Fields, Rahal team and McMurray win Radical Cup at Sebring

By | March 3, 2024

The 2024 Radical Cup North America season saw the first green flag of the season launched at the famed Sebring International Raceway on Saturday. With two wheel-to-wheel races on the day, the lone qualifying session kicked off a busy day of activity in Central Florida. When the race started, it was Jon and Clint Field who found their way to the top step of the podium in the Platinum Class, while Jordan Missig gave Graham Rahal Performance their first two wins of the season. Chris McMurry continued his Pro 1340 dominance with two-on-two on the day, while 14-year-old Mayer Deonarine impressed everyone.

“The level of competition continues to rise year on year and age does not appear to be a determining factor,” explains Tom Drewer, director of the Radical Cup. “Despite the number of rookies joining the series in 2024, we have had some very good races. It’s exciting to see the growth and we can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

The day started with the McDonald’s Pole Position Awards. The early morning session saw Jon Field and ONE Motorsports lap Sebring International Raceway with the fastest laps to claim top honors in the Platinum class, while Graham Rahal Performance’s Nick d’Orlando followed suit in Pro 1500, with McMurry Crown Racing with Apex on top. Pro1340.

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Platinum class

Qualifying

1. Jon Field – 2m01.671s

2. Clintveld – 2m02.315s

3. Louis Schriber – 2m02.940s

Race 1

It was a driver with the last name Field who won the first race, but not pole position winner Jon Field (ONE Motorsports). Closer to his starting spot in P2, Clint Field (ONE Motorsports) beat his father to take the win when the checkered flag flew under yellow conditions due to a crash involving a Pro 1500 driver. Impressive despite his lack of experience, Clint proved he is a title contender. With a pair of Fields on the top two steps of the podium, it was Louis Schriber (WISKO Racing) who finished in third place after recovering from a test crash last week that severely damaged his race car. Dirt racer turned sidewalk rider Wayne Williams (ESSES Racing), who suffered a turbo issue during Friday’s on-track action, added a top five finish as he began his second year of competition in the Radical Cup with Platinum-class rookie Gregg Gorski (WISKO Racing) finished fifth.

Race 2

Jon Field beat Clint Field in the second race, as he was able to move from the outside of the front row into the second starting position and climb his way to the top of the podium. It was another Field and Field one – two finish as Clint Field crossed the line in second, albeit over 13 seconds behind Jon. Chip Romer was having a great race until a late-race spin knocked him off what would have been his first podium of the season, opening the door for Gorski to cross the line in third. Romer recovered to finish fifth, while Schriber was also able to follow Gorski and finish fourth. Jim Booth (WISKO Racing) and Kevin Poitras (Radical Canada East) also gained positions throughout the 18-lap saga, finishing sixth and seventh respectively.

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PRO1500

Qualifying

1. Nick d’Orlando – 2m06.467s

2. Danny Dyszelski – 2m06.973s

3. Jordan Missig – 2m07.119s

Race 1

The top three finishers in the Pro 1500 class in the first race were Radical XXX machines, with Jordan Missig (GRP) taking his first victory in the 2024 Radical Cup competition for both himself and Graham Rahal Performance (GRP). 2023 Vice Champion Danny Dyszelski (RySpec Racing) pushed himself to a podium result in his first event, with a new team crossing the line in third, just behind d’Orlando (GRP) in second, making it a near-perfect debut for the GRP program. It should be noted that all drivers are under the age of 25 and all come from events in the popular Road to Indy program. Evan Slater, racing from the WISKO Racing camp, drove impressively to fourth despite having little time with the car and being the only Pro 1500 driver in the WIKSO Racing program at Sebring. Spencer Schmidt, son of McLaren IndyCar team owner Sam Schmidt, also showed the speed to run up front, finishing fifth in his series debut with Stephen Cameron Racing and Radical Northwest, just ahead of Romer (ONE Motorsports). Jack Yang (Group-A Racing) performed solidly in qualifying and showed significant pace in the race before crashing on the final lap of the race.

Race 2

It was Missig who gave GRP their second win of the weekend, but the story of the race was young d’Orlando who had to come from the tail of the field but ended up on the podium in race two. After an incident on the first lap, a pit stop to change a blown tire and a few caution periods, d’Orlando made his way through the field to finish third. It was Dyszelski who pushed Missig to the end of the 18-lap race, falling just short, but still on the podium in second, ahead of d’Orlando, while Missig and Dyszelski had an epic race-long back-and-forth battle on several occasions . Evan Slater recorded his second fourth-place finish in as many races with Canadian and Racing With Autism’s Austin Riley, who bounced back from a tough race to finish fifth in race two after battling for a podium result early on. With the Pro 1500 class packed with competition, Romer, Schmidt, Mike Anzaldi (RYNO with Team Stradale), Drew Altman (RySpec Racing) and Jack Yang all finished in the top 10 and will look to improve on their results in race three tomorrow. Drew Altman was the Sunoco Hard Charger of the race for race two.

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PRO 1340

Qualifying

1. Chris McMurry – 2m11.198s

2. Mayer Deonarine – 2m11.633s

3. Seth Bacon – 2m11.697s

Race 1

It was a Crown Racing with Apex dominance in the Pro 1340 category as McMurry led a one-two for the team, just ahead of Seth Bacon in second. 14-year-old Deonarine (RySpec Racing) became the youngest ever podium winner in Radical Cup North America history, standing on the third step. Suellio Almeida (RySpec Racing) achieved a top-five result in his Radical debut, edging out Ben Blander (RYNO with Team Stradale), who crossed the line in fifth and won the Sunoco Hard Charger of the Race was.

Race 2

McMurry was in a class of his own in the Pro 1340 class, riding handily to his second win in as many races. McMurry was faster than his fellow 1340 competitors by more than a second per lap, passing and beating a handful of faster Pro 1500 cars in the 18 laps offered. Behind him it was his Crown Racing with Apex teammate Seth Bacon who finished second and Deonarine third, with the top three remaining unchanged from race one to race two. A good performance came from Suellio Almeida, who was second for much of the race before being overtaken by Bacon and Mayer and eventually finishing seventh in class behind Ben Blander, Brad Sutika (G-Tech Motorsports) and Douglas George. (RySpec Racing).

Teams and competitors return Sunday at 10:40 a.m. EDT for the third and final race of the weekend.

Weekend livestream – HERE

The story originally appeared on Racer

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