Former NASCAR racer Salvador de Alba has taken his maiden single-seater pole position in Indy Pro 2000 qualifying at Gateway.
With cars heading out in reverse championship order, it was series newcomer Trey Burke who went on his two-lap run first. He lay the benchmark at 135.681mph, a speed surpassed by all but two drivers.
Bijoy Garg and then Marcos Flack took provisional pole in turn. Flack held the fastest speed until the session mid-point, when Jay Howard Driver Development team-mate de Alba went quickest. Oval expert de Alba’s average speed of 138.560mph would not go beaten by the championship contenders.
A number of drivers took turns slotting into second place with their runs, and Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Reece Gold came closest to surpassing de Alba and went just 55 thousandths of a second slower over the two laps. He qualified second, and would not be bettered by title rival Foster, who was a further 0.18mph back in third place.
Nolan Seigel qualified fourth, ahead of Josh Green, Braden Eves and Enaam Ahmed. Flack was bumped down to eighth by the time the rest of the field came through.
The only drama in the session was a spin for Jordan Missig. The rear of Missig’s car hit the wall heavily on his second lap, causing damage that left fluid on the track. If the car can be repaired in time for the race, he will start last.
|1||Salvador de Alba||JHDD||138.560mph||1m04.9537s|
|2||Reece Gold||Juncos Hollinger Racing||138.442mph||1m05.0091s||+0.0554s|
|3||Louis Foster||Exclusive Autosport||138.262mph||1m05.0937s||+0.1400s|
|4||Nolan Siegel||DEForce Racing||137.744mph||1m05.3385s||+0.3848s|
|5||Josh Green||Turn 3 Motorsport||137.657mph||1m05.3800s||+0.4263s|
|7||Enaam Ahmed||Juncos Hollinger Racing||137.495mph||1m05.4571s||+0.5034s|
|9||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||135.846mph||1m06.2517s||+1.2980s|
|10||Bijoy Garg||DEForce Racing||135.827mph||1m06.2610s||+1.3073s|
|11||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsport||135.786mph||1m06.2810s||+1.3273s|
|12||Trey Burke||Turn 3 Motorsport||135.518mph||1m06.4120s||+1.4583s|
|13||Kiko Porto||DEForce Racing||134.772mph||1m06.7793s||+1.8256s|
|14||Lindsay Brewer||Exclusive Autosport||133.918mph||1m07.2053s||+2.2516s|
|15||Jordan Missig||Pabst Racing||1 lap|