By Steve Wittich
When the lone Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires practice session in Toronto got underway, the ambient temperature was 71F, and the track temperature was 82F.
The early leader was DEForce Racing rookie Kiko Porto, the latest winner in the series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Only two drivers – Porto and Louis Foster, had turned a lap under 72 seconds at the halfway point of practice. Porto’s lap timed at 71.7614 seconds was only 0.0128 seconds better than the Exclusive Autosport points leader.
Those two had almost seven-tenths of a second over Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing), who was third on the timing screens. Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing), and Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports) were the other drivers within a second of the top spot.
However, times started to fall, with Foster moving to the top of the timing screens, with the first lap under 71 seconds. With ten minutes remaining, Miller, Siegel, Green, Reece Gold (Juncos Hollinger Racing), Porto, and Braden Eves (Jay Howard Driver Development) were within a half-second of Foster.
With 11 minutes remaining in the session, Lindsay Brewer, who is making her first street course start, brought out the red flag when her No. 93 Exclusive Autosport machine nosed into the tires in Turn 8.
The AMR INDYCAR Safety Team got the car extracted and restarted, with Brewer able to drive back to pit road missing the front wing.
The green flag came back out with five minutes left, and the field streamed back onto the still green 1.786-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit.
Gold, Eves, Porto, Siegel, Yuven Sundaramoorthy (Pabst Racing), Jordan Missig (Pabst Racing), Wyatt Brichacek (Exclusive Autosport), Salvador de Albal (Jay Howard Driver Development), and Jonathan Browne (Turn 3 Motorsport) all improved on their best laps in the final five minutes, with Siegel turning the quickest lap of practice on his 20th lap.
L&W Supply Grand Prix of Toronto practice results.
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||FAST LAP||DIFF||LAPS|
|1||8||Nolan Siegel||DEForce Racing||1:10.5814||—||20|
|2||90||Louis Foster||Exclusive Autosport||1:10.7076||0.1262||22|
|3||55||Reece Gold||Juncos Hollinger Racing||1:10.8070||0.2256||22|
|4||4||Braden Eves||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:11.0886||0.5072||22|
|5||1||Kiko Porto||DEForce Racing||1:11.1661||0.5847||16|
|6||47||Enaam Ahmed||Juncos Hollinger Racing||1:11.2230||0.6416||21|
|7||40||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports w/Exclusive Autosport||1:11.2469||0.6655||16|
|8||3||Josh Green||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:11.3582||0.7768||20|
|9||18||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||1:11.4673||0.8859||20|
|10||6||Salvador De Alba||Jay Howard Driver Develpment||1:11.4985||0.9171||16|
|11||2||Jonathan Browne||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:11.7595||1.1781||21|
|12||19||Jordan Missig||Pabst Racing||1:12.0093||1.4279||20|
|13||92||Wyatt Brichacek||Exclusive Autosport||1:12.0380||1.4566||22|
|14||93||Lindsay Brewer||Exclusive Autosport||1:15.6498||5.0684||18|
The 14 drivers are scheduled for their first qualifying session at 1:55 pm.