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Rasmussen extends Indy Pro 2000 advantage at Road America with win

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Jay Howard Driver Development’s Christian Rasmussen beat Juncos Racing’s Reece Gold to win the second Indy Pro 2000 race of the Road America weekend, extending his championship lead.

Rasmussen started third and battled with Gold, who had his car worked on in the pits immediately before the start but was able to retain his second spot, while Gold’s Juncos team-mate Manuel Sulaiman led at the front.

Exclusive Autosport’s Artem Petrov also featured at the front in the early stages of the 15-lap race, performing a mega lunge to put himself into lead contention.

Rasmussen got into the lead on lap five in a three-wide pass on Petrov and Sulaiman shortly before yellow flags were waved.

Petrov had clipped the back of Juncos’s Kyffin Simpson and got airborne. Petrov was out but Simpson was able to continue on.

On the restart, Gold got past Rasmussen to take the lead while Simpson continued to have speed out towards the front.

There was a second caution period a few laps later as Turn 3 Motorsport’s James Roe suffered a hard hit at turn seven after a mechanical failure mid-corner.

Racing resumed with six laps to go, and Simpson got a fine jump and pressured Gold, which allowed Rasmussen to go into a lead he would not relinquish.

Further back, early leader Sulaiman slipped off the circuit at turn six and lost a number of positions.

Rasmussen was able to establish a small gap to Gold and Simpson to take his fifth win of the season after a huge crash in Saturday’s race.

Exclusive’s Eves took fourth after late passes on Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing) and Jacob Abel, who finished sixth and fifth respectively.

Sulaiman eventually finished seventh, with Velocity Racing Developments’ Hunter Yeany and JHDD’s Wyatt Brichacek the final finishers.

After the huge crash on Saturday with Rasmussen that sent his car airborne, Miller Vinatieri Motorsport’s Jack William Miller did not take the start.

Race results (15 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Christian Rasmussen JHDD 38m18.9193s
2 Reece Gold Juncos Racing +1.6374s
3 Kyffin Simpson Juncos Racing +2.0954s
4 Braden Eves Exclusive Autosport +3.3305s
5 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports +3.7714s
6 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing +5.9577s
7 Manuel Sulaiman Juncos Racing +6.8528s
8 Hunter Yeany Velocity Racing Development +9.5637s
9 Wyatt Brichacek JHDD +11.0283s
Ret James Roe Jr Turn 3 Motorsport
Ret Artem Petrov Exclusive Autosport
DNS Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports
Fastest lap: Rasmussen, 2m05.5658s

Championship standings
Rasmussen 256   2 Eves 238   3 Gold 220   4 Petrov 190   5 McElrea 180   6 Sulaiman 170   7 Abel 150   8 Simpson 140   9 Briachacek 105   10 Roe 104