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Foster dominates lone Indy Pro 2000 practice at Mid-Ohio

Louis Foster (Exclusive Autosport) in the Technologies No. 90 dominated the lone Indy Pro 2000 practice at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Photo credit: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Indy Pro 2000 championship leader Louis Foster, a rookie for Exclusive Autosport, dominated the lone series practice, going almost three-tenths-of-a-second quicker than his rivals.

Behind him, the field was tight, with the following eight drivers separated by a half-second.

When the 2.258-Mile, 13-Turn Mid-Ohio Road Course officially opened for Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires practice at 8 am, a baker’s dozen 2.0L Elite Engine powerplants served as a wake-up call for the campers surrounding the rural road course.

Only Jay Howard Driver Development drivers Braden Eves and Salvador de Alba remained on pit road.

Just before the halfway point of the practice, the red flag came out when the No. 6 Jay Howard Driver Development machine of Salvador de Alba spun in Turn 5 and could not continue. The Mexican driver was on his out lap. His car was returned to the paddock “on the hook,” and he did not turn any laps in practice.

The quickest driver at the halfway point of the session was Louis Foster (Exclusive Autosport), with a time of 81.0884 seconds.

Juncos Hollinger Racing teammates Reece Gold and Enaam Ahmed were second and third quickest. Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports) and Wyatt Brichacek (Exclusive Autosport) rounded out the top five.

The track reopened with ten minutes remaining in the weekend’s sole Indy Pro 2000 practice.

Miller, whose Miller Vinatieri Motorsports has a technical alliance with Exclusive Autosport (EA), spent much of the final ten minutes trading the top spot with EA’s Foster.

Also in the mix were Yuven Sundaramoorthy (Pabst Racing) and Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport).

Ahmed, who stood on the Indy Pro 2000 podium at Mid-Ohio in the final race of last season, went fourth quickest at the end of the session.

Reigning USF2000 champion improved to second on the timing screens on his last lap but was still 0.2806 seconds behind Foster.

Indy Pro 2000 at Mid-Ohio practice times

1 90 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 1:18.9821 1:18.9821 18
2 1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 1:19.2627 0.2806 12
3 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports w/Exclusive Autosport 1:19.2995 0.3174 17
4 47 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 1:19.3240 0.3419 16
5 8 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 1:19.5660 0.5839 14
6 92 Wyatt Brichacek Exclusive Autosport 1:19.5696 0.5875 17
7 18 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 1:19.6660 0.6839 10
8 4 Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development 1:19.7246 0.7425 9
9 55 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 1:19.7406 0.7585 16
10 3 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 1:19.8458 0.8637 12
11 19 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 1:19.9111 0.9290 13
12 2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 1:20.2656 1.2835 14
13 6 Salvador De Alba Jay Howard Driver Develpment No Time

Eves grabs first Indy Pro 2000 win of 2022 – six drivers in a tight title fight

Braden Eves, in the CCFI/Huston Insurance/Addison Holdings sponsored No. 4 led Indy Pro 2000 practice at Road America Photo credit: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy


By Steve Wittich

For the fifth time in his Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires career, Braden Eves stood on the top step of the podium. It’s the 23-year-old’s first win this season and his first with Jay Howard Driver Development.

Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports) put pressure on Eves late in the race, but the second-generation driver had to settle for second place, his best Indy Pro 2000 finish.

Eves teammate Salvador de Alba held off a pair of Juncos Hollinger Racing drivers, grabbing his second podium of the 2022 season.

Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing) gained a dozen spots after being disqualified from qualifying, finishing fourth to remaining in the championship conversation.

Louis Foster (Exclusive Autosport), the points leader headed to Road America, finished 13th after starting 12th and increased his points lead from 14 points to 19 points over Gold.

The top six in the title chase – Foster, Gold, Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing), Ahmed, Eves, and Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport) – are within only 43 points.

After a lap behind the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires pace car, the colorful front row of Green and Gold brought the eight rows to the green flag at the crest of the hill on the Road America Straight.

