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Road to Indy at Grand Prix of Portland – Sunday – 4 p.m. – Another Kirkwood romp in Indy Pro 2000

Sunday’s Indy Pro 2000 race marked yet another Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires event dominated from start to finish by Kyle Kirkwood.

The young American driver won his sixth consecutive race and eighth in the last nine to extend his points lead. He led flag-to-flag in the 30-lap race from pole position in his No. 28 RP Motorsport Racing USA Tatuus PM-18.

Juncos Racing teammates Sting Ray Robb and Rasmus Lindh completed the podium in the Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Portland Grand Prix.

The Rob “Velvet Fog” Howden gave an enthusiastic call to start the 13 Indy Pro 2000 car race at 3:07pm.

After one pace lap, the front row of Kirkwood and Robb brought the field to the green flag.

Kirkwood got a great start, with the drivers going four-wide behind him. Unlike yesterday, all 13-drivers were able get cleanly through the Festival Curves.

The running order at the end of the first of 30 laps was: Kirkwood, Robb, Thompson, Lindh, Frost, Petrov, Serravalle, Abel, Lastochkin, de la Vera, Round Garrido, Comeau, and Enders.

On Lap 2, Lindh was able to regain third spot, getting by Parker Thompson in Turn 1.

By Lap 5, Kirkwood’s lead over Robb was 2.2 seconds. Lindh was 1.4 seconds further adrift of his Juncos Racing teammate. The top seven were running in the same positions that they started in.

On Lap 6, Thompson was starting to put pressure back on Lindh, and was being pressured by Exclusive Autosport rookie Frost.

Eighth place Jacob Abel had Lastochkin, Round-Garrido, Enders and de la Vara within three seconds of his No. 51 car.

On Lap 9 Robb turned the quickest lap of the race to that point, but the gap was still 2 seconds.

At the 10 lap mark, the top five were: Kirkwood, Robb, Lindh, Thompson and Frost.

Kirkwood, on Lap 12, was the first driver to turn a sub 68 second lap and his lead had grown to a comfortable 3 seconds. On that same lap, Enders was able to move into the top ten.

Newcomer Petrov got by Frost on Lap 13, making an impressive pass going into Turn 10, moving the RP Motorsport driver to the fifth spot.

At the halfway point of the race, Kirkwood’s lead over Robb has grown to 4.3 seconds.

With ten laps remaining, the gap between Kirkwood, Robb and Lindh was safe. However, Lindh was facing enormous pressure from Abel Motorsports’ Thompson for the final spot on the podium.

Behind them, Petrov was turning quicker and quicker laps and with seven laps remaining was less than a second behind Thompson.

With five laps remaining, Lindh locked up the brakes going in Turn 1, allowing Thompson to get under his gearbox.

Lindh continued to hold Thompson and Petrov at bay as the field head into the final two laps, with Kirkwood and Robb still clear at the head of the field.

Kirkwood took the white flag more than seven seconds clear of Robb. The battle for third stabilized without anyone able to make a move.

The American took the checkered flag at the end of Lap 30 by 7.5856 seconds over Robb. Lindh, Thompson and Petrov rounded out the top five.

Kirkwood now holds a 20-point lead (382-362) over Lindh with just the two races at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca remaining on the schedule.

Twenty points also covers the battle for third place with Thompson at 300 points, Frost at 294 and Robb now at 280.

After the race, Lastochkin’s was stopped on course with its right rear tire and suspension bent askew. The other 12 cars returned to the paddock following the checkered flag.

Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Portland Grand Prix – Race #2 Unofficial Results

P No Name Team Laps Diff
1 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport USA 30
2 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 30 7.5856
3 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 30 13.9365
4 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 30 14.3556
5 5 Artem Petrov RP Motorsport USA 30 15.3555
6 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 30 17.0412
7 11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/RP Motorsports USA 30 24.8983
8 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 30 35.3750
9 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 30 35.9538
10 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 30 36.0720
11 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 30 49.6021
12 27 Matt Round-Garrido Jay Howard Driver Development/BN Racing 30 51.3541
13 3 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 30 52.2559

Road To Indy at Grand Prix of Portland – Saturday – 6:05 p.m. – Kirkwood’s latest win propels him to Indy Pro 2000 points lead

It says something about Kyle Kirkwood’s hot streak in Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires that winning “only” five races in a row and seven of eight could be viewed as secondary to his 2018 achievements. Last year in Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship competition, Kirkwood won 11 in a row and 12 total including the last two races at Portland International Raceway.

Nonetheless, Kirkwood’s latest triumph for RP Motorsport Racing today in Portland moved the American into the points lead for the first time this season as he seeks another advancement scholarship into Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires for 2020.

With Kirkwood’s 19th win in 27 career Road to Indy starts, and with Rasmus Lindh suffering his worst finish of the season, Kirkwood provisionally holds a nine-point lead after today’s race.

