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WINS, PODIUMS, AND POLE POSITIONS FOR JAY HOWARD DRIVER DEVELOPMENT AT THE MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

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It was a weekend of racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as Jay Howard Driver Development (JHDD) brought a handful of drivers to the famed facility in Lexington, Ohio. With drivers competing in all three USF Pro Championships Presented by Continental Tire ladder programs, the Indy-based program netted pole positions, race wins, podium results, and multiple top-ten results by the time the final checkered flag flew on Sunday afternoon.

USF2000
It was a triple header weekend for the JHDD USF2000 contingent as the result sheets was topped by hometown driver Evagoras Papasavvas in both qualifying and race two. After earning the race one pole position on Friday, Papasavvas endured trouble in race one and finished in the eighth position. Redeeming himself in race two, the Ohio native returned to the top step of the podium in race two, scoring the victory, one year after his first-ever USF2000 series win at Mid-Ohio on the Fourth of July weekend in 2023. Looking for more success in race three, Papasavvas was once again a victim of on-track contact and fell way down the order to P14 on the results sheet.

Michael Costello proved that he has speed over the Ohio weekend as he qualified just slightly slower than his teammate Papasavvas and slotted into the third position. A difficult race one was overcome by a solid race two as Costello chased Papasavvas across the line for P2 and a one-two finish for the JHDD program. Race three was much of the same as race one, with Costello classified 18th on the official results after contact. Fellow USF2000 driver and JHDD rookie Jace Bacon continued to improve and gain valuable experience, with his results not reflecting the knowledge gained in the talent-laden USF2000 field.

USF Juniors
Liam McNeilly led the way for the JHDD program in USF Juniors program as he converted his pole position into a pair of podium finishes. After taking the race one pole with the fastest lap in qualifying, McNeilly drove to a P3 finish in race one but returned with a vengeance in race two, taking the win. Scoring valuable points toward the end of the year championship chase, McNeilly left Ohio second in the championship standings, nine points in arrears of the current leader.

Between the six USF Juniors combatants from JHDD, they earned seven top-ten results, two which came from McNeilly. G3 Argyros qualified ninth for race one but finished fourth when the checkered flag flew, adding a top-five result to his resume. In race two, G3 claimed the ninth position. Canadian Ayden Ingratta earned himself a pair of top-ten results, turning his eighth-place qualifying result into P8 and P7 finishes in the two wheel-to-wheel races. Timothy Carel was another JHDD USF Juniors driver who found his way inside the top-ten in a wet race one as he moved forward four positions from 13th to ninth. Hudson Potter claimed 21st and 18th place finishes, while JT Hoskins ran and showed strong pace but ended his weekend 16th and 21st on the result sheets.

USF Pro 2000
It was a lone entry in USF Pro 2000 Presented by Continental Tire for JHDD as Frankie Mossman would fly the flag in the talented field of competitors. Showing the speed needed to run at the front of the field in the Thursday test day, a seventh-place qualifying result for race one netted the Californian a P7 result in race one of the weekend at the difficult-to-pass facility. Looking to improve in race two, Mossman’s race was cut short due to an incident with a fellow competitor that forced him to retire.

Next up for JHDD will be a trip north of the border to Toronto, Ontario, Canada as two USF programs will compete at the Streets of Toronto over the July 19-21 weekend.

Stay connected with the latest updates on Jay Howard’s Driver Development program. Follow them on social media by searching ‘Jay Howard Driver Development’, contact Jay Howard via e-mail at Jay@JayHoward.com, or visit him online at www.JayHoward.com.

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