Turn 3 Motorsport rookie Green got a good jump, getting to the fast Turn 1 right-hander first. Behind him, Jay Howard Driver Development teammates Eves and De Alba swamped Gold, with Eves completing the pass and the Groupo Indi/Mecano/Sidral Aga sponsored No. 6 of Mexican De Alba falling into fourth. The shuffling continued on the first lap with running order after the first circuit of the 4.014-mile, 14-turn natural terrain road course as follows:

Green, Eves, De Alba, Yuven Sundaramoorthy (Pabst Racing), Gold, Miller, Jordan Missig (Pabst Racing), Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing), Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing), Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing), Jonathan Browne (Turn 3 Motorsport), Louis Foster (Exclusive Autosport), Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing), Wyatt Brichacek (Exclusive Autosport), Lindsay Brewer (Exclusive Autosport) and Charles Finelli (Fatboy Racing!).

De Alba had a non-functioning transponder and was scored manually during the 15-lap race.

Eves got a good run off Turn 3 and down the Morraine Sweep, peeking to the outside of Green in Turn 5 before tucking back in behind the pole-sitter.

Miller continued his hot start, moving by Gold for fifth on the second lap,
On the third lap, Eves got a great run up the front straight, taking the lead in Turn 1. Two turns later, Missig, running eighth, took an off-track excursion on the driver’s right, dropping to 16th.

Siegel, one of the quick drivers that started near the tail of the field, had gained six spots in the first three laps while also turning the fastest lap of the race.

The hot and heavy passing continued on the fourth lap, with Miller getting by Sundaramoorthy for fourth. Siegel and Ahmed continued their march forward, taking the seventh and ninth spots.

Eves, one of only two drivers to break into the 126-second bracket, built a two-second lead at the one-third mark of the 15-lap race.

Miller, who started seventh, continued his march forward, getting by De Alba for the final spot on the podium and Green for second and starting the chase after Eves.

On the sixth lap, the gap between Eves and Miller remained at two seconds as the front two had an almost six-second gap back to De Alba in third.

On the next lap, Gold got by Green for fourth. Ahmed continued his march forward from his 16th starting spot, crossing under the crossed flags to signify the halfway mark of the race in sixth.

The pilot representing Pakistan was facing immense pressure from Siegel but was still able to put pressure on Gold and Green, getting by both of them on Lap 9 and moving into the fourth position.

At the front of the field, Miller was consistently two or three-tenths of a second quicker than winnowing the lead to 1.6 seconds with five laps remaining.

Points leader Foster has moved to the tenth position, but on Lap 10, he lost three spots, dropping to 13th in the running order.

With four laps remaining, the gap between Eves and Miller was down to 1.2 seconds. De Alba was fighting hard to keep the charging Ahmed and Gold behind him.

With three laps remaining, the gap between the No. 4 and No. 40 was under a second.

On the next lap, Miller had a slight error in Turn 14, losing a half-second and crossing the line 1.4 seconds adrift of Eves.

Miller kept in touch with Eves, crossing the line 1.2 seconds ahead of the Patterson Dental/Blue Marble sponsored No. 40 of Miller.

Ahmed and Gold kept immense pressure on De Alba. The trio crossed the line within a half-second but over 14 seconds back.

Cooper Tires Grand Prix Of Road America Powered By Elite Engines Race #2 results

1 4 Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development 15 LAPS
2 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports w/Exclusive Autosport -1.2538
3 6 Salvador De Alba Jay Howard Driver Development -14.4464
3 47 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing -14.4465
4 55 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing -14.9743
5 3 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport -16.1427
6 8 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing -16.4897
7 18 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing -17.9505
8 2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport -18.5925
9 27 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing -20.0931
10 92 Wyatt Brichacek Exclusive Autosport -20.7102
11 1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing -21.1347
12 90 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport -22.2216
13 93 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport -29.4541
14 19 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing -34.1042
15 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing -61.7126

The Indy Pro 2000 championship heads to another iconic road course – the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – for some July 4th fireworks.

Foster, Exclusive win third Indy Pro 2000 race on the trot at Road America

Saturday produced another win for Louis Foster, driver of the No. 90 Exclusive Autosport,, Novara Technologies Tatuus, in Road America. Photo credit: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

By Tony DiZinno

As the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires descended on Elkhart Lake’s Road America, the question on offer was whether anyone could stop Louis Foster and Exclusive Autosport’s win streak.

With Juncos Hollinger Racing locking out the front row, it looked good for either Reece Gold or Enaam Ahmed to snap it. But it all went away on the first lap, Foster found an opening into Turn 5, and went on his way to secure his third consecutive victory. The win is the first for Michael Duncalfe’s Exclusive Autosport program at Road America and the 14th for the team in the series. 

