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DeFrancesco takes Indy Pro 2000 pole for first New Jersey race

by Craig Woollard

Andretti Steinbrenner Racing’s Devlin DeFrancesco edged championship leader Sting Ray Robb for race one pole in Indy Pro 2000 qualifying at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

DeFrancesco set the early pace in the 20-minute session before Juncos Racing’s Robb came to the front. The time Robb set – a 1m13.060s – stood at the top for a sizeable portion of the session.

Former FIA Formula 3 racer DeFrancesco came back towards the end, however, taking the top spot with a couple of minutes to spare before pitting.

Robb’s efforts to take pole back in the final moments were thwarted when FatBoy Racing’s Charles Finelli spun at Turn 9. That prematurely brought out the chequered flag, as well as a red flag.

DEForce Racing’s Manuel Sulaiman put himself third on the grid with a late effort, ahead of Juncos’s Artem Petrov, and just 0.1628s covered the top four. Almost two tenths slower was DEForce’s Parker Thompson in fifth.

Pabst Racing’s Colin Kaminsky claimed fifth place on the grid by a tiny 0.0047s from Turn 3 Motorsport’s Danial Frost, with Kaminsky’s team-mate Hunter McElrea a further 0.0644s back in eighth.

Kory Enders (DEForce) and Antoine Comeau (Turn 3) rounded out the top 10 and were within a second of pole.

Abel Motorsport’s Jacob Abel was 1.4s off the pace in 11th, ahead of Finelli who was considerably off the pace.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 1m12.789s 8
2 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1m12.798s +0.0087s 8
3 Manuel Sulaiman DEForce Racing 1m12.918s +0.1289s 9
4 Artem Petrov Juncos Racing 1m12.952s +0.1628s 8
5 Parker Thompson DEForce Racing 1m13.107s +0.3178s 9
6 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 1m13.393s +0.6045s 10
7 Danial Frost Turn 3 Motorsport 1m13.398s +0.6092s 8
8 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing 1m13.462s +0.6736s 11
9 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 1m13.561s +0.7720s 9
10 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 1m13.758s +0.9686s 11
11 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m14.254s +1.4648s 10
12 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 1m16.681s +3.8918s 12