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Robb leads Andretti 1-2-3-4 at Road America, Lundqvist qualifies sixth

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Chris Owens

Sting Ray Robb ended Linus Lundqvist’s string of pole positions as he topped Indy Lights qualifying at Road America.

The points leader could only manage to go sixth quickest, more than six tenths of a second slower than Robb.

However Lundqvist did set the pace early in qualifying, and he was briefly knocked off the top spot by Andretti Autosport’s Hunter McElrea before setting a 1m54.606s. That then kept him in first place for much of the session before a late flurry of track action.

HMD Motorsports’ Danial Frost lowered the benchmark by a little over a tenth of a second before a series of flying laps by the Andretti driver.

McElrea again moved onto provisional pole for a moment, before team-mate Robb knocked him off the top sport.

Robb managed a 1m53.9743s, becoming the only driver to lap sub-1m54s. His team-mates Christian Rasmussen and Matthew Brabham both improved on their final laps, jumping up to third and fourth to make it an Andretti 1-2-3-4.

HMD team-mates Frost and Lundqvist had to settle for fifth and sixth, just ahead of Benjamin Pedersen, who Lundqvist had to battle for position with on track at one point late in the session.

TJ Speed’s Kyffin Simpson qualified eighth, just over a second slower than Robb. Jacob Abel and Ernie Francis Jr also improved late on to take ninth and 10th on the grid.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sting Ray Robb Andretti Autosport 1m53.9743s 9
2 Hunter McElrea Andretti Autosport 1m54.1981s +0.2238s 9
3 Christian Rasmussen Andretti Autosport 1m54.2714s +0.2971s 9
4 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport 1m54.3889s +0.4146s 9
5 Danial Frost HMD Motorsports 1m54.4251s +0.4508s 7
6 Linus Lundqvist HMD Motorsports 1m54.6060s +0.6317s 6
7 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/ HMD 1m54.7035s +0.7292s 8
8 Kyffin Simpson TJ Speed 1m55.0848s +1.1105s 9
9 Jacob Abel Abel Motorsports 1m55.1272s +1.1529s 7
10 Ernie Francis Jr Force Indy 1m55.1423s +1.1680s 8
11 Christian Bogle HMD Motorsports 1m55.3795s +1.4052s 8
12 Antonio Serravalle HMD Motorsports 1m55.6811s +1.7068s 7
13 James Roe Jr TJ Speed 1m55.6838s +1.7095s 10