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Barber Indy Lights: Zach Veach takes pole position

Zach Veach, Andretti, Barber Indy Lights 2014

Zach Veach took pole position for the first race in this weekend's Indy Lights double-header at Barber.

The Andretti driver, who also claimed pole at Long Beach a fortnight ago, produced a 1m17.6582s lap to move to the top of the timesheets with around seven minutes remaining, and his time stood until the chequered flag.

Before Veach made his move, the driver to beat had been his main title rival Gabby Chaves.

The Colombian did manage to improve his time in response to Veach, but not by enough to make a difference.

Indeed, it was not even enough for him to retain a place on the front row, with Alex Baron sneaking into second by just 0.06 seconds.

The grid for the second race on Sunday will be nominally based upon the second-fastest lap times from Friday's sole qualifying session, with the caveat that drivers can improve upon their starting positions if they post a lap faster than their qualifying time in Saturday's race.

Pos Driver             Team/Engine  Time        Gap     
 1. Zach Veach         Andretti     1m17.3743s          
 2. Alex Baron         Belardi      1m17.5252s  +0.1509s
 3. Gabby Chaves       Belardi      1m17.5905s  +0.2162s
 4. Luiz Razia         Schmidt      1m17.6632s  +0.2889s
 5. Jack Harvey        Schmidt      1m17.8060s  +0.4317s
 6. Matthew Brabham    Andretti     1m17.8990s  +0.5247s
 7. Juan Pablo Garcia  Schmidt      1m18.0670s  +0.6927s
 8. Juan Piedrahita    Schmidt      1m18.1319s  +0.7576s
 9. Zack Meyer         Moore        1m18.3625s  +0.9882s
10. Vittorio Ghirelli  Moore        1m18.4303s  +1.0560s
11. Lloyd Read         Herta        1m19.1670s  +1.7927s
12. Scott Anderson     Fan Force    1m19.5499s  +2.1756s
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