The 15-lap race opened with temps at 68 ambient and 74 track, overcast with the potential of more sprinkles or heavier rain following NTT INDYCAR Series qualifying.

The Juncos Hollinger Racing pair of Reece Gold and Enaam Ahmed led the 16-car field to green ahead of points leader Louis Foster (Exclusive Autosport), riding the strength of back-to-back wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park oval, and Braden Eves in the Jay Howard Driver Development car.

The field made it through cleanly through Turn 1, but there was contact and chaos into Turn 5 that jumbled the order for the rest of the race. 

Lindsay Brewer lost the rear of her Exclusive Autosport entry at Turn 5 and that brought out a full-course caution. A couple other cars ran wide as Ahmed was outside into Turn 5 behind Foster and Gold. 

In the first run through the corner, Foster moved to the lead, ahead of the JHDD pair of Salvador De Alba and Braden Eves, Josh Green in fourth in his Turn 3 Motorsport entry and Jack William Miller in fifth with Kiko Porto in sixth. The JHR pair fell to seventh and eighth with Gold ahead of Ahmed, then Jonathan Browne and Colin Kaminsky completing the top 10.

The reason the JHR cars fell back: Gold and Ahmed both went way wide at Turn 5, as did a handful of other cars out of frame. 

After the full-course caution, the race resumed at the start of Lap 3. 

The field made it single-file through Turn 1. Green tried around the outside of Eves into T5, but lost momentum on exit, which allowed Miller to come through. 

Porto sustained some front wing damage and Gold fell back as well, down three more spots to ninth by the end of Lap 3. In his debut with Exclusive Autosport after moving from JHDD, Wyatt Brichacek also brought his car to pit lane on the same lap. 

Foster’s gap to De Alba was 0.8981 of a second with Eves third, Green fourth and Miller fifth. 

Green advanced two spots on Lap 5 to get past both JHDD cars and move the Turn 3 Motorsport car up the order. 

Foster’s gap to Green was 2.3949 on Lap 6. Both JHR cars advanced this lap; Ahmed passed Miller for fifth and Gold passed Kaminsky for eighth. 

Miller pitted on Lap 7, which took him out of contention. He needed a new front wing. 

Ahmed staged a strong recovery drive. He was back by Eves on Lap 10 and then worked to get by De Alba shortly after that. It was a great battle among the four cars from JHR and JHDD for third through sixth. 

Foster took the white flag with a gap of 3.7638 over Green, and without any further issues took the checkered flag by a gap of 3.6090 seconds. Ahmed capped off his comeback in P3. 

On the podium, Foster explained how the path opened for him to get past the JHR cars for the lead and eventual win. 

“It was decently wet, especially for slicks. There was surface residue,” said the driver of the No. 90 Technologies Tatuus. 

“It was quite tricky. I went into Turn 5, wasn’t really pushing it. They went side by side. As they went in, they went straight off. I hd to push to get away from Braden, then saw Josh get past Braden. Can’t thank the team enough. They pulled the car apart after issues in quali.” 

Foster’s win extends his points lead, unofficially, to 28 points over Gold (215-187). Nolan Siegel, who had a quiet race, sits third with 177 points. Ahmed is fourth on 165, Green now fifth on 164. 

Tomorrow’s second race of the weekend and 10th of the season is at 8:30 a.m. CDT and local time. 

Cooper Tires Grand Prix Of Road America Powered By Elite Engines – Indy Pro 2000 Race #1 Unofficial Results

P No Name Team Laps Diff
1 90 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 15 LAP 15
2 3 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 15 3.6090
3 47 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 15 8.0093
4 6 Salvador De Alba Jay Howard Driver Develpment 15 8.5468
5 4 Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development 15 10.1126
6 55 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 15 10.5438
7 27 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 15 12.1256
8 2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 15 12.5979
9 19 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 15 13.3921
10 18 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 15 14.3819
11 8 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 15 20.9913
12 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 15 59.3001
13 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports w/Exclusive Autosport 14 1 LAPS
14 1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 14 1 LAPS
15 92 Wyatt Brichacek Exclusive Autosport 3 Contact
16 93 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport Contact

