Race Report From Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indian racing rising star, Ricky Donison has become the first ever Indian to Win a Podium in USF2000 series in Round 5 held in Indianapolis. He finished 3rd in Round 5 of the USF2000 held at the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit. To recall round 3 & 4 of the USF2000 championship held in Birmingham Alabama, happened to be one of Ricky’s most challenging and forgetful weekend ever. USF2000 is the foundation for the ultimate road to Indy. The best finish Ricky Donison managed with little track time was 14thin Alabama. In the last 2 rounds he was able to take home only 2 points from the two races with a DNF to his name. Those tough rounds proved to be character building weekends and being the first Indian to race in the USF2000 is an achievement on his own.
The script here was about to change as Ricky put in his best performance of the season as he qualified 3rd. The difference between the second and the fourth was just under one-tenth of a second. In the first of the double header he finished on the podium in the third position. Round 5 or race 1 produced an opening lap car wreck. Post the restart Ricky Donison, took full advantage of his qualifying position keeping with the top 5 and then finally finishing third on the podium.Ricky with the podium win now becomes the first ever Indian to win a podium in the USF2000.
In round 6 or race 2 after qualifying fourth, Ricky had a brilliant start and he was in a perfect position to get ahead after turn one. He then got tangled in a car melee going in to turn two of the opening lap. Ricky was hit on his left rear end of his car and he was pushed to the grass. Lucky for him he was able to join back the race. The entire track was signaled full course yellow for over 4 laps, as the recovery trucks stayed out to retrieve the damaged cars. This situation helped Ricky to join the race at the tail of the field. He continued to show his race craft as he fought an uphill task from the back of the grid, which was position number 21, to eventually finish 8th. The highlight of Ricky’s race was his double overtaking maneuvers to get the car home. For the experts on television who were commentating on the race, they were impressed with Ricky Donison’s performance.
Ricky Donison speaking about the race had this to say “Going into the second race, I was confident to get another podium, however, I was cautious going into turn 1 and ended up spinning my car around because of a collision with another driver,” Donison explained. “Luckily, not much damage was done to the car, so I managed to get the car going and I made a recovery from last to eighth place, which I was very happy with.”
In less than 4 weekends of the championship, Ricky Donison is now emerging as one among the stars to watch out for. “Ricky, surprised many with his podium finish” according to Cape Motorsports. The USF2000, is the biggest progress Ricky Donison has made so far and it augurs well with the performance he has been able to put in. Round 7 & 8 of the USF2000 will be held in the scenic Elkhart lake Wisconsin. Ricky Donison now jumps 12th on the leader board from a registered grid of 28. Just to remember he only managed to carry 2 points from a very harsh round 3 & 4 in Alabama. He now aims to get in to the top 10 by the end of next round. With this promising performance Ricky Donison’s team Cape Motorsports, now leads the team championship 28 points clear of the second placed Team Pelfrey. Oliver Askew, Ricky’s team mate is leading the championship.
Ricky Donison speaks, “The long term aim is to advance on and become the first Indian to drive the IndyCar series. This is a progress in the right direction. The circuits are very tough in USA and are a mix of street, Oval and Road circuits. Rolling starts and the first corners are always incident prone . My team has done a fabulous job with the car and my training. I see my confidence improving by leaps and bound in every race. In the middle of all this winning a podium in my maiden year of racing and that too in the iconic Indianapolis track is a very sweet gift. I want to thank my sponsor JK Tyre for backing me all the way. I am confident of better showing in the next round”
About the Racing Car USF200
The USF2000 cars are powered by the Mazda 2-liter, 4 cylinder engine. This fuel injected engine generates approximately 170 horse power. These cars, power themselves up to 150 miles per hour, that’s excess of over 240 kilometers per hour. The season of 2017 has seen a new chassis being introduced which is Tatuus USF-17. This is a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque, manufactured by Tatuus Racing. Safety being paramount, they meet the current FIA F4 safety standards. The speeds the USF2000 clock, are almost matching the speeds of the F3 cars that race in Europe. This year there have been other upgrades too, such as a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, four-way adjustable dampers, specific design aluminum American Racing wheels, Cosworth data system, LCD steering wheel and ECU. In addition, four piston caliper PFC brakes and IndyCar-specific quick jack and roll hoop attachments have found their way in to the car. The USF2000 has been a stepping stone for Indy 500 winners Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Buddy Rice along with IndyCar Series drivers Charlie Kimball, JR Hildebrand and Spencer Pigot,
All the on-track action from Road America will be streamed live on the Mazda Road to Indy app or through the MRTI.TV website (www.roadtoindy.tv), as will the entire USF2000 season. One can also follow through the live timing / live video page on www.usf2000.com or on www.indycar.com through their Race Control page.
Ricky’s Success So Far
Ricky Donison is India’s triple JK Tyre National Rotax champion and the first Indian to score a triple podium in a debut race in the UAE F4 the FIA accredited championship held in the F1 Yes Marina circuit. He also is the current Rotax Asia Max vice champion. He has achieved all this in less than 4 years since he began his career in motorsport.
About The Race Weekend
There are 4 classes of races that happen over the race weekend which are Pro Mazda, USF2000, INDY LIGHTS and INDYCAR. The USF2000 has 2 races of 30 minutes each. While the INDYCAR, is fought over 110 long laps. The race weekend is an ideal get away for race buffs, new sponsors and motorsport fans, with four different absorbing categories and nail biting finishes across races. The race weekend here, is truly a carnival of speed. This comes as no surprise that sponsor interest in the sport has grown phenomenally over the years. The reception of the fans, audiences both at home and online have only added to the spectacle.