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Robb wins rescheduled Indy Pro 2000 race at Mid-Ohio

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Photography

Juncos Racing’s Sting Ray Robb survived a late scare with traffic to take victory in the rescheduled Indy Pro 2000 race at Mid-Ohio.

Robb started the 22-lap race from pole position after issues hit several of the frontrunners in the first attempt to run the race.

He was under pressure from DEForce Racing’s Parker Thompson throughout and was only regularly around a second ahead of his nearest competitor.

Robb appeared to have it all under control until he came up to the backmarkers of Pabst Racing’s Bob Kaminsky and FatBoy Racing’s Charles Finelli. The pair were racing and there was slight contact between the two, with Robb almost getting caught unaware as Finelli tried to wrestle control of his car.

However, all cars escaped without significant damage and Robb was able to beat Thompson to the line by around a second to secure the victory.

Behind the pair was Abel Motorsport’s Jacob Abel – the part-time runner taking a podium finish after resisting pressure from Juncos’s Artem Petrov and Turn 3 Motorsport’s Danial Frost having gained in the first attempt at the race.

Pabst Racing’s Colin Kaminsky held sixth for much of the race but found himself in the podium scrap towards the end as well as resisting pressure from Race 1 winner Manuel Sulaiman.

Sulaiman had initially started on pole but dropped back in the wet first race, but climbed from the back of the pack into seventh, some way ahead of DEForce team-mate Moises de la Vara.

Pabst’s Hunter McElrea made less progress and ended up ninth, ahead of Turn 3’s Anthoine Comeau.

Andretti Steinbrenner Racing’s Devlin DeFrancesco had a difficult race, failing to make any real progress throughout.

After retiring from the aborted first race, DEForce’s Kory Enders failed to take the restart.

Race results (22 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 43m39.300s
2 Parker Thompson DEForce Racing +1.0993s
3 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports +8.6153s
4 Artem Petrov Juncos Racing +9.0393s
5 Danial Frost Turn 3 Motorsport +9.6488s
6 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing +10.2724s
7 Manuel Sulaiman DEForce Racing +10.7889s
8 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing +18.0206s
9 Antoine Comeau Turn 3 Motorsport +19.7028s
10 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Racing +20.8571s
11 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing +21.0113s
12 Bob Kaminsky Pabst Racing +1 lap
13 Charles Finelli FatBoy Racing +1 lap
DNS Kory Enders DEForce Racing
Fastest lap: Sulaiman, 1m16.960

Championship standings
1
Robb 306   2 DeFrancesco 257   3 Petrov 243   4 Frost 242   5 McElrea 219   6 Thompson 203   7 Sulaiman 197   8 Braden Eves 163   9 C Kaminsky 161   10 de la Vara 142