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Ahmed handed Indy Pro 2000 lifeline at Juncos for season finale

by Cian Brittle

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Enaam Ahmed is set to race for Juncos Hollinger Racing in this weekend’s Indy Pro 2000 Championship finale at Mid-Ohio.

The Brit, who started the season driving for RP Motorsport before dropping out with budget issues after three rounds, will replace Manuel Sulaiman for the final two races of the season this weekend. He is currently 12th in the standings.

Ahmed took a best finish of fourth from his seven races in the series at the start of 2021, and came to the United States after a fruitless part-season in FIA Formula 3 with Carlin last year.

“I am really happy and surprised to get a last minute call from Ricardo Juncos to join the team for the final races of the season,” said Ahmed.

“I have been out of the car for a while, so I am just going to enjoy the opportunity with no expectations.”

The 2017 BRDC British F3 champion has been successful in multiple series in the third tier of single-seater racing, including winning races in the European and Japanese F3 championships and starring in Euroformula.

Prior to his British F3 title he won in the Toyota Racing Series, British Formula 4, F4 North European Zone and the Winter Junior Challenge where he was champion. However his recent years in racing have been hampered by budget constraints.

Juncos team owner Ricardo Juncos commented: “We are really looking forward to working with Enaam this weekend and building a great relationship.

“He brings great talent to the team and showed a lot of speed on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this past May. I want to thank Enaam for taking the challenge to race with us, and look forward to a great weekend at Mid-Ohio!”

Ahmed’s team-mate Reece Gold is mathematically still in title contention, but will likely drop out once championship leader Christian Rasmussen starts the first race of the weekend.