|Formula Off Road: PJ Jones wins round 2 at USA´s St Petersburg Grand Prix|
PJ Jones captured Sunday’s thrilling second round of the "Speed Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas" race at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (USA), beating Robby Gordon to the line by a truck length.
Jerett Brooks, 16, finished third, making it the high-school student’s second-consecutive podium finish after coming home second in Saturday’s first race. Jones, a veteran of IndyCar, USAC Silver Crown and Sprint Cars, started sixth and drove a calculated yet aggressive race to hold off Gordon and a full field of strong trucks.
"We had a really fast truck and kept our mistakes to a minimum, but you do make mistakes in these trucks," said Jones, the winner of two of the last three Formula Off-Road races. "Robby and Jerett got racing each other behind me which helped, and I had to hold Robby off when he made a couple of late dives on me on that last lap."
"Best thing is that the crowd was really into it and people have been coming up to me all weekend saying how much they love the trucks and love watching them jump. A lot of them said we were the reason they came here this weekend and can’t wait to see us race again. The fans that didn’t know about us already are fans now, I’m sure."
Following Saturday’s first race of the season, which had Gordon holding off Brooks and third-place finisher Justin Lofton in a driving rain storm, Jones considered Sunday’s victory redemption for a costly mistake on Saturday. Racing in some of the worst conditions possible, Sunday’s race was a complete opposite with brilliant blue Florida skies and warm temperatures.
More than 75,000 spectators lined the 1.8-mile 14-turn road circuit to watch Jones and the Traxxas-branded trucks launch off of man-made ramps on the same DOT-approved Toyo Tires that consumers can buy. The loud raucous cheers of disbelief from the massive crowd could be heard over the trucks as fans of traditional road racing saw the trucks literally fly through the air side by side. Round 3 of the series will be April 13 at the Long Beach Grand Prix in Southern California.
Formula Off Road round 2 finishing order
01) PJ Jones | American Racing Wheels | Scottsdale, Ariz.
02) Robby Gordon | SPEED Energy | Orange, Calif.
03) Jerett Brooks | Synergy Electric | Alpine, Calif.
04) Justin Lofton | Cometic | Westmorland, Calif.
05) Sheldon Creed | Traxxas | Alpine, Calif.
06) Scotty Steele | Steele Racing | Peoria, Ariz.
07) Gavin Harlien | A3, Smith Optics | Mesa, Ariz.
08) Apdaly Lopez | VisitMexico.com | Tecate, Mexico
09) Davey Hamilton | Traxxas | Nampa, Idaho
WD) Craig Potts | Potts Racing | Scottsdale, Ariz.
2014/03/31 | 10:50 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/CHRIS HECHT