HOUSTON, TX – Scott Hargrove claimed victory Saturday in the strangest of fashions during the first leg of the Allied Building Products Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Houston Presented by Marlin CNG Services at MD Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at NRG Park. The Canadian’s third win of the season for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing moved him into the lead of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires after nine of this season’s 14 races.
SCOTT HARGROVE: #3 MAZDASPEED/Analytic Systems/RaceEnergy/Metal Action Machining (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing): “This was the craziest race that I have ever had and I can’t believe that I was actually able to finish. At the start, I fell down a few spots and was back to fifth. We were running really close and Neil [Alberico] got a run on me into Turn 5 and, unfortunately, when I tried to cut underneath him I caught him right when he was braking and ran into him and took him out. I am pretty bummed about that particularly because he is my teammate.
“The team did a great job of rebounding. I had to serve my drive-through penalty but I was able to get up to third on a restart. I was passing people left, right and center. I think I passed 15 cars throughout the race and the team did a great job on the pit stop and got me from the back of the field up to 10th. The MAZDASPEED/Analytic Systems car was rolling from there from 10th to first in the rain so that was pretty unreal.”
From: Tamy Valkosky, Public Relations / Road to Indy