The track remained hot as the 13 Indy Pro 2000 runners took to the track just after 5:15 p.m. PDT and local time to fire up their 2.0L Elite Engines.

With Sting Ray Robb on pole ahead of the RP Motorsport Racing pair of Kyle Kirkwood and Artem Petrov, it was a slightly jumbled grid up front. Robb’s Juncos Racing teammate Rasmus Lindh would start only seventh.

Robb got the brief jump over Kirkwood on the start into Turn 1, but before the race really got going there was an eight-car incident at the corner.

The field fanned out six to seven wide on entry, with Petrov knocking Robb into a spin at the Festival Curves and setting off a chain reaction by those drivers behind them. Kirkwood darted to the inside and got ahead of the mess that would occur momentarily.

Among those off course either involved or by taking evasive action included Parker Thompson, Antonio Serravalle, Robb, Antoine Comeau, both DEForce cars of Moises de la Vara and Kory Enders, and then series debutante Matt Round-Garrido.

The running order after the chaotic first lap was Kirkwood, Danial Frost, Lindh, Serravalle, Abel, Lastochkin, Thompson, Robb, de la Vara, Round-Garrido, Petrov, Enders and Comeau.

By Lap 5 the order was Kirkwood leading Frost by just over one second, with Lindh up to third ahead of Serravalle and Abel.

Behind them, Thompson, Lastochkin, Robb, de la Vara, Petrov, Enders, Comeau and Round-Garrido completed the running order.

Meanwhile Petrov was assessed a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact, and served it on Lap 6.

On Lap 9, Serravalle got around Lindh for third and Abel was closing on Lindh into Turn 1.

The order a third of the way through the race on Lap 10 was Kirkwood leading Frost by 2.8611 seconds, with Serravalle third just over eight seconds in arrears. Lindh continued to hold back Abel. Robb’s hopes dwindled again when he pitted on Lap 12 and fell further down the order.

Thompson was now fifth having got around his teammate Abel and is now charging and hunting down Lindh, running 1.1 seconds faster than the Swedish driver. Thompson darts to the inside of Lindh and passes him into Turn 1 for fourth place.

Halfway home, the order is Kirkwood leading Frost by over seven seconds with Serravalle third, Thompson fourth and Lindh fifth with Abel, Lastochkin, de la Vara, Robb and Petrov completing the top 10.

Robb, Petrov, Enders and Comeau are all a lap or more down and Kirkwood was closing on Robb to try to lap him once more.

After a frenetic opening two-thirds of the race, the race stabilized into the final 10 laps. Thompson was working to close on Serravalle for third. Otherwise the order remained static.

With five to go, Kirkwood’s lead stood at 11.1903 seconds with the order still the same behind him.

Kirkwood took the white flag with a 12-second lead over Frost, with Serravalle, Thompson and Lindh still in the top five.

And he took the checkered flag with a final margin of victory of 12.3497 seconds over Frost, with Serravalle capturing his first Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires podium in a well deserved third.

Edit: After the race it was revealed that Serravalle was hit with a 10-second penalty for an improper re-entry after the Lap 1, Turn 1 incident. That promoted Parker Thompson to the final spot on the podium and moved Serravalle to fourth.

Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Portland GP Race #1 – Unofficial Results

P No Name Team Laps Diff
1 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport USA 30
2 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 30 12.3497
3 11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/RP Motorsports USA 30 18.8289
4 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 30 21.7556
5 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 30 35.2033
6 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 30 39.7415
7 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 30 40.5314
8 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 30 64.9424
9 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 29 1 LAPS
10 5 Artem Petrov RP Motorsport USA 29 1 LAPS
11 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 28 2 LAPS
12 3 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 28 2 LAPS
13 27 Matt Round-Garrido Jay Howard Driver Development/BN Racing 4 Mechanical

Tomorrow’s second race of the weekend is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. PDT, following the conclusion of the NTT IndyCar Series race.

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Road To Indy at Grand Prix of Portland – 11am – Kirkwood grabs pole and bonus point

Kyle Kirkwood flipped the script on yesterday’s Indy Pro 2000 qualifying session. The RP Motorsport rookie was chasing after a blindingly quick lap by Sting Ray Robb but fell short.

Today, it was Kirkwood, who set an unattainable mark on his 11th of 14 laps.

It’s Kirkwood’s fifth pole of the season and 10th of his Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires career.

Juncos Racing veteran Robb will start on the front row alongside Kirkwood. Championship leader Rasmus Lindh improved on his seventh-place qualifying effort and will begin on the inside of the second row. The Swede will be joined in the second row by RP Motorsport newcomer Artem Petrov

The last of three straight Road To Indy qualifying sessions, the Indy Pro 2000 Series, took to the track as scheduled at 10:25 am. The ambient temperature was 72F, four degrees warmer than when the USF2000 drivers kicked things off 80 minutes ago. The track temperature was 92F.

