By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
One of the most talked about newcomers to the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series, Colton Herta, paced the final few minutes of qualifying en route to his maiden pole for the second race of the St. Petersburg doubleheader weekend.
The driver of the No. 98 Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing Mazda set a time of 1 minute, 06.5465 seconds.
Last year’s championship runner-up, Santi Urrutia, will start alongside Herta in his No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing Mazda/Dallara IL-15.
Dalton Kellett occupies the third spot with rookie Pato O’Ward completing row two in his No. 3 Team Pelfrey Mazda.
Kyle Kaiser rounds out the top five with his fifth-place qualifying effort in the No. 18 Juncos Racing Mazda.
Aaron Telitz, polesitter for race one, struggled during the session and will start the second race from 10th.
The green flag drops for Race 2 of the Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Cooper Tires tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. ET. Fans can tune into racecontrol.indycar.com to catch all the action.