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McElrea leads Lundqvist in Indy Lights’ Mid-Ohio qualifying

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Matt Fraver / IndyCar

Hunter McElrea claimed his second Indy Lights pole position in qualifying at Mid-Ohio.

The Andretti Autosport driver’s first pole came on his debut in the opening round of the championship, and he has had three front row starts since then.

McElrea went straight to the top of the order with his first flying lap in the Saturday afternoon qualifying session, and gradually shaved off time until he ended the day with a 1m12.1926s laptime.

It was Global Racing Group’s Benjamin Pedersen who set the pace after the opening timed laps, as Andretti opted to stay in the pits longer than the rest of the field before venturing out.

Once out on tracks, its cars were immediately top of the order though and McElrea led team-mates Matthew Brabham and Sting Ray Robb.

Brabham at one point jumped ahead of his team-mate but could not keep up with McElrea’s rate of improvement.

A late flurry of flying laps dropped Brabham back to fourth as championship leader Linus Lundqvist rose to second, 0.2292 seconds off the pace of McElrea.

Pedersen qualified third, ahead of Brabham, Christian Rasmussen and Robb.

Jacob Abel managed to qualify within half a second of the fastest time and will start Sunday’s race from seventh place.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 1m12.1926s 11
2 Linus Lundqvist HMD Motorsports 1m12.4218s +0.2292s 14
3 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/ HMD 1m12.4459s +0.2533s 13
4 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport 1m12.4911s +0.2985s 8
5 Christian Rasmussen Andretti Autosport 1m12.5129s +0.3203s 11
6 Sting Ray Robb Andretti Autosport 1m12.6617s +0.4691s 10
7 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m12.6683s +0.4757s 12
8 Antonio Serravalle HMD Motorsports 1m12.7104s +0.5178s 11
9 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 1m12.7685s +0.5759s 13
10 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m13.0939s +0.9013s 12
11 Ernie Francis Jr. Force Indy 1m13.1110s +0.9184s 10
12 Kyffin Simpson TJ Speed 1m13.2365s +1.0439s 14
13 James Roe TJ Speed 1m13.8306s +1.6380s 13