Christian Rasmussen retook the Indy Pro 2000 points lead with victory in the rescheduled Freedom 90 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Pokeman Reece Gold got into the lead immediately at the restart of the race, after it was officially started in the rain before being called off after five laps were completed under caution on Friday.
Rasmussen made quick work of Exclusive Autosport’s Braden Eves early on and started to claw into Gold’s lead of around two seconds.
On lap 53 of 90, Rasmussen had a run on Gold, only to be blocked by Gold’s Juncos team-mate Kyffin Simpson on the high line – which is the ideal line at LOR.
With 15 to go, Rasmussen made his move in traffic, and got through, but not without touching Gold on the exit of Turn 4.
While Rasmussen was able to open up a gap just shy of a second, Gold came back at the reigning USF2000 champion and had a look on the inside into Turn 3 on the very last lap, only for Rasmussen to get a better exit and take the victory.
With the increased points available in oval race, Rasmussen has retaken the points lead from Eves.
Juncos’s Manuel Sulaiman rounded out the podium, as the Exclusive-run cars dropped back considerably throughout the race. Eves eventually finished fourth.
Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea held off Abel Motorsports’ Jacob Abel for fifth, while Exclusive’s Artem Petrov slipped back to seventh.
Simpson, Miller Vinatieri Motorsports’ Jack William Miller and JHDD’s Wyatt Brichacek duelled intensely over the final positions early on and finished in positions eight through to 10th.
After running fifth early on and being involved in the lead change lapping, Turn 3 Motorsport’s James Roe finished last after taking to the pits towards the end of the race for an unspecified issue.
Race results (70 laps)
|1||Christian Rasmussen||Jay Howard Driver Development||35m40.1248s|
|2||Reece Gold||Juncos Racing||+0.6655s|
|3||Manuel Sulaiman||Juncos Racing||+16.4220s|
|4||Braden Eves||Exclusive Autosport||+18.2446s|
|5||Hunter McElrea||Pabst Racing||+18.9892s|
|6||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||+20.1043s|
|7||Artem Petrov||Exclusive Autosport||+1 lap|
|8||Kyffin Simpson||Juncos Racing||+1 lap|
|9||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||+2 laps|
|10||Wyatt Brichacek||Jay Howard Driver Development||+2 laps|
|11||James Roe Jr||Turn 3 Motorsport||+5 laps|
|Fastest lap: Gold, 20.7553s