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Gold grabs pole for first New Jersey IP2000 race

by Peter Allen

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Reece Gold claimed his fifth pole position of the Indy Pro 2000 season in qualifying for the first race of the weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Hunter McElrea led for much of the 20-minute session as he gradually improved his time, getting down to a 1m13.5423s before he headed for the pits.

That was when Gold struck to claim pole position, setting a 1m13.3965s with just over five minutes left on the clock.

McElrea held on for second, with series leader Christian Rasmussen taking third by just 0.0015s over last weekend’s Gateway pole-sitter James Roe.

Rasmussen’s chief rival Braden Eves took fifth in front of Jack William Miller, Kyffin Simpson, Jacob Abel and Wyatt Brichacek.

Artem Petrov spent time in the pits with an apparent issue, and although he returned to the track in the closing minutes he couldn’t improve upon 10th and last position.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Reece Gold Juncos Racing 1m13.3965s 9
2 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing 1m13.5423s +0.1458s 8
3 Christian Rasmussen Jay Howard Driver Development 1m13.7685s +0.3720s 10
4 James Roe Turn 3 Motorsport 1m13.7700s +0.3735s 9
5 Braden Eves Exclusive Autosport 1m13.8896s +0.4931s 11
6 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1m14.0695s +0.6730s 10
7 Kyffin Simpson Juncos Racing 1m14.1100s +0.7135s 8
8 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m14.1800s +0.7835s 7
9 Wyatt Brichacek Jay Howard Driver Development 1m14.3086s +0.9121s 10
10 Artem Petrov Exclusive Autosport 1m14.3905s +0.9940s 7