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Robb controls opening race of Indy Pro 2000’s St. Petersburg finale

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Newly crowned Indy Pro 2000 champion Sting Ray Robb continued his winning form in the opening race of the St. Petersburg season finale.

Robb started on pole and controlled the race from the front, opening up a sizeable gap to Turn 3 Motorsport’s Danial Frost, who started alongside, early in the race.

The gap opened up to around four seconds towards the middle of the 25-lap race, before it came down again to about half of that in the closing stages as Robb claimed his sixth series win.

Frost took second ahead of Robb’s Juncos Racing team-mate Artem Petrov, who started fifth but jumped Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea at the start.

DEForce Racing’s Parker Thompson held third for much of the race but dropped out at the midpoint with a mechanical issue. This elevated Petrov, who was pressured by McElrea until the closing stages, into third.

Manuel Sulaiman finished fifth in the second of DEForce’s cars, ahead of a train of drivers where most of the pressure was coming from series returnee and 2019 title runner-up Rasmus Lindh.

Andretti Steinbrenner Racing’s Devlin DeFrancesco came home seventh but remained second in the points.

DEForce’s Moises de la Vara had held seventh after an excellent start from 10th but dropped back to that position in the early stages. He took eighth after issues for others including Colin Kaminsky, who spun from seventh.

Kaminsky finished ninth, ahead of the returning Exclusive Autosport team’s Road to Indy debutant Tristan Charpentier. Nate Aranda and Charles Finelli rounded out the finishers.

DEForce’s Kory Enders was another retiree, having spun in the early stages at Turn 1.

Race results (25 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 28m42.7983s
2 Danial Frost Turn 3 Motorsport +1.9774s
3 Artem Petrov Juncos Racing +8.7188s
4 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing +10.7626s
5 Manuel Sulaiman DEForce Racing +12.4517s
6 Rasmus Lindh Turn 3 Motorsport +13.0920s
7 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Racing +15.7126s
8 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing +23.1374s
9 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing +23.3512s
10 Tristan Charpentier Exclusive Autosport +43.1291s
11 Nate Aranda Juncos Racing +56.1775s
12 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing +2 laps
Ret Parker Thompson DEForce Racing
Ret Kory Enders DEForce Racing
Fastest lap: Robb, 1m08.2798s

Championship standings
Robb 418   2 DeFrancesco 326   3 Petrov 314   4 Frost 307   5 McElrea 289   6 Thompson 274   7 Sulaiman 278   8 Kaminsky 226   9 Antoine Comeau 181   10 Braden Eves 163