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M1 Racing Sat. Race Report
Posted by: newsla on May 11, 2014 - 05:06 PM
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M1 Racing Sat. Race Report

M1 Racing's Nicolas Costa made another stirring charge during Pro Mazda competition Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Coming from the 15th starting position, he had just taken second following a restart with six laps to go in the 20-lap race when there was contact with the driver he'd just passed. Costa ended up backwards in the wall entering Turn 1 for a 16th-place finish in round six of the series, which is presented by Cooper Tires.


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Costa was unhurt but he was left shaking his head when considering his racing luck, as he was a solid contender to win both Pro Mazda races at IMS until he was the victim of accidents in the late stages of each race with his #99. The Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro is sponsored by IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo.

Another M1 Racing driver who was shaking his head was Jason Rabe, but unlike Costa he was shaking his head in amazement.

After being knocked out of the first race in the first turn of the first lap on Friday, Rabe won the Expert class on Saturday and finished an incredible ninth overall. Being in victory lane at Indy was a dream come true for the Millville, N.J.-based rookie, who is sponsored by Macquarie Group and the Monticello Motor Club. This was only his second Pro Mazda doubleheader, and he was sleeping in his car not long ago when he couldn't afford a hotel room or an apartment after he made the decision to forego a steady job and pursue his dream of becoming a race car driver.

Rabe even won the Quarter Master Hard Charger Award for gaining the most positions in the race, as he came from 19th to ninth.

The third M1 Racing driver here, Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., followed up his Expert class victory on Friday with a second-place finish to his teammate in that class on Saturday in his black AutoEnginuity #37.

Costa started 15th, Horak started 17th and Rabe started 19th and last on Saturday. There was an accident involving three drivers in Turn 1 on the initial start, but before the yellow was out Costa had advanced from 15th to seventh and Rabe rose from 19th to ninth. Horak had to take evasive action through the grass but he advanced two spots too.

Costa was like a bullet on the first restart with four laps down too, passing Kyle Kaiser, Garett Grist and Ryan Booth to move into fourth place with five laps down. Two laps later he advanced to third by passing Jose Gutierrez, and he stayed in third until another restart with 14 laps down when his drive came to an abrupt end right after he had passed Spencer Pigot for second place.

After improving 10 positions initially, Rabe stayed in ninth place until he had a bad restart with four laps down and slipped to 12th with five laps complete. He dropped to 14th two laps later, but then he started inching back up the scoreboard. He improved from 12th to tenth after Costa and Pigot's problem, and he moved into ninth on the white-flag lap after Michele Bumgarner spun right in front of him.

Horak's race was one of perseverance, as he kept his head down to finish 11th. He set his fastest lap of the race on the very last lap with a 1:25.202 (103.053 miles per hour). Rabe's fastest lap was lap eight at 1:25.726 (102.424 mph). Costa's fastest lap was lap eight too, when he turned the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in 1:24.779 (103.568 mph).

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