With five minutes gone in the session, it was Robb, at 66.936 seconds that held the top spot. Kirkwood went to the top of the timing screens on his fifth lap of the session and immediately ducked into pit lane.

The 2018 USF2000 Champion was joined on pit lane by the majority of the field, for adjustments and a fresh set of Cooper Tire slicks.

At the half-way point of the session, it was Kirkwood, with a lap timed at 66.6469 seconds that held the provisional pole. He was followed in the top five by Robb, Artem Petrov, Danial Frost, and Jacob Abel.

Abel and Frost were the first of the front runners to head back out on the 1.964-mile, 12-Turn road course, but the other drivers quickly followed.

As the Cooper Tires reached optimal operating temperatures, lap times started to fall. With five minutes remaining it was Robb who had the provisional pole. He was followed by Kirkwood, Thompson, Lindh, and Serravalle.

The shuffling of the order wasn’t done though. The timing screen was lit up with green and purple as drivers set their quickest laps.

With two minutes remaining, it was Kirkwood who had the quickest lap at 66.249 seconds. That was almost two-tenths quicker than Robb.

Unofficial qualifying results for Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products Race #2

RANK CAR NO. DRIVER TEAM FASTEST LAP DIFFERENCE TOTAL LAPS
1 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport USA 1:06.249 –.—- 14
2 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1:06.444 0.1949 14
3 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 1:06.553 0.3041 13
4 5 Artem Petrov RP Motorsport USA 1:06.614 0.3651 14
5 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 1:06.642 0.3925 15
6 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 1:06.690 0.4413 15
7 11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/RP Motorsports USA 1:06.782 0.5329 14
8 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1:07.241 0.9916 15
9 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 1:07.252 1.0025 15
10 27 Matt Round-Garrido Jay Howard Driver Development/BN Racing 1:07.258 1.0093 14
11 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 1:07.487 1.2384 13
12 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 1:07.525 1.2764 14
13 3 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 1:07.749 1.5004 15

The first Indy Pro 2000 race of the weekend is scheduled to get the green flag at 5:25 pm, the last track activity of the a busy Saturday at the Grand Prix of Portland.

Road To Indy at the Grand Prix of Portland – Friday – 2:45pm – Robb grabs first pole, championship leader Lindh is seventh

Sting Ray Robb, by six-hundredths of a second, grabbed his first career pole at the event the Payette, Idaho native call his home race.

The soon to be 18-year-old’s 66.475-second lap on his ninth of 14 laps was quicker than Kyle Kirkwood.

Kirkwood’s RP Motorsport teammate Artem Petrov, who is making only his second Road To Indy appearance, finished a tenth behind Kirkwood to start behind Robb.

Championship leader Rasmus Lindh was only able to turn in the seventh quickest lap and will have some work to do in tomorrow’s 30-lap race.

The one positive for the Juncos Racing rookie is his teammate keeping the bonus point for winning the pole away from Kirkwood.

Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires qualifying began with overcast skies and an ambient temperature of 75F. The track temperature was 92F, and humidity was reasonably high at 62%.

The early leader in the 20-minute session was Kyle Kirkwood with a lap of 66.791 seconds. At that point in the session, only Robb had joined Kirkwood as driver’s with sub 67-second laps.

At the half-way point of the session, 11 of the 13 drivers were on pit road for adjustments and fresh Cooper Tire slicks.

The top five were Kirkwood, Robb, Frost, Lindh, and Thompson.

The Chicago Pneumatic/PWR Junior Team/SKF sponsored No. 10 of Lindh was the first car to head back out on the 1.964-mile, 12-Turn road course.

Sting Ray Robb was the first driver to go quicker after getting his Cooper Tires into the ‘go-fast’ range, moving to the provisional pole.

Kirkwood quickly turned in a purple lap, moving to the provisional pole. Kirkwood’s time in the preferred position didn’t last long, as Robb supplanted him by a slim six-hundredths of a second.

The top two slowed significantly, cooling their Coopers before getting back on it for a couple of hot laps to end the session. Robb and Kirwood were able to get within a tenth of their best times but could not go faster.

Late in the session, Kirkwood’s RP Motorsport teammate Artem Petrov turned a lap only nine-tenths behind Kirkwood.

Indy Pro 2000 unofficial qualifying results

RANK CAR NO. DRIVER TEAM FASTEST LAP DIFFERENCE TOTAL LAPS
1 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1:06.475 –.—- 14
2 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport USA 1:06.542 0.0671 13
3 5 Artem Petrov RP Motorsport USA 1:06.636 0.1613 13
4 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 1:06.832 0.3569 14
5 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 1:06.851 0.3760 15
6 11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/RP Motorsports USA 1:07.092 0.6167 14
7 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 1:07.126 0.6510 13
8 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 1:07.302 0.8269 14
9 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 1:07.356 0.8807 13
10 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 1:07.462 0.9867 14
11 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1:07.487 1.0122 13
12 27 Matt Round-Garrido Jay Howard Driver Development/BN Racing 1:07.517 1.0424 14
13 3 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 1:07.781 1.3063 15

The first Indy Pro 2000 race of the weekend rolls off at 5:25 pm on Saturday, but the middle rung of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires is back on track for their second qualifying session of the weekend at 10:25 am tomorrow.

