Robb takes Indy Professional 2000 factors lead with Indy perfection
Sting Ray Robb and Juncos Racing loved an ideal week on the Indianapolis Grand Prix street course. Robb swept all three races that comprised the Cooper Tires Indy Professional 2000 Indy Grand Prix, and now leads the Indy Professional 2000 Championship Introduced by Cooper Tires with 10 of 17 races within the books. He may barely have chosen a greater technique to have fun his nineteenth birthday.
Robb was chased dwelling this morning by Italian-Canadian Devlin DeFrancesco (Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport), successful by slightly below two seconds, and was much more convincing later this afternoon as he once more led from begin to end earlier than taking the checkered flag virtually three seconds away from New Zealander Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing).
Robb’s Russian teammate, Artem Petrov, claimed a pair of third-place finishes at the moment.
Juncos Racing’s wonderful weekend continued this morning with a separate qualifying session to set the grid for Race Two. Robb this time turned the tables on Petrov, yesterday’s polesitter, by snagging the Cooper Tires Pole Award, and instantly asserted his authority on the rolling begin.
Robb defended the within line assertively on the drag race to Flip 1 to make sure there was no approach anybody may even take into consideration making a transfer to the within beneath braking. Job performed. Behind him, as Petrov was instantly swallowed up by the pack, championship chief DeFrancesco emerged from Flip 1 squarely in second place regardless of having began on the surface of the second row of the grid.
In stark distinction to the day earlier than, the rest of the 20-lap race was surprisingly uneventful. Robb made good his escape, lapping with tempo and consistency on the entrance of the sphere to steadily inch away from DeFrancesco. The margin grew solely incrementally however Robb had achieved his purpose completely. His third win of the season appeared virtually easy. And for good measure, Robb snagged the pole place for the ultimate race of the week by posting the quickest race lap.
The ultimate margin of victory was a fraction lower than two seconds, permitting Robb to shut inside 4 factors of DeFrancesco within the chase for a scholarship valued at over $600,000 to graduate subsequent 12 months into Indy Lights Introduced by Cooper Tires.
Petrov chased gamely in third place, with Canadian Parker Thompson (DEForce Racing) additionally remaining shut behind in fourth place.
Singapore’s Danial Frost (Flip 3 Motorsport) couldn’t fairly match the leaders’ tempo however simply did sufficient to carry off Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing) for fifth.
Mexican Moises de la Vara earned the Tilton Onerous Charger Award by rising 4 positions through the 15-lap race to complete seventh for DEForce Racing.
Robb barely survived a three-wide second beneath braking for Flip 1 on the opening lap of the ultimate race however, as soon as he had emerged within the lead, there was no catching him as he romped to his third victory of the weekend – and fourth in his final six begins. He duly romped clear to make sure yet one more PFC Award for Ricardo Juncos because the successful automobile proprietor.
Behind, although, there was mayhem as erstwhile factors chief DeFrancesco’s try and cross McElrea into Flip Seven, on the finish of Tony Hulman Boulevard, went awry and he slid vast onto the grass on the exit, dropping a number of positions.
McElrea couldn’t match Robb’s tempo however he had simply sufficient pace to maintain Petrov behind him for the complete 20 laps. In truth, he even edged clear within the closing levels to safe his fourth second-place end in his final six begins.
An enterprising de le Vara emerged from the opening-lap fracas to vault all the way in which from eleventh on the grid to fourth, and whereas he was unable to match the leaders, he contrived to lose solely two positions – to DEForce Racing teammates Parker Thompson and Manuel Sulaiman – earlier than the end to safe the Tilton Onerous Charger Award.
Rookie Jacob Loomis completed seventh for BNRacing with Group Benik, having held off a race-long problem from DeFrancesco, who properly determined that discretion was the higher a part of valor.
The Indy Professional 2000 contenders count on to be again in motion subsequent weekend pending closing affirmation for a pair of races on the Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automotive Course in Lexington, Ohio, along side the NTT INDYCAR SERIES – an occasion which was postponed from earlier within the 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reigning Cooper Tires USF2000 Champion Braden Eves (Unique Autosport) was unable to race at the moment following a severe accident yesterday. From Dr. Geoff Billows, INDYCAR Medical Director: Braden was transported to IU Methodist Hospital for analysis and remedy following accidents sustained through the Indy Professional 2000 race yesterday. He was admitted for commentary and continued analysis of his accidents. I anticipate he will likely be launched from the hospital within the subsequent day or two and count on him to make a full restoration.”
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