Long Beach Indy Lights: Jack Harvey grabs pole for Schmidt

Jack Harvey came out on top of a tightly-contested Indy Lights qualifying battle in Long Beach to secure pole for Sunday's race

Long Beach Indy Lights: Jack Harvey grabs pole for Schmidt

On an afternoon marked by constant jostling for position at the top of the timesheet, Harvey popped up in the final seconds with a 1m12.0405s effort to deny Spencer Pigot.

The gap between the Schmidt and Juncos cars was just 0.07 seconds.

It was equally close just behind them: Pigot's team-mate Kyle Kaiser enjoyed a spell at the top but was squeezed back to third by 0.04s, and points leader Ed Jones was only 0.007s further back.

The step up in performance of the new Lights car over its predecessor was highlighted by the stopwatch: Carlos Munoz's previous Lights qualifying track record of 1m12.9374s was beaten by seven cars.

Those who fell short included ex-Formula 1 driver Max Chilton and Shelby Blackstock, both of whom will start from towards the rear of the grid after scrapes with the wall.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m12.0405s -
2 Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing 1m12.1156s 0.0751s
3 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 1m12.1573s 0.1168s
4 Ed Jones Carlin 1m12.1651s 0.1246s
5 Felix Serralles Belardi Auto Racing 1m12.4725s 0.4320s
6 R.C. Enerson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m12.4984s 0.4579s
7 Scott Anderson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m12.8934s 0.8529s
8 Juan Piedrahita Belardi Auto Racing 1m13.4040s 1.3635s
9 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport 1m13.4802s 1.4397s
10 Max Chilton Carlin 1m13.6334s 1.5929s
11 Ethan Ringel Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m13.6876s 1.6471s
12 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 1m14.9394s 2.8989s

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