NDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 15, 2019) – Exclusive Autosport enjoyed another successful effort at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, coming off a long two-month break in the 2019 Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires schedule. The team traveled to the most iconic track in the world – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – to race on the facility’s 14-turn, 2.349-mile road course on the May 9-11 weekend. Exclusive Autosport and its drivers entered the weekend with confidence, having enjoyed great results at IMS in the past. Danial Frost and Nikita Lastochkin led the charge into the third and fourth rounds of the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires program, while Manuel Cabrera carried the team flag in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship events. Frost left Indianapolis with a pair of third place finishes.
I am thrilled to see an Exclusive Autosport driver up on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway podium in both of the Indy Pro 2000 races! Coming off such a long break, all of the drivers under the EA banner performed very well this weekend. We believe there is always room to grow and develop and we continue to make immense strides as a team. This positive momentum will be carried forward into the Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway in a couple of weeks. I am so proud of the drivers and crew and can’t thank our Team Manager Mirl Swan and the rest of the Exclusive Autosport crew enough for their hard work and dedication to this program.”
– Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal, Exclusive Autosport
The event started on Thursday with two unofficial tests, followed by the one and only official practice for the weekend. Friday’s action began bright and early with Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying 1, in which Frost flirted with the pole position. He would eventually finish up in second on the time sheets, although unfortunately, he was penalized two positions for not slowing down for a yellow flag, which put him fourth. Qualifying 2 ended with EA’s drivers starting nose-to-tail on the grid with speeds that would place Danial in fourth.
Racing kicked off on Friday afternoon with the third round of the Indy Pro 2000 season and Frost delivered a strong performance to put himself on the podium with a third-place finish, his second of the year. Round 4 was held on Saturday morning and after a first turn incident at the drop of the green, both Exclusive Autosport drivers emerged unscathed and were running together most of the race in third and fourth. Danial would gain his third straight podium of the season, while Nikita logged his highest finish of this season with a fourth-place result.
I had a great weekend at IMS, and I can’t thank my team Exclusive Autosport, my sponsor Den-Jet, and my family enough for all their support. I qualified P2 for Race 1, however I received, received a two-position grid spot penalty for accidentally missing a yellow flag in the session. I ended up starting P4 for both races. The EA crew gave me an incredible car all weekend and I was able to challenge for the podium in both races. I am happy with finishing third in both races, as it’s always great to be on the podium. We will continue to work harder than ever to reach the top step shortly. Again, a huge thanks to my team, my sponsors and family because without them I wouldn’t be here.
– Danial Frost
In the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires championship standings, Frost remains in third, just 44 points behind the second-place driver.
The next stop for the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will take the team to 5/8-mile banked Lucas Oil Speedway, which is located just outside Indianapolis, IN near Brownsburg for the Carb Night Classic. Practice will begin on Thursday, May 23 with two practices and one qualifying session. The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Freedom 75 and the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Freedom 90 will take place on the evening of Friday, May 24.
Exclusive Autosport is pleased to be able to partner with great companies, such as AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology (www.rethinkpaint.com), which is used on all their race cars.
EXCLUSIVE AUTOSPORT – DRIVER RESULTS AND QUOTES
INDY PRO 2000 – ROUNDS 3/4– MAY 9-11, 2019
GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
DANIAL FROST – #68
Qualifying 1: 2nd – 1:19.171
Qualifying 2: 6th – 1:19.479
Race 1: Start – 4th / Finish – 3rd
Race 2: Start – 6th / Finish – 3rd
About Exclusive Autosport:
Exclusive Autosport (EA) is a professional racing team dedicated to the success of its drivers in open wheel formula car competition in North America. EA operate teams in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in the United States and both the Ontario and Quebec Formula 1600 series in Canada. Exclusive’s drivers have secured numerous race wins, podium finishes and pole positions, as well as Rookie of the Year awards, a Team USA Scholarship and nominations for Team Canada F1600. Exclusive’s drivers are on the podium in over 80% of the races they enter. Exclusive Management Inc., the team’s parent company, has enjoyed great success in both open wheel and sports car racing and has worked with standout drivers like Thomas McGregor, Jack Mitchell Jr., Shelby Blackstock, Gregory Liefooghe, Jayson Clunie, David Levine and Trenton Estep. EM Inc. drivers are highly sought after in the motorsports industry.
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