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Foster fastest as he evaluates IP2000 teams, Putsch signs for Legacy

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Euroformula runner-up Louis Foster was fastest in his first official Road to Indy test on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, driving in the Chris Griffis Test’s Indy Pro 2000 segment.

Foster had already tested privately with Jay Howard Driver Development this year, and joined Exclusive Autosport at Indianapolis.

He was fastest in the wet and the dry, by a substantial amount in the slippery conditions, and set his personal best in the opening Sunday test session to put himself a tenth of a second up on Jack William Miller.

Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Reece Gold was third fastest overall, and the pacesetter in the slower, middle Sunday session,

At the back of the 17-car field was automotive YouTuber Casey Putsch at Legacy Autosport. Putsch tests and helps youngsters engineer high-downforce single-seaters, but he’s taking a sideways step from his career so far by signing with Legacy for next year’s IP2000 season.

“On the driver side of things, I had Rodolfo Lavin’s ex-Swift Formula Atlantic and ran that quite a while ago as well as occasionally driving a mid-90s Indy car in tests,” Putsch explained.

“I have raced production-based cars, sports racers, Formula Ford, Formula Atlantic, Can-Am, WSC prototype, IMSA GTO Corvette, vintage Trans-Am and even a Bill Thomas Cheetah. I continue to race my Top Kart locally in the LO206 class.

“My goal is to race in the IndyCar series and the Indy 500, be a positive public figure for young people and show that you can still dare to dream and attain impossible dreams. Currently, I’m 17 years older than the next oldest person in the field.”

The NASCAR-experienced Jagger Jones topped the USF2000 segment of testing ahead of DEForce Racing’s Thomas Nepveu. There were also 14 cars attracted to that championship too.

Test results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 1m30.4354s 104
2 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1m30.5420s +0.1066s 118
3 Reece Gold Juncos Racing 1m30.6525s +0.2171s 66
4 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 1m30.7810s +0.3456s 73
5 Wyatt Brichacek JHDD 1m30.8658s +0.4304s 96
6 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 1m30.8685s +0.4331s 93
7 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 1m30.9188s +0.4834s 87
8 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Racing 1m31.0580s +0.6226s 81
9 Bijoy Garg JHDD 1m31.0636s +0.6282s 105
10 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport 1m31.2794s +0.8440s 124
11 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 1m31.3688s +0.9334s 97
12 Matt Round-Garrido Exclusive Autosport 1m31.3536s +0.9182s 122
13 Josh Pierson Pabst Racing 1m31.4219s +0.9865s 115
14 Blake Upton Turn 3 Motorsport 1m31.9689s +1.5335s 114
15 Nicholas Rivers JHDD 1m32.0297s +1.5943s 116
16 Arias Deukmedjian Deuk Spine Racing 1m32.6036s +2.1682s 67
17 Casey Putsch Legacy Autosport 1m34.3689s +3.9335s 70