Green and Gold form colorful first row for Indy Pro 2000 Race #2 at Road America

The SessionGuardian/Zimperium sponsored No. 3 of Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), pole winner for the second Indy Pro 2000 race at Road America, on pit road. Photo credit: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

By Steve Wittich

Josh Green topped a six-minute sprint for the second Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires pole of the series Road America weekend.
It’s the Turn 3 Motorsport rookie’s second pole of the season. The Peter Dempsey-led team also scored a pole at the 4.014-mile, 14-turn natural terrain road course with Danial Frost in 2020.
Reece Gold (Juncos Hollinger Racing) completes the colorful Green and Gold front row an hour south of Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers.
Wyatt Brichacek, in his first weekend with Exclusive Autosport, will start on the inside of the second row, his best career Road To Indy start.
Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing) had the fourth quickest lap when the session ended, but the No. 47 from the Juncos Hollinger Racing stable ran afoul of Rule 12.13.1, which states:
12.13.1. Inlet blanking panels may be used, provided they are securely fastened. The panels may have a rearward facing return only, up to a maximum of 35mm. The location of fasteners and associated brackets are free provided their sole function is to hold the blanking panel. Material may be added to the rear face of the radiator for the sole purpose of optimizing temperatures.
That moves Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development into the fourth starting spot.
The top ten drivers were within a half-second of Green, and the top 13 were only seven-tenths of a second off the pole lap.
Exclusive Autosport rookie Louis Foster, the current Indy Pro 2000 points leader, will start 13th, giving his scholarship rivals an opportunity to make inroads on his points lead.
A pack of 16 250+ HP Elite Engine built 2.0L powerplants served as an alarm clock for those still slumbering in the packed campgrounds at Road America – America’s National Park Of Speed.
The skies were cloudy, with rain threatening. The ambient temperature was 63F, and the track temperature was 65F.
Foster held the provisional pole after two laps, coming to pit road and the attention of the Exclusive Autosport crew.
His new teammate Brichacek remained on track for two more laps, grabbing the provisional pole with a lap time of 125.7264 seconds. The rest of the top ten at the halfway point of the 20-minute qualifying session were – Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), Salvador de Alba (Jay Howard Driver Development), Braden Eves (Jay Howard Driver Development), Reece Gold (Juncos Hollinger Racing), Foster, Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing), Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing), Jonathan Browne (Turn 3 Motorsport) and Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports)
With six minutes remaining, the red flag came out, with race control reporting that a car was on fire driver’s right in the grass at the exit of Turn 3. The AMR INDYCAR Safety Team arrived quickly to give attention to Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing) in the Towne Ford/Race for RP sponsored No. 8. The Texan got out of the car under his own power.
The green flag returned to restart qualifying at 8:22 am with six minutes left in qualifying.
The 4.014-mile, 14-turn natural terrain road course was quickly busy with drivers working on getting temperature back into their Cooper Tires.
Gold was the first driver to improve, grabbing the provisional pole with just under two minutes remaining.
As the rest of the field crossed the timing line, five drivers went quicker than the Race #1 pole winner. The fastest of those, with a lap of 124.6382 seconds, was Brichacek.
All drivers were able to complete one more circuit. Gold again was the first driver to grab the provisional pole as the rest of the field streaked towards the Turn 14 timing line.
Unlike the previous lap, only one driver could go quicker than Gold, with Green’s lap of 124.4308 seconds a tenth-of-a-second ahead of the Juncos Hollinger Racing sophomore.

Cooper Tires Grand Prix Of Road America Powered By Elite Engines Qualifying #2 results

1 3 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 2:04.4308
2 55 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 2:04.5603 -0.1295
3 92 Wyatt Brichacek Exclusive Autosport 2:04.6382 -0.2074
4 4 Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development 2:04.7412 -0.3104
5 18 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 2:04.7545 -0.3237
6 6 Salvador De Alba Jay Howard Driver Develpment 2:04.8144 -0.3836
7 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 2:04.8184 -0.3876
8 27 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 2:04.8462 -0.4154
9 2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 2:04.9056 -0.4748
10 1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 2:05.0266 -0.5958
11 19 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 2:05.1270 -0.6962
12 90 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 2:05.1657 -0.7349
13 93 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport 2:06.6328 -2.202
14 8 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 2:08.2025 -3.7717
15 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 2:10.0615 -5.6307
16 47 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing DSQ
The middle rung of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, will contest their first race of the weekend at 2:15 pm (central).

