Cape Motorsports Extends Team Championship Lead after Freedom 75
 August 28, 2020| 
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CLERMONT, Ind. – The momentum continues to grow for Cape Motorsports in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, as the team’s four drivers filled the top-eight in the Freedom 75 event held on the 5/8-mile high-banked Lucas Oil Raceway.

Located just six miles west of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the facility played host to another edition of the annual Carb Night Classic, and the Cape Motorsports drivers were impressive in the Friday night shootout.  Florida Reece Gold advanced to third in the standings with his fourth consecutive podium finish, taking second in the 75-lap contest. The 15-year-old hounded the eventual winner early, then settled in to score a crucial point-scoring result. Michael d’Orlando and Josh Green held their starting positions to finish fourth and sixth respectively, while Kyle Dupell completed the team’s strong overall outing in eighth.

"It was another really good weekend for the boys, with our drivers all finishing in the top-eight,” said Dominic and Nicholas Cape, team owners. “Reece did a great job all weekend, only missing the pole by under a tenth and finishing second. He has really good momentum at the moment with four straight front row starts and four straight podiums. Both Michael and Josh acquitted themselves remarkably well, being there first time on an oval, and they both had very solid races. It was Kyle's first time on an oval in a couple of years and he finished eighth, and he had a great qualifying run and battled all race long. All our boys are in the top-eight of the championship and we now look forward to IMS next week.” 

Gold started on the outside of the front row and quickly challenged the leader, but after he developed a bit of a gap, Reece stayed focused and brought home a strong second place finish. D’Orlando moved to third at the start of the race and chased Gold throughout the 75-lapper, and only lost the position in the final laps. His fourth-place finish keeps him in second the championship standings, and he is now focused on grabbing his first series victory. Green and Dupell had strong runs as well in the race, which went green to checker with no cautions.

The team will now turn their focus on a stand-alone event on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 3-4. The unique Thursday-Friday event will feature non-stop track time with three races on the schedule over the two days to take the race total of nine. Additional events at Mid-Ohio, New Jersey Motorsports Park and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will cap the adjusted 2020 schedule to 17 total races. Leaving Lucas Oil Raceway, the team holds a four-point lead in the Team Championship and all four drivers are in the top-eight in the championship standings.

CAPE MOTORSPORTS – DRIVER RESULTS AND QUOTES

USF2000 – ROUND 6 – AUGUST 21, 2020

LUCAS OIL RACEWAY – CLERMONT, INDIANA

JOSH GREEN - #2

Qualifying 1: 6th – 107.728 mph

Race: Start – 6th / Finish – 6th

Driver Quote: “The Freedom 75 was my first time ever on an oval and it was a great time! We as a team had great speed throughout the weekend and we both got better in each and every session. The race went well and I’m happy to take home a good point load to bring me closer to the championship lead! Looking forward to the Indy GP, which is just a short ways away.”

REECE GOLD - #3

Qualifying 1: 2nd – 108.497 mph

Race: Start – 2nd / Finish – 2nd

Driver Quote: ““Another great result last week. I had a great qualifying run which put us P2 for the race. I was able to fight for the lead in the first portion of the race, an improvement over last race. The car felt really good and I am really happy with my result. I can’t thank the Cape Motorsports crew enough for their hard work as well as my sponsor, The Ticket Clinic. I can’t wait to get back on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and hopefully turn this continued momentum into a win!”

MICHAEL D’ORLANDO - #4

Qualifying 1: 4th – 108.087 mph

Race: Start –4th / Finish – 4th

Driver Quote: “I really didn't know what to expect going into my first oval race. It was so very different than anything I've ever done before, but it was an awesome experience and I developed a deep respect for this type of racing. I learned a lot. The team and I worked hard so it was very heartbreaking to miss the podium in just the last two laps. But now it's time to focus on the second half of the season and get the wins I know we are quite capable of."

KYLE DUPELL - #14

Qualifying 1: 7th – 107.694 mph

Race: Start – 7th / Finish – 8th

Driver Quote: “Overall, it was a good weekend as we showed a lot of improvement in our quali pace and I had good race pace but not really a chance to use it with the race going green the whole time. I’m happy with my second time back to Lucas Oil Raceway. As always, big thanks to the team and my sponsors for making it all happen.”

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