It took Exclusive Autosport rookie Louis Foster ten races to come to grips with turning on the Cooper Tire slicks, but now that he has, the Britain has won three straight poles.
It wasn’t easy for the championship leader, with the top seven drivers within a half-second of the pole speed of 69.4139 seconds.
Juncos Hollinger Racing drivers Enaam Ahmed and Reece Gold were the closest to knocking Foster from the pole and will start second and third.
Nolan Siegel, who led practice, will start outside the second row.
After a seven-minute delay for barrier repair, the 20-minute qualifying session for the L&W Supply Grand Prix of Toronto Race #1 got underway in perfect conditions. The ambient temperature was 74F, and the track temperature was 120F.
After two laps at speed, Juncos Hollinger Racing driver Enaam Ahmed held the provisional pole. However, drivers were still working on getting their Cooper Tire slicks into the optimal operating window, so things were changing quickly.
After five laps of running, championship leader Louis Foster held the provisional pole.
With just under a dozen minutes of the session remaining, Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports), who had just gone fifth quick, lost the rear end of the No. 40 under braking, backing into the concrete wall. He lost his best two laps and will start in
The AMR INDYCAR Safety Team quickly got the car on the hook and moved it behind the wall, with the green flag coming out with seven minutes remaining.
When the red flag came out, the top five were Foster, Sundaramoorthy, Siegel, Green, and Porto.
The first driver to improve on their time after the red flag was Gold, who pitted early in the session before heading back out on the track, but the timing screen was lighting up with green as drivers got quicker and quicker.
The first driver to knock Foster from the provisional pole was Eves. However, that didn’t last long, as the current Exclusive Autosport driver dropped the provisional pole, going three-tenths quicker than the former driver for Michael Duncalffe’s team.
The 14 drivers took last-lap shots at Foster, with Ahmed and Gold both putting in great laps but falling just short.
L&W Supply Grand Prix of Toronto qualifying results
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||FAST LAP||DIFF|
|1||90||Louis Foster||Exclusive Autosport||1:09.4139||——|
|2||47||Enaam Ahmed||Juncos Hollinger Racing||1:09.4975||-0.0836|
|3||55||Reece Gold||Juncos Hollinger Racing||1:09.5569||-0.143|
|4||8||Nolan Siegel||DEForce Racing||1:09.6096||-0.1957|
|5||3||Josh Green||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:09.6170||-0.2031|
|6||4||Braden Eves||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:09.7427||-0.3288|
|7||18||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||1:09.8364||-0.4225|
|8||1||Kiko Porto||DEForce Racing||1:09.9614||-0.5475|
|9||19||Jordan Missig||Pabst Racing||1:10.0743||-0.6604|
|10||6||Salvador De Alba||Jay Howard Driver Develpment||1:10.1577||-0.7438|
|11||92||Wyatt Brichacek||Exclusive Autosport||1:10.5107||-1.0968|
|12||2||Jonathan Browne||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:11.0933||-1.6794|
|13||40||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports w/Exclusive Autosport||1:11.3624||-1.9485|
|14||93||Lindsay Brewer||Exclusive Autosport||1:12.6420||-3.2281|