Rising star Devlin DeFrancesco will start on pole position for today’s Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis Presented by Cooper Tires. In preparation for only his second ever race on an oval, the 20-year-old Italian-Canadian from Toronto, Ont., this afternoon was the only driver to turn two laps of the unique, egg-shaped 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway under 32 seconds.
Driving for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport, DeFrancesco edged out Artem Petrov, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, by a combined total of just 0.1388 of a second. Petrov’s Juncos Racing teammate, Sting Ray Robb, from Payette, Idaho, will start third.
After brief showers earlier the day interrupted some of the three 45-minute test sessions, the sun was shining brightly when the drivers each embarked on their two-lap qualifying runs in reverse order of their current championship positions.
As the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires points leader, DeFrancesco was