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Timothe Buret scores first Pro Mazda pole at Indy GP

by R.J. O'Connell
Photo: Andersen Promotions

Photo: Andersen Promotions

Just coming?off a double podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park, French rookie?Timoth? Buret captured his first Pro Mazda Championship pole position in Friday morning qualifying.

The Juncos Racing driver turned in a lap time of 1:23.873 to win his first Pro Mazda pole and the $1,000 USD that comes with it.

Buret’s fastest time was two-tenths ahead of that of?Santiago Urrutia, the NOLA race winner?who currently lies second in the championship standings for Team Pelfrey.

Following his spectacular rollover in Thursday’s make-up race, reigning USF2000 champion?Florian Latorre?rebounded to qualify an impressive third, alongside?Will Owen, one of three teammates to the polesitter Buret.

Weiron Tan, who won yesterday’s race from pole position, will now line up 5th next to Patricio O’Ward, who celebrates his 16th birthday this weekend.

Behind the all-rookie lockout of the first three rows on the grid, Juncos Racing teammates?Garrett Grist?and?Jose Gutierrez will make up the fourth row, while the fifth hosts?Victor Franzoni, the Brazilian USF2000 driver making his Pro Mazda debut this weekend, and champoionship leader?Neil Alberico, who now holds an eleven-point cushion over Urrutia going into the second race this afternoon.

Bobby Eberle was the fastest of the expert class field, and will line up 18th in a field of 21 entrants – the largest Pro Mazda field of the season to date.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Timothe Buret Juncos Racing 1:23.873 0.000 15
2 Santiago Urrutia Team Pelfrey 1:24.003 0.1299 16
3 Florian Latorre Cape Motorsports w/WTR 1:24.093 0.2198 16
4 Will Owen Juncos Racing 1:24.104 0.2308 17
5 Weiron Tan Andretti Autosport 1:24.124 0.2510 16
6 Patricio O’Ward Team Pelfrey 1:24.158 0.2847 17
7 Garett Grist Juncos Racing 1:24.197 0.3236 16
8 Jose Gutierrez Juncos Racing 1:24.215 0.3412 15
9 Victor Franzoni M1 Racing 1:24.266 0.3926 17
10 Neil Alberico Cape Motorsports w/WTR 1:24.370 0.4965 16
11 Daniel Burkett Cape Motorsports w/WTR 1:24.454 0.5807 17
12 Raoul Owens Team Pelfrey 1:24.518 0.6450 17
13 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport 1:24.552 0.6783 15
14 Kyle Connery JDC MotorSports 1:24.752 0.8790 16
15 Scott Hargrove JDC MotorSports 1:24.969 1.0952 13
16 Parker Nicklin JDC MotorSports 1:25.391 1.5172 15
17 Alessandro Latif World Speed Motorsports 1:25.637 1.7635 10
18 Bobby Eberle World Speed Motorsports 1:26.513 2.6398 16
19 Carlos Conde M1 Racing 1:26.766 2.8922 17
20 Bob Kaminsky Kaminsky Racing Inc 1:26.910 3.0368 15
21 Kevin Davis JDC MotorSports 1:27.063 3.1894 13