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Road To Indy at Portland – 9:50am – Sting Ray Robb leads first Indy Pro 2000 practice at home race

Juncos Racing veteran Sting Ray Robb began his ‘home race’ the right way, leading the lone test Indy Pro 2000 before qualifying.

Championship leader Rasmus Lindh had the fourth quickest time, almost a half-second behind his teammate. Lindh’s closest competitor for the championship, Kyle Kirkwood ended the session with the second-fastest lap.

The top six drivers were within a half-second, and the top seven were within one second.

The first open-wheel cars on track at the Portland International Raceway for the 2019 Grand Prix of Portland was the Indy Pro 2000

At the half-way point of the 25-minute session, Kyle Kirkwood had the quickest lap at 66.729 seconds. He was followed by Sting Ray Robb, Rasmus Lindh, Danial Frost, Parker Thompson, Artem Petrov, Nikita Lastochkin, Antonio Serravalle, Jacob Abel, Matthew Round-Garrido, Kory Enders, Antoine Comeau, and Moisés de la Vara.

At just past the half-way point of the session, Robb went to the top of the timing screens.

He held that position until the red and checkered flags came out with two minutes remaining. The red flag was caused by Exclusive Autosport veteran Lastochkin, who made contact in Turn 4.

Indy Pro 2000 first practice results

RANK CAR NO. DRIVER TEAM FASTEST LAP DIFFERENCE TOTAL LAPS
1 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1:06.464 –.—- 13
2 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport USA 1:06.644 0.1804 16
3 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 1:06.859 0.3944 18
4 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 1:06.950 0.4863 14
5 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 1:07.021 0.5570 15
6 5 Artem Petrov RP Motorsport USA 1:07.041 0.5770 15
7 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 1:07.255 0.7913 14
8 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 1:07.770 1.3059 14
9 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 1:07.852 1.3882 12
10 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1:07.921 1.4566 14
11 27 Matt Round-Garrido Jay Howard Driver Development/BN Racing 1:07.967 1.5025 15
12 11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/RP Motorsports USA 1:07.996 1.5318 11
13 3 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 1:08.405 1.9407 17

The middle rung of the Road To Indy was on track yesterday for three 45-minute test sessions. The baker’s dozen drivers turned a total of 631 laps and championship contender Kirkwood was the quickest driver. He was followed by Sting Ray Robb and championship leader Lindh.

Combined results of Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires test

RANK CAR NO. DRIVER TEAM FASTEST LAP DIFFERENCE TOTAL LAPS
1 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport 67.3527   52
2 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 67.4199 -0.0672 54
3 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 67.654 -0.3013 24
4 11 Antonio Serravalle RP Motorsport 67.7211 -0.3684 63
5 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 67.7459 -0.3932 46
6 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 67.9163 -0.5636 56
7 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 68.2597 -0.907 64
8 27 Matthew Round-Garrido Jay Howard Driver Development 68.351 -0.9983 61
9 5 Artem Petrov RP Motorsport 68.3924 -1.0397 33
10 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 68.4935 -1.1408 47
11 6 Moisés de la Vara DEForce Racing 68.4964 -1.1437 63
12 3 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 68.5963 -1.2436 40
13 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 70.5829 -3.2302 28

The Indy Pro 2000 drivers are back on track for their first qualifying session of the weekend at 2:05 pm.

Indy Pro 2000 at Portland International Raceway – Preview – Lindh and Kirkwood engaged in epic title battle – home race for Sting Ray Robb

By Steve Wittich

With only six points separating Rasmus Lindh and Kyle Kirkwood at the top of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires points table. The middle rung on the Road To Indy ladder is the closest of the three championships headed to the final two events of the 2019 season.

Juncos Racing rookie Lindh has held the lead since the second race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in May, a span of nine races.

The duo has shared the podium six times this season, including the last four races.

Kirkwood had two finishes outside of the top 10 in the first five races of the season, giving Swede Lindh a 45-point head start after the series left Indianapolis, Ind.

Since then, Kirkwood has won six of seven races to close the gap to six points with four races remaining.

The Jupiter, Fla. native leads Lindh six wins to two wins, but Lindh has been more consistent. Scoring ten podiums – versus eight for Kirkwood – and has not finished worse than fourth this season. Lindh’s average finish in the first 12 races of the season is 2.4 versus Kirkwood with an average finish of 4.1.

