AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing teammates J.R. Hildebrand and Sebastian Saavedra, who happen to be 1-2 in the Firestone Indy Lights driver championship standings, will share the front row for the Carneros 100 at Infineon Raceway.
Hildebrand, of Sausilito, Calif., earned his sixth pole start of the season -- the fourth on a road/street circuit -- with a quick lap of 1 minute, 23.0361 seconds on the 2.303-mile, 12-turn natural-terrain course in the 40-minute qualifications.
"I'm excited about this one," said Hildebrand, who is seeking his fourth victory of the season and takes a 63-point lead into the 40-lap race. "It was a big lap to get that time. It's great to come back to Northern California and getting off to a great start on my home track. A good finish tomorrow may go a long way to getting the championship.
"I'm really excited that Sebastian (Saavedra) was able to secure second spot. It gives AFS/AGR the front row."
Saavedra posted his seventh front-row start of the season with a best lap 1:23.4642 on his final lap of the session in the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Inc. car.
"The team did a great job getting the car repaired after the crash this morning," said Saavedra, who went off-course in the lone practice session and make contact with a tire barrier. "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. Now it's about teamwork for tomorrow's race. We have a very competitive car. We showed that and now it's time to bring it home."
Ana Beatriz matched her season high with a third-place starting spot in the No. 20 Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car (1:23.4824). Felipe Guimaraes, competing in his third Firestone Indy Lights race, also will be on Row 2 after a quick lap 1:23.5818 in the No. 29 Bryan Herta Autosport car.
James Hinchcliffe, driving the No. 7 Hinchtown/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car (1:23.6345), will join James Davison in the No. 21 People*s Liberation/Vision Racing entry (1:23.7261) on Row 3. Richard Philippe in the No. 37 Palm Beach International entry (1:23.8510) and Mario Romanacini, driving the No. 5 Revita/Win Brazil/Allied/Andersen Racing car (1:23.8780), will be on the fourth row.
Charlie Kimball, driving the No. 35 Palm Beach International car, had a best lap of 1:23.9205 and will be on the fifth row with Martin Plowman (1:24.0460) in the No. 15 Panther Racing car.