John Cummiskey Racing Road America 2016 Report
 June 25, 2016| 
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Elkhart, Wis. -- After having a few problems with starts and restarts in Race 1 (Round 8) of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Mazda Road to Indy race at Road America, John Cummiskey Racing driver Ayla Agren was determined to fix that in Race 2.

It worked. Agren, the driver of the No. 33 Energima car, gained three spots on the opening lap of the 30-minute race, and moved up one more spot later on to roll to a Mazda Road to Indy career-best fourth place finish.

The 23-year-old from Norway started and finished eighth in Race 1.

As the field took the green flag and headed to Turn 1, there were plenty of aggressive moves as the drivers jockeyed for position. Agren drove hard into the corner and moved up from her eighth starting spot into the Top 5, holding that spot for the next 10 laps around the 4-mile Road America circuit until Jordan Lloyd, running second, went off track with about five minutes to go in the race to move up to fourth.

"It's been a good weekend in general," Agren said. "Qualifying wasn't the best, but the races were good. I had a really good start in the second race and kept pushing. You don't want to be P4 because it's outside the podium but if we keep working hard we will get there.

"Getting a good start is something we have been talking about, and we gained three spots instead of losing them." 

Agren now has seven Top 10 finishes in the nine USF2000 races this season.

"We're just getting more confident in the car, and it is paying off," Agren said.

Agren also started Race 1 in eighth position and ran as high as sixth, but with two yellow flags bunching up the field, struggled with restarts and ended the 30-minute session in the same place she had started.

"The speed was there, I just did a mistake and in the final restart dropped back," Agren said.

Ayla Agren, #34 Energima car 

Race 1: Qualified 8th, Finished 8th

Race 2: Qualified 8th, Finished 4th 

This season has been a learning experience for John Cummiskey Racing's Lucas Kohl, and that education continued Saturday in Rounds 8 and 9 of the Mazda Road to Indy Coopr Tires USF2000 race at historic Road America.

Driving the No. 34 Ballko Trading machine, the 18-year-old from Brazil started and finished 11th in Race 1, and after starting 10th in Race 2, fell back as far as 15th before recovering for a 13th place finish.

Race 1 started out well for Kohl as he moved up as high as seventh place early on in the 30-minute race. But like teammate Ayla Agren, he lost a couple of spots on the last restart with one lap to go and dropped a couple of positions.

"Restarts here are tough," Kohl said. "As we were in the middle of the pack, everyone tries to go to the front and everyone tries to make a move. We were restarting on the uphill and I couldn't see the green flag."

In Race 2, Kohl started 10th but on the first lap of the race went into the grass and lost several positions to the field. The rest of the race was an uphill battle, but he salvaged the race by moving up some positions.

"I had a problem in Turn 3, the car was understeering a lot," he said. "I lost spots but got them back later so it wasn't that bad. We were able to take some good things out of it."

Kohl really enjoyed his first trip to the fastest road course in the United States, and feels like he is taking some good things into the next event in Toronto in three weeks.

"We didn't have a lot of track time, so at times it was a tough weekend," Kohl said, "but in the end it was really positive for us."

Lucas Kohl

Race 1: Qualified 11th, Finished 11th

Race 2: Started 10th, Finished 13th

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