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Rasmussen tops disrupted Indy Nxt qualifying session at Mid-Ohio

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Penske Entertainment / Travis Hinkle

Christian Rasmussen took pole position in a disrupted Indy Nxt qualifying session at Mid-Ohio.

Rasmussen, who comes into the weekend second in the championship standings, jumped to the top of the times with his final lap of qualifying, beating Louis Foster by 0.0107 seconds.

But it was also Rasmussen who was top of the order when red flags were brought out midway through the eight-minute session. Moments after Rasmussen jumped to the top of the times, Danial Frost came to a stop on track and was unable to get started again. 

The laptimes at this point were still considerably off the expected pace, with Rasmussen’s quickest lap a 1m13.4784s. 

The new qualifying format this season guarantees drivers eight minutes of green flag action, so the session resumed with just under four minutes still on the clock. 

Laptimes quickly tumbled, with Hunter McElrea, Reece Gold, and Louis Foster all briefly on provisional pole position. 

McElrea was the first driver to lap sub-1m12s, but he would soon be joined by six others breaking that benchmark. 

Rasmussen demoted McElrea to second with his final lap, setting a 1m11.4998s. Foster and Kyffin Simpson then came through to knock McElrea down to fourth. Gold qualified fifth ahead, of championship leader Nolan Siegel and Jacob Abel. 

Rasmus Lindh, Jagger Jones and Christian Bogle complete the top 10 on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Christian Rasmussen HMD Motorsports 1m11.4998s 8
2 Louis Foster Andretti Autosport 1m11.5105s +0.0107s 7
3 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports 1m11.5905s +0.0907s 7
4 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 1m11.5968s +0.0970s 6
5 Reece Gold HMD Motorsports 1m11.7636s +0.2638s 7
6 Nolan Siegel HMD Motorsports 1m11.9676s +0.4678s 8
7 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m11.9946s +0.4948s 7
8 Rasmus Lindh Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m12.0253s +0.5255s 7
9 Jagger Jones Cape Motorsports 1m12.0692s +0.5694s 6
10 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m12.2090s +0.7092s 7
11 Enaam Ahmed Cape Motorsports 1m12.3018s +0.8020s 7
12 Jamie Chadwick Andretti Autosport 1m12.4225s +0.9227s 7
13 Josh Pierson HMD Motorsports 1m12.4532s +0.9534s 7
14 James Roe Jr Andretti Autosport 1m12.5320s +1.0322s 6
15 Ernie Francis Jr HMD Motorsports 1m12.8180s +1.3182s 7
16 Matteo Nannini Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m13.0396s +1.5398s 6
17 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports no time 2