Abel Motorsports’ Parker Thompson won from pole for a second time at St. Petersburg to build an important Indy Pro 2000 points lead.
The Canadian’s tally from winning and taking pole in both races gives him a 19 point lead at the top of the standings and a 31-point lead over expected title contender Kyle Kirkwood.
With Thompson yet to confirm his presence beyond the opening round, his St. Petersburg performances may prove crucial if he were to miss the next round and return later in the season.
Thompson stayed in front at the start of the race with RP Motorsport’s Kirkwood, who retired from race one after sustaining wing damage on the opening lap, behind him in second.
The pair were untroubled by the pack behind, with Danial Frost and Rasmus Lindh both getting ahead of Sting Ray Robb during the first third of the 30 lap race.
Thompson was able to create a gap of around 2.5 seconds by lap 20, and while Kirkwood was starting to make ground on him during the final third of the race he didn’t have enough time to mount a challenge for the lead.
Behind them Frost completed the podium for Exclusive Autosport, ahead of Juncos Racing’s Lindh and Robb
Moises de la Vara (DEForce Racing) finished sixth ahead of Frost’s team-mate Nikita Lastochkin, both drivers not gaining or losing any positions from where they started the race.
Phillippe Denes qualified 12th but was able to move up to eighth, beating RP’s Damiano Fioravanti, DEForce Racing’s Kory Enders and Thompson’s team-mate Jacob Abel.
Race results (30 laps)
|Sting Ray Robb
|Moises de la Vara
|Pole: Thompson, 1m07.9248s? ? ? Fastest lap: Kirkwood, 1m08.7697s