Hunter McElrea has finished eighth in the latest round of the Indy Pro 2000 Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“Not an ideal day,” comented McElrea. “P4 in practice, didn’t maximise qualifying in P7 after trying something with setup that didn’t pay off, and a messy race meant P8 was all today had.
“Luckily, we have Qualifying and two more races tomorrow, and we now have the car right where we need it setting the fastest lap of the race today!”
Local favorite Braden Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, vaulted from sixth in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires points table to second following a finely judged victory for Exclusive Autosport at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Championship leader Danial Frost, from Singapore, maintained his points lead with a strong second-place finish for Turn 3 Motorsport, while popular Canadian Parker Thompson bounced back from a dismal opening weekend earlier this month at Road America to finish close behind in third for DEForce Racing.
Mexican Manuel Sulaiman came home fourth followed by Road America winner Artem Petrov (Juncos Racing), from Saint Petersburg, Russia, finished fifth ahead of Colin Kaminsky (Pabst Racing), from Homer Glen, Ill, who fought off race-long challenges from Canadian Devlin DeFrancesco (Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport), New Zealander Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing) and Jacob Loomis (BNRacing with Team Benik), from Corinth, Texas. After starting 15th, Loomis’ ninth-place effort earned him the Tilton Hard Charger Award.
A separate qualifying session tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. will set the starting lineup for the next 25-lap race in the first-ever midweek standalone triple-header which will start at 12:30 p.m. The grid for Round Five, set to start at 4:45 p.m., will be determined according to each driver’s fastest race lap in Round Four.