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Gold gleams pole for first Indy Pro 2000 race of weekend

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Reece Gold claimed his sixth Indy Pro 2000 pole in qualifying for race one of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

Turn 3 Motorsport’s Josh Green was the intial pace-setter in half-hour session, heading DEForce Racing duo Kiko Porto and Nolan Siegel at the halfway mark.

Gold wasn’t even in the top half of the order, but he soon took four tenths of a second out of Green’s benchmark, as Siegel improved in second place.

Louis Foster, who is Exclusive Autosport’s only driver this weekend, then lapped just 0.0036s slower than Gold to prove his pace, and on his next lap he broke into the 1m17s and put himself on provisional pole ahead of Gold’s Juncos Hollinger Racing team-mate Enaam Ahmed and Green.

Gold returned to first place shortly after, with Ahmed and Green briefly shuffling Foster down to fourth place before he improved on the last lap of his first run to move back up to second place.

A break of five minutes meant it wasn’t until the final five minutes that the cars were back on track again for their second runs on fresh tyres, and Pabst Racing’s Colin Kaminsky jumped up to first place with just over two minutes to go.

His 1m17.5000s lap just put him ahead of an already improving Foster, as others couldn’t find more time due to traffic. Gold did get enough clean air to go faster, and he pinched pole in the final minute.

Ahmed and Jay Howard Driver Development’s Braden Eves improved to third and fourth before Porto brought out red flags with 14s remaining, which stopped anyone else from setting a quick lap and left Foster and Green ended up down in fifth and sixth.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m17.3343s 10
2 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 1m17.5000s +0.1657s 12
3 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m17.5414s +0.2071s 10
4 Braden Eves JHDD 1m17.5540s +0.2197s 11
5 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 1m17.5685s +0.2342s 13
6 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 1m17.6168s +0.2825s 12
7 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 1m17.6529s +0.3186s 13
8 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 1m17.7091s +0.3748s 11
9 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 1m18.1507s +0.8164s 13
10 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 1m18.2008s +0.8665s 12
11 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 1m18.2040s +0.8697s 12
12 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1m18.2169s +0.8826s 13
13 Salvado de Alba JHDD 1m18.3757s +1.0414s 10
14 Wyatt Brichacek JHDD 1m18.4968s +1.1625s 11
15 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 1m20.8208s +3.4865s 10