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Siegel fastest, Brewer crashes in practice for IP2000’s Toronto return

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

Nolan Siegel snuck in a lap at the very end of Indy Pro 2000 free practice in Toronto to top the times on the series’ return to Canada.

DEForce Racing’s Kiko Porto was the fastest driver fresh out of the pits, almost three quarters of a second faster than anyone else.

Tuen 3 Motorsport’s Josh Green and then Exclusive Autosport’s Louis Foster bettered him, but Porto had been later on to the track and his second flying lap put him back ahead of Green who had done twice as many laps.

Porto became the first driver to break into the 1m11s, and Foster was almost able to match him before the first runs ended.

Foster knew where the track was gripping up for his second run and improved his pace into the 1m10s while Jack William Miller, whose Miller Vinatieri Motorsports team is supported by Foster’s rose to second place.

Porto found more time on his return to track but slipped down the order to sixth going into the final 10 minutes.

Reece Gold demoted Miller from second, then Siegel snuck ahead of him just before Exclusive’s Lindsay Brewer nosed her car into the turn eight barriers and the session had to be red flagged while she reversed and drove it back to the pits.

There was still five minutes left to run when the green flag was waved again, and she was able to put on a new front wing and set more laps while the pace continued to improve at the top.

Foster set a 1m10.7076s that looked like it would keep him in first place, and Gold went two tenths slower than him to stay in second. There was time still for two more laps, and Gold improved again but was still a tenth off Foster. Then as the chequered flag waved there was a change at the top as Siegel came through with a 1m10.5814s lap.

Jay Howard Driver Development’s Braden Eves rose to fourth with his final effort, half a second off the pace, and Porto got back up to fifth place at the end of his final run.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 1m10.5814s 20
2 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 1m10.7076s +0.1262s 22
3 Reece Gold Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m10.8070s +0.2256s 22
4 Braden Eves JHDD 1m11.0886s +0.5072s 22
5 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 1m11.1661s +0.5847s 16
6 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Hollinger Racing 1m11.2230s +0.6416s 21
7 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports w/ Exclusive 1m11.2469s +0.6655s 16
8 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 1m11.3582s +0.7768s 20
9 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 1m11.4673s +0.8859s 20
10 Salvador de Alba JHDD 1m11.4985s +0.9171s 16
11 Jonathan Browne Turn 3 Motorsport 1m11.7595s +1.1781s 21
12 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 1m12.0093s +1.4279s 20
13 Wyatt Brichacek Exclusive Autosport 1m12.0380s +1.4566s 22
14 Lindsay Brewer Exclusive Autosport 1m15.6498s +5.0684s 18