USF2000: Ming drops of out Race Two after accident


It wasn’t the type of result Guyana’s Calvin Ming was hoping for in Race Two of the USF2000 on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park. Ming started in P4, but was involved in an accident on the first lap, resulting in significant damage to the car, causing him to drop out of the race. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Ming, Dakota Dickerson and Robert Megennis got tangled up when they attempted to take it three wide into the turn.

Dickerson and Megennis got the worst of the incident with the No. 36 Newman Wachs Racing entry of Dickerson falling to the back of the lead lap and 18th and Meginnis falling down three spots from his starting position to eighth.

The final incident which happened at the downhill Turn 8 and Turn 9 complex, under yellow, was the scariest. After the first contact, the #22 Pabst Racing machine of Ming ran into the back of and then climbed over the side pod and cockpit area of the #2 Cape Motorsports car of Ricky Donison. 

Ming, Wojcick, Donison and Castro were all forced to retire on the spot, while Kohl, Wright, Mikler and Dickerson were able to continue. 

Meanwhile, Oliver Askew, who was feeling under the weather, didn’t suffer any ill effects of a carnage filled first lap and pressure from closest rival, Team Pelfrey’s rookie stand-out Kaylen Frederick, as he cruised to a third straight Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda victory and an ever increasing points lead. 

As the front row of Askew and Fredrick brought the field slowly to the green flag, the field got bunched up behind them, but made it through the first two turns cleanly before three separate incidents forced race control to throw the yellow flag.

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