For the third straight qualifying session, 2020 Indy Pro 2000 champion Sting Ray Robb put an exclamation point on his title.
The Juncos Racing veterans gap in the final three qualifying sessions of the 2020 season was 0.3135 seconds (New Jersey Motorsports Park Race #2), 0.1619 seconds (Streets of St. Petersburg Race #1), and 0.3274 seconds (Streets of St. Petersburg Race #2).
The 19-year-old turned a pole lap of 67.602 seconds, smashing the Streets of St. Petersburg track record by over three-tenths of a second.
Robb’s pole is the eighth in St. Petersburg, Fla. for Juncos Racing.
Pabst Racing rookie Colin Kaminsky was the first driver to break the track record, and for the second time in 2020, will start an Indy Pro 2000 from the outside of the front row.
Starting immediately behind Robb is Turn 3 Motorsport veteran Danial Frost. Rooke Hunter McElrea will start behind his teammate, on the outside of the second row.
The final Indy Pro 2000 qualifying session of the 2020 season immediately followed a track record-setting USF2000 qualifying session at 10:10 am.
Mimicking Friday’s qualifying session, Robb quickly grabbed the provisional pole, turning a lap at 68.345 seconds. With 15-minutes left in the 20-minute session, that was two-tenths of a second of Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing). Only five-hundredths behind McElrea was his teammate Colin Kaminsky.
Just before the halfway point of the session, Frost grabbed the provisional pole away from Robb.
The rest of the top five at that point in the session were McElrea, Kaminsky, and DeFrancesco. Lindh and Thompson were also within a half-second of Frost on the provisional pole.
However, most of the field visited their crews on pit road for adjustments and fresh Cooper Tires.
The first driver to improve in the second half of the session was Canadian Thompson.
The next driver to improve, with five minutes left in the session, was Kaminsky, who took over the provisional pole with a lap timed at 68.121 seconds.
Kaminsky went quicker on his next lap, moving to within a super slim five-thousandth of a second of the track record set by Parker Thompson in 2019.
Kaminsky’s hold on the provisional pole and track record held until Robb turned in a lap of 67.602 seconds, shattering the track record by over three-tenths of a second.
Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg Presented By Allied Building Products Qualifying results.
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||FAST LAP||DIFF.|
|1||2||Sting Ray Robb||Juncos Racing||1:07.602||–.—-|
|2||19||Colin Kaminsky||Pabst Racing||1:07.929||0.3274|
|3||68||Danial Frost||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:07.989||0.3877|
|4||18||Hunter McElrea||Pabst Racing||1:08.026||0.4240|
|5||3||Rasmus Lindh||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:08.031||0.4291|
|6||42||Artem Petrov||Juncos Racing||1:08.139||0.5375|
|7||9||Parker Thompson||DEForce Racing||1:08.175||0.5731|
|8||17||Devlin DeFrancesco||Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport||1:08.202||0.6006|
|9||8||Manuel Sulaiman||DEForce Racing||1:08.389||0.7876|
|10||7||Kory Enders||DEForce Racing||1:08.663||1.0619|
|11||90||Tristan Charpentier||Exclusive Autosport||1:08.956||1.3549|
|12||6||Moises de la Vara||DEForce Racing||1:09.005||1.4035|
|13||69||Nate Aranda||Juncos Racing||1:09.704||2.1025|
|14||83||Charles Finelli||FatBoy Racing||1:12.509||4.9074|
The Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg Presented By Cooper Tires rolls off at 5:40 pm.