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New Jersey wins extends Sting Ray Robb’s Indy Pro 2000 lead

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Juncos Racing’s Sting Ray Robb extended his Indy Pro 2000 points lead with victory in race two at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Robb started from pole and got a strong launch, as DEForce Racing’s Parker Thompson slotted into second.

Further back, title rival Devlin DeFrancesco locked up into Turn 1 and rear-ended DEForce’s Manuel Sulaiman. Sulaiman and DeFrancesco pitted for repairs, with the former returning to the track later on.

With the third and final race of the weekend expected to be wet and the grid determined by fastest laps in race two, DeFrancesco and Sulaiman were out on fresh tyres after repairs to put as quick a lap in as possible.

Robb had a considerable pace advantage over Thompson and opened up the gap to six seconds in the first 10 minutes of the race.

From there, his pace settled and was roughly matching Thompson behind towards the end. Thompson finished the race in second.

Juncos’s Artem Petrov rounded out the podium in third, holding off pressure throughout from Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea.

Turn 3 Motorsport’s Danial Frost climbed three places – the joint highest of anyone – as he finished fifth, ahead of Abel Motorsport’s Jacob Abel.

Frost’s team-mate Antoine Comeau was the last of the non-pitters in seventh and therefore the last driver on the lead lap.

Pabst Racing’s Colin Kaminsky relinquished sixth place for his gamble to pit, and while it dropped him two spots he did beat Robb to fastest lap and will therefore start the weekend’s final race from pole.

After failing to make it to the track in qualifying, FatBoy Racing’s Charles Finelli also did not start the race, and his participation in the third race also remains in question.

Race results (25 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 30m56.0298s
2 Parker Thompson DEForce Racing +8.2262s
3 Artem Petrov Juncos Racing +9.4023s
4 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing +10.9554s
5 Danial Frost Turn 3 Motorsport +12.1164s
6 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports +25.5907s
7 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport +30.9890s
8 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing +1 lap
9 Kory Enders DEForce Racing +3 laps
10 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Racing +3 laps
Ret Manuel Sulaiman DEForce Racing
DNS Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing
Fastest lap: Kaminsky, 1m12.8344s

Championship standings
Robb 363   2 DeFrancesco 301   3 Petrov 282   4 Frost 268   5 McElrea 253   6 Thompson 247   7 Sulaiman 229   8 Kaminsky 189   9 Comeau 169   10 Braden Eves 163