Hinchcliffe on St. Pete Indy Lights pole

James Hinchcliffe will start from the pole in the Indy Lights Series season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg. Hinchcliffe, who spent 2009 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports, moved to the N0. 2 entry this year. "Pole is a fantastic place to start,...

James Hinchcliffe will start from the pole in the Indy Lights Series season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg. Hinchcliffe, who spent 2009 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports, moved to the N0. 2 entry this year. "Pole is a fantastic place to start, and it's such a great way to start the season,"

"Huge thanks to all the Team Moore guys," he continued. "Our deal came together really late, but we were able to put together a great group of people. All their hard work paid off. Hopefully we can keep the car underneath us for 45 laps. Just a great way to start. I'm really, really pleased."

Sam Schmidt Motorsports newcomer J.K Vernay will start alongside Hinchcliffe. "Being on the first row is a good thing, but I really wanted to be on the pole because it is an advantage for the first corner here. It's not bad. We have the performance, and the car is really fast. We worked really well with my engineer (Tim Neff). I know I don't have to take too much risk because I need to score points for the championship, but we will see what happens tomorrow. I'm happy, but it would have been nice to win the pole for my first race."

Sebastian Saavedra moved from AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing (now Andretti Autosport) to the No. 29 entry of Bryan Herta Autosport. Saavedra will start third.

"It was a very interesting qualifying session," said Saavedra. "I had an incredible car coming out of the second practice session, but with the temperature, the track was really slippery. We had to make some changes to compensate, but we were right there. A lot of people were nervous for those last 10 minutes. There was a very critical three minutes to go, and I was trying to save to try to do my best, but a yellow flag didn't let me. I think third place is good. I am going to try to keep it safe for the first corner and go for it in the race."

Jan Heylan and Martin Plowman round out the top five starters in the 16 car field.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , Sam Schmidt , James Hinchcliffe , Sebastian Saavedra , Martin Plowman
Teams Andretti Autosport , Bryan Herta Autosport