It’s going to be an interesting weekend down at Barber MotorSport Park. The temps will be nice but Saturday there is a 100% chance of rain, while Sunday is guaranteed to be dry. The wet weather on Saturday will definitely test these young drivers.
In the USF2000, Jake Eidson and Nico Jamin run 1-2 in the championship and have a plus 20 points cushion to 3rd place Aaron Telitz. Last year, Telitz and Franzoni had 2 great races so you would expect both to be in the mix for the win this time around. For Winterfest back in February, Nico Jamin won race 2, while Victor Franzoni won race 1. Victor Franzoni seems to do very well at Barber so keep an eye out for him as he tries to move up in the championship. This could easily be the race of the weekend due to the changing weather conditions.
In Pro Mazda, Weiron Tan won race 1 and finished second in race 2 of Winterfest back in February. Weiron could be the man to beat coming off an impressive performance at NOLA. Neil Alberico and Santiago Urrutia have a 20 plus point lead on third place Jose Gutierrez in the championship so I think it’s safe to say that these two will have a say in the outcome of the races at Barber. If you are looking for a couple of darkhorses, keep an eye on Garett Grist and Daniel Burkett. Both of these guys have on races and are hungry for another.
In Indy Lights, Ed Jones is three for three in the win column to start the season. He has been hounded by Spencer Pigot, last year’s Pro Mazda champion. Ed has a comfortable lead in the championship but that can change very quickly as this field is full of quality drivers. If not for Spencer taking evasive action to avoid the crash between Harvey and Kaiser, losing 3 positions and then running out of time to hunt Ed down, Pigot may have won Long Beach. Jack Harvey looks to rebound from his pole at Long Beach and would like get a win. Felix Seralles with Belardi would be a good pick to surprise some people at Barber.
Barber is a demanding place and throw in a wet track on Saturday, and I think you will see plenty of excitement from these races. If you haven’t really paid attention to the Mazda Road to Indy, you better. There is plenty of passing and some of these guys will be household names in IndyCar for the next 10 years.