Jay Howard Driver Development’s Christian Rasmussen took a commanding pole position for the USF2000 season opener at Road America by over a second.
Rasmussen was quick out of the box during the damp 20-minute session and quickly asserted himself as a favourite for pole by going two seconds quicker than Pabst Racing’s Matt Round-Garrido with a 2m26.325s, with Round-Garrido holding second for a lengthy period.
There was a red flag called with seven minutes to go after Rasmussen’s JHDD team-mate Wyatt Brichacek went off at Turn 10.
Despite initially not improving, Rasmussen was able to drop his own benchmark down further, eventually setting a 2m25.709 to take pole.
Exclusive Autosport’s Christian Brooks put in a very late effort to vault to second, 1.3s off Rasmussen, narrowly pipping Cape Motorsports’ Josh Green.
Round-Garrido dropped to fourth in the closing stages, ahead of Pabst team-mate Eduardo Barrichello.
Reece Gold rounded out the top six, ahead of Cape team-mate Michael d’Orlando, Exclusive’s Prescott Campbell, Miller Vinatieri Motorsport’s Jack Miller and Pabst’s Yuven Sundaramoorthy.
|1||Christian Rasmussen||Jay Howard Driver Development||2m25.709s|
|2||Christan Brooks||Exclusive Autosport||+1.3000s|
|3||Josh Green||Cape Motorsports||+1.3400s|
|4||Matt Round-Garrido||Pabst Racing||+1.5461s|
|5||Eduardo Barrichello||Pabst Racing||+1.6139s|
|6||Reece Gold||Cape Motorsports||+1.7532s|
|7||Michael d’Orlando||Cape Motorsports||+1.8679s|
|8||Prescott Campbell||Exclusive Autosport||+2.2616s|
|9||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||+2.7233s|
|10||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||+3.0305s|
|11||Nolan Siegel||Jay Howard Driver Development||+3.1162s|
|12||Kyle Dupell||Cape Motorsports||+3.3858s|
|13||Nico Christodoulou||DEForce Racing||+4.2932s|
|14||Christian Bogle||Jay Howard Driver Development||+4.5402s|
|15||Josh Pierson||Exclusive Autosport||+5.1232s|
|16||Wyatt Brichacek||Jay Howard Driver Development||+5.4102s|
|17||Cameron Shields||Legacy Autosport||+5.8138s|
|18||Ayrton Ori||Legacy Autosport||+7.5452s|
|19||Bijoy Garg||Jay Howard Driver Development||+8.7308s|
|20||Max Kaeser||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||+13.9248s|