The No. 5 Jay Howard Driver Development machine of Wyatt Brichacek on pit road during Indy Pro 2000 spring training at Barber Motorsports Park (Photo Courtesy Of Andersen Promotions)

By Steve Wittich

The fourth Indy Pro 2000 test session got underway in Alabama after a short break for lunch. The sun was shining brightly, and the temperature was a perfect 73F.

The early leader was RP Motorsport rookie Enaam Ahmed, but the track was pretty quiet in the first 15 minutes of the session, with only seven of the 17 drivers completing more than two laps.

As the session progressed, Simpson, Gold, and finally the leader of both sessions on Sunday, Brichacek moved to the top of the timing screen.

With 30 of the 60 minutes ticked off the clock in the fourth Indy Pro 2000 test session, Brichacek was the quickest driver, turning a lap at 77.4068 seconds. Gold, in second, was four-tenths-of-a-second behind the leader but had Kaminsky, Rasmussen, and Simpson all within one-tenth of his best lap of the session.

The first red flag of the session came out just beyond the halfway point of the session for the No. 51 of Jacob Abel, who had an issue in Turn 1.

Simpson and Braden Eves (Exclusive Autosport) had just turned their quickest laps of the session before the track went red.

The track reopened for testing with just over 20-minutes remaining in the penultimate Indy Pro 2000 spring training session.

McElrea and Fittipaldi were the first two drivers to improve on their earlier times, moving to the third and ninth spots on the timing screens.

With just under 10-minutes left in the session, Brichacek slightly improved his time, while Ahmed jumped up to the second spot.

The red flag came out for the second time, with just under seven minutes remaining in the one-hour session. It was for the No. 51 again, which came to a stop in Turn 15.

The car was quickly cleared, and the green flag was shown to the field with three minutes remaining.

The 16 drivers turned a total of 357 laps.

After contact in the morning test session, Manuel Sulaiman and the No. 22 Juncos Racing machine could not participate in this session.

Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires spring training at Barber Motorsports Park test session #4 timesheet.

1 5 Wyatt Brichacek Jay Howard Driver Development 1:17.3789 —- 20
2 77 Enaam Ahmed RP Motorsport USA 1:17.6858 0.3069 20
3 1 Christian Rasmussen Jay Howard Driver Development 1:17.7790 0.4001 21
4 55 Reece Gold Juncos Racing 1:17.8340 0.4551 17
5 18 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing 1:17.8959 0.5170 25
6 27 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 1:17.9116 0.5327 25
7 21 Kyffin Simpson Juncos Racing 1:17.9936 0.6147 17
8 74 Enzo Fittipaldi RP Motorsport USA 1:18.0044 0.6255 32
9 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1:18.0297 0.6508 25
10 91 Braden Eves Exclusive Autosport 1:18.1780 0.7991 24
11 42 Artem Petrov Exclusive Autosport 1:18.2340 0.8551 27
12 3 James Roe Turn 3 Motorsport 1:18.3532 0.9743 25
13 7 Cameron Shields DEForce Racing 1:18.4245 1.0456 28
14 11 Hunter Yeany Velocity Racing Development 1:18.4332 1.0543 24
15 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1:18.5103 1.1314 6
16 20 Flinn Lazier Legacy Autosport 1:19.1183 1.7394 21
17 22 Manuel Sulaiman Juncos Racing No Time

The Indy Pro 2000 drivers and teams will take to the 2.3-mile, 17-turn natural terrain road course at 3:05 pm (central) for the final session of spring training.

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