Both drivers visited the Portland International Raceway as USF2000 drivers last year. Kirkwood won both races with Lindh finishing fourth in the first race and second in the final race of the season.

The middle rung of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires has visited Rose City for in nine seasons and contested a total of 11 races.

Previous Indy Pro 2000 winners at Portland International Raceway

YEAR DRIVER TEAM
2018 Race #2 Davis Malukas BN Racing
2018 Race #1 Oliver Askew Cape Motorsports
2008 Race #2 John Edwards AIM Autosport
2008 Race #1 Tom Gladdis Andersen Racing
2007 Devin Cunningham AIM Autosport
2006 Michael Potekhen Apex Racing
2005 Graham Rahal Andersen Walko Racing
2004 Michael Potekhen Eurosports Racing
2001 Marc De Vellis De Vellis Racing
2000 Alex Figge World Speed Motorsports
1999 Joey Hand S3

 

 

Current NTT IndyCar Series drivers Graham Rahal and James Hinchcliffe celebrate on the Indy Pro 2000 (then Star Mazda) podium at Portland International Raceway in 2005 (Photo Courtesy Of Andersen Promotions)


Bonus Points

With the title fight certainly headed to the finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, bonus points could very well come into play.

Each race has three bonus points available; one each for winning the pole, leading the most laps, and turning the quickest race lap.

Kirkwood has scored 15 bonus points so far, leading Lindh by five points in the critical category. Currently, only six drivers have scored bonus points in Indy Pro 2000 this season.

RP Motorsport rookie Kirkwood has four poles, led the most laps six times and has been the fastest driver during a race on five occasions.

Eighteen-year-old Lindh has started on the pole four times, led the most laps in three races and has been the fastest driver three times.

Indy Pro 2000 bonus points

RANK DRIVER POINTS
1 Kyle Kirkwood – R 163
2 Rasmus Lindh – R 158
3 Sting Ray Robb 111
4 Parker Thompson 108
5 Nikita Lastochkin 100
6 Ian Rodriguez- R 99
7 Danial Frost – R 86
8 Phillippe Denes – R 79
9 Antonio Serravalle – R 68
10 Moisés de la Vara 63
11 Kory Enders – R 56
12 Jacob Abel – R 49
13 Charles Finelli 48
14 Jacob Loomis – R 48
15 Antoine Comeau 22

Natural terrain road courses

Kyle Kirkwood has a slight advantage over Rasmus Lindh when it comes to the series first six races on natural terrain road courses – two each the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Road America and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The pair have won all six races.

Rasmus Lindh leads Kyle Kirkwood one the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (Photo Courtesy Of Andersen Promotions)

Kirkwood has four wins, two poles, five podiums and led 73 laps to collect 163 points.

Lindh has two wins, three poles, five podiums and led 55 laps to score 158 points.

Danial Frost, Sting Ray Robb, Ian Rodriguez and Parker Thompson each have two natural terrain road course podiums.


Other things to play for

One of the prizes for the first three drivers in the Indy Pro 2000 championship is an Indy Lights test, something that Oliver Askew parlayed into a ride last year.

Currently, Abel Motorsports veteran Parker Thompson holds down the third spot in the championship with 259 points but has a pair of hungry drivers nipping at his heels.

Exclusive Autosport rookie Danial Frost is only five points adrift, while Sting Ray Robb, the hottest of the three, is only 18 points back.

Over the last three races, the Juncos Racing veteran has scored 68 points versus 52 points for both Thompson and Frost. Game on!

The drivers between seventh and 12th in the championship – Kory Enders (DEForce Racing), Moisés de la Vara (DEForce Racing), Phillippe Denes (Fatboy Racing!), Jacob Abel (Abel Motorsports), Ian Rodriguez (RP Motorsport) and Antonio Serravalle (Pserra Racing) are separated by only 27 points.

2019 Indy Pro 2000 points through 12 of 16 races

RANK DRIVER POINTS BACK
1 Rasmus Lindh – R 323
2 Kyle Kirkwood – R 317 -6
3 Parker Thompson 259 -64
4 Danial Frost – R 254 -69
5 Sting Ray Robb 241 -82
6 Nikita Lastochkin 190 -133
7 Kory Enders – R 158 -165
8 Moisés de la Vara 148 -175
9 Phillippe Denes – R 146 -177
10 Jacob Abel – R 140 -183
11 Ian Rodriguez- R 132 -191
12 Antonio Serravalle – R 131 -192
13 Charles Finelli 115 -208
14 Jacob Loomis – R 48 -275
15 Antoine Comeau 40 -283
16 Damiano Fioravanti – R 22 -301
17 Artem Petrov – R 21 -302
18 Parker Locke – R 20 -303

Home race for Sting Ray Robb

The trip from Sting Ray Robb’s Payette, Idaho home to Portland Ore. is just under 400 miles. That makes the Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at Portland International Raceway the Idahoan’s ‘home race.’