Gold grabs his 8th career Indy Pro 2000 pole – Juncos Hollinger Racing quick at Road America

Reece Gold in The Ticket Clinic sponsored No. 55 from the Juncos Hollinger Racing stable won his 8th Indy Pro 2000 pole at Road America. Photo credit: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

By Steve Wittich

Reece Gold will start a race from the pole for the third time this season and the eighth time in his Indy Pro 2000 career.

It’s the team’s series-leading sixth pole at Road America and their 62nd all-time Indy Pro 2000 inside front row start.

The Juncos Hollinger Racing sophomore will be joined on the front row by his 22-year-old teammate Enaam Ahmed, who matches his best start of the season.

Current points leader Exclusive Autosport rookie Louis Foster will start behind Gold, with veteran Braden Eves starting alongside Foster.

Qualifying for the first of two Cooper Tires Grand Prix Of Road America Powered By Elite Engines races began at 11:15 am. The skies were partly cloudy, the ambient temperature was 75F, and the track temperature was 87.4F.

The 16 drivers had a 30-minute window to complete 20 minutes of green flag qualifying.

Drivers hit the track with sticker Cooper Tires.

With a lap of the 4.014-mile, 14-turn natural terrain road course taking over two minutes, quickly getting ‘on it’ was crucial.

After the field had completed two laps, Foster held the provisional pole over Gold by 0.2417 seconds. Brichacek, Miller, and Ahmed were the top five behind the Exclusive Autosport rookie.

Foster and Miller came to pit road after two laps.

The rest of the drivers completed three laps before coming to pit road for adjustments and fresh Cooper Tires. Just before the pitting, Gold grabbed the provisional pole, going a slim 0.0598 seconds quicker than Foster.

The top ten at the halfway point of qualifying were Gold, Foster, Brichacek, Miller, Ahmed, Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing), Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing), Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), Jordan Missig (Pabst Racing), and Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing). It was a tight group, with less than eight-tenths of a second separating them.

The first driver to improve on fresh Cooper Tire slicks was Kaminsky, but the timing screen lit up green as drivers continued to improve.

Gold lowered the provisional pole time to 74.3358 seconds on his fifth lap, a massive 0.4690 seconds ahead of his teammate Ahmed.

The pilot of The Ticket Clinic sponsored No. 55 went quicker on his next lap, increasing his gap to his teammate.

The 17-year-old, who is second in points, was almost a half-second faster than his teammate Ahmed, but behind the Pakastani driver, starting positions from 2nd to 11th are gapped by only four-tenths of a second.

Cooper Tires Grand Prix Of Road America Powered By Elite Engines Qualifying #1 results

1 55 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 2:04.3105 ——
2 47 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 2:04.8012 -0.4907
3 90 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 2:04.8318 -0.5213
4 4 Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development 2:04.9098 -0.5993
5 3 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 2:04.9844 -0.6739
6 6 Salvador De Alba Jay Howard Driver Develpment 2:05.0707 -0.7602
7 27 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 2:05.0906 -0.7801
8 92 Wyatt Brichacek Exclusive Autosport 2:05.0925 -0.782
9 19 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 2:05.1656 -0.8551
10 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 2:05.1715 -0.861
11 2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 2:05.1953 -0.8848
12 8 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 2:05.3986 -1.0881
13 1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 2:05.5427 -1.2322
14 18 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 2:06.4282 -2.1177
15 93 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport 2:07.1107 -2.8002
16 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 2:08.6996 -4.3891

The Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires pole-sitter at Road America, has won nine of the 20 series races on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn natural terrain road course.

The average finishing position of the Indy Pro 2000 pole winner across the 20 races is 2.9. Inside front row starter for Race #2 in 2020, Manuel Sulaiman had the worst race, finishing 11th.

The average starting position of the Indy Pro 2000 pole winner at Road America is 3.9.

Eves and Jay Howard Driver Development quick in Indy Pro 2000 practice at Road America

Braden Eves, in the CCFI/Huston Insurance/Addison Holdings sponsored No. 4 led Indy Pro 2000 practice at Road America Photo credit: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

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

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.

