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Indy Pro 2000 drivers learn New Jersey with pre-event test

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sting Ray Robb topped Indy Pro 2000’s pre-event test at New Jersey Motorsports Park, despite missing one of the three sessions.

The Juncos Racing driver missed Friday’s second session, meaning he set half the laps of anyone else, but he was straight on the pace in the final session and topped the times by 0.2835 seconds over Andretti Steinbrenner Racing’s Devlin DeFrancesco.

DEForce Racing’s Parker Thompson and Manuel Sulaiman were third and fourth fastest over the day with the laptimes that put them in first place in sessions two and one respectively, with Juncos’s Artem Petrov not far off their pace and the last driver to lap in the 1m12s.

Pabst Racing duo Colin Kaminsky and Hunter McElrea were closely matched in sixth and seventh, and both within a second of IP2000 veteran Robb on a circuit the Road to Indy has not visited in several years.

Kory Enders set the most laps of anyone and was eighth fastest, with Turn 3 Motorsport pair Danial Frost and Antoine Comeau rounding out the top 10.

In the parallel USF2000 test, Pabst’s Eduardo Barrichello set the pace by 0.2959s over Jay Howard Driver Development’s points leader Christian Rasmussen and Nolan Siegel.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1m12.2447s 26
2 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 1m12.5282s +0.2835s 51
3 Parker Thompson DEForce Racing 1m12.6398s +0.3951s 53
4 Manuel Sulaiman DEForce Racing 1m12.9274s +0.6827s 68
5 Artem Petrov Juncos Racing 1m12.9625s +0.7178s 64
6 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 1m13.0471s +0.8024s 59
7 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing 1m13.1196s +0.8749s 58
8 Kory Enders DEForce Racing 1m13.4248s +1.1801s 71
9 Danial Frost Turn 3 Motorsport 1m13.4340s +1.1893s 57
10 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport 1m13.7585s +1.5138s 62
11 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m14.8542s +2.6095s 65
12 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing 1m17.6304s +5.3857s 66