Gustavo Yacaman took pole position for Friday's Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Colombian's Team Moore No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, posted a two-lap aggregate time of 1m35.9913s (an average speed of 187.517mph) to edge Victor Carbone for the top spot in the Firestone Indy Lights race, which is set to run at noon ET on Friday at IMS. The race airs live NBC Sports Network.
"The team has done an amazing job," said Yacaman, who hasn't posted a top 10 in three previous races on the 2.5-mile oval. "Everything on that car had to be perfect to do what we just did. The car was great and the first lap was really fast.
"To be honest, this kind of oval is more about the car, the team and the engineer than the driving, really. I owe it all to my team."
Carlos Munoz tied his season best of third in qualifying the No. 26 Team Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport (187.009 mph), while Jorge Goncalvez -- the first of 19 qualifiers -- was fourth (186.794) in the No. 4 Belardi Auto Racing car to tie his season best.
"I was the first guy out so I did the best I could," Goncalvez said. "I just found out my position at the end of qualifying and I think the race is going to be good for us. We will just have to make sure we finish the race so we can earn more points."
Yacaman's teammate David Ostella qualified a career-best fifth, ahead of Brandon Wagner, Alon Day and series debutante Emerson Newton-John in the No. 42 Fan Force United entry.
Series points leader Sebastian Saavedra, who will start 24th in the Indianapolis 500, qualified 10th ahead of Tristan Vautier, who sits second in the standings, while Esteban Guerrieri's streak of top-five starts ended at 17 as he'lll start 11th.
Pos Driver Team Speed
1. Gustavo Yacaman Moore 187.517mph
2. Victor Carbone Sam Schmidt 187.166mph
3. Carlos Munoz Andretti 187.009mph
4. Jorge Goncalvez Belardi 186.609mph
5. David Ostella Moore 186.530mph
6. Brandon Wagner E 186.419mph
7. Alon Day Belardi 186.337mph
8. Emerson Newton-John Fan Force 186.306mph
9. Tristan Vautier Sam Schmidt 186.246mph
10. Sebastian Saavedra AFS/Andretti 185.731mph
11. Esteban Guerrieri Sam Schmidt 185.437mph
12. Armaan Ebrahim Fan Force 185.324mph
13. Peter Dempsey Younessi 185.313mph
14. Oli Webb Schmidt 185.288mph
15. Anders Krohn Bryan Herta 184.845mph
16. Joao Horto Juncos 184.754mph
17. Mike Larrison Belardi 184.735mph
18. Chase Austin Bryan Herta 184.678mph
19. Juan Pablo Garcia Jeffrey Mark 184.494mph