By Steve Wittich
The first official Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires session of the Road America weekend got the green flag at 8:45 am. The ambient and track temperatures were 71F and 72F when the half-hour session began.
Jay Howard Driver Development veteran Braden Eves, who has four top-five finishes at Road America, was the early driver at the top of the timing screens with a lap of 75.4503 seconds at the halfway point of practice.
He was followed in the top ten by his teammate Salvador de Alba, Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing), Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing), Jordan Missig (Pabst Racing), Reece Gold (Juncos Hollinger Racing), Louis Foster (Exclusive Autosport), Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), Jonathan Browne (Turn 3 Motorsport) and Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports), who were all within a second of Eves best time.
With ten minutes remaining, lap times began to fall, with Juncos Hollinger Racing teammates Ahmed and Gold improving on their seventh and sixth laps of practice. However, the duo was still three-tenths of a second behind Eves in the CCFI/Huston Insurance/Addison Holdings sponsored No. 4.
Drivers continued circulating, but the Cooper Tires had reached their peak, and nobody was able to go quicker.
The entire practice was run under green conditions, and the 15 drivers with working transponders completed 157 laps (630.198 miles).
Wyatt Brichacek (Exclusive Autosport) was on track but had a transponder issue.
Indy Pro 2000 – Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Road America Powered By Elite Engines Practice results
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||QUICK LAP||DIFFERENCE||LAPS|
|1||4||Braden Eves||Jay Howard Driver Development||2:05.4166||——||7|
|2||47||Enaam Ahmed||Juncos Hollinger Racing||2:05.7031||-0.2865||11|
|3||6||Salvador De Alba||Jay Howard Driver Develpment||2:05.7328||-0.3162||11|
|4||55||Reece Gold||Juncos Hollinger Racing||2:05.7554||-0.3388||10|
|5||27||Colin Kaminsky||Pabst Racing||2:05.8168||-0.4002||9|
|6||19||Jordan Missig||Pabst Racing||2:05.9054||-0.4888||11|
|7||90||Louis Foster||Exclusive Autosport||2:05.9903||-0.5737||11|
|8||3||Josh Green||Turn 3 Motorsport||2:06.2724||-0.8558||10|
|9||2||Jonathan Browne||Turn 3 Motorsport||2:06.4019||-0.9853||10|
|10||40||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||2:06.4650||-1.0484||12|
|11||1||Kiko Porto||DEForce Racing||2:06.5510||-1.1344||11|
|12||8||Nolan Siegel||DEForce Racing||2:06.5802||-1.1636||11|
|13||18||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||2:06.9464||-1.5298||11|
|14||93||Lindsay Brewer||Exclusive Autosport||2:07.0485||-1.6319||11|
|15||83||Charles Finelli||FatBoy Racing||2:09.6520||-4.2354||11|
|16||92||Wyatt Brichacek||Exclusive Autosport||No Time||—||—|
The middle rung of the Road To Indy, Presented by Cooper Tires, had a pair of test sessions on Thursday.
Gold (125.5618 seconds), Eves, Porto, Foster, and Miller were the top five in the first session.
Green, Foster, Siegel, Miller, and Kaminsky were the top five in the second session.
Past Indy Pro 2000 winners at Road America
|2021 Race #2||Christian Rasmussen||Jay Howard Driver Development||3|
|2021 Race #1||Manuel Sulaiman||Juncos Hollinger Racing||1|
|2020 Race #2||Artem Petrov||Juncos Racing||3|
|2020 Race #1||Danial Frost||Turn 3 Motorsport||16|
|2019 Race #2||Kyle Kirkwood||RP Motorsport||3|
|2019 Race #1||Kyle Kirkwood||RP Motorsport||3|
|2018 Race #2||David Malukas||BN Racing||1|
|2018 Race #1||David Malukas||BN Racing||1|
|2017 Race #2||Anthony Martin||Cape Motorsports||1|
|2017 Race #1||Victor Franzoni||Juncos Racing||1|
|2016 Race #2||Aaron Telitz||Team Pelfrey||1|
|2016 Race #1||Aaron Telitz||Team Pelfrey||1|
|2010||Conor Daly||Juncos Racing||1|
|2008||Peter Dempsey||Andersen Racing||2|
|2007||Ron White||Maxwell Racing||27|
|2006||Ron White||Ross Smith Racing||3|
|2005||James Hinchcliffe||AIM Autosport||3|
|2004||Michael McDowell||Star Race Cars||3|
|2003||Michael McDowell||Star Race Cars||1|
|2002||Guy Cosmo||Racers Edge Motorsports||2|
Qualifying for the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Road America Powered By Elite Engines rolls off at 11:15 am.