Alliance Autosport continued their strong run in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda National Class by winning Rounds Three and Four in St. Petersburg, and picking up another podium finish.
Scott Rettich, 28, of Camden, Ohio, started the weekend off strong by qualifying the No. 71 PDI Communication Systems/Springboro Car Wash entry on the pole for Round Three at the St. Pete Grand Prix. Rettich relinquished the lead to his teammate Ryan Verra on the start, but after a few laps under caution, Rettich was able to move back into the lead and open up a sizeable gap over his next closest competitors in the National Class Presented by SCCA Enterprises. In the process, Rettich was able to run a fast lap just 1.6 seconds slower than the fastest competitor in the faster Championship Class. In Round Four, Rettich was again able to stay out of trouble and take a comfortable win over second place finisher James Dayson.
Verra, of Calgary, Alb., also had a strong start to the weekend, running second fastest in the majority of each official practice sessions in the National Class. Verra started the No. 25 Capto Scientia/Enemy Sport/Toshi/Cancer Research Society entry from the third position in Round Three, and had a stellar start avoiding all of the carnage in turn one, moving into the lead. After a few laps under caution, Verra, surrendered the lead to his teammate shortly after the restart. Unfortunately, on the final lap of the 21 lap race, with second place well in hand, a competitor in the Championship Class bumped Verra into the wall and out of the race.
“All in all it was a really good weekend for us,” stated Alliance Autosport Team Manager Suren Tchobanian. “Scott was again extremely quick each session, and Ryan made big improvements in both speed and consistency since Sebring. It was very unfortunate that Ryan was knocked out of the race, because I think he would have finished at least second in both races. We are really excited for the next USF2000 Series event, the official test at our home track, Mid-Ohio!”