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Neil Alberico grabs pole for Pro Mazda season opener

by Gruz David
Photo: Andersen Promotions

Photo: Andersen Promotions

Neil Alberico will start from the pole position in the first Pro Mazda race of the season in St. Petersburg after a confident performance from the sophomore driver.

Alberico, 22, took the lead in the early stages and maintained his position until the checkered flag.

Although Mexican Jose Gutierrez and debutant Santiago Urrutia both came close to snatch the lead from Alberico, at the end it was his Cape Motorsports teammate Daniel Burkett?who took second while Urrutia and Gutierrez had to settle for third and fourth.

Series newcomers Frenchman Timothe Buret, Mexican Patricio O’Ward and Briton Raoul Owens will start from fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Will Owen qualified eighth while Pro Mazda Winterfest runner-up Weiron Tan and USF2000 champion Florian Latorre complete the top ten.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Neil Alberico Cape Motorsports 1:11.6765 22
2 Daniel Burkett Cape Motorsports 1:11.7214 0.0449 20
3 Santiago Urrutia Team Pelfrey 1:11.7790 0.1025 22
4 Jose Gutierrez Juncos Racing 1:11.7874 0.1109 21
5 Timothe Buret Juncos Racing 1:11.8735 0.1970 20
6 Patricio O’Ward Team Pelfrey 1:11.8816 0.2051 21
7 Raoul Owens JDC Motorsports 1:11.9089 0.2324 21
8 Will Owen Juncos Racing 1:11.9788 0.3023 20
9 Weiron Tan Andretti Autosport 1:12.0423 0.3658 21
10 Florian Latorre Cape Motorsports 1:12.0483 0.3718 20
11 Garrett Grist Juncos Racing 1:12.3630 0.6865 15
12 Kyle Connery JDC Motorsports 1:12.4578 0.7813 20
13 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport 1:12.4618 0.7853 17
14 Alessandro Latif World Speed Motorsports 1:12.7082 1.0317 22
15 Parker Nicklin JDC Motorsports 1:13.3147 1.6382 20
16 Bobby Eberle World Speed Motorsports 1:14.5553 2.8788 21
17 Jay Horak M1 Racing 1:15.9019 4.2254 17