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Lundqvist pips Pedersen to Gateway pole

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Joe Skibinski

Linus Lundqvist took his seventh Indy Lights pole position of 2022 in a HMD Motorsports one-two in qualifying at Gateway.

Championship leader Lundqvist was last out on track to complete the two laps that would determine his starting position.

Team-mate Benjamin Pedersen had been towards the middle of the queue to head out and put himself on provisional pole with an average speed of 160.124mph.

The Andretti Autosport quartet that seperates Pedersen and Lundqvist in the championship standings could not get close to Pedersen, with none managing to lap at 160mph.

Lundqvist’s flying laps appeared slightly scruffy, but he wasn’t too out of shape. His first lap speed was a 160.407mph. Like many drivers, he was slower on his second lap, but it was enough to set his average at 160.259mph.

Brabham was the quickest Andretti driver, slotting into third place with a 159.572mph average speed.

Christian Rasmussen qualified fourth, ahead of Hunter McElrea and Sting Ray Robb.

Danial Frost had briefly held provisional pole position before Pedersen went out, but was dropped back to seventh by the end of qualifying. Christian Bogle qualified eighth ahead of Jacob Abel, who almost hit the wall on his run but managed to avoid any drama.

James Roe Jr, Kyffin Simpson, and Ernie Francis Jnr completed the order.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Speed Time Gap
1 Linus Lundqvist HMD Motorsports 160.259mph 56.1590s
2 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/ HMD 160.124mph 56.2066s +0.0476s
3 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport 159.572mph 56.4008s +0.2418s
4 Christian Rasmussen Andretti Autosport 159.475mph 56.4353s +0.2763s
5 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 159.267mph 56.5089s +0.3499s
6 Sting Ray Robb Andretti Autosport 159.215mph 56.5273s +0.3683s
7 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 159.128mph 56.5581s +0.3991s
8 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 158.344mph 56.8384s +0.6794s
9 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 158.331mph 56.8430s +0.6840s
10 James Roe Jr HMD Motorsports 158.321mph 56.8467s +0.6877s
11 Kyffin Simpson HMD Motorsports 157.088mph 57.2926s +1.3336s
12 Ernie Francis Jr. Force Indy 157.000mph 57.3249s +1.1659s