SST: St. Petersburg Race #2 Recap

The second race of the St. Petersburg weekend took place on Sunday morning, an hour before the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Matt Brabham, who led most of Saturday’s race before power steering issues plagued his truck and spun out, requested Robby Gordon give him a new truck, which allowed him to start the race on pole. Brabham led Gavin Harlien at the start and established a comfortable margin after lap one, while Race #1 winner Robby Gordon and Sheldon Creed moved their ways up the grid after starting in the back. Shortly after lap two commenced, Paul Morris locked up his brakes as he entered turn one, going wide and relegating him to last. Morris’ UFD Racing teammate Arie Luyendyk Jr. also suffered misfortune during the lap when he tangled with P.J. Jones and drove into the barrier. The two were able to separate from each other and continue.

The first of two scheduled competition cautions came out partway through lap three. On the restart, Creed passed Harlien for 2nd. On lap five, the second competition caution was waived when Morris flipped his truck after getting sideways off the first jump to bring out a caution. Morris, willing to continue racing, waved to track officials to roll his truck back on its wheels; the process was completed after four minutes on his side.

Eight minutes after Morris’ flip, the green flag waved once again to restart the race. Brabham missed the first ramp, but as he was the leader and did not gain any spots as a result, did not need to surrender any positions. Behind him, Creed and Gordon attempted to catch up, but were unable to do so as they battled with each other for 2nd, while Brabham pulled away to win by three seconds. The win is Brabham’s fourth in SST and first of the season; he also became the first non-American to win at St. Petersburg. Creed triumphed in the fight for 2nd, followed by Gordon, Luyendyk, Jones and Harlien.

After flipping his truck, Morris finished 7th, with Jeff Hoffman and Bill Hynes behind. Davey Hamilton Jr. crashed into the tire barrier on the final lap and finished 10th.

After two consecutive weekends of SST racing, the series will take a month-long break before returning to action at Long Beach from April 7–9.

Featured image courtesy of @SSuperTrucks

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