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Malukas beats Lundqvist to Indy Lights race two pole at Indianapolis

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas is set to start on pole position for the second race of the Indy Lights weekend at Indianapolis after topping qualifying for the third time this season.

The 30-minute session went largely without incident, although there was the occasional moment where a driver ran wide on the course.

Malukas was towards the top of the order for much of the session and was behind Juncos Racing’s Toby Sowery in the first half of the session before the drivers pitted for fresh tyres.

It was with just a couple of minutes remaining when Malukas put in his best effort to go ahead of Global Racing Group with HMD’s Linus Lundqvist, who came to the fore towards the end of the session, by just over a tenth.

Sowery aborted his final run and is set to start third, while Carlin’s Alex Peroni was fourth fastest.

Juncos’s Sting Ray Robb rounded out the top five, sandwiched in a tight pack with Peroni and Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood – who led an Andretti 6-7-8-9.

Danial Frost, Devlin DeFrancesco in his Steinbrenner co-entered car, and 2019 Indianapolis winner Robert Megennis followed, just ahead of GRG with HMD’s Benjamin Pedersen, who rounded out the top 10.

Pserra Racing’s Antonio Serravalle, HMD’s Nikita Lastochkin and Carlin’s Christian Bogle round out the 13 runners for Saturday’s race.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 David Malukas HMD Motorsports 1m15.1851s 17
2 Linus Lundqvist Global Racing Group w/HMD 1m15.2806s +0.0955s 18
3 Toby Sowery Juncos Racing 1m15.2909s +0.1058s 17
4 Alex Peroni Carlin 1m15.5165s +0.3314s 17
5 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1m15.5334s +0.3483s 16
6 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport 1m15.5388s +0.3537s 18
7 Danial Frost Andretti Autosport 1m15.7740s +0.5889s 16
8 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport 1m15.8137s +0.6286s 16
9 Robert Megennis Andretti Autosport 1m15.9580s +0.7729s 14
10 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/HMD 1m15.9709s +0.7858s 17
11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing 1m15.9825s +0.7974s 19
12 Nikita Lastochkin HMD Motorsports 1m16.2918s +1.1067s 18
13 Christian Bogle Carlin 1m16.3475s +1.1624s 18