GB3 Championship runner-up Joel Granfors claimed his first victory in the USF Pro 2000 Championship after a thrilling comeback drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
After retiring from the first race of the weekend, Granfors started a lowly 18th on the grid, with the line-up determined by fastest race lap times. However he displayed the racing prowess developed in GB3 by blasting into the top-10 on the opening lap.
Then, on the first of two restarts, he avoided a bit more chaos to climb to second, and then took the lead from teammate Salvador de Alba at the second restart with 15 laps remaining.
”What a race!” said Granfors. “It’s a dream come true to win here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I never thought in my life that I’d be here. I’m so, so happy for my first win here in the USA. I had a good start, an even better restart, and then once I got past Salvador I managed to build a gap and bring it home.
His first victory of the year moves Granfors up to fourth in the championship standings, and now heads to the series only oval round, again at Indianapolis, at the end of the month.