By Steve Wittich
Pabst Racing rookie Hunter McElrea, who led a practice session during the Indy Pro 2000 portion of Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last fall, ended the lone practice session on the top of the timing screens.
But it wasn’t by much.
The American born Kiwi was followed by Devlin DeFrancesco (Andretti Steinbrenner Racing), Sting Ray Robb (Juncos Racing), and Parker Thompson (DEForce Racing). They were all with six-hundredths of a second of the top spot.
Rounding out the top five was Exclusive Autosport rookie Braden Eves, making five teams in the top five.
The top ten drivers, which also included Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing), Artem Petrov (Juncos Racing), Manuel Sulaiman (DEForce Racing), Jacob Loomis (BN Racing), and Danial Frost (Turn 3 Motorsport), were all within a slim half-second of McElrea.
The lone Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires practice before the triple-header at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, got underway promptly at 10:15 am.
A quick note about the entry list: Bob Kaminsky (Pabst Racing) has been added, and Charles Finelli (Fatboy Racing!) will be sitting this event out.
During the first of the half of the session, Petrov, Thompson, and McElrea all spent time at the top of the timing screen.
McElrea was the quickest driver at the 15-minute mark of the 30-minute session with a lap timed at 80.996 seconds; he was joined in the top five by Robb, Thompson, Kaminsky DeFrancesco.
At that point in the session, the top 10 were all within a half-second of the top spot, and the top four were within six-hundredths.
The first driver to improve on his time in the second half of the session was Eves, who led three of the six practice sessions during the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last fall.
The next driver to improve was 20-year-old DeFrancesco, who moved to third and then second. Several drivers, including Eves and Nate Aranda (Juncos Racing), all improved in the last few minutes.
The 14 drivers were able to complete 237 laps in a clean and green session. Petrov and Antoine Comeau (Turn 3 Motorsport) was the busiest drivers, each turning 19 laps.
Up next for the middle rung of the Road To Indy is qualifying at 1:15 pm.
Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Indy Grand Prix practice results
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||FAST LAP||DIFFERENCE||TOTAL LAPS|
|1||18||Hunter McElrea||Pabst Racing||1:20.996||–.—-||18|
|2||17||Devlin DeFrancesco||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport||1:21.005||0.0095||17|
|3||2||Sting Ray Robb||Juncos Racing||1:21.014||0.0183||16|
|4||9||Parker Thompson||DEForce Racing||1:21.062||0.0666||17|
|5||1||Braden Eves||Exclusive Autosport||1:21.163||0.1678||13|
|6||19||Colin Kaminsky||Pabst Racing||1:21.176||0.1807||17|
|7||42||Artem Petrov||Juncos Racing||1:21.262||0.2660||19|
|8||8||Manuel Sulaiman||DEForce Racing||1:21.294||0.2988||16|
|9||36||Jacob Loomis||BN Racing||1:21.326||0.3303||18|
|10||68||Danial Frost||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:21.484||0.4887||17|
|11||69||Nate Aranda||Juncos Racing||1:21.915||0.9190||17|
|12||6||Moises de la Vara||DEForce Racing||1:21.989||0.9931||15|
|13||3||Antoine Comeau||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:22.334||1.3388||19|
|14||57||Bob Kaminsky||Pabst Racing||1:23.642||2.6464||18|
The remainder of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires schedule (all times EDT)
Thursday, September 3, 2020
1:15pm- 1:45pm – Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying #1
4:05pm – 4:55pm – Indy Pro 2000 Race #1 (20 laps)
Friday, September 4, 2020
9:45am – 10:15am – Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying #2
1pm – 1:50pm – Indy Pro 2000 Race #2 (20 laps)
4pm – 4:50pm – Indy Pro 2000 Race #3 (25 laps or 50 minutes)