Indianapolis, IN (May 28, 2022) – The 2022 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires completed the first oval of the season this past weekend in the Carb Night Classic “The Race Before the 500” at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. Reece Gold claimed second, while teammate Enaam Ahmed took Fourth in Round 8 of the Cooper Tires Freedom 90.

The week kicked off Thursday, however rainy conditions in the morning would delay the start of the two test sessions followed by qualifying. Gold driving the No. 55 The Ticket Clinic entry finished practice second overall while Ahmed driving the No. 47 Clear Capital Markets entry finished fourth overall.

Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) came out strong that evening during qualifying when Gold captured the pole, and Ahmed narrowly missed the pole and qualified second. This was the first time ever JHR had two cars on the front row on an oval in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship.

The following day the Indy Pro 2000 series returned for the final practice session before the race that evening. Gold finished the session in second, followed by Ahmed in fifth.

The weather took a turn that evening, with rainy and windy conditions delaying the start of the 90-lap race on the 0.686-mile oval. Gold who started on the pole, led the first 46 laps before falling back to second where he would go on to finish. Ahmed battled for a podium finish most of the race, but would settle for fourth.

Gold moves up to second in the championship and Ahmed sits fourth after eight rounds. JHR continues to lead the team championship.

“Even though we didn’t get both drivers on the podium, the team did an amazing job,” said JHR Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “We had a very strong weekend with both drivers qualifying one, two, which was a first for us in the series on an oval. I am proud of what we were able to accomplish here on the first oval of the season and look forward to building off this momentum as we head to Road America next. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and stayed even when the weather conditions were not ideal.”

Reece Gold No. 55 The Ticket Clinic: “We took second place, we almost got the win at the end. This was my third second place finish here, I really wanted the win, but we gained some valuable points here and moved up in the championship standings. I am really looking forward to Road America as we have been strong there in the past. Thanks to The Ticket Clinic and Juncos Hollinger Racing for a great car.”

Enaam Ahmed No. 47 Clear Capital Markets: “This was my first oval race in the Cooper Tires Freedom 90. I was fighting for the lead of the race, I was catching him in the back markers and I thought I could overtake him, but unfortunately I was too aggressive with my car and I lost my rear tires. So for the second half of the race I was just too loose and me and Reece ended up falling back. He ended up second and I ended up fourth and there was just nothing I could do. It was a fight for survival after that. It was great experience on the oval and I know we will come back stronger. Thanks to everyone at JHR for giving us great cars. Now we will focus on getting better in the race.”