Lexington, OH – Team Pelfrey’s Matthew Cowley took home the team’s 50th win during the season’s second triple header, becoming the first F1600 driver to win three races in one day.. The 19-year-old had an outstanding performance along with teammates Jonathan Koytk and David Osborne who proved to be just as competitive capturing multiple top-five finishes around the 13-Turn, 2.25 mile road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Teammates Kotyk and Cowley, had an intense battle during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session, however Kotyk prevailed by 0.021-seconds and captured pole position for race one. Cowley qualified second, and Osborne rounded out the top-five. As the green flag waved Saturday to commence the second tripleheader of the season, Cowley showed dominating pace as he led every lap while lengthening his gap. This allowed Cowley to capture his first win in the United States while Osborne rounded out the top-five and Kotyk finished in eighth.
Cowley found himself leading the field for the fifth round of the championship whilst Osborne and Kotyk shuffled between fifth and sixth position. However, as the laps diminished Kotyk was able to lay down several fast laps to gain a position over his teammate. When the checkered flag waved, Cowley took his second win of the day, following an 18-Lap battle with Zach Holden of K-Hill Motorsports. Kotyk finished just shy of the podium in fourth while Osborne piloted his No. 82 Team Pelfrey Mygale/Honda to a fifth-place finish.
Round six of the championship concluded Saturday as Cowley ended the tripleheader weekend with a last-lap move on Holden resulting in his third win for the weekend. Additionally, Cowley set a new F1600 Championship Series record by sweeping the top step of the podium three times in a single day. Coming to the final laps of race three, Kotyk got loose at the apex and teammate Osborne was unable to avoid the incident ending both of their races.
The F1600 team will travel to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway June 9-11 to compete in the next rounds of the championship. For more information on Team Pelfrey’s F1600 team or the Mazda Road to Indy ladder Series, visit www.pelfreypower.com or follow the team’s progress on and off the track at @TeamPelfrey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PelfreyPower.
Matthew Cowley, Cardio Wall/Team Pelfrey No. 80: “Team Pelfrey provided a great car all weekend. We showed good pace in qualifying then carried that that over to each of the race sessions. We were involved in some tough battles in the last two races, but fortunately Team Pelfrey was able to come out on top in all three races breaking a new record.”
Jonathan Kotyk, Gap Guard/Team Pelfrey No. 81: "The weekend started out well as I was able to secure my first pole of the season. Unfortunately, our race results didn't show our true pace. I learned a lot this weekend and look forward to Indianapolis for the next rounds of the championship. I would like to thank Team Pelfrey and Gap Guard for all of their support."
David Osborne, Team Pelfrey No. 82: "I had a great time being back at Mid-Ohio. Unfortunately, the results will not show how well the car was this weekend. Contact again plagued great results that were entirely in reach. As I continue to learn more about the cars and the way the Series races, there is no doubt the results will come. I look forward to a weekend where it all comes together."