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Colton Herta Takes First Indy Lights Pole for Race 2 at St. Pete

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.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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