Andretti Green Racing/AFS Racing drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Sebastian Saavedra will start from the front row in Sunday's Carneros 100 Indy Lights race at Infineon Raceway. "I'm really excited about this one, said Hildebrand, who lives in nearby Saulsiltio, Calif. "A good finish tomorrow may go a long way to getting the championship."
With three races remaining, Hildebrand leads his teammate by 63 points.
This is the second time the team has swept the front row. Both drivers started on the front row at Kentucky when the grid was set by points. This is Hildebrand's fifth pole of the season while Saavedra is making his seventh front row appearance this season. "I'm very happy," said Saavedra. "The team did a great job getting the car repaired after the crash this morning. It's also our (team's) first official front row starting sweep. I'm very happy for J.R. It's great to have him by my side."
Saavedra, who tested an IndyCar at Infineon recently, spun at Turn 2 during the Indy Lights practice session. He made contact with the tire barrier and the car was taken back to the paddock dangling from the back of a tow truck.
Ana Beatriz matched her season best qualifying effort and will start third. Beatriz was pleased with her time but was quick to add that she missed second place by two hundredths of a second. It's "a little frustrating," she said. "Still, this is a great result for the entire team.
Felipe Guimaraes makes his third Indy Lights appearance and will start fourth for Bryan Herta Autosport. "It was difficult to post a faster time with all the traffic but I'm quite happy with the effort," he said. "It will be very difficult to overtake on this track but I'm going to try to put a loot of pressure on those in front and wait fro them to make a mistake."
Guimaraes made his series debut at Watkins Glen and finished third. He finished fourth at Mid-Ohio.
James Hinchcliffe and James Davison will share the third row.