By Steve Wittich
For the second time, this season Pabst Racing sophomore Kaylen Frederick will start from the pole. Saturday afternoon’s race will be the fifth straight Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda race that the 16-year-old will start on the front row.
Starting outside of Frederick is yesterday’s pole sitter Kyle Kirkwood. The presumptive series champion is looking for his eighth straight victory.
Frederick’s lap of 80.645 seconds was only two-hundredths of a second quicker than Kirkwood.
Starting side-by-side on the second row are the Pabst Racing duo of Rasmus Lindh and Lucas Kohl.
Pabst Racing has 11 podiums on the season, but the Wisconsin based team is still looking for their first victory of 2018.
Exclusive Autosport rookie Igor Fraga improved to fifth on his final hot lap, as did Kory Enders and Michael D’Orlando who will start sixth and seventh.
For the second straight day, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda was the second series to take to the 2.258-Mile, 13-Turn Mid-Ohio Road Course. Yesterday, it was for practice, and today it was for their second qualifying session.
Just before the 10-minute mark of the session Danial Frost, Lucas Kohl, Michael D’Orlando, Igor Fraga, Rasmus Lindh and Jacob Abel came in for new Cooper Tire rubber and to make adjustments
At the halfway point of the 20-minute session, the provisional poles sitter was Rasmus Lindh with a lap of 81.7765 seconds.
A minute later, race #1 winner and series champion elect threw down a hot lap to head to the top of the timing screens.
With just over five minutes remaining in the session, Lindh moved to provisional pole with the first lap under 81 seconds.
Lindh’s dance partner from the first lap during Friday’s Race #1, Kaylen Frederick was the first driver to make a run at the Swedish driver, falling just three-thousandths short.
With just under 2 minutes remaining, Kirkwood went back to the provisional pole with a lap that was two-tenths of a second quicker than Lindh.
Frederick was the next driver to go to the provisional pole. Kirkwood went quicker, but not fast enough on his penultimate lap and was not able to improve his time on his final circuit.
Frederick, Kohl, Fraga, Enders, d’Orlando, Dakota Dickerson and Yuven Sundaramoorthy all improved on their final laps.
Eighteen of the 24 entries turned laps within one second of Frederick.
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda Unofficial Qualifying #2
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||QUICK LAP||DIFFERENCE|
|1||24||Kaylen Frederick||Pabst Racing||1:20.645||–.—-|
|2||8||Kyle Kirkwood||Cape Motorsports||1:20.668||0.0228|
|3||23||Rasmus Lindh||Pabst Racing||1:20.704||0.0594|
|4||22||Lucas Kohl||Pabst Racing||1:20.897||0.2521|
|5||91||Igor Fraga||Exclusive Autosport||1:20.981||0.3364|
|6||11||Kory Enders||DEForce Racing||1:21.109||0.4646|
|7||51||Michael d’Orlando||Team Benik||1:21.224||0.5796|
|8||7||James Raven||DEForce Racing||1:21.236||0.5911|
|9||92||Danial Frost||Exclusive Autosport||1:21.254||0.6094|
|10||79||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||1:21.289||0.6440|
|11||9||Dakota Dickerson||ArmsUp Motorsports||1:21.300||0.6550|
|12||21||Calvin Ming||Pabst Racing||1:21.331||0.6861|
|13||80||Julian Van der Watt||Team Pelfrey||1:21.350||0.7054|
|14||90||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Exclusive Autosport||1:21.353||0.7080|
|15||36||Darren Keane||Newman Wachs Racing||1:21.554||0.9093|
|16||27||Colin Kaminsky||DEForce Racing||1:21.591||0.9466|
|17||81||Kyle Dupell||Team Pelfrey||1:21.632||0.9875|
|18||82||Bruna Tomaselli||Team Pelfrey||1:21.707||1.0619|
|19||28||Keith Donegan||BN Racing||1:21.758||1.1138|
|20||37||David Osborne||Newman Wachs Racing||1:21.867||1.2218|
|21||29||Russell McDonough||BN Racing||1:22.086||1.4410|
|22||31||Sabre Cook||Team Benik||1:22.556||1.9113|
|23||38||Oscar DeLuzuriaga||Newman Wachs Racing||1:23.054||2.4096|
|24||12||Jose Sierra||DEForce Racing||6:25.200||5:04.5552|
The second Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will roll off at 12:35 PM.