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St Petersburg Indy Lights: Carlos Munoz takes pole for opener

Carlos Munoz, St Petersburg 2013Carlos Munoz survived a late challenge from Jack Hawksworth to secure pole position for the opening race of the Indy Lights season in St Petersburg.

Munoz had been the pacesetter early in the session, laying down an initial benchmark time of 1m06.9277s.

He improved that by 0.2 seconds just after the halfway point, only for Hawksworth to come out on new tyres and immediately lower the time by 0.01s.

The Briton's stint at the top was equally shortlived though, as Munoz responded instantly with a 1m06.4244s.

That was as quick as he would go, but while Hawksworth was able to close the gap, he was never able to beat it. The final margin between the pair's times was just 0.02s.

Peter Dempsey was third fastest ahead of Schmidt rookie Gabby Chaves, followed by Zach Veach, Sage Karam, Juan Pablo Garcia and Jorge Goncalvez.

Former GP3 racer Ethan Ringel rounded out the nine-car field, although he at least managed to bridge some of the gap to his rivals after struggling with gearbox problems in practice on Friday.

Pos  Driver             Team              Time        Gap
 1.  Carlos Munoz       Andretti          1m06.4124s
 2.  Jack Hawksworth    Schmidt Peterson  1m06.4402s  + 0.0278s
 3.  Peter Dempsey      Belardi           1m06.6309s  + 0.2185s
 4.  Gabby Chaves       Schmidt Peterson  1m06.7122s  + 0.2998s
 5.  Zach Veach         Andretti          1m06.8347s  + 0.4223s
 6.  Sage Karam         Schmidt Peterson  1m06.9612s  + 0.5488s
 7.  Juan Pablo Garcia  Moore             1m06.9934s  + 0.5810s
 8.  Jorge Goncalvez    Belardi           1m07.2773s  + 0.8649s
 9.  Ethan Ringel       Moore             1m08.3130s  + 1.9006s
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