Exclusive Autosport Wins Again on Home Soil in Toronto
 July 15, 2019| 
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TORONTO – Exclusive Autosport returned to home soil for the NTT IndyCar Series event held on the streets of Toronto, hitting the challenging temporary circuit for a Road to Indy doubleheader weekend in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

The team began the weekend with positive results as Danial Frost won Race 1 in a dominating fashion, scoring his second win of the year. The Singapore rookie followed up his winning performance with a solid fourth place in Race 2, which keeps him firmly in the title fight. Russian-born Los Angeles resident Nikita Lastochkin did not have quite the weekend he would have liked. A slight miscue in the opening race sent him into one of the track’s unforgiving concrete walls, resulting in a DNF. In the second race, Nikita managed to improve on his starting spot by one position, giving him an eighth-place finish in the final tally. The team is very happy overall with their second win of the year, and another victory at the daunting street circuit, joining their sweep of the USF2000 races in 2017.

“It is always special competing on home soil at the Honda Indy Toronto,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal.

“It is even more incredible to win here for the second time in two years. Danial made an incredible move at the start of the Race 1 to take the lead and continued to drive flawlessly lap after lap to capture the win Saturday. I can’t thank Mirl Swan, David Kanning and the entire EA crew enough. Mirl and the crew have been working incredibly hard in the shop to ensure our cars are flawless for our drivers at each event. Nikita, as always, did a solid job this weekend. It was really unfortunate to see a slight mistake cost him a solid finish in race one and put a damper on his weekend. We are looking forward to the next event at Mid-Ohio and continuing to push for more wins, podiums and continue the championship hunt.”

The event started first thing Friday morning with the one and only official Indy Pro 2000 practice of the weekend, although the drivers did not receive much track time as over half the session was halted due to a red flag due brought out by other drivers. Frost and Lastochkin would eventually set an encouraging opening pace as they were both in the top-five. Friday was a busy day for the drivers as they would also have the qualifying sessions for both races following practice. Qualifying 1 took place mid-day and 17-year-old Frost slotted his PM-18 into the third position after the 20-minute run. Lastochkin, turned the sixth fastest time of the session. Qualifying 2 capped the opening day of the Honda Indy Toronto and in that session, Frost posted a fast lap worthy of the fourth-place starting position while Nikita was ninth in the order.

Saturday’s Indy Pro 2000 series action saw the drivers take to the track mid-morning under the hot Canadian sun. As soon as the green flag dropped, Frost charged to the lead in the first turn, overtaking the front row right from the get-go. Danial then pulled a slight lead on the rest of the field, although it wouldn’t be that easy. The race would be halted by two full-course cautions, making Danial’s job a little harder than the team would have liked. However, with every restart, Frost maintained his lead and pulled off an incredible win. Unfortunately, Lastochkin was running a strong race in the 6th position before a slight error in the difficult turn 8 resulted in contact with the wall and the resultant damage led to secondary contact and damage in Turn 10. This contact put him on the sidelines, unable to finish the race. Nikita ended up 10th in the final classifications.

The second race of the doubleheader would take place on Sunday morning following the USF2000 race. The start was more chaotic than the first, and this forced Frost to fall a couple positions back after being hit from another competitor. Lap after lap, Danial would fight his way forward, turning the fastest lap of the race on several occasions as he chased down the lead trio. Danial would finish where he started, in fourth, gaining crucial championship points. Lastochkin­­­­­­ started on the inside of row number five and held station all race long, finishing in eighth. In the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires championship standings, Frost maintains his fourth position but gained two points on the leader in Toronto, while Lastochkin cemented his spot in sixth.

The next stop for the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will be at the purpose-built natural terrain road course at Mid-Ohio. The doubleheader weekend will kick off on July 25 with an official Promotor's Test Day. The drivers will take to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit for two races on Saturday and Sunday will be on the hunt for much-needed championship points.

Exclusive Autosport is pleased to be able to partner with great companies, such as AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology (www.rethinkpaint.com), which is used on all their race cars.

EXCLUSIVE AUTOSPORT – DRIVER RESULTS AND QUOTES

INDY PRO 2000 – ROUNDS 8/9– JULY 12-14, 2019

HONDA INDY TORONTO – TORONTO, ON, CANADA

DANIAL FROST - #68

Qualifying 1: 3rd – 1:09.127

Qualifying 2: 4th – 1:07.692

Race 1: Start –3rd / Finish - 1st

Race 2: Start – 4th / Finish - 4th

Driver Quote: “I am really proud of what the team and I have accomplished this weekend. Managing to pull off a first place on Saturday and a fourth-place finish with a damaged car on Sunday. Thank you to the team, my sponsor Denjet, my parents and my fans for supporting me. Now we look forward to do this again in Mid-Ohio.”

NIKITA LASTOCHKIN - #90

Qualifying 1: 6th – 1:09.431

Qualifying 2: 9th – 1:08.480

Race 1: Start - 6th / Finish - 10th (contact)

Race 2: Start - 9th / Finish - 8th 

Driver Quote: “It was a very unfortunate weekend for myself. After a solid weekend at Road America where I had two top 5 finishes, I was hoping to continue that momentum in Toronto. We had decent pace in practice but I could not put it all together in qualifying. In Race 1, while running top-five, I made contact with the wall in Turn 8, which led to a bigger impact in Turn 10. It might not have been a big wreck as far as street circuits go, but it definitely wrecked my budget for the year. Race 2 was quite the opposite of Race 1, where the pace was not there, and it was uneventful.”

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