By Steve Wittich

David Malukas will start on the pole for a Pro Mazda race for the third time this season. Flipping the script from yesterday’s qualifying, it will be Rinus VeeKay that starts outside the young American.

Championship leader Parker Thompson will start on the outside of row two with Robert Megennis on his inside.

A total of nine drivers turned laps under the track record set in qualifying yesterday by VeeKay. All nine of those drivers were within a half-second of Malukas. The top ten drivers were all within one-second of Malukas.

During the first half of the qualifying session, it was Oliver Askew and David Malukas who held the provisional pole.

At the halfway mark it was David Malukas with a lap of 75.673 that was at the top of the timesheet. Megennis, Askew, Robb, Cunha, Drugovich, Soler-Obel, Thompson, VeeKay and Gutierrez were in the top ten.

The entire field came in for fresh Cooper Tire rubber and adjustments before heading out to try and improve their lap times.

With eight minutes left, Thompson was the first driver to improve. That time of 75.136 held for three minutes before Malukas jumped the Canadian.

Megennis was the first driver to make a run at the BN Racing rookie, falling only three-hundredths shy of the Chicago, Ill. native.

With just over two minutes remaining, Malukas upped the ante, turning a lap under 75 seconds.

Once again, the field came after the 16-year-old. But, the only driver that came close was VeeKay.

Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Unofficial Qualifying Race #2

1 79 David Malukas 1:14.858 BN Racing –.—-
2 2 Rinus VeeKay 1:14.939 Juncos Racing 0.0811
3 9 Robert Megennis 1:15.082 Juncos Racing 0.2240
4 90 Parker Thompson 1:15.136 Exclusive Autosport 0.2784
5 1 Carlos Cunha 1:15.174 Juncos Racing 0.3167
6 3 Oliver Askew 1:15.299 Cape Motorsports 0.4419
7 82 Sting Ray Robb 1:15.355 Team Pelfrey 0.4978
8 27 Mathias Soler-Obel 1:15.400 RP Motorsport Racing 0.5425
9 10 Felipe Drugovich 1:15.403 RP Motorsport Racing 0.5455
10 81 Andres Gutierrez 1:15.844 Team Pelfrey 0.9867
11 8 Nikita Lastochkin 1:16.112 Cape Motorsports 1.2544
12 78 Kris Wright 1:16.183 BN Racing 1.3257
13 12 Moises de la Vara 1:16.500 DEForce Racing 1.6425
14 83 Charles Finelli 1:19.729 Fatboy Racing 4.8710

The first of two Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Mid-Ohio Grand Prix races of the weekend is scheduled to get the green flag at 4:10 PM this afternoon. Juncos Racing rookie Rinus VeeKay will start on the pole with David Malukas starting on the outside.