By Steve Wittich
Both Patrick and Steve were at the memorial service for T.E. McHale when this session was going on, so we don’t have any in-depth notes.
In his first Indy Lights qualifying session, Andretti Autosport rookie Hunter McElrea won the pole. It’s the seventh pole for the team on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn St. Petersburg street circuit, tying them with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the circuit lead.
McElrea has won a pole in all three Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires series and has ten poles in total. The 22-year-old has one pole in Indy Lights, four in Indy Pro 2000, and five in USF2000.
Linus Lundqvist (HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing) veteran will start outside the front row.
The front three rows consist of three drivers from Andretti Autosport and Global Racing Group/HMD Motorsports.
The pole-sitter in “St. Pete” has won 13 of 26 races.
Indy Lights Grand Prix of St. Petersburg unofficial qualifying results
|1||27||Hunter McElrea||Andretti Autosport||——|
|2||26||Linus Lundqvist||HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing||0.2923|
|3||2||Sting Ray Robb||Andretti Autosport||0.3939|
|4||24||Benjamin Pedersen||Global Racing Group w/ HMD Motorsports||0.5565|
|5||28||Christian Rasmussen||Andretti Autosport||0.5768|
|6||83||Matthew Brabham||Andretti Autosport||0.7612|
|7||21||Kyffin Simpson||TJ Speed Motorsports||0.9392|
|8||11||Antonio Serravalle||Abel Motorsports||1.0895|
|9||7||Christian Bogle||HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing||1.1213|
|10||51||Jacob Abel||Abel Motorsports||1.1380|
|11||59||Manuel Sulaiman||HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing||1.3206|
|12||68||Danial Frost||HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing||1.3271|
|13||12||James Roe Jr||TJ Speed Motorsports||1.6728|
|14||99||Ernie Francis Jr||Force Indy||2.4302|