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Wyatt Brichacek leads the way in Indy Pro 2000 Spring Training

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Indy Pro 2000’s pre-season testing took place at the Homestead-Miami Speedway roval this week over two days, and it was Jay Howard Driver Development’s Wyatt Brichacek who set the pace.

Brichacek’s fastest lap came in the first of two on-track sessions on Monday, heading team-mate Braden Eves by 0.145 seconds and Exclusive Autosport’s Louis Foster by 0.160s. It wasn’t just early in the test that drivers were setting their personal bests, but also at the very start of their runs in the morning session with very few improving after their fourth lap of the day.

Juncos Racing’s Enaam Ahmed only set two laps in total, and consequently he was one of only two drivers to improve in the afternoon although once again he did the least laps of anyone. Foster was fastest this time, but half a second off his morning pace.

Three sessions took place on Tuesday, and Brichacek was fastest again but three tenths slower than on Monday. Eves was 0.141s beind this time, with Juncos Racing’s Reece Gold improving in third place. Several others bettered what they had set the previous day, while Exclusive’s Christian Brooks didn’t get out on track.

Foster was fastest early on in the first of two afternoon sessions, until Ahmed and Eves started disputing first place. Eves ended up on top, 0.068s ahead. However the pace had slowed for everyone on track, and Brichacek and Pabst Racing’s trio of drivers didn’t leave the pits.

There was even less action in the final session, as Foster and team-mate Matt Round-Garrido were the only two to make use of the track in the first half of the 45-minute alloted slot for the IP2000 drivers. Foster went out on a three-lap run early on, set a 1m23.264s, then didn’t move again until the final 20 minutes when he was joined by Round-Garrido and DEForce Racing’s Nolan Siegel.

He lowered the session benchmark to  an unmatchable 1m21.977s, and eventually Kiko Porto became the fourth driver to turn a wheel in the session.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Wyatt Brichacek JHDD 1m20.250s 44
2 Braden Eves JHDD 1m20.395s +0.145s 50
3 Louis Foster Exclusive Autosport 1m20.410s +0.160s 60
4 Christian Brooks Exclusive Autosport 1m20.596s +0.346s 26
5 Reece Gold Juncos Racing 1m20.712s +0.462s 35
6 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 1m20.804s +0.554s 49
7 Enaam Ahmed Juncos Racing 1m20.837s +0.587s 28
8 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 1m21.037s +0.787s 54
9 Salvador De Alba JHDD 1m21.131s +0.881s 63
10 Matt Round-Garrido Exclusive Autosport 1m21.172s +0.922s 53
11 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 1m21.245s +0.995s 61
12 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing 1m21.592s +1.342s 40
13 Jack Willian Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsport 1m21.721s +1.471s 49
14 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 1m21.747s +1.497s 46
15 Jordan Missig Pabst Racing 1m21.939s +1.689s 46