Thompson completes St. Pete Indy Professional 2000 sweep
Parker Thompson and Abel Motorsports ensured a nearly good graduation to their recent partnership because the gifted Canadian led from begin to end in immediately’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Offered by Allied Constructing Merchandise.
Thompson, who celebrated his 21st birthday only one week in the past, backed up his victory in yesterday’s opening spherical of the Indy Professional 2000 Championship Offered by Cooper Tires by posting the quickest time in qualifying earlier this morning. The native of Crimson Deer, Alb., Canada, then catapulted instantly right into a lead he by no means appeared prone to relinquish.
“It’s unbelievable to comb the weekend. All of the credit score goes to Abel Motorsports — coming for a brand-new crew on the Street to Indy, racing in a very new class, to take each wins, that’s wonderful,” stated Thompson. “I can’t thank them sufficient for this chance. We went into St. Pete not pondering something previous this weekend, so hopefully you’ll see extra of us this season.”
Kyle Kirkwood, who gained final yr’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, step one on the distinctive Street to Indy Offered by Cooper Tires open-wheel improvement ladder, bounced again from a disappointing end result on Friday to complete second for RP Motorsport USA. Danial Frost, from Singapore, overcame a two-position grid penalty to finish the rostrum for Unique Autosport.
After being jumped on the beginning yesterday, Thompson this time made an exemplary getaway to steer exterior entrance row qualifier Kirkwood into Flip One on the primary of 30 laps. Behind, Frost made amends for being assessed a two-grid-positions penalty this morning after failing to acknowledge the checkered flag on the finish of qualifying by vaulting from sixth on the grid to 3rd forward of Juncos Racing teammates Sting Ray Robb, f and Rasmus Lindh, Moises de la Vara, slotted into sixth for DEForce Racing forward of Nikita Lastochkin (Unique Autosport).
Thompson turned a string of fast laps within the early levels to increase his benefit over Kirkwood to a hair underneath two seconds on the finish of Lap 8. The margin grew as excessive as three seconds with two-thirds of the race accomplished, whereupon Kirkwood discovered some further tempo and whittled the deficit to only 1.4334 seconds on the checkered flag. Kirkwood additionally “stole” a further championship level from underneath Thompson’s nostril by posting a brand new quickest race lap on the 29th and penultimate lap.
Frost couldn’t match the tempo of the 2 leaders however nonetheless drove a high-quality race to safe his first Street to Indy Offered by Cooper Tires podium, regardless of fixed strain from the Juncos twins, who exchanged locations on the fifth lap in order that Lindh secured fourth place forward of Robb.
De la Vara took his second top-six end of the weekend forward of Lastochkin, each of whom had been properly away from Phillippe Denes, who secured the Tilton Arduous Charger Award after rising from 12th on the grid to complete eighth. Denes emerged on high of a race-long battle with Damiano Fioravanti (RP Motorsport USA), Kory Enders (DEForce Racing) and Jacob Abel (Abel Motorsports).
After choosing up Abel Motorsports’ second PFC Award of the weekend for the profitable automotive proprietor, Thompson holds an early 19-point lead, 64-45 over Lindh within the quest for a scholarship valued at almost $600,000 to graduate into Indy Lights Offered by Cooper Tires, the highest step of the Street to Indy, in 2020. Up subsequent are two extra races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course on Might 10-11.