th May 2018 at the Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis.