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Scott Hargrove takes Pro Mazda Series race at Grand Prix of Houston

Scott Hargrove took top honors in the Mazda Pro Series race at the Grand Prix of Houston.
Scott Hargrove took top honors in the Mazda Pro Series race at the Grand Prix of Houston.
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Rookie Scott Hargrove, averaging a speed of 50.020 miles per hour, topped 16 other drives to take the Pro Mazda Series race on the temporary road track on the grounds on NRG Park in Houston, Texas on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Hargrove, who started in the number three position and had the best lap time of 1:17.6454, led for only three of the 22 lap race, first took the lead during the 19th lap before relinquishing it one lap later to Dalton Kellett.

He regained the lead on the 21st lap and held on for the win to earn 30 points towards the series title.

Nicholas Costa who posted an average speed of 49.994 miles per hour, finished in second place while Kellett took the third spot.

Hargrove, who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and drives for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, has scored two first place finishes on the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit in 2014 prior to his win in Houston.

Second place Costa, who posted a best lap of 1:17.0959 and drives for Team Pelfrey, started in sixth position and slowly advanced during the 41 minute race for the runner-up spot and 25 series points.

Kellett, who is also a rookie, led for eight laps, averaged 49.951 miles per hour during the race, and earned 22 points for his third place finish.

The fastest lap of the race was posted by ninth place finisher Spencer Pigot. The Orlando, Florida native drives for Juncos Racing and led for the first 11 laps of the race,

Local favorite Clark Toppe, who is a junior at The Woodlands High School, north of Houston, began the race in the number 13 spot, completed eight laps before leaving the course with mechanical difficulty.

He drives for JDC MotorSports and finished the race in 16th place.

Another driver who had local racing fans pulling for him was Shelby Blackstock, driving the #28 car for Andretti Autosports.

The 24-year old former student at the University of Arizona is the son of country music legend Reba McIntire.

Blackstone began the race in the tenth position and moved up on the rain-soaked course; finishing in sixth place in Houston.

The second race of the weekend for the Mazda Pro drivers will occur on Sunday, June 29 with the green flag dropping at 1 p.m. CDT on the NRG Park course.

All races are being televised on the NBC Sports Channel.