Andretti Autosport and Sam Schmidt Motorsports drivers locked out the top five positions on the grid for Sunday's third round of the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights season on the streets of Long Beach. Sebastian Saavedra scored his second straight pole position, after doing likewise last race at Barber Motorsports Park.
Saavedra eclipsed Tristan Vautier late in the session, the Frenchman making late contact and limping back to the pit lane. As he did not bring out a red flag, he did not lose his fastest lap. Saavedra's 1:14.6143 beat Vautier's 1:14.7007. Esteban Guerrieri, Oliver Webb and Carlos Munoz completed the top five.
Series debutantes Nick Andries (BHA) and Alex Jones (Brooks Associates Racing) start 10th and 14th, respectively.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Sebastian Saavedra AFS/Andretti 1m14.6143s
2. Tristan Vautier Schmidt 1m14.7007s + 0.0864s
3. Esteban Guerrieri Schmidt 1m14.7757s + 0.1614s
4. Oliver Webb Schmidt 1m14.8661s + 0.2518s
5. Carlos Munoz Andretti 1m14.9430s + 0.3287s
6. Gustavo Yacaman Moore 1m15.1221s + 0.5078s
7. Victor Carbone Schmidt 1m15.1889s + 0.5746s
8. Juan Pablo Garcia Jeffrey Mark 1m16.0498s + 1.4355s
9. David Ostella Moore 1m16.1165s + 1.5022s
10. Nick Andries Bryan Herta 1m16.3997s + 1.7854s
11. Jorge Goncalvez Belardi 1m16.5124s + 1.8981s
12. Darryl Wills Hillenburg 1m16.8070s + 2.1927s
13. Armaan Ebrahim Fan Force 1m16.9871s + 2.3728s
14. Alex Jones Brooks 1m17.3217s + 2.7074s
15. Alon Day Belardi 1m17.9107s + 3.2964s