Romancini wins Indy Lights pole
Although neither RLR/Andersen Racing driver had ever driven a lap at the Milwaukee Mile before the first Firestone Indy Lights practice session Saturday morning, they qualified first and third Saturday afternoon for tomorrow's Husar's House of Fine Diamonds 100 presented by Charter.
Mario Romancini gave the Palmetto, Fla.-based team its first pole in this series and he established new one-lap and two-lap track records with the RLR/Andersen Racing No. 5 sponsored by Andersen Racing, Revita Recycling, Win Brazil Marketing, Allied Interior Products and Lafarge North America.
The 21-year-old from Sao Paulo, Brazil ran two laps in 24.8030 seconds (147.321 miles per hour) and 24.6423 seconds (148.282 mph) for a new two-lap record of 49.4453 seconds (147.800 mph), cutting 0.7129 of a second off the old mark.
The previous mark was set by a former Andersen Racing Star Mazda driver, Pablo Donoso, last year at 50.1582 (145.699 mph).
A former RLR/Andersen Racing driver, J.R. Hildebrand, qualified second. Summerton will be right behind Romancini and beside Sebastian Saavedra when the green flag flies Sunday at 11:30 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. Eastern). The 16-car, 100-lap race on the 1.015-mile oval is scheduled to be shown live on indycar.com and tape-delayed on VERSUS at 4 p.m. Eastern on Monday.
Qualifying Saturday for the Husar's House of Fine Diamonds 100 presented by Charter Firestone Indy Lights event on the 1-mile The Milwaukee Mile, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver and speed:
1. (5) Mario Romancini, 147.800
2. (26) J.R. Hildebrand, 146.927
3. (9) Jonathan Summerton, 146.739
4. (27) Sebastian Saavedra, 146.552
5. (11) Wade Cunningham, 146.387
6. (44) Gustavo Yacaman, 146.283
7. (21) James Davison, 146.166
8. (2) Andrew Prendeville, 145.845
9. (16) Pippa Mann, 145.176
10. (7) James Hinchcliffe, 144.825
11. (28) Daniel Herrington, 143.569
12. (37) Pablo Donoso, 142.422
13. (15) Martin Plowman, 142.334
14. (3) Sergey Mokshantsev, 137.031
15. (35) Charlie Kimball, 130.478
16. (55) Rodrigo Barbosa, 128.741