After finishing third in the opening round of practice for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship event on the Streets of Toronto, Legacy Autosport and Zach Holden claimed a top-five finish in race one on Saturday. As it has been with the Indianapolis based squad throughout the year, bad luck crept back into the program on Sunday and an incident mid-race forced Holden to retire his #14 entry from another possible top-five result.
“It is a shame to have two incidents this weekend, one in the Friday afternoon qualifying session and one during race two,” explained Legacy Autosport’s Mike Meyer. “Our speed is there as Zach showed throughout the weekend, we just have not had the luck this season. I am confident that we can turn it around and stand atop the podium, and that is our goal for the final three event weekends of the season.”
With his incident on Friday during qualifying, Holden’s fastest lap of P6 at the time was removed from the timing records and he was forced to start the first wheel-to-wheel action of the weekend in 12th. Showing the pace of his Legacy Autosport entry, Holden drove towards the front of the field and garnered a fifth place result, his third top-five finish of the season.
Qualifying in the seventh position for race two of the weekend, Legacy Autosport Engineer Nathan Toney was feeling positive about the chances at the team’s second podium result of the season until a mid-race mistake caused damage to Holden’s ride and anther yellow flag in the USF2000 event weekend.
“I was very confident heading into Sunday,” explained Nathan Toney. “On a track that is difficult to pass, Zach made it look easy yesterday and starting five further positions up the grid, the goal was a podium. Zach was making good progress forward and while running in the top-five, overshot the turn one braking zone while making a pass and got into the wall. It’s a tough way to end the weekend, but the guys in this team work hard, and we will be back at the Mid-Ohio event stronger.”
With the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship now 50% complete, Legacy Autosport has begun to accept drivers for the annual Chris Griffis Test set to take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this year. With 2020 less than five months away, Legacy Autosport is already looking at a winter testing program for new drivers looking to compete with the elite level program. Contact Legacy Autosport for more details.
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