DEForce Racing’s Kiko Porto ended a 23-race wait to claim a pole in USF Pro 2000 as he set the pace in qualifying on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.
Drivers faced a drying but wet track and cool temperatures, and Porto’s team-mate Bijoy Garg set the pace early on as teams opted for wet tyres.
Turn 3 Motorsport’s Jonathan Browne then moved to the top, but was almost immediately shuffled down to fourth by Garg and Exclusive Autosport duo Salvador de Alba and Yuven Sundaramoorthy.
Less than a minute after that the red flags were being waved as Pabst Racing’s Jordan Missig went off exiting turn six and into the barriers. Many drivers switched to slick tyres during the stoppage, and the track was busy when the session restarted as the drying of the track made Sundaramoorthy’s 1m32.262s benchmark look beatable.
However it took a few laps to get the slick tyres up to temperature, with series returnee Charles Finelli not even being able to do that as he spun, and Sundaramoorthy was eventually usurped by Browne and only by 0.067 seconds.
Browne later found a bigger improvement though to move over a second clear at the top, which kept him ahead until the closing minutes as the track dried even more. TJ Speed’s Francesco Pizzi was first into the 1m29s, with team-mate Lirim Zendeli and Turn 3’s Michael d’Orlando bearing Browne’s benchmark.
Sundaramoorthy spun with just over two minutes to go, as d’Orlando went fastest with a 1m29.477s. He improved by almost a second on his nexy lap as Reece Ushijima jumped up to second, with Porto outside of the top 15 before jumping up to third just before the chequered flag came out.
Moments later Pizzi and Zendeli bettered him, then Jack William Miller went fastest. Porto still had time for one more lap though, and he made the most of it to go fastest by 0.2482 seconds.
|1||Kiko Porto||DEForce Racing||1m27.7746s||12|
|2||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||1m28.0228s||+0.2482s||12|
|3||Francesco Pizzi||TJ Speed||1m28.0359s||+0.2613s||12|
|4||Michael d’Orlando||Turn 3 Motorsport||1m28.1135s||+0.3389s||8|
|5||Lirim Zendeli||TJ Speed||1m28.3686s||+0.5940s||12|
|6||Jonathan Browne||Turn 3 Motorsport||1m28.4733s||+0.6987s||12|
|7||Bijoy Garg||DEForce Racing||1m28.5802s||+0.8056s||13|
|9||Jackson Lee||Turn 3 Motorsport||1m28.6423s||+0.8677s||8|
|10||Myles Rowe||Pabst Racing||1m28.6609s||+0.8863s||12|
|11||Joel Granfors||Exclusive Autosport||1m28.7912s||+1.0166s||12|
|13||Jace Denmark||Pabst Racing||1m29.1146s||+1.3400s||12|
|14||Christian Weir||TJ Speed||1m29.2783s||+1.5037s||12|
|15||Salvador de Alba||Exclusive Autosport||1m29.3210s||+1.5464s||12|
|16||Nicholas Monteiro||NeoTech Motorsport||1m30.6343s||+2.8597s||11|
|17||Jordan Missig||Pabst Racing||1m30.7506s||+2.9760s||9|
|18||Lindsay Brewer||Exclusive Autosport||1m31.2288s||+2.4542s||12|
|19||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Exclusive Autosport||1m32.1150s||+4.3404s||12|