Robb fights again to win for Juncos at Indianapolis
Simply over a month after his first Indy Professional 2000 Championship Offered by Cooper Tires victory – and on his 19th birthday – Sting Ray Robb, stepped onto the highest of the rostrum once more this afternoon on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix highway course. Robb’s second win for Juncos Racing allowed him to shut to inside 10 factors of sequence chief Devlin DeFrancesco on the midway mark within the season.
A dramatic race was dropped at an early conclusion after final yr’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship winner, Braden Eves was concerned in a daunting crash wherein his Unique Autosport Tatuus PM-18 was flipped over onto its roll hoop. Eves was taken to the Infield Care Middle and transported to IU Well being Methodist Hospital.
“Braden is awake, steady and present process additional analysis,” stated Dr. Geoff Billows, INDYCAR Medical Director.
New Zealander Hunter McElrea rebounded from a disappointing consequence one week in the past on the World Extensive Know-how Raceway oval to complete second for Pabst Racing. Canadian Parker Thompson rounded out the rostrum for DEForce Racing.
The drama started early when a concertina impact noticed three vehicles maintain injury even earlier than the beginning line and inflicting the primary 4 laps to be run below warning.
After securing his first Cooper Tires Pole Award in qualifying this morning, Artem Petrov held onto his benefit within the early phases for Juncos Racing. He was even ready to attract out a small margin over the sphere whereas his pursuers scrabbled for place in his mirrors.
Thompson held second place initially, after Robb was shuffled again from second on the grid to fourth, solely to be displaced by McElrea below braking for Flip 1 quickly after the restart.
Robb, in the meantime, leapt from fifth to second inside a few laps of the inexperienced flag after which rapidly latched onto teammate Petrov’s tail earlier than making his transfer for the lead on lap 9. Robb by no means regarded again, extending his benefit to nearly three seconds earlier than the yellow flags waved once more following Eves’ incident. Robb’s nice effort ensured one other PFC Award for automobile proprietor Ricardo Juncos, whose workforce, Juncos Racing, prolonged its already emphatic lead within the Crew Championship.
Thompson claimed his second podium end of the season as Petrov pale to fourth. Factors chief DeFrancesco salvaged fifth place for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport after qualifying a disappointing eighth after which sliding off the highway at Flip 7 shortly after the beginning.
Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing) took seventh forward of 15th-place starter Kory Enders (DEForce Racing), who earned the Tilton Laborious Charger Award after journey delays brought on him to overlook each the apply and qualifying periods this morning.
The Cooper Tires Indy Professional 2000 Indy Grand Prix will proceed with two extra races tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The beginning order for the opening race shall be set following a second qualifying session at 9:45 a.m., with the grid order for the ultimate race being established in accordance with quickest race laps from the sooner encounter.