Martin Plowman set a Firestone Indy Lights track record at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and earned his first Sunoco Pole Award in the process. Plowman, driving the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing car for AFS Racing Andretti...
Martin Plowman set a Firestone Indy Lights track record at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and earned his first Sunoco Pole Award in the process.
Plowman, driving the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing car for AFS Racing Andretti Autosport, had a best lap of 1 minute, 12.8624 seconds during the 45-minute qualifying session for the Mid-Ohio 100.
James Hinchcliffe, who won at Edmonton two weeks ago, will start on the front row for the fourth consecutive race in the No. 2 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling car.
FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS SUNOCO POLE QUALIFYING NOTES:
- Martin Plowman earned his first career Firestone Indy Lights pole. His previous best starting position this season was second at Iowa.
- Plowman also set a new track record for Firestone Indy Lights with his lap of 1:12.8624
- James Hinchcliffe qualified second, his sixth front row starting spot of the season.
- Dan Clarke qualified third, matching his highest starting spot of the year. Clarke also qualified third at Toronto.
FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS SUNOCO POLE QUALIFYING QUOTES:
MARTIN PLOWMAN (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers-KEP Printing, Sunoco Pole Award winner): "I'm quite happy. I knew the car was awesome and it was hooked up. I don't think I breathed the entire three laps. My aerobic strength must be awesome because I didn't pass out (laughter). One of my biggest weaknesses all year has been to push the tires when they are at their peak. It's more of a confidence thing. In Friday's practice, we didn't worry about lap times. I got a lot of help from Michael (Andretti) and we made the car more comfortable to push."
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling - TMR, qualified second): "Starting on the front row is always a good place to be. I was really hoping for pole. Congrats to Martin (Plowman). That was a phenomenal lap, half a second clear of the field. We had a pretty decent balance in the car. On that last run we hit traffic at the wrong places but I don't think we had a half second left in it. I think second is probably the best we had in it and we just have to see if we can hold on to it for the race tomorrow."
The 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Mid-Ohio 100 on Aug. 8 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.