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Rosenqvist returns to Indy Lights with pole position at Toronto

by R.J. O'Connell

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After a two-race hiatus from Indy Lights, Felix Rosenqvist would not be denied pole position for the first of two races at the Exhibition Place Street Circuit in Toronto, Canada.

Returning to Belardi Auto Racing after missing both the Road America and Iowa rounds due to other commitments with Mercedes-AMG, Rosenqvist pulled out the fastest time in Saturday morning’s session with a 1:06.011 lap time in his first visit to Toronto.

The Swedish rookie’s only Indy Lights win so far came on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida in March. This is also Rosenqvist’s second pole position of 2016.

He’ll make up half of the ‘Felix and Felix Show’ front row for Saturday’s first race, with?Felix Serralles, the winner of last week’s?extraordinary race at Iowa Speedway, lined up second for Carlin Racing.

Santiago Urrutia qualified third-fastest, with?Zach Veach, the other player in last week’s astounding finish at Iowa, qualifying fourth. Championship leader?Ed Jones qualified fifth-fastest.

Andre Negrao‘s good run of form continues with the Brazilian qualifying sixth, ahead of?Kyle Kaiser in seventh,?Juan Piedrahita in eighth, and an all-Canadian row five with?Zachary Claman DeMelo?ahead of Toronto native?Garett Grist.?The third Canadian?driver in the field,?Dalton Kellett, starts thirteenth.

Championship contender?Dean Stoneman could do no better than eleventh-fastest, as Andretti Autosport stunningly locked out three of the last four positions on the grid.