Wow. Talk about close. The top four drivers in Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires qualifying were separated by less than a tenth of a second.
Juncos Racing rookie Rasmus Lindh was the last car on the track and grabbed his third pole of the season, third at Road America and sixth in his Road To Indy career.
Robb held the provisional pole through the final five minutes, but his best lap ended up four-hundredths behind his fellow 17-year-old teammate.
Kyle Kirkwood was only three-thousandths behind Robb, with Thompson only four-hundredths further afield.
The second qualifying session for the second rung of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires immediately followed a USF2000 session. The temperature was 59F, and the skies were sunny.
Lindh went to provisional pole almost immediately and with thirteen minutes remaining in the 20-minute session, had the quickest lap at 121.4470 seconds.
Just after that lap the Juncos Racing rookie came to pit road for adjustments and was joined by Sting Ray Robb, Kyle Kirkwood, Ian Rodriguez, Nikita Lastochkin, and Kory Enders.
The top five with ten minutes remaining were Lindh, Robb, Denes, Kirkwood, and Frost.
Frost’s crew had a lot of work to do after the 17-year-olds contact with the concrete barrier on the driver’s right at the exit of Turn 7. The Exclusive Autosport crew had to replace two-thirds of No. 68. Thankfully, the team had a back-up car and were able to cannibalize that car to make repairs.
With seven minutes remaining, Lindh was the first of the drivers who came to pit road for adjustments.
The pole winner for the first race, Thompson, was in the eighth spot with five minutes remaining but was able to move to third, eventually ending up with
With just over four minutes remaining Robb threw down the gauntlet, grabbing the provisional pole from his Juncos Racing teammate.
Reigning USF2000 champion and his Soul Red No. 28 was the only driver that made a serious run at Robb, with his sixth of seven laps only eight-hundredths shy of Robb. With Robb on pit lane, Kirkwood went even quicker on his next lap, ending up three-thousandth shy of Robb.
The last driver on track was Lindh, who was able to steal the pole from his teammate but not by much, with a lap that was four-hundredths quicker.
Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Road America Powered by Elite Engines Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying #2 Results.
|RANK||CAR NO||DRIVER||TEAM||QUICK LAP||DIFFERENCE||TOTAL LAPS|
|1||10||Rasmus Lindh||Juncos Racing||2:00.370||–.—-||8|
|2||2||Sting Ray Robb||Juncos Racing||2:00.410||0.0408||6|
|3||28||Kyle Kirkwood||RP Motorsport Racing||2:00.414||0.0440||7|
|4||8||Parker Thompson||Abel Motorsports||2:00.461||0.0915||8|
|5||90||Nikita Lastochkin||Exclusive Autosport||2:01.023||0.6537||7|
|6||5||Ian Rodriguez||RP Motorsport Racing||2:01.294||0.9246||7|
|7||68||Danial Frost||Exclusive Autosport||2:01.457||1.0877||7|
|8||98||Phillippe Denes||FatBoy Racing||2:01.605||1.2354||7|
|9||7||Kory Enders||DEForce Racing||2:01.781||1.4118||8|
|10||9||Jacob Loomis||JDL Racing||2:02.036||1.6665||7|
|11||6||Moises de la Vara||DEForce Racing||2:02.174||1.8046||7|
|12||11||Antonio Serravalle||Pserra Racing/Jay Howard Driver Development||No Time||—||—|
|13||83||Charles Finelli||Fatboy Racing!||No Time||—||—|
The first Indy Pro 2000 race of the weekend rolls off at 12:55 pm this afternoon.