Chaves edges Dempsey for Mid-Ohio Indy Lights pole

Chaves edges Dempsey for Mid-Ohio Indy Lights pole

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Chaves edges Dempsey for Mid-Ohio Indy Lights pole


Gabby Chaves triumphed in a tough battle with Peter Dempsey to secure pole for the Firestone Indy Lights race at Mid-Ohio.

The Colombian secured the top spot on his final lap with a 1m13.3306s, beating Dempsey — who also saved his best lap for last — by 0.136 second. But the pair had dominated most of the session, regularly trading fastest times right through the final 20 minutes.

Jack Hawksworth’s final lap was good enough to place him third on the grid, a further 0.1sec behind Dempsey, with Carlos Munoz recovering from a quiet start to the session to get himself onto the second row.

Axcil Jeffries, making his debut this weekend with BHA, was among the leaders early on before being shuffled back to sixth, just behind Zach Veach.

Sage Karam will start from ninth after his car spent most of the session undergoing repairs in the garage following an incident in the opening minutes.

Pos  Driver               Team         Time        Gap 1.  Gabby Chaves         Schmidt      1m13.3306s 2.  Peter Dempsey        Belardi      1m13.4633s  +0.1327s 3.  Jack Hawksworth      Schmidt      1m13.6700s  +0.3394s 4.  Carlos Munoz         Andretti     1m13.6748s  +0.3442s 5.  Zach Veach           Andretti     1m13.9403s  +0.6097s 6.  Axcil Jefferies      BHA          1m14.0317s  +0.7011s 7.  Juan Pablo Garcia    Moore        1m14.1037s  +0.7731s 8.  Jorge Goncalvez      Belardi      1m14.3669s  +1.0363s 9.  Sage Karam           Schmidt      1m14.7407s  +1.4101s10.  Matthew Di Leo       MDL/Dragffy  1m15.0978s  +1.7672s11.  Giancarlo Serenelli  Belardi      1m16.4009s  +3.0703s