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Miller and Sikes fastest in first test of IndyCar support series’ new era

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

Jack William Miller and Simon Sikes were fastest in the newly renamed USF Pro 2000 and USF2000’s post-season test on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.

The two series had six sessions each spread across last Saturday and Sunday, marking the first event since the Road to Indy rebranded as the USF Pro championships.

Turn 3 Motorsport’s Jonathan Browne kicked off the USFP2000 action by pipping Exclusive Autosport’s Yuven Sundaramoorthy to top spot in the opening session by 0.0213 seconds, with Miller Vinatieri Motorsports’ Miller also within a tenth of the pace.

Laptimes were almost a second slower in session two, with Sundaramoorthy at the fore ahead of GB3 racer Callum Voisin who was testing with Jay Howard Driver Development.

Fastest in the final session of the day was DEForce Racing’s Kiko Porto, heading Browne by 0.0391s.

Joining the Sunday action was TJ Speed’s Formula Regional Americas leader Raoul Hyman, and he was just 0.0702s off Miller in what would be the fastest session of the test.

The pace was slower after that, within Voisin topping session five and Browne going fastest again in session six.

DEForce Racing’s Mac Clak was the quickest driver in the first USF2000 session on Saturday, and h8is benchmark pace was beaten by Future Star Racing’s Andre Castro, Velocity Racing Development’s Nikita Johnson and Exclusive Autosport’s Chase Gardner.

Johnson topped the slower session three, then they were all trumped by Pabst Racing’s Sikes who turned up the next day (with the budget only for one day) and immediately went fastest.

In total 14 of the 25 drivers set their personal bests in session four, with Sikes leading Clark by over two tenths.

He then was fastest again in Sunday’s other two sessions, by 0.4048s over JHDD’s Lochie Hughes in one and by 0.2396s over Turn 3’s Jason Pribyl in the other.

Testing results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1m21.9745s 108
2 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 1m21.9931s +0.0186s 109
3 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1m22.0144s +0.0399s 137
4 Raoul Hyman TJ Speed 1m22.0447s +0.0702s 65
5 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 1m22.0529s +0.0784s 103
6 Bijoy Garg DEForce Racing 1m22.1077s +0.1332s 107
7 Callum Voisin JHDD 1m22.1309s +0.1564s 121
8 Jace Denmark Exclusive Autosport 1m22.1587s +0.1842s 165
9 Francesco Pizzi JHDD 1m22.1817s +0.2072s 126
10 Myles Rowe Pabst Racing 1m22.2262s +0.2517s 150
11 Jackson Lee Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1m22.3308s +0.3563s 119
12 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 1m22.3720s +0.3975s 152
13 Ricardo Escotto JHDD 1m23.1044s +1.1299s 131
14 Nicolas Monteiro TJ Speed 1m23.1886s +1.2141s 127
1 Simon Sikes Pabst Racing 1m25.8876s 69
2 Mac Clark DEForce Racing 1m26.0981s +0.2105s 109
3 Andre Castro Future Star Racing 1m26.2609s +0.3733s 55
4 Nikita Johnson Velocity Racing Development 1m26.2980s +0.4104s 73
5 Chase Gardner Exclusive Autosport 1m26.3326s +0.4450s 137
6 Lochie Hughes JHDD 1m26.3703s +0.4827s 126
7 Danny Dyszelski Velocity Racing Development 1m26.3811s +0.4935s 111
8 Evagoras Papasavvas JHDD 1m26.4330s +0.5454s 117
9 Ayrton Houk Pabst Racing 1m26.4496s +0.5620s 141
10 Jorge Garciarce DEForce Racing 1m26.5568s +0.6692s 114
11 Jason Pribyl Turn 3 Motorsport 1m26.6350s +0.7474s 133
12 Jacob Douglas Excusive Autosport 1m26.6383s +0.7507s 49
13 Elliot Cox Future Star Racing 1m26.7846s +0.8970s 103
14 Quinn Armstrong DEForce Racing 1m26.8595s +0.9719s 133
15 Noah Ping Velocity Racing Development 1m26.8765s +0.9889s 120
16 Sam Corry Velocity Racing Development 1m26.9543s +1.0667s 90
17 Louka St Jean JHDD 1m26.9888s +1.1012s 137
18 Albert Morey IV JHDD 1m27.1951s +1.3075s 66
19 Matthew Rees Velocity Racing Development 1m27.2165s +1.3289s 100
20 Michael Myers Future Star Racing 1m27.2952s +1.4076s 137
21 Zach Ping Velocity Racing Development 1m27.3491s +1.4615s 93
22 Maxwell Jamieson DEForce Racing 1m27.5715s +1.6839s 96
23 Avery Towns Exclusive Autosport 1m27.6001s +1.7125s 105
24 Carson Etter DC Autosport 1m28.8999s +3.0123s 125
25 Max Taylor Velocity Racing Development 1m29.4246s +3.5370s 18