Changing track conditions saw the Firestone Indy Lights Series drivers consistently pushing and improving their times every lap in Edmonton qualifying. With a mostly dry track by the finish, two surprises locked out the front row.
Andretti Autosport's Carlos Munoz bumped Belardi Auto Racing's Peter Dempsey on his final lap, a 1:25.5115 to Dempsey's 1:25.5504. Times were still several seconds off Friday practice, but still improved by roughly five-six seconds throughout the session.
“Yesterday we were quick in the dry, and we had a good car,” said Munoz, who scored his first career pole. “Today was a difficult session as it was really wet, knew it would get dry so really waited to push. Last lap, I pushed like the last lap of my life. I hope the weather is on our side later.”
Dempsey starts second in his second race for Belardi, now locked in for the rest of the season and with additional support from TruFuel.
“I was pushing so hard for pole, tried too hard in Turn 3 and lost three tenths,” he admitted. “It's great to get consistency with a team.”
Three Sam Schmidt Motorsports drivers, Esteban Guerrieri, Tristan Vautier and Oliver Webb, completed the top five. Toronto winner Gustavo Yacaman lines up eighth in the 11-car field.