The soon to be 18-year-old will well over 100 guests in attendance and taking part in several activities with his fans, family, and sponsors.

The Juncos Racing veteran will:

  • host a fan camp on Friday and Saturday
  • take part in the Kingdom Racing Miles of Smiles program
  • be interviewed on the Cooper Tire Stage (by Steve from TSO Ladder)
  • and, in possibly the most Idaho thing ever at a race track, host potato sack races

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Changes

Matthew Round-Garrido, a podium finisher in USF2000 in Toronto, Ontario earlier this year, will be making a move up a step on the ladder. The 20-year-old will in the Excel Labs/No Stone Unturned sponsored No. 27 from the Jay Howard Driver Development stable. It’s the first time the team and driver have run an Indy Pro 2000 race.

Antonio Serravalle along with family-run Psera Racing is moving the Tycoon Capital Limited No. 11 from under the Jay Howard Driver Development tent to the RP Motorsport tent.

“I am really excited to join RP Motorsports this coming weekend,” explained Serravalle. “From the outside, they look to be a great team and obviously have fast equipment which has been proven by Kyle Kirkwood. We needed a change, and with only two events remaining on the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 calendar, it was better to explore our options now, rather than wait until the offseason.”


Other Steve type things

  • Kyle Kirkwood has led 135 straight laps and 158 of the last 194 laps
  • Kyle Kirkwood has 18 Road To Indy wins in 26 starts, a win percentage of an astounding 69.2%.
  • Parker Thompson making his 75th Road To Indy start in Race #1
  • Kory Enders first Indy Pro 2000 podium on the World Wide Technology Raceway At Gateway oval moved him from 11th in points to 7th in points.
  • The only Indy Pro 2000 champions that won at Portland International Raceway were Joey Hand (1999) and John Edwards (2008).
  • The pole sitter at Portland International Raceway has only won twice in 11 races. The average starting position of the winners is 2.8.
  • In 2010, Devin Cunningham won from the outside of the fifth row, the furthest back a winner has come from.
  • On two occasions, Jason LaPoint in 2000 and Adrian Carrio in 2006, the pole-sitter has failed to finish the race.
  • The average finishing position of the inside front row starters is 9.1.

Race Weekend Basics

Race #1: Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products
Race #2: Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products

Race #1 distance: 30 laps or 40 minutes
Race #2 distance: 30 laps or 40 minutes

Each entry can utilize three new sets of Cooper Tire slicks as well as one set of used/scuffed tires from the test at Portland International Raceway.

Drivers failing to slow at least 15% in a timing sector with a local yellow will be subject to a two-place grid spot penalty

Drivers who fail to heed the checkered flag at the end of a session will receive a two-grid spot penalty

Causing one red flag will result in a driver losing their fastest lap

Causing a second red flag will wipe out all of drivers laps and they will be parked for the remainder of the session

Driver points are distributed as follows: 30 – 25 – 22 – 19 – 17 – 15 -14 – 13 – 12 – 11 – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – an additional one point will be awarded to the pole sitter, to the driver who leads the most laps, and to the driver who turns the quickest race lap


Watch last year’s races from Portland International Raceway.

Race #1

Race #2

 


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Road To Indy at World Wide Technology Raceway At Gateway – Friday – Lindh on pole in Indy Pro 2000 and three other big stories

There were four big stories in Indy Pro 2000 qualifying.

Championship leader Rasmus Lindh was the final driver on track, and his two-lap average of 142.857 mph was quick enough to grab the pole for the Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge Of St. Louis. The pole is the fourth of the season for the Juncos Racing rookie and the seventh in two Road To Indy seasons.

Kyle Kirkwood, who has won the last Indy Pro 2000 races, was set to start on the outside of the front row, but after running afoul of Rule 8.4.4 was disqualified and will start from the tail of the 12 car field.

Rule 8.4.4 states that:
While the Car is in the Qualifications line, an Entrant’s representatives may make Tire pressure and front wing flap adjustments only. Mainplane, wicker or complete wing assembly changes are not permitted.

The RP Motorsport crew made changes to the rear-wing after the Soul Red No. 28 was in the qualifying line.

Kory Enders, who was the fourth car on track for qualifying, held the provisional pole through six drivers before giving up the spot to Kirkwood first and Lindh second.

It was fun to watch the 22-year-old pace pit-road nervously while driver after driver failed to match his speed.

Antoine Comeau is making his first-ever oval start while driving for Peter Dempsey’s Turn 3 Motorsport and will start an impressive fourth.

Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis qualifying results

RANK CAR NO. DRIVER TEAM 2-LAP AVERGE (mph) 1st LAP 2nd LAP
1 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 142.857 143.102 142.612
2 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 142.197 142.271 142.123
3 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 141.444 140.992 141.899
4 3 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 141.039 140.850 141.229
5 5 Artem Petrov RP Motorsport Racing 140.930 141.009 140.851
6 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 140.856 141.549 140.170
7 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 140.642 140.492 140.792
8 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 137.578 137.279 137.878
9 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 136.860 136.138 137.589
10 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 136.406 136.201 136.612
11 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 136.190 140.440 132.190
12 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport Racing DSQ DSQ DSQ

The 55 lap Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis is scheduled to get the green flag on Saturday at 1:45 pm (Central).

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Road To Indy at Mid-Ohio – Saturday – Kirkwood grabs second dominating pole in 17 hours

For the fourth straight Indy Pro 2000 qualifying session, the Mazda/Firstex Industries/Bell Helmets/Sabelt sponsored Soul Red No. 28 of Kyle Kirkwood was the fastest car on the track. The 20-year-old will start on the pole for the fourth time this year, and for the ninth time in two-years of Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires competition.

Once again, the Jupiter, Fla. native had a four-tenth advantage over his closest competition. Yesterday, it was points leader Rasmus Lindh that was second quickest, and today it was Exclusive Autosport rookie Danial Frost, a different championship contender.

Parker Thompson will start third again and will be joined on the second row by Sting Ray Robb.

Qualifying for the second Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio began under sunny skies, with the ambient temperature at 75F, the track temperature at 80F and the humidity at 69%.

Reigning USF2000 champion Kirkwood, who won three times at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last year, was the early leader.

With Kirkwood still on the provisional pole, and a few minutes before the halfway point of the session, a dozen of the 14 Indy Pro 2000 drivers came to pit road to the attention of their crews for attention and fresh Cooper Tire slicks.

Thompson, who was the only driver not on track early in the session, finally went out on the clean track with 10-minutes remaining. He moved up to the third spot on his second hot lap but could get no closer than four-tenths of his championship rival.

With five minutes remaining, Robb held the provisional pole by a slim 0.0679-second margin over Kirkwood, but two minutes later, Kirkwood went back to the provisional pole and continued to go quicker on his next three-lap. Robb will start on the outside of the second row.

Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Qualifying #2

RANK CAR. NO DRIVER TEAM QUICK LAP DIFFERENCE
1 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport Racing 1:15.100 –.—-
2 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 1:15.516 0.4161
3 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 1:15.548 0.4478
4 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1:15.636 0.5361
5 5 Ian Rodriguez RP Motorsport Racing 1:15.838 0.7376
6 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 1:15.916 0.8160
7 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1:15.981 0.8811
8 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 1:16.234 1.1336
9 98 Phillippe Denes FatBoy Racing 1:16.249 1.1493
10 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 1:16.582 1.4815
11 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 1:16.669 1.5691
12 11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/Jay Howard Driver Development 1:17.176 2.0755
13 3 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 1:17.198 2.0981
14 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 1:20.638 5.5376

For the second straight day, the middle rung of the Road To Indy is the final track activity, with the 25 lap race scheduled to get the green flag at 5 pm.

Road To Indy in Toronto – Friday – Kirkwood adds a second pole on first day of action

The front row for Sunday’s Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires race mirrors Race #1 with Kyle Kirkwood starts on the inside with current championship leader Rasmus Lindh on the outside.

Kirkwood’s quick lap of 67.380 seconds was well under track record of 67.6395 seconds set last year by Oliver Askew.

Lindh ended the first qualifying session of the day 0.2 seconds behind Kirkwood, but made serious gains on the RP Motorsport’s rookie, finishing this evenings qualifying session only 0.05 seconds adrift of Kirkwood.

Also going under the track record was Parker Thompson, who will start on the inside of the second row. The sixth time the Red Deer, Alberta native will begin in the first two rows in what he considers his ‘home’ race.

The final session of the opening day of the 2019 Honda Indy Toronto was the second Indy Pro 2000 qualifying session, serving as a Road To Indy bookend on a busy day of action.

The session began five minutes early, with an ambient temperature of 75F and the track temperature of 95F.

The 20-minute session was only five minutes old when the red flag came out for Charles Finelli, who stopped on track in Turn 5.

The top five when the green flag came back out with 11 minutes remaining were Sting Ray Robb, Kyle Kirkwood, Rasmus Lindh, Parker Thompson, and Phillippe Denes.

The majority of drivers took the opportunity to bolt on fresh Cooper Tire slicks.

The first driver to go quicker was Danial Frost, who moved to the second quick with nine minutes remaining. Frost went quicker on his next lap, his seventh of the day to briefly grab the provisional pole.

That lasted for only a few seconds. Race #1 pole-sitter Kirkwood, who was right behind Frost on track, went quicker yet.

Frost and then Kirkwood each went quicker on the next lap with the RP Motorsport’s driver only three-hundredths faster than Frost.

On his 11th lap of the session, Kirkwood turned a lap at 67.8662 seconds, surpassing the qualifying track record set by Rinus van Kalmthout (VeeKay) last year.

