By Patrick Stephan
The second Indy Pro 2000 qualifying session hit the grid with some clouds just starting to build in the area, but not yet covering the track. The sun is baking this mostly light colored surface up to 122.7F with the ambient at 88F and the humidity is a “moist” 39%.
After 8 minutes Louis Foster is fastest with his fifth lap at 1:19.2570, followed by Wyatt Brichacek, Kiko Porto, Braden Eves and Nolan Siegel.
Just past halfway, most of the cars are in the pits getting fresh Cooper Tires mounted to their machines.
Approaching 5 minutes to go, most of the drivers were back on the track, but it is still Foster up front as he improves to a 1:19.1755.
Rece Gold then takes P1 at 1:19.0661 as drivers start to cycle through on this final sticker tire run. Foster retakes P1 going sub 1:19 with a lap of 1:18.7676, followed by De Alba and then Gold who pops another quick lap to retake P1 as we approach 2 minutes remaining.
Race control mentioned an issue over at Turn 11, but quickly gave the all clear. Not sure if that affected anyone going through that corner. Remember, if a driver sees a yellow – even local – they get that lap invalidated.
Kiko Porta moves to P1 with just over a minute on the clock, dropping Gold to P2, followed by Ahmed, Miller, and Foster.
Siegel then moves to P4, knocking Foster down to 6th as the checkered flag flies and we’ll see what everyone has on this final lap. Sundaramoorthy goes to P2…..and Foster does it again with a final lap of 1:18.4328 to take his second pole position of the day.
Porto, Sundaramoorthy, Gold and Ahmed round out the Top 5.
Indy Pro 2000 Race #2 Qualifying Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course:
|Pos||Car #||Driver||Best Time||Diff||Total Laps||Best Lap||Team|
|1||90||Louis Foster||1:18.4328||1:18.4328||13||13||Exclusive Autosport|
|2||1||Kiko Porto||1:18.5731||0.1403||13||11||DEForce Racing|
|3||18||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||1:18.6033||0.1705||12||12||Pabst Racing|
|4||55||Reece Gold||1:18.6739||0.2411||12||10||Juncos Hollinger Racing|
|5||47||Enaam Ahmed||1:18.6761||0.2433||12||10||Juncos Hollinger Racing|
|6||8||Nolan Siegel||1:18.7668||0.334||13||12||DEForce Racing|
|7||40||Jack William Miller||1:18.7674||0.3346||13||12||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports w/Exclusive Autosport|
|8||92||Wyatt Brichacek||1:18.7896||0.3568||12||11||Exclusive Autosport|
|9||6||Salvador De Alba||1:18.8782||0.4454||12||12||Jay Howard Driver Develpment|
|10||4||Braden Eves||1:18.9279||0.4951||13||13||Jay Howard Driver Development|
|11||3||Josh Green||1:18.9653||0.5325||12||11||Turn 3 Motorsport|
|12||19||Jordan Missig||1:19.0014||0.5686||13||12||Pabst Racing|
|13||2||Jonathan Browne||1:19.5932||1.1604||12||10||Turn 3 Motorsport|