Exclusive Autosport’s Braden Eves took pole position for the first Indy Pro 2000 race of the weekend in St. Petersburg in a session split by a lengthy red flag stoppage.
Eves, who also topped free practice, set his fastest lap early in the 20-minute session and was the only driver to go below 1m09s.
Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea held second in that early period, some three tenths slower than Eves and a tenth ahead of Eves’ team-mate Artem Petrov.
Jay Howard Driver Development’s Christian Rasmussen was fourth fastest, ahead of Juncos Racing’s Reece Gold.
Like in the USF2000 session immediately before, there was a red flag as the session approached the halfway mark. A multi-car collision occurred between Hunter Yeany (Velocity Racing Development), who had just emerged from the pits, Enzo Fittipaldi (RP Motorsport/Andretti Autosport) and Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports) at the fast turn 3.
This intermission was of such length, that there was not enough time to resume the session and for drivers to set a flying lap, but race control allowed the drivers to set one flying lap after the chequered flag as only 40 seconds remained when the session restarted.
However, with tyres and brakes not up to optimal temperature, only Miller managed to go quicker and that was after his early personal best had been deleted due to the crash.
Rounding out the unchanged top 10 behind Gold in fifth was Enaam Ahmed (RP), Manuel Sulaiman (Juncos), Wyatt Brichacek (JHDD), Colin Kaminsky (Pabst) and James Roe (Turn 3 Motorsport).
Miller and Fittipaldi fill the eighth row of the grid, while Yeany did not set a single lap.
|1||Braden Eves||Exclusive Autosport||1m08.9361s||7|
|2||Hunter McElrea||Pabst Racing||1m09.2700s||+0.3339s||6|
|3||Artem Petrov||Exclusive Autosport||1m09.3397s||+0.4036s||6|
|5||Reece Gold||Juncos Racing||1m09.3726s||+0.4365s||6|
|6||Enaam Ahmed||RP Motorsport||1m09.3922s||+0.4561s||6|
|7||Manuel Sulaiman||Juncos Racing||1m09.4568s||+0.5207s||6|
|9||Colin Kaminsky||Pabst Racing||1m09.6602s||+0.7241s||6|
|10||James Roe Jr||Turn 3 Motorsport||1m09.7184s||+0.7823s||6|
|11||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||1m09.7348s||+0.7987s||6|
|12||Cameron Shields||DEForce Racing||1m09.8756s||+0.9395s||6|
|13||Kyffin Simpson||Juncos Racing||1m09.9584s||+1.0223s||6|
|14||Flinn Lazier||Legacy Autosport||1m10.1185s||+1.1824s||6|
|15||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||1m10.1474s||+1.2113s||4|
|16||Enzo Fittipaldi||RP Motorsport/Andretti Autosport||1m12.2344s||+3.2983s||3|
|17||Hunter Yeany||Velocity Racing Development||no time||0|