A 90-for-90 Win: Exclusive’s No. 90, Louis Foster, wins Indy Pro 2000 Freedom 90 at IRP

#90 Louis Foster, Exclusive Autosport,, Novara Technologies. Photo courtesy Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

By Tony DiZinno

Poor luck negated Englishman Louis Foster’s win hopes in the early rounds of the 2022 Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires season. But with a first win achieved last time out on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, now the dam might have broke open for Foster and Exclusive Autosport with a second straight win in May in Indiana.

The driver of the No. 90 Exclusive Autosport Tatuus won the Cooper Tires Freedom 90 in style Friday night at the 0.686-mile Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, capturing the win in his oval racing debut.

The decisive moment in this 90-lap race came just past the first third, with 30 laps complete and the Juncos Hollinger Racing pair of Reece Gold and Enaam Ahmed up front and Foster lurking in third, several seconds behind the leaders.

And then the green-and-white cars caught traffic, a spicy battle for seventh involving Jack William Miller, Salvador De Alba, Colin Kaminsky, Kiko Porto and Braden Eves. 

Gold led Ahmed by 1.3 seconds on Lap 35 but was balked in behind the others ahead of him, with Foster able to make headway while the Juncos Hollinger pair failed to decisively carve through the traffic.

Ahmed cut the gap to Gold in half by Lap 37 to just 0.8 of a second, and even more down to 0.3 by Lap 42. By Lap 43, however, with Kaminsky still ahead of the leaders, Foster made his charge as he cleared the trio of Miller, De Alba and Eves.

At the halfway point, Gold led but Foster had a huge run to get past Ahmed for second and completed the move. Josh Green was fourth with Nolan Siegel fifth. 

Foster tried to make his move on Lap 46, trying to get by on the low side, and then survived a wiggle in Turns 1 and 2 when trying to pass Gold low. He was just 0.002 of a second behind that lap.

But at the line on the next lap, Foster secured the lead by just 0.0266 of a second.

That lead quickly expanded, to 0.05 on Lap 48, then 0.21 on Lap 49, 0.97 on Lap 50, 1.43 on Lap 51, 1.90 on Lap 52 and 2.27 on Lap 53. A swing of more than five seconds on a 20 or 21-second lap is impressive by a driver of any experience, let alone one in his or her oval racing debut.

Foster’s conquest was briefly halted for the night’s only full course caution, which flew when Kaminsky had slight wall contact in Turns 1 and 2.

It was a brief caution and back to green by the end of Lap 57 and start of Lap 58. Green was dinged a position for getting around Ahmed under yellow, but gave it back and resumed his charge. 

Foster set the race’s fastest lap on Lap 61, setting a time of 20.8920 seconds. 

Things stabilized in the final 30 laps. Foster had a brief scare late as his near 3-second lead dropped to as low as 1.15 on Lap 88, but he didn’t fall far enough back for Gold to mount a second attack.

Foster won from Gold, who saw a second straight pole at this venue go begging in traffic, with Green able to put Turn 3 Motorsport in third place in Car No. 3. Ahmed and Nolan Siegel completed the top five, the latter driver having a quiet race for DEForce Racing.

Like Michael d’Orlando in the night’s earlier USF2000 race, the winner shot himself forward into the points lead as a result of the the oval points and a half awarded.

Provisionally, Foster has 183 to Gold’s 170, with Siegel third on 167, Ahmed fourth on 143 and Green fifth on 139.

The Indy Pro 2000 series has a week off before heading north to Elkhart Lake’s Road America June 9-12.

IndyPro 2000 Cooper Tires Freedom 90 – Race – Unofficial Results

P No Name Team LapTime Diff
1 90 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 90 LAP 90
2 55 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 90 1.4089
3 3 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 90 2.8177
4 47 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 90 8.8081
5 8 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 90 9.3264
6 19 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 90 12.3952
7 1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 89 1 LAPS
8 6 Salvador De Alba Jay Howard Driver Develpment 89 1 LAPS
9 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 89 1 LAPS
10 2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 89 1 LAPS
11 4 Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development 88 2 LAPS
12 18 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 87 3 LAPS
13 5 Wyatt Brichacek Jay Howard Driver Development 84 6 LAPS
14 27 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 52 Contact
15 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 11 Handling

Louis Foster, Exclusive Autosport finally break through in Indy Pro 2000 IMS Race 3

#90: Louis Foster , Exclusive Autosport,, Novara Technologies. Photo courtesy Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

By Tony DiZinno

Exclusive Autosport was due a result after showing clear pace with all its cars throughout the Indy Pro 2000 Championship weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. After a tough couple races, Englishman Louis Foster enjoyed a welcome trouble-free race and survived a late-race restart to earn an overdue first series win in the seventh round of the season.

