Bolton: Random Thoughts on Mid-Ohio

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Mid-Ohio was well attended and the track did a nice job at the viewing mounds creating aisles for fans to leave to get concessions or use the restrooms.  Traffic flow was quick and easy as they shut down Steam Corners Road and had two lanes exiting the track in both directions.

The biggest mover in race 1 of the USF2000 was Henrik Furuseth.  He moved up 8 spots and finished 5th.  The best line of the day was from Adrian Starrantino about his wreck on the opening lap “I had to do the walk of shame.”

Talked with Henrik Furuseth before race 2 of the USF2000 and he was absolutely excited about running the race in the rain.  He was very confident even though he started 14th.  Boy was he right! He made quick work and finished in 3rd.

Last observation of the USF2000 is about Austin Cindric.  Not only did he drive in all three races but he also drove a fourth race.  He actually drove two races in the same day by competing in race 3 of the USF2000 and then race 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge in the GT/GTA/GTS Series.  He passed 11 cars in that race and raised $11,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.  I’m very proud of what Austin accomplished over the weekend.

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In Pro Mazda, Spencer Pigot did everything he could.  He never was able to get a clean track after he put new tires on in qualifying and had to start p8.  He drove an impressive race to finish 4th and stay ahead of Scott Hargrove.  It wasn’t the weekend he envisioned but he still maintains the points lead.  I have yet to see Spencer get upset no matter where he finishes.  I would describe him as calm, cool and collected.

Michael Johnson did not get the results he wanted but the guy just amazes me. If you could see how he has to drive due to all the hand controls, you would be amazed as well.  To be honest, he could use two extra hands and how he does it and be competitive, shows how talented he is.  He works extremely hard with his trainer Josh and it shows out on the track.  I brought a friend, who had never attended a race in his life, and Michael took the time to show him the driver controls and explained how he has to brake etc.

In Indy Lights, Jack Harvey won both races.  He actually dominated and was never challenged.  Great job Jack!

Gabby Chaves finished second and third.  He maintained his points lead but Jack Harvey moved past Zach Veach to take over second in the championship.

Axcil Jefferies drove in place of Alex Barron for Belardi Auto Racing and managed a 6th and 4th place finish.  He had not raced since last year and did a heck of a job.

IndyCar needs to have the Pirelli World Championship Series at all their road/street courses.  The track always had cars on it and they put on a heck of a show.  It’s the value fans are looking for.

The two sexiest cars were the Ferrari and the McClaren in the GT class hands down.

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Steve Wittich and Steph Wallcraft get the Camping World Fans award for spending the weekend in the campground.  One in a tent and the other in their car.

I had a blast with my pace car ride.  Larry Foyt made the tires scream around every turn at Mid-Ohio.  Special thanks to Stefan Wilson for making it happen.

The NBCSN crew does a fantastic job with the broadcast.  I had the privilege of seeing the team work in the broadcast trailer and there’s a lot they have to keep track of.  Thanks to Ashley Wilson for giving me behind the scene access.

I would encourage everyone to come out to the track and support these young drivers.  They are all very accommodating and down to earth.  It’s an opportunity to watch the future stars of IndyCar.

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Tony Tellez

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