By: Tanner Watkins
December 4, 2018 | 8:00 AM
It seems like Rasmus Lindh is already out to prove something for the 2019 season.
After finishing runner-up to Kyle Kirkwood in the 2018 USF2000 championship, Lindh hit the ground running during Monday’s Pro Mazda testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The European teenager laid down the session’s best lap at six-tenths of a second better than the next competitor.
“We were fastest today and I’m very happy because this was just my second day in the car,” said Lindh on Monday. “The car feels good and we just need to work a bit on my driving to get used to the downforce and everything, but I’m very happy for today and looking forward to (Tuesday).”
Lindh, 17, returns to the Road to Indy ladder with Pabst Racing again in 2019. The Swedish driver racked up three pole awards and five podium finishes in 2018 during a stellar season for Pabst in USF2000.
Nobody was going to catch Kirkwood this past season (10 wins in 12 USF2000 races) so Lindh and company can take some solace in rebounding for a runner-up championship finish after enduring difficult results to start the year. And if there was any sulking, it appears that is over after pouring in 59 total laps of testing today with Lindh claiming the overall fastest lap.
In total there were six drivers posting lap times in Pro Mazda machines on Monday.
Antonio Serravalle was second-quick for Jay Howard Driver Development at 1m20.7447s. The Toronto native appeared in the first 11 races of the 2018 Pro Mazda championship before missing the final five rounds.
It was the reigning USF2000 champion Kirkwood who placed third on this day at 1m20.9018s for his best lap time. Kirkwood, 20, completed 22 laps over the course of two test sessions for Abel Motorsports, skipping the final afternoon session.
Rounding out the order was Parker Locke with his lap of 1m21.1365s at fourth-fastest, Jacob Abel slotting in fifth-fastest at 1m21.5564s, and Nikita Lastochkin kicking off his third year in Pro Mazda with a best lap time of 1m21.8425s.
Lastochkin completed the least amount of laps with only 9 circuits logged on Monday. He also joined Kirkwood as the only two drivers who’s top lap didn’t come in test session number three.
A cumulative total of 197 laps were turned by the six Pro Mazda competitors on the day. Pro Mazda drivers will be back in action today with three more test sessions scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s road course.
Header image courtesy of Road to Indy.