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Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea wins from pole in Indy Pro 2000

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea took a fairly comfortable win in the second Indy Pro 2000 race at Mid-Ohio.

McElrea started from pole, and after fending off Exclusive Autosport’s Artem Petrov into the opening corner he had a peaceful run to victory in the 25-lap race.

Petrov also had a pretty quiet run to second place, while Jay Howard Driver Development’s points leader Christian Rasmussen was passed for third by Juncos Racing’s Kyffin Simpson and ended up fading through the first half of the race.

He dropped another spot to Simpson’s team-mate Reece Gold, and while he then started pressuring Gold in the second half of the race he didn’t have the pace to actually make a pass and finished a subdued fifth.

Jacob Abel upped his pace at the end to finish right on Rasmussen’s gearbox, while Juncos’s Manuel Sulaiman held off Jack William Miller to finish seventh. Exclusive’s Braden Eves was also involved in that battle, but was otherwise off the pace.

Velocity Racing Development’s Hunter Yeany finished in last place, a lapped 12th, after pitting due to front wing damage.

Race results (25 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Hunter McElrea JHDD 32m52.9901s
2 Artem Petrov Exclusive Autosport +0.7498s
3 Kyffin Simpson Juncos Racing +1.1853s
4 Reece Gold Juncos Racing +6.9966s
5 Christian Rasmussen JHDD +8.6342s
6 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports +8.9201s
7 Manuel Sulaiman Juncos Racing +11.0421s
8 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports +11.4748s
9 Braden Eves Exclusive Autosport +11.7089s
10 Wyatt Brichacek JHDD +16.7613s
11 James Roe Jr Turn 3 Motorsport +17.8883s
12 Hunter Yeany Velocity Racing Development +1 lap
Fastest lap: Simpson, 1m18.1273s

Championship standings
Rasmussen 306   2 Eves 267   3 Gold 254   4 Petrov 250   5 McElrea 231   6 Sulaiman 193   7 Abel 187   8 Simpson 177   9 Roe 127   10 Briachacek 127