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St Petersburg Indy Lights: qualifying cancelled, Chaves handed pole

Gabby Chaves

Gabby Chaves has been handed pole position for this weekend's Indy Lights season-opener at St Petersburg after qualifying was cancelled due to bad weather.

Storms rolled through the St Petersburg area just as the qualifying was scheduled to start, and rain continued for the next two hours.

Organisers managed to reschedule most of the day's other affected sessions, including IndyCar qualifying, however time limitations mean that the Lights grid will be determined by combined practice times.

Consequently, Chaves will be joined on the front row by Andretti's Zach Veach, who was 0.25s shy of Chaves' 1m08.4529s benchmark.

Veach's team-mate Matthew Brabham will make his series debut from third, alongside fellow rookie and AutoGP champion Vittorio Ghirelli.

Among the other notable debutants, 2012 British F3 champion Jack Harvey will start from sixth on the grid, one place ahead of former Virgin and Team Lotus F1 test driver Luiz Razia.

Starting grid

Pos Driver
 1. Gabby Chaves
 2. Zach Veach
 3. Matthew Brabham
 4. Vittorio Ghirelli
 5. Scott Anderson
 6. Jack Harvey
 7. Luiz Razia
 8. Alex Baron
 9. Zack Meyer
10. Juan Piedrahita
11. Juan Pablo Garcia
12. Lloyd Read

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