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Lundqvist claims Indy Lights pole on Indianapolis road course

by Peter Allen

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Linus Lundqvist scored his second Indy Lights pole position in qualifying for the first two races on the Indianapolis road course.

The Swede, driving for the collaboration between Global Racing Group and HMD Motorsports, was a frequent pacesetter during the session, and was on top when the field pitted to fit fresh rubber for the closing stages.

On those last runs, Danial Frost and Alex Peroni both took brief turns at the top of the times before Lundqvist regained the lead with a 1m15.1127s lap, before improving soon afterwards to a 15m.0978s.

Both efforts were quicker than anybody else could manage, with Toby Sowery claiming second place for Juncos Racing, 0.1226 seconds behind his fellow British Formula 3 graduate.

Championship leader David Malukas took third for HMD with Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood in fourth.

Peroni’s lap remained good enough for fifth ahead of Frost and Devlin DeFrancesco. Sting Ray Robb had an off-track moment with eight minutes left on the clock but returned to the track and improved his time to take eighth.

Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time Diff Laps
1 Linus Lundqvist Global Racing Group w/HMD 1m15.0978s 17
2 Toby Sowery Juncos Racing 1m15.2204s +0.1226s 17
3 David Malukas HMD Motorsports 1m15.2637s +0.1659s 16
4 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport 1m15.2846s +0.1868s 19
5 Alex Peroni Carlin 1m15.4630s +0.3652s 17
6 Danial Frost Andretti Autosport 1m15.4915s +0.3937s 18
7 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport 1m15.6005s +0.5027s 18
8 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1m15.6773s +0.5795s 16
9 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/HMD 1m15.7163s +0.6185s 18
10 Robert Megennis Andretti Autosport 1m15.7986s +0.7008s 19
11 Nikita Lastochkin HMD Motorsports 1m15.9190s +0.8212s 19
12 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing 1m15.9308s +0.8330s 19
13 Christian Bogle Carlin 1m16.0570s +0.9592s 17