Driving the No. 90 Tatuus PM-22, Foster took the lead by de facto teammate Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports, in an Exclusive Autosport technical alliance) before Turn 7 on Lap 3 and led the final 23 of 25 laps on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course. 

Polesitter Miller spent most of his race in the wars, defending against a host of challengers. He fended off an attempt from Reece Gold (Juncos Hollinger Racing), who locked up and fell back into Yuven Sundaramoorthy’s (Pabst Racing) clutches. That hiccup allowed Braden Eves through to third. Miller lost second to Eves on Lap 16; the Jay Howard Driver Development pilot made it past Miller at the inside of Turn 1.

Eves finished second on the road and will look to hold this podium result following the technical infringement that cost him the on-the-road win in Friday’s race one. The No. 4 car was dinged for Rule 12.30.3, which reads: 

All ballast must be securely fastened, installed in the approved ballast locations (wooden plank, pedal bulkhead, behind the driver’s seat back panel, and under the engine) and not exceed the weights as listed in the Technical Manual or Bulletins. The only ballast materials allowed for use are steel or aluminum, unless otherwise instructed by the Technical Director.

Miller fought off Eves’ JHDD teammate Wyatt Brichacek in by far his best drive of the season for the final podium spot. Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing) completed the top five. 

The late battles behind Foster came to light thanks to Gold stopping on track with a mechanical issue on Lap 18, which brought out the race’s only full-course caution. The race two winner was running fourth when his troubles struck. Foster lost what had been an 8.6659-second lead in the process.

Nolan Siegel had a quiet race and finished sixth, best of the DEForce Racing entries, ahead of the leading Turn 3 Motorsport entry of Josh Green. Pabst Racing struggled with its trio of entries finishing 10th, 11th and 12th. Race one winner Salvador De Alba didn’t start this race due to mechanical issues.

Provisionally, Siegel leads the standings by just three points heading to the now rebranded Indianapolis Raceway Park oval, formerly Lucas Oil Raceway, later this month. He has 141 points with Foster making something of his weekend to get to 138. Gold falls to third with 130, and Eves sits fourth with 120.

Indy Pro 2000 GP of Indianapolis – Race #3 Unofficial Results

P No Name Team Laps Diff
1 90 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 25 LAP 25
2 4 Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development 25 2.5609
3 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 25 6.7533
4 5 Wyatt Brichacek Jay Howard Driver Development 25 6.8192
5 47 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 25 7.2664
6 8 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 25 7.6265
7 3 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 25 10.6693
8 1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 25 11.3700
9 2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 25 11.4995
10 27 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 25 11.8098
11 19 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 25 12.4557
12 18 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 25 12.8792
13 93 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport 25 13.2266
14 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 25 16.0758
15 55 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 17 Mechanical
16 6 Salvador De Alba Jay Howard Driver Development Mechanical

Reece Gold captures second Indy Pro 2000 race of IMS road course weekend

#55: Reece Gold, Juncos Hollinger Racing, The Ticket Clinic. Photo courtesy Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

By Tony DiZinno

Reece Gold claimed the win in Saturday’s sixth round of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship season, emerging victorious after a great restart and a hectic initial start in the fifth of eight Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires races this weekend on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The series veteran in the No. 55 Juncos Hollinger Racing Tatuus PM-22 led 21 of the 25 laps en route to his second win of the season and third in his Indy Pro 2000 career, and 56th career Road to Indy start. Fellow Road to Indy veterans Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing) and Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing) completed the podium.

“I got my first win here, so awesome to do it again,” Gold said on the podium. “It’s one of the most amazing places to win at. Colin and Nolan were clean at the restart. But it was good clean racing with them! This is big. Some of the points contenders finished in the back. It’s a big weekend with three races, hopefully we can do it again in a couple hours!”

Friday’s first race of the weekend had some contact between teammates, a chaotic start, and the winner on the road disqualified in post-race tech. Saturday’s second Indy Pro 2000 race start was even crazier, although settled down quickly once the race restarted.

