TORONTO, Ontario — Parker Thompson is no stranger to success in the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, with success experienced in both Cooper Tires USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires. Seeing him up front should be no surprise, then – but it is.
Thompson entered the 2019 campaign partnered with a brand new team in the series, Able Motorsports. Despite that, he has been able to be successful this year, including a sweep in St. Petersburg, to enter the Honda Indy Toronto ranked second in the standings.
“I think when you look at the last 10, 20 years, there hasn’t been too many teams that have come into a series as we have had with Abel Motorsports,” he told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “To go in and sweep the weekend at St. Petersburg – you couldn’t ask for more. To be in competition for the championship – second overall, I’m pretty happy to be taking a new team to second overall in the championship.”
Thompson has carried that success into the Honda Indy Toronto weekend, finishing third in the first of two Indy Pro 2000 events this weekend. He will start second in race two at 10am on Sunday, July 14.
That isn’t the only series that he is competing in this weekend, though, as he finished third in the Porsche GT3 Challenge event on Saturday.
“The biggest difference is the weight and horsepower,” he commented. “To be honest, there’s more things that are different than they are same. They both have four tires and go fast, but how they go fast is completely different. The biggest difference to manage is going to be the weight. The Porsche GP3 Cup Car weights around 3000 pounds; the Indy Pro 2000 weighs just over a 1000 pounds. So getting used to that will be a little different hustling through the streets.”
He’ll get a second chance at the top step of the podium on Sunday in the Porsche – as long as he does not mess up in the final turn on the course. The past Indy Pro 2000 winner says it’s the toughest part of the street circuit, “especially since they repaved it two years ago and they moved the pit lane from the inside to the outside. So that’s going to be very interesting.”
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