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Green claims first Indy Pro 2000 pole of the season

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Josh Green took pole position for Indy Pro 2000’s opening race of the season in St. Petersburg as qualifying was shortened by red flags with three minutes to go.

Turn 3 Motorspots’s Green topped the times mid-session followed by DEForce Racing’s Nolan Siegel and Exclusive Autosport’s early pacesetter Louis Foster.

Braden Eves and Enaam Ahmed completed the top five at that point, with 2021 USF2000 champion Kiko Porto down in seventh place on his debut with DEForce.

Tyres seemed to go past their peak after seven laps as most drivers didn’t seem able to improve their laptimes thereafter as qualifying progressed. Only Juncos Holliger Racing’s Enaam Ahmed was able to better his benchmark, moving up to fourth place with six minutes to go.

Ahmed would lower his laptime once again in the following lap, putting himself on the front row.

An incident at turn three involving Exclusive’s Christian Brooks then resulted in the session being red-flagged. Action wouldn’t restart, awarding pole to Green and with Ahmed in second place. Brooks’ team reported he was fine after the incident.

Behind them, Siegel, who had been beaten by Ahmed moments before the red flag came out, qualified third.

Foster will line up in fourth, with Jay Howard Driver Development’s Eves just behind him in fifth. Reece Gold, Porto, Wyatt Brichacek, Matt Round-Garrido and Christian Brooks rounded off the top 10.

Race two’s grid will not be defined until the end of race one as it is each driver’s best lap between their second-best qualifying lap and their fastest lap in the race what counts towards it.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 1m09.6117s 11
2 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m09.6477s +0.0360s 10
3 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 1m09.7395s +0.1278s 10
4 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 1m09.8747s +0.2630s 11
5 Braden Eves JHDD 1m09.9561s +0.3444s 10
6 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m10.0143s +0.4026s 10
7 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 1m10.1566s +0.5449s 11
8 Wyatt Brichacek JHDD 1m10.1630s +0.5513s 10
9 Matt Round-Garrido Exclusive Autosport 1m10.2258s +0.6141s 10
10 Christian Brooks Exclusive Autosport 1m10.3355s +0.7238s 10
11 Salvado de Alba JHDD 1m10.3568s +0.7451s 10
12 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 1m10.4304s +0.8187s 10
13 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 1m10.5282s +0.9165s 10
14 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1m10.5386s +0.9269s 10
15 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 1m10.9076s +1.2959s 10
16 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 1m11.0563s +1.4446s 10