Wade Cunningham earned the pole position at Kansas, the eighth of his career. It's his first pole since Watkins Glen in 2007.

"I'm really happy to be on the pole," said Cunningham. "I thought the Panther guys were going to put up a challenge, especially after their strength in preseason oval testing."

Cunningham is competing with Sam Schmidt Motorsports this season, a team that is running four cars.

"Being a four-car team, it's pretty tough to get it all working in the same direction," Cunningham said. "We've made a lot of progress in the past two weekends, but it's good to come back to an oval."

Sebastian Saavedra qualified second, driving an AFS Racing entry with Ana Beatriz in another Sam Schmidt machine starting third.

"It was a great run for my team," said Saavedra, who will be making his fourth Indy Lights start. "We're thinking about the championship, so we're going to try to do our best tomorrow."

Beatriz has been pleased with her car all day. She thought she had a good qualifying run and expects to be able to improve her position in the race.

J.R. Hildebrand will start fourth in the second AFS Racing entry.

"It was a decent day for the 26 car," said Hildebrand, who won this race last year. "I was hoping to be on the pole, but starting on the second row is not bad."

Pippa Mann rounds out the top five starters, followed by Mario Romancini, Charlie Kimball and James Davison.

Martin Plowman and Andrew Prendeville will start on the fifth row.