Jordan Cane had a successful first weekend having stepped up to The Cooper Tires USF2000 Series powered by Mazda .
Having topped two of the six sessions at the series test at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama the week before confidence was good for the 14 year old rookie going into his first race weekend of the season but it would be his first time on a street circuit in front of a very large crowd and a grid of 27 cars.
First Practice was splintered with many red flags but despite only a few laps of running, Jordan managed to finish the session eighth fastest, Practice two had more running and Jordan finished the session fourth fastest. Qualifying was again disturbed by more red flags and Jordan couldn't get the best from his tyres but managed to qualify in 10th position.
Race One started with a big crash at turn one taking out several cars, having avoided the carnage Jordan would take the restart again in 10th position, as the green flag dropped Jordan got a good run and moved to the inside, having passed 3 cars and on the inside of two more for fifth place the car on the outside moved across and contact resulted in the race for Jordan ending there, more safety car sessions resulted in only 6 minutes of actual racing with the win taken by the 20 year old Australian Jordan Lloyd.
Race Two Jordan would again start in 10th and this time the start was fairly clean and the race was on. In the early laps Jordan would go wheel to wheel with his own teammates, three wide into turn four then the next lap side by side all the way from turn 4 to turn 8, not something you will see very often on a street circuit particularly in the narrowest section of St. Petersburg circuit. Eventually Jordan dispensed with his teammates and moved forward, before a safety car slowed the charge. At the restart he found the car that had ended race one for him was now the car in front, as the green flag dropped the cars in front all went to defend the inside but Jordan saw this as an opportunity and went around the outside of turn one to make up two more positions.
Another very late braking into turn 10 completed a pass and put him into third position, the next two laps Jordan was closing on 2nd place but yet another safety car ended the race under yellow.
The win was taken by the 17 year old Chinese driver Yufeng Luo and 2nd place was the Australian Jordan Lloyd.
Jordan Cane said:
“I’m very pleased overall with the weekend considering its my first street circuit, however I still think it could have been even better had it not been for the incident in race one. Last year was a special year for me but this is stepping up a level and the competition is strong, I didn’t expect a podium in my very first weekend but I,ll take it and it gives me the confidence to try to add more at Barber. Many thanks to my partners at Adidas Motorsport, Goodwood Road & Racing, Twelfth Man and Maui Jim for their support.”