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Robert Megennis takes first Indy Lights pole at Indianapolis

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Robert Megennis took his first Indy Lights pole in qualifying for the first race on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.

Megennis last pole came in USF2000 in 2017, and he also started from the front once in the F1600 Championship Series two years prior. The 19-year-old rookie, driving for Andretti Autosport, is currently fifth in the Indy Lights standings and took his first podium last time out at Circuit of the Americas.

Starting alongside Megennis will be Juncos Racing’s Rinus VeeKay, whose best lap was just 0.0291 seconds short of pole. Championship leader Oliver Askew, who leads VeeKay in the standings by six points, was third fastest and less than two tenths behind.

Three of Andretti’s cars made it into the top four, with Ryan Norman filling the second row of the grid.

Pro Mazda graduate David Malukas was fifth for BN Racing, edging former IndyCar racer Zachary Claman DeMelo to the position by 0.0125s.

DeMelo’s Belardi Auto Racing team-mate Julien Falchero was absent, meaning the team’s entry for Lucas Kohl propped up the nine-car grid, 1.0193s off pole. In between them were Juncos’s Dalton Kellett and the shared BN Racing and Team Pelfrey entry driven by Toby Sowery.

 

Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Robert Megennis Andretti Autosport 1m15.1921s
2 Rinus VeeKay Juncos Racing +0.0291s
3 Oliver Askew Andretti Autosport +0.1887s
4 Ryan Norman Andretti Autosport +0.3148s
5 David Malukas BN Racing +0.4822s
6 Zachary Claman DeMelo Belardi Auto Racing +0.4947s
7 Dalton Kellett Juncos Racing +0.7009s
8 Toby Sowery BN Racing/Team Pelfrey +0.8769s
9 Lucas Kohl Belardi Auto Racing +1.0193s