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Gold grabs Indy Pro 2000 pole at Road America

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Reece Gold romped to his eighth Indy Pro 2000 pole position by going fastest in qualifying for race one at Road America.

The second-year driver was on top for much of the session, although team-mate Enaam Ahmed initially set the pace by 0.1561 seconds over Turn 3 Motorsport’s Josh Green, who had set the pace in the pre-event test the day before.

Exclusive Autosport’s points leader Louis Foster was then the next driver to the top of the times with his second lap, setting a 2m04.8318s that put him 0.2417s up on Gold.

Next time by there was improvements from most drivers, and Gold’s third lap of qualifying put him on provisional pole as he went less than six hundreths of a second faster than Foster. The order however then remained static for some time until Pabst Racing’s Colin Kaminsky jumped up to third with place with just over five minutes to go, and then drivers returned to track for final attacks on pole.

Gold improved, setting a 2m04.3105s to keep himself in first place, and Ahmed rose to second with a lap 0.4907s slower. Foster failed to trim any time off but still qualified third ahead of Braden Eves, who had topped free practice, and Green.

Kaminsky also couldn’t go any quicker and he ended up down in seventh, just ahead of Foster’s new team-mate Wyatt Brichacek – who had moved across from Jay Howard Driver Development and had failed to set any laps in free practice but had been floating around in the top four in qualifying prior to the final few minutes.

After skipping the oval race at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Lindsay Brewer was 2.8s off the pace in the third of Exclusive’s cars, and Charles Finelli was the slowest qualifier with a 4.3891s gap between himself and pole.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Reece Gold Juncos Racing 2m04.3105s 7
2 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Racing 2m04.8012s +0.4907s 6
3 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 2m04.8318s +0.5213s 7
4 Braden Eves JHDD 2m04.9098s +0.5993s 8
5 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 2m04.9844s +0.6739s 7
6 Salvador de Alba Juncos Racing 2m05.0707s +0.7602s 8
7 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 2m05.0906s +0.7801s 8
8 Wyatt Brichacek Exclusive Autosport 2m05.0925s +0.7820s 8
9 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 2m05.1656s +0.8551s 8
10 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 2m05.1715s +0.8610s 7
11 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 2m05.1953s +0.8848s 7
12 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 2m05.3986s +1.0881s 8
13 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 2m05.5427s +1.2322s 8
14 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 2m06.4282s +2.1177s 4
15 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport 2m07.1107s +2.8002s 7
16 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 2m08.6996s +4.3891s 7