Hinchcliffe wins pole for Indy Lights race
James Hinchcliffe earned his third Firestone Indy Lights pole of 2010 by topping Sunoco Pole Qualifying for the Corning 100.
The Canadian recorded a lap of 1:37.3594 in the No. 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling -TMR car. He was followed by rookies Stefan Wilson (1:37.6394) and J.K. Vernay (1:38.1532).
The Corning 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4. Indy Lights Lineup at Watkins Glen
1. (2) James Hinchcliffe, 1:37.3594 (124.610)
2. (28) Stefan Wilson, 1:37.6394 (124.253)
3. (7) J.K. Vernay, 1:38.1532 (123.603)
4. (29) Sebastian Saavedra, 1:38.2258 (123.511)
5. (22) Adrian Campos Jr., 1:38.4672 (123.209)
6. (26) Charlie Kimball, 1:38.4997 (123.168)
7. (27) Martin Plowman, 1:38.5765 (123.072)
8. (10) Gustavo Yacaman, 1:38.6973 (122.921)
9. (49) Philip Major, 1:38.8110 (122.780)
10. (4) Anders Krohn, 1:38.8202 (122.768)
11. (40) Dan Clarke, 1:38.8716 (122.705)
12. (11) Pippa Mann, 1:39.4400 (122.003)
13. (18) Rodrigo Barbosa, 1:41.6055 (119.403)
14. (77) James Winslow, 1:43.9384 (116.723)
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 2 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling, pole): "This track is just incredible. Getting a chance to drive here is just awesome. I really enjoy coming here. The team gave me a great car. A huge thanks to (engineer) Lee Dykstra. The car really let me push my limits and the limits of the racetrack. It was just so much fun to drive. Huge credit to the boys. It was really good."
STEFAN WILSON (No. 28 Bryan Herta Autosport, second): "I'm really pleased with the performance this weekend. We've been really strong all weekend. It's just a shame the No. 2 car is up there ahead of us. He's beaten me in both practices and now qualifying. I have to thank my guys. They've done a lot of work this weekend. We're working really hard right now to make gains in the championship. We've got a solid starting position for the race. We just now have to think about our race cars and make the right calls."
CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 26 Levemir FlexPen, sixth): "I think we have a really good race car for tomorrow. It wasn't an ideal qualifying session. I made a mistake and spun, causing the yellow, so they took away my best lap as per the rules. But the car is really consistent. With a little work, the No. 26 Levemir FlexPen car should be on the podium."
MARTIN PLOWMAN (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing, seventh): "That was a really tough qualifying session. All weekend we've been struggling to get a good bit of speed. We just haven't been able to quite get things together. For qualifying, I went out and drove my heart out. That last lap, I laid everything on the line and launched myself from P8 to P5. I know we have a very good race car. I'm looking forward to the race."