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Robb pips Petrov to IP2000 pole at Indianapolis

by Craig Woollard

Juncos Racing’s Sting Ray Robb claimed pole in the second Indy Pro 2000 qualifying session on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.

The 20-minute qualifying session was held in cool conditions and laptimes progressed considerably over the duration of qualifying.

Pabst Racing’s Colin Kaminsky initially set the pace when conditions and tyres were less optimal, but in the second half of the session when drivers switched to fresher rubber it was Robb who took to the top of the timesheet.

He claimed first place with a few minutes to go, narrowly beating team-mate Artem Petrov, who was on pole in the previous session and had a post-race penalty for jumping a restart in the first race of the weekend.

Turn 3 Motorsport’s Danial Frost was third, ahead of Andretti Steinbrenner Racing’s points leader Devlin DeFrancesco.

Pabst’s Hunter McElrea rounds out the top five, ahead of DEForce Racing pair Parker Thompson and Manuel Sulaiman.

Kaminsky ended up eighth ahead of BN Racing’s Jacob Loomis and DEForce’s Kory Enders.

Reigning USF2000 champion Braden Eves was kept in hospital overnight after a huge accident in race one, and an update on the Exclusive Autosport driver’s condition was issued before Q2.

His team confirmed that his crash as he entered the oval’s Turn 1 banking occurred after a rear suspension failure not long after he had reported a vibration. The accident left him upside down, and since being taken to hospital he has been ruled out of the next two races,

“As many of you know, our Indy Pro 2000 driver Braden Eves was involved in an accident yesterday during race 1 here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” read a Exclusive Autosport statement.

“The AMR Safety Team quickly got to his side, getting him out of the car and to the infield medical centre where he was awake, alert and stable.

“However, the doctors determined that he needed to go to the local hospital for further evaluation. After running some tests, it was determined they would keep him overnight for further observation.

“Thank you to the AMR Safety Team for getting to Braden so quickly and tending to him with care. To the doctors who took care of him and everyone who has reached out to Braden and our team.”

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1m19.281s
2 Artem Petrov Juncos Racing +0.0785s
3 Danial Frost Turn 3 Motorsport +0.2630s
4 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Racing +0.3699s
5 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing +0.3724s
6 Parker Thompson DEForce Racing +0.4850s
7 Manuel Sulaiman DEForce Racing +0.4873s
8 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing +0.5927s
9 Jacob Loomis BN Racing w/ Team Benik +0.9058s
10 Kory Enders DEForce Racing +0.9421s
11 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing +1.1753s
12 Nate Aranda Juncos Racing +1.7474s
13 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport +1.7630s
14 Bob Kaminsky Pabst Racing +2.9792s