For the fourth time, this season and 15th time in two and a half seasons of Road To Indy competition Oliver Askew will start from the pole.
The 22-year-old turned a quick lap at 65.0940 seconds, which was just over a tenth-of-a-second ahead of his closest championship competitor, Rinus van Kalmthout (VeeKay).
Askew credited the Andretti Autosport crew for making the right change when they pitted in the middle of the session.
When all nine cars headed out on the 1.786-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit, they were on new sticker tires.
The 30-minute session began a few minutes late, while track repairs were completed. The ambient temperature 70F, and the track temperature was 77F.
Robert Megennis, Oliver Askew, Rinus VeeKay and Aaron Telitz all spent time at the top of the timing screen.
At the half-way point of the 30-minute session, the provisional pole sitter was VeeKay, with a lap of 66.0861 seconds. Sowery, Telitz, Askew, and Kellett were the remainder of the top five.
With 15-minutes left in qualifying, the majority of drivers were on pit road for adjustments.
VeeKay was the first driver to go quicker in the second half of qualifying.
With ten minutes remaining, eight of nine drivers were on track. The quickest lap was 66.0861 seconds by VeeKay.
With 7 minutes remaining, Race #1 winner Telitz spun in Turn 3, making light contact with the nose of his No. 4 AER/Dallara IL-15. The veteran came to pit road, and Belardi Auto Racing affixed a new nose and Telitz went back out on the track.
Sowery, with just under five minutes remaining, grabbed the provisional pole, but it didn’t last long. VeeKay, with the first lap under 66 seconds, went back to the top.
With 150 seconds remaining in the session, Askew jumped to the provisional pole, with Sowery also going faster than VeeKay.
On the next lap, his 20th of the session, Askew went even quicker. On their final laps, VeeKay, Telitz, and Kellett both went faster than Sowery but were not fast enough to catch Askew.
Indy Lights Qualifying #2 – Unofficial Results
|RANK||CAR NO||NAME||TEAM||QUICK LAP||GAP|
|1||28||Oliver Askew||Andretti Autosport||1:05.094||–.—-|
|2||21||Rinus VeeKay||Juncos Racing||1:05.206||0.1121|
|3||4||Aaron Telitz||Belardi Auto Racing||1:05.274||0.1797|
|4||67||Dalton Kellett||Juncos Racing||1:05.302||0.2077|
|5||2||Toby Sowery||BN Racing/Team Pelfrey||1:05.370||0.2764|
|6||27||Robert Megennis||Andretti Autosport||1:05.930||0.8364|
|7||79||David Malukas||BN Racing||1:05.943||0.8493|
|8||48||Ryan Norman||Andretti Autosport||1:06.184||1.0896|
|9||5||Lucas Kohl||Belardi Auto Racing||1:07.173||2.0791|
The second Indy Lights race of the weekend roles off at 11 am.