The grid for this race, set by a combination of second fastest qualifying laps and/or fast race laps from race one, was: Miller, Foster, Siegel, Gold, Porto, Sundaramoorthy, Eves, Kaminsky, Ahmed and Browne in the top 10 with Missig, Brichacek, Green, De Alba, Brewer and Finelli rounding out the field.

But within the first lap, all these things happened, and it’s easier to list them as bullet points:

  • Three cars took to the Turn 1 escape route, which appeared to be two Pabst Racing cars and one Turn 3 Motorsport car.
  • Jordan Missig retired with significant damage to the third Pabst entry, which placed the race immediately under full course caution.
  • De facto Exclusive Autosport teammates Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports, with Exclusive technical alliance) and Louis Foster collided for the second time in as many days, this time at Turn 7, when Foster pitched Miller into a spin. Foster would later be dinged with a drive-through penalty for incident responsibility and avoidable contact.
  • Enaam Ahmed (Juncos Hollinger Racing) entered the pits with no rear wing and Braden Eves (Jay Howard Driver Development) entered with front wing damage. Ahmed retired despite the JHR team attempting repairs to get him back out, while Eves continued.

With all that occurring, the Lap 1 order was Siegel, Kaminsky, Gold, Porto, Foster, De Alba, Sundaramoorthy, Browne, Brichacek, Green, Brewer, Finelli, Miller, Eves, Ahmed and Missig.

Every single position changed from the grid order. So that running order after Lap 1 featured starting positions of: 3rd, 8th, 4th, 5th, 2nd, 14th, 6th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 1st, 16th, 7th, 9th and 11th.

Fortunately things calmed down after the restart at the end of Lap 4.

The decisive move came after the restart as Gold, now in second, went to the outside of Siegel while Kaminsky tried to get them both on the outside of all three into Turn 1. Coming out of Turn 1, Gold took the lead with Kaminsky into second and Siegel down to third.

Those three ran in the same positions the remainder of the race while action intensified behind them, primarily in the seventh-10th range.

Miller, who’d fallen to 13th at the end of the first lap fracas, spent the rest of the race recovering and successfully made it back to fifth behind Porto at the finish.

Friday’s inherited winner De Alba had another leap forward, running and finishing sixth after starting 14th and making up a significant amount of ground on the start.

Browne and Sundaramoorthy enjoyed a race-long battle for seventh, with Green and Eves occasionally figuring before fading behind those two and Brichacek, who had a solid drive up to seventh.

Foster posted the fastest race lap as the Exclusive Autosport cars showcased their speed, but his penalty for the avoidable contact and the pit stop that followed left him in an unrepresentative 13th place at the flag behind new teammate Brewer in 12th.

The third and final race of the weekend is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. ET and local time on the Road to Indy TV app. After this race, Siegel provisionally leads the points with 136, while Gold is second on 118 and Foster third on 115.

Indy Pro 2000 GP of Indianapolis – Race #2 Unofficial Results

P No Name Team Laps Diff
1 55 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 25 LAP 25
2 27 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 25 1.4833
3 8 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 25 2.7616
4 1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 25 4.2867
5 40 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 25 8.0666
6 6 Salvador De Alba Jay Howard Driver Develpment 25 10.2206
7 5 Wyatt Brichacek Jay Howard Driver Development 25 11.3871
8 18 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 25 12.9038
9 4 Braden Eves Jay Howard Driver Development 25 15.1094
10 2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 25 15.5567
11 3 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 25 16.0893
12 93 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport 25 17.6726
13 90 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 25 32.8058
14 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 25 70.8639
15 47 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 6 Mechanical
16 19 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing Contact

De Alba Garners First Career Win After Post-Race Penalty

Change in Finishing order for Indy Pro 2000 Race #1

From Andersen Promotions:
SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Jay Howard Driver Development’s Salvador De Alba, from Guadalajara, Mexico was credited with victory in today’s Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis Supporting INDYCAR Ministry after race winner and teammate Braden Eves’ Tatuus IP-22 failed post-race tech inspection.
The penalty moved Pabst Racing’s Yuven Sundaramoorthy, from Delafield, Wis., into second – his first podium finish of the season – and teammate Colin Kaminsky into third.
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