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IL: Vernay on pole in Alabama

The Frenchman's Indy Lights arrival continues to cause waves as he takes pole position at Barber Motorsports Park by half a second
Jean-Karl Vernay picked up where he left off from St. Petersburg to claim his first Firestone Indy Lights pole position at Barber Motorsports Park.

The Frenchman claimed victory on his series debut last time out, albeit from second position on the grid, but the former F3 Euroseries race winner was in even better form driving his Sam Schmidt entry to take pole in Alabama by almost half a second.

“I am very happy to be on the pole because yesterday we didn't have very good practice runs," he said. "I finished P7 in practice and wasn't very confident heading into today. We worked really late and my crew did a great job on my car. This proves that when you work hard, it pays off.

"Now we have to focus on the race, especially the starts because my starts have not been very good. I think it will help that I am starting first."

Charlie Kimball will join him on the front row in second position, ahead of his AFS team-mate Martin Plowman, who posted a series-high grid slot in third.

Sebastian Saavedra will start fourth, ahead of James Hinchcliffe and rookies Stefan Wilson and Niall Quinn.

Of the remaining British drivers, James Winslow was ninth fastest, while Indy Lights debutant Dan Clarke just missed out on the top ten in 11th and will begin alongside fellow Briton Pippa Mann.


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