By Stephan Sookram in Ohio
(Compliments of Mings Products and Services, Mohamed’s Enterprise and the National Sports Commission)
A mid- pack finish on the end of a beautiful drive yesterday capped off rounds 10,11 and 12 of the USF2000 series for Guyanese Calvin Ming.
Driving the number 21 Pabst Racing car in Ohio, Ming started 16th after Saturday’s second race of the weekend which saw the fastest time determining the final race’s grid.
However, he utilised his patience and clinical passing ability to carve out a seventh place finish behind teammate, Brazilian Lucas Khol, who finished sixth and Sweden’s Rasmus Lindh who finished third.
He used the outside line on the fourth corner which served him well all weekend to execute several of those passes during the 20 lap session.
Unofficial championship winner and Cape driver, Kyle Kirkwood, completed a clean sweep of the weekend with DeForce’s British driver, James Raven, finishing second.
The event capped a solid weekend for the Guyanese who had a third place finish on Friday, coupled with a fifth place finish on Saturday.
Given that Friday’s qualification left him sixth on the grid for race one and Saturday left him 10th for race two, he felt that the weekend was a good one in terms of points.
“Yeah, all in all it was a great weekend. I picked up some valuable points at this round, so I can continue to fight for that second spot. It could have been better with qualifying, but I am happy nonetheless.
“This is not one of my stronger tracks, so to take away any amount of points from it, let alone a podium and mid pack finishes, really sets me up nicely for the last round in just over a month.”
“I can’t thank the team enough for what they have done,” he added.
With the results this weekend, Ming sits fifth in the championship with 152 points, still within striking distance and in a six-way battle for the second spot.
Also in that battle is Lindh (172 points), Igor Fraga (171 points), Khol (166 points), and Kaylen Frederick (150 points)
Ming returns to Miami this week with one round left in the championship at Oregon in four weeks’ time.