Auto racing: Rogers’ List earns first top-10 finish in open-wheel

Rogers auto racer Andrew List achieved his first top-10 finish in open-wheel formula car racing July 20 at the Honda Indy Toronto during his first international racing weekend. He placed 10th among 23 starters.

 
List, 20, is a rookie in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Series Powered by Mazda, after doing well in karts racing and Sports Car Club of America road racing.

 

Andrew List

Andrew List

Driving for D2D Motorsports, he gave that group its first top-ten finish as well.

“We’ve had to work so hard this year because we have no experience at any of the tracks we race,” List said. “Suspension set up is so important for these cars, if you miss the set up just a little, you’re a second off the pace. Our finish today accomplishes one of the goals the team set this year, it really feels great!”

The 14-event USF 2000 series, held on street circuits, ovals and permanent road courses, features talented young drivers from four continents, in what is regarded as the first step in the Mazda road to Indianapolis. The cars are Indy style with smaller engines.

 
At Toronto, List qualified 20th in a field of 23 cars due to a fuel pick up issue during his qualifying session. Round 8 of the season series was run Sunday morning due to heavy rains that cancelled both IndyCar racing and USF2000 racing Saturday afternoon. The event was declared a wet weather race as the street circuit remained soaked from overnight rains. List took the green flag and began picking his way through a field of cars that struggled to find traction. He finished 14th, improving six places.

Round 9 was run under dry conditions that afternoon, making the bumpy, high-speed track challenging for the field of 23 drivers. In an accident-filled race, List drove as high as 8th before a red flag created a restart situation with five laps to go. After a slow restart, two cars passed List but he held on to finish 10th.

Next is The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 2, a triple race weekend for the USF2000 series.

(Information provided by Jim List, Andrew’s father.)

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