On the next lap reigning USF2000 champion Kirkwood turned a lap at 67.5232 seconds, lowering the qualifying record and grabbing the overall track record set by Askew last year.

Kirkwood went quicker again on the next lap, lowering the track record further.

Points leader Lindh was the last driver go out on fresh Cooper Tires, and the Swede took his time getting them warmed up. The rookie’s quickest lap missed out on the pole by the slim margin of five-hundredths of a second.

A half-second covers the top five drivers, and the top nine are within one second of the pole sitter Kirkwood.

Indy Pro 2000 Unofficial Qualifying Results For Race #2

RANK CAR NO NAME TEAM QUICK LAP DIFFERENCE TOTAL LAPS
1 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport Racing 1:07.380 –.—- 15
2 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 1:07.439 0.0585 12
3 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 1:07.614 0.2336 14
4 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 1:07.692 0.3124 15
5 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1:07.813 0.4329 14
6 98 Phillippe Denes FatBoy Racing 1:08.182 0.8018 14
7 5 Ian Rodriguez RP Motorsport Racing 1:08.204 0.8241 15
8 11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/Jay Howard Driver Development 1:08.366 0.9862 12
9 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 1:08.481 1.1007 15
10 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 1:08.820 1.4404 14
11 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 1:09.079 1.6991 13
12 51 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1:10.798 3.4184 13
13 83 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 1:16.970 9.5902 4

The lone Indy Pro 2000 session on Saturday is the first Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products which is scheduled to get the green flag at 9:25 am.

Indy Pro 2000 at Road America – Saturday – Lindh’s last lap flyer takes pole – first two rows within one-tenth

Wow. Talk about close. The top four drivers in Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires qualifying were separated by less than a tenth of a second.

Juncos Racing rookie Rasmus Lindh was the last car on the track and grabbed his third pole of the season, third at Road America and sixth in his Road To Indy career.

Robb held the provisional pole through the final five minutes, but his best lap ended up four-hundredths behind his fellow 17-year-old teammate.

Kyle Kirkwood was only three-thousandths behind Robb, with Thompson only four-hundredths further afield.

The second qualifying session for the second rung of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires immediately followed a USF2000 session. The temperature was 59F, and the skies were sunny.

Lindh went to provisional pole almost immediately and with thirteen minutes remaining in the 20-minute session, had the quickest lap at 121.4470 seconds.

Just after that lap the Juncos Racing rookie came to pit road for adjustments and was joined by Sting Ray Robb, Kyle Kirkwood, Ian Rodriguez, Nikita Lastochkin, and Kory Enders.

The top five with ten minutes remaining were Lindh, Robb, Denes, Kirkwood, and Frost.

Frost’s crew had a lot of work to do after the 17-year-olds contact with the concrete barrier on the driver’s right at the exit of Turn 7. The Exclusive Autosport crew had to replace two-thirds of No. 68. Thankfully, the team had a back-up car and were able to cannibalize that car to make repairs.

With seven minutes remaining, Lindh was the first of the drivers who came to pit road for adjustments.

The pole winner for the first race, Thompson, was in the eighth spot with five minutes remaining but was able to move to third, eventually ending up with

With just over four minutes remaining Robb threw down the gauntlet, grabbing the provisional pole from his Juncos Racing teammate.

Reigning USF2000 champion and his Soul Red No. 28 was the only driver that made a serious run at Robb, with his sixth of seven laps only eight-hundredths shy of Robb. With Robb on pit lane, Kirkwood went even quicker on his next lap, ending up three-thousandth shy of Robb.

The last driver on track was Lindh, who was able to steal the pole from his teammate but not by much, with a lap that was four-hundredths quicker.

Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Road America Powered by Elite Engines Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying #2 Results.

RANK CAR NO DRIVER TEAM QUICK LAP DIFFERENCE TOTAL LAPS
1 10 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Racing 2:00.370 –.—- 8
2 2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 2:00.410 0.0408 6
3 28 Kyle Kirkwood RP Motorsport Racing 2:00.414 0.0440 7
4 8 Parker Thompson Abel Motorsports 2:00.461 0.0915 8
5 90 Nikita Lastochkin Exclusive Autosport 2:01.023 0.6537 7
6 5 Ian Rodriguez RP Motorsport Racing 2:01.294 0.9246 7
7 68 Danial Frost Exclusive Autosport 2:01.457 1.0877 7
8 98 Phillippe Denes FatBoy Racing 2:01.605 1.2354 7
9 7 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 2:01.781 1.4118 8
10 9 Jacob Loomis JDL Racing 2:02.036 1.6665 7
11 6 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing 2:02.174 1.8046 7
12 11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing/Jay Howard Driver Development No Time
13 83 Charles Finelli Fatboy Racing! No Time

The first Indy Pro 2000 race of the weekend rolls off at 12:55 pm this afternoon.

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