Global Racing Group’s Linus Lundqvist claimed pole for the opening race of the 2020 Formula Regional Americas season at Mid-Ohio.
The Swede ended qualifying with a 1m19.273s lap, having swapped top spot with HMD Motorsport’s Indy Lights convert David Malukas throughout the session. They were split by just 0.001s at the chequered flag.
Single-seater returnees Victor Franzoni (Newman Wachs Racing) and Santiago Urrutia (HMD) both briefly took the top spot early in the session, but couldn’t keep pace with Lundvist and Malukas as laptimes improved. They ended the day third and fifth respectively, with GRG’s James Roe Jr splitting them in fourth.
Franzoni’s team-mate Jordan Missig, Abel Motorsports’ Jacob Abel and Andretti Autosport debutant Daniel Frost took sixth through to eighth.
Travel restrictions meant Relentless Motorsport, the only non-American team on the grid, was unable to make it to the event with its two Canadian drivers Mitch Egner and Andrew Dobbie.
Fellow Canadians Antonio Serraville (Jay Howard Driver Development) and Logan Cusson (Jensen Global Advisors) were able to run, finishing ninth and 16th respectively, while GRG’s Nicky Hayes completed the top 10.
|1||Linus Lundqvist||Global Racing Group||1m19.273s|
|2||David Malukas||HMD Motorsports||+0.001s|
|3||Victor Franzoni||Newman Wachs Racing||+0.203s|
|4||James Roe Jr||Global Racing Group||+0.578s|
|5||Santiago Urrutia||HMD Motorsports||+0.620s|
|6||Jordan Missig||Newman Wachs Racing||+0.627s|
|7||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||+0.650s|
|8||Danial Frost||Andretti Autosport||+0.651s|
|9||Antonio Serravalle||Jay Howard Driver Development||+0.756s|
|10||Nicky Hays||Global Racing Group||+0.807s|
|11||Benjamin Pedersen||Global Racing Group||+0.863s|
|12||Mathias Soler-Obel||Velocity Racing Development||+0.998s|
|13||Joshua Car||Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport||+1.081s|
|14||Blake Upton||Abel Motorsports||+1.267s|
|15||Dario Cangialosi||Global Racing Group||+1.604s|
|16||Logan Cusson||Jensen Global Advisors||+2.139s|
|17||Kent Vaccaro||Momentum Motorsports||+2.619s|