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USF2000 - Two Podiums to Start the Season in Sebring

March 20, 2011

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Spencer receiving his USF2000 trophy in Sebring

Hi everyone,

I just got home from a long but exciting week in Sebring. It was the opening rounds of the Cooper Tire USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. Since we had already done the WinterFest races at Sebring over the winter we knew we would be competitive right from the first session.

We had two practice sessions on Tuesday and I was 3rd in both. I went over all of the data with my engineer Andy and we found a lot of places to work on for official practice and qualifying. We only went out on track one time on Wednesday for official practice. Right as I was about to pull out of the pit box my mechanic AJ noticed a strange noise coming from the gearbox. We went back to the trailer and he took the gearbox apart. He couldn't find anything wrong so they put it back together and I got out for the last part of the session. I only had time to do a few laps but ended up P2 only two-tenths off P1. This was very encouraging because we had mad a lot of progress from the day before.

In qualifying on Thursday we knew we would be challenging for pole position. It was very tight at the top of the charts and I ended up second only five-hundredths of a second off my teammate! At the start of the race I was able to keep my position. For some reason in the race we really struggled with grip on the car. I fell back to third pretty early and didn't quite have the pace to get close enough to make a pass. I finished the opening round of the championship in third position. Even though it was a podium I was a little disappointed because I knew that we had more pace. Once again we went back to the trailer and looked over a lot of data to see where we could improve.

On Friday we had a morning warm-up session prior to the race. I was fastest in that session, we worked really hard over night and it was great to have it pay off on the time sheets. I started the race P4 because they go on fastest laps from race one to set the grid for race two. In the race I got up to third on the second lap, just before a full course yellow. On the restart I passed for second around the outside of turn one and set my sights on the leader. I was in a three-way battle for the lead for about four laps! It was great racing, very aggressive but fair and a lot of fun! After the fight strung out I was in second. The leader had saved a new set of tires for the race and I didn't quite have the pace to keep up.

Overall two podium finishes in my first weekend in the series was a good result. We learnt a lot that we will bring into St. Petersburg next week and the rest of the season.

Special Thanks to MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, Skip Barber, Andretti Autosport, Sparco, RaceLite Protection and my associate sponsors Parathyroid.com, California Scents and Silver Knight Racing

Spencer Pigot