Baltimore Indy Lights: Tristan Vautier leads all-Schmidt front row
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, September 1st 2012, 15:57 GMT|
Tristan Vautier took pole position in a shortened Indy Lights qualifying session in Baltimore.
The French rookie was leading the field with a best lap of 1m23.6893s when Emerson Newton-John crashed at the chicane, forcing the session to be flagged seven minutes early to allow the mess to be cleaned up.
Vautier's Schmidt team-mate and current points leader Esteban Guerrieri was second-fastest at the time the session was stopped, although he was 0.8 seconds down.
Andretti's Sebastian Saavedra was third-quickest alongside team-mate Carlos Munoz.
Newton-John was the second driver to be caught out by the new chicane, with Peter Dempsey having glanced the wall earlier on, although the Irishman was able to get his car back to the pits.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Tristan Vautier Schmidt 1m23.6893s 2. Esteban Guerrieri Schmidt 1m24.4943s + 0.8050s 3. Sebastian Saavedra AFS/Andretti 1m24.5318s + 0.8425s 4. Carlos Munoz Andretti 1m24.9580s + 1.2687s 5. Oliver Webb Schmidt 1m25.0699s + 1.3806s 6. Gustavo Yacaman Moore 1m25.2456s + 1.5563s 7. Adderly Fong Brooks 1m26.4568s + 2.7675s 8. Juan Pablo García Jeffrey Mark 1m26.6107s + 2.9214s 9. Jorge Goncalvez Belardi 1m26.9396s + 3.2503s 10. David Ostella Moore 1m27.3890s + 3.6997s 11. Emerson Newton-John Fan Force 1m29.7625s + 6.0732s 12. Peter Dempsey Belardi 1m29.9690s + 6.2797s 13. Victor Carbone Schmidt