Robb was absolutely dominant in the showing and swept all three races. With the three wins, Robb has sole possession of first place in the Indy Pro 2000 2020 standings. He currently sits at the very top with 256 points. Devlin Defrancesco is behind him with 16 less ponts, followed by Artem Petrov with 49 less points and finally Danial Frost with 57 less.
The Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Indy Grand Prix tripleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicked had just one practice session that took place on Thursday morning. The qualifying for Round 8 was held hours later on the 2.439 mile, 14-Turn road course.
Defrancesco gave Robb a fight to the end on Friday morning but he was able to finish two seconds before him to finish first. In the second victory, Robb outraced Hunter McElrea of New Zealand by more than three seconds.
“Rolling into the Indy GP week we knew what we had to get done and we did it,” Robb said. “A complete three race sweep.”
It was Robb’s 19th birthday over the weekend which made the victories even sweeter.
“I am so unbelievably thankful for everything that has happened in the last couple of days. It was my birthday yesterday and today was my chief mechanic Alejandro’s (Juncos) birthday today. I think that we celebrated pretty well! All the glory goes to God, my partners and investors, and my friends and family, everyone who is keeping me in the car. Hopefully we will be in Mid-Ohio soon back in the same position!”
It was a great weekend in general for Juncos Racing as they took home more points than any other team. Juncos Racing controlled all three pole positions with Petrov taking the pole for Round 8, while Robb captured the poles for Rounds 9 and 10.
“This was a tough week, but I am happy to bring home two podiums, Petrov said. “The first race did not go as planned. Then I didn’t have the best start in second and third race and made some mistakes but was able to recover and finish back on the podium for both races. I will continue to train hard and work with my team so we can be back on top for the final half of the season.”
Richard Juncos was ecstatic with the overall performance by his team, as he should be. This boasts two of his racers at the top of the standings with just seven races to go.
This was an incredible week for Juncos Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” he said. “Everyone on the team did a fantastic job. I am very proud of our crew and drivers and all we were able to accomplish. Sting Ray’s performance was outstanding throughout qualifying and each race. To win all three races is very special, as this is one of the most competitive fields, we have had in the Indy Pro 2000 series. Artem proved to be one of the fastest drivers on track as well, qualifying on pole and starting second in Round 9. He had a rough go during the first race but was able to bounce back and collect two podiums. Nate did a great job as well finishing inside the Top-10 twice in his first appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All three drivers put in so much time and dedication to improving each time we go on track, which really showed this week.
Robb showed some incredible impressive flashes while defending the inside line that allowed him to create a comfortable pace for himself the rest of the way. The 19-year-old is considered the top racer in the entire Indy Pro 2000.
“These two races were my fourth and fifth time starting on pole and luckily I wasn’t hit from behind like I have been before. The guys kept it clean behind me, at least against me. I got a good jump and cleared the draft in both races and was able to stay out in front.”
DeFrancesco came into the weekend with the lead of 25 points and now looks to regain or at least come close to Robb. The Italian-Canadian raced well but knows that he must finish out races.
“We were joking in the truck about sending it in Turn 1 on Lap 1 and that’s exactly what we did. We had good speed, but we knew there were a few more things we could do to catch Sting Ray; they’ve been very quick all week,” he said. “But this really is a special place. It’s not something you can appreciate fully until you actually race here. The road course is special, but I can’t wait to race the oval one day!”
Eves Frightening Crash
NBC Sports reported this after the crash, “Eves’ team said the driver was awake, alert and stable after being extricated from the car and taken to the infield care center. He then was transported to the hospital and kept overnight.”
Later reports indicated that Eves said he would need a few months to recover from fractures above his right eye and a couple of vertebrae in his neck.
The 21-year-old was having a very successful season but will obviously need time to heal before he can think about getting back on the track anytime soon.
Up next is the Mid-Ohio that was confirmed by IndyCar to go on this weekend. In a statement, they said,
“The NTT IndyCar Series will run at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next weekend, with doubleheader races scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13,” a Saturday afternoon statement read. “We look forward to an exciting weekend of racing action at an excellent venue.”