By Steve Wittich
A quintet of Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires cars failed post-qualifying tech inspection, reordering the starting line up for the Freedom 100 presented by Cooper Tires on Carb Day.
Having their laps deleted for a variety of reasons were Rinus VeeKay (Juncos Racing), Oliver Askew (Andretti Autosport), Toby Sowery (BN Racing/Team Pelfrey), Lucas Kohl (Belardi Auto Racing) and Jarett Andretti (Andretti Autosport). Tony Cotman, Indy Light Race Director, did tell us that none of them were intentional.
The biggest loser was Askew, who goes from starting on the outside of the front row to start the race in eighth. Askew trails VeeKay by a single point and was due to start the race with six drivers between himself and his rival, but instead will start behind VeeKay.
VeeKay was only able to muster the ninth best time in qualifying, and in a weird set of circumstances actually gained two starting spots despite having his qualifying effort disqualified. If more than one driver faces a disqualification, they are ordered via championship points.
The drivers who had the most significant benefit were David Malukas, gaining five spots to sixth from 11th and Chris Windom, gaining five places to fifth from tenth.
2019 Freedom 100 presented by Cooper Tires starting line-up
|1||27||Robert Megennis||Andretti Autosport|
|2||48||Ryan Norman||Andretti Autosport|
|3||4||Aaron Telitz||Belardi Auto Racing|
|4||67||Dalton Kellett||Juncos Racing|
|5||17||Chris Windom||Belardi Auto Racing / Jonathan Byrd’s Racing|
|6||79||David Malukas||BN Racing|
|7||23||Rinus VeeKay||Juncos Racing|
|8||28||Oliver Askew||Andretti Autosport|
|9||2||Toby Sowery||BN Racing / Team Pelfrey|
|10||5||Lucas Kohl||Belardi Auto Racing|
|11||18||Jarett Andretti||Andretti Autosport|