Booth scores top-five result while USF2000 driver Toppe excels in debut
After surviving through a rain-dampened Saturday at the Grand Prix of Houston, the trio of Pro Mazda Championship drivers running under the JDC MotorSports tent showed their mettle on Sunday when they stormed out of the box to post three results in the top-12. Freshman Pro Mazda driver Ryan Booth had his best finish of the year, challenging Shelby Blackstock for third all race long en route to a fourth-place finish, while the team’s regular USF2000 driver Clark Toppe impressed the paddock in his series debut with an incredible sixth. Michael Johnson continues to show great steps in development and improved pace, as he finished 12th in the final tally to send the JDC team back to its Minnesota shop on a very high note.
Toppe reflects on 6th-place finish at Grand Prix of Houston
The Woodlands’ Clark Toppe, a 16-year-old rookie in the Pro Mazda Championship Series, placed sixth in his second race of the weekend at the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday at Reliant Park.
Toppe, who started in the 12th position, completed the 30-lap race in 35 minutes, 20.2540 seconds. It was a vast improvement over his series debut on Saturday, a race in which he took 16th due to an issue with his car’s alternator. Toppe, who races for JDC MotorSports, had a best lap of 1 minute, 9.2575 seconds on Sunday.
Pro Mazda: Pigot rebounds in Houston Race 2
Spencer Pigot bounced back from a series of misfortunes to score a commanding victory in today's second leg of the Allied Building Products Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Houston Presented by Marlin CNG Services. Starting second on the grid, Pigot, 20, from Orlando, Fla., made an explosive start, then dived to the inside of polesitter Garett Grist under braking for the tight chicane at Turn Two on the unforgiving 1.7-mile MD Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at NRG Park. He remained under pressure from fellow American Neil Alberico for the first dozen or so laps, then edged clear to win the 30-lap race by almost four seconds