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Rasmussen claims pole for his second Indy Pro 2000 race at Barber

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Christian Rasmussen put in a controlled display to take pole on just his second attempt in Indy Pro 2000 for race two of the Barber Motorsports Park season opener.

The Dane was quickest from the off in the Friday afternoon qualifying session, initially lapping in the 1m17.2s territory.

Race one poleman and series returnee Braden Eves briefly surpassed him at the top, as Rasmussen was denied the chance to improve when Juncos Racing driver Manuel Sulaiman span and stalled at turn two and caused yellow flags to be waved in the first sector.

Jay Howard Driver Development’s Rasmussen was soon back on top though, joining Exclusive Autosport driver Eves in the 1m16s while the rest of the grid searched for improvements at a pace half a second slower.

On Rasmussen’s seventh lap of the session he set a 1m16.5270s, a benchmark that neither he nor anyone else could improve on and guaranteed him pole when Velocity Racing Development’s rookie Hunter Yeany picked up damage exiting turn 13 and caused the session to be red flagged.

Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea made his way onto the front row by setting his personal best just before Yeany’s troubles, and Juncos’s Reece Gold also snuck in a lap to push Eves down to fourth place.

Jacob Abel (Abel Motorsports) pipped Wyatt Brichacek (JHDD) to fifth, and race one front row man Artem Petrov (Exclusive) qualified seventh.

RP Motorsport won’t be starting either race in its first weekend back in IP2000 from inside the top 10, as after its poor qualifying one showing it had Enzo Fittipaldi (co-run by Andretti Autosport) and Enaam Ahmed go 12th and 13th fastest in the second session.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Christian Rasmussen Jay Howard Driver Development 1m16.5270s 10
2 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing 1m16.6996s +0.1726s 9
3 Reece Gold Juncos Racing 1m16.7478s +0.2208s 9
4 Braden Eves Exclusive Autosport 1m16.8631s +0.3361s 9
5 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m16.9705s +0.4435s 10
6 Wyatt Brichacek Jay Howard Driver Development 1m17.0194s +0.4924s 10
7 Artem Petrov Exclusive Autosport 1m17.0575s +0.5305s 9
8 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1m17.1834s +0.6564s 10
9 Kyffin Simpson Juncos Racing 1m17.2616s +0.7346s 8
10 Manuel Sulaiman Juncos Racing 1m17.2652s +0.7382s 8
11 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 1m17.2949s +0.7679s 9
12 Enzo Fittipaldi RP Motorsport/Andretti Autosport 1m17.2965s +0.7695s 9
13 Enaam Ahmed RP Motorsport 1m17.3412s +0.8142s 9
14 Cameron Shields DEForce Racing 1m17.5067s +0.9797s 8
15 James Roe Jr Turn 3 Motorsport 1m17.5592s +1.0322s 9
16 Hunter Yeany Velocity Racing Development 1m17.8901s +1.3631s 7
17 Flinn Lazier Legacy Autosport 1m18.4744s +1.9474s 8