Oliver Askew has taken pole for the USF2000 finale at Watkins Glen, beating his prime championship challenger Rinus VeeKay by just 0.11sec.
The Cape Motorsports driver’s eighth pole in 14 races means he now takes a lead of 15 points into the race – which means that should VeeKay win, Askew needs only to finish fourth to clinch the title.
VeeKay was more than half a second faster than third-placed qualifier Kory Enders, who nonetheless took his best grid position of the year and edged DeForce Racing teammate Andres Gutierrez by half a tenth.
Kaylen Frederick was fifth for Team Pelfrey ahead of Calvin Ming’s Pabst Racing entry which was nonetheless a full second off pole. Darren Keane and Niall Murray were seventh and ninth for Newman Wachs Racing, split by Alexandre Baron of ArmsUp Motorsports.
The second Pabst car of Lucas Kohl completed the top 10.
The race is due to start at 1.15pm ET today, Saturday.