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Unlike the first USF2000 test session, Thursday morning’s Indy Pro 2000 session was reasonably well attended.
All 17 drivers completed numerous laps of the 2.3-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park natural terrain road course during the 60-minutes of testing. All told, the field completed 784.3 miles of testing. The RP Motorsport rookie duo of Enzo Fittipaldi and Enaam Ahmed were the busiest, completing 32 and 28 laps.
Not surprisingly, it was a pair of veteran championship contenders that made a solid first impression. Indy Pro 2000 race winners in 2020, Manuel Sulaiman (Juncos Racing) and Braden Eves (Exclusive Autosport), were separated by a scant 0.0148 seconds at the top of the timesheet. Sulaiman’s best lap was timed at 77.2680 seconds.
Like the five spring training sessions at Barber Motorsports Park, the driver’s best lap times were ridiculously close. The top five – Sulaiman, Eves, Kyffin Simpson (Juncos Racing), Reece Gold (Juncos Racing), and Fittipaldi – were covered by a scant two-tenths of a second. Less than a half-a-second covered the top nine, and all 17 drivers were within 1.2 seconds of the top spot.
Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires test session #1 at Barber Motorsports Park – April 15, 2021
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||QUICK LAP||DIFFERENCE||TOTAL LAPS|
|1||22||Manuel Sulaiman||Juncos Racing||1:17.2680||0.000||19|
|2||91||Braden Eves||Exclusive Autosport||1:17.2828||0.0148||23|
|3||21||Kyffin Simpson||Juncos Racing||1:17.3916||0.1236||19|
|4||55||Reece Gold||Juncos Racing||1:17.4583||0.1903||19|
|5||74||Enzo Fittipaldi||RP Motorsport USA||1:17.4635||0.1955||32|
|6||7||Cameron Shields||DEForce Racing||1:17.5463||0.2783||12|
|7||18||Hunter McElrea||Pabst Racing||1:17.5917||0.3237||22|
|8||42||Artem Petrov||Exclusive Autosport||1:17.6407||0.3727||26|
|9||1||Christian Rasmussen||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:17.6483||0.3803||13|
|10||77||Enaam Ahmed||RP Motorsport USA||1:17.9466||0.6786||28|
|11||27||Colin Kaminsky||Pabst Racing||1:18.1298||0.8618||17|
|12||51||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||1:18.2127||0.9447||24|
|13||11||Hunter Yeany||Velocity Racing Development||1:18.2285||0.9605||14|
|14||5||Wyatt Brichacek||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:18.3030||1.0350||11|
|15||20||Flinn Lazier||Legacy Autosport||1:18.3471||1.0791||22|
|16||3||James Roe||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:18.3996||1.1316||17|
|17||40||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||1:18.4956||1.2276||23|