Aaron Telitz who is making his debut this weekend in the Indy Lights 2017 season opener at Saint Petersburg, Florida. The rookie surprised everyone taking the pole position in his first qualifying in the series.

The qualifying started with a red flag caused by Nico Jamin (Andretti Steinbrenner Racing) who went off. When the green flag returned to the track, Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) –who finished third last year in the championship, took the lead.

Santiago Urrutia (Belardi Auto Racing) later took the lead before another red flag. The Uruguayan was leading ahead of Patricio O’Ward (Team Pelfrey) who was the fastest in practice.

The Mexican driver who is only confirmed to race this weekend was on provisional pole position with 3 minutes in the clock, but he went off, caused a red flag and lost the pole position.

This one was for his rival in Pro Mazda, Aaron Telitz (Belardi Auto Racing), who will start from pole position in race 1, ahead of Kaiser, Juan Piedrahita (Team Pelfrey) and the BRDC Formula 3 champion and rookie in Indy Lights as well, Matheus Leist (Carlin).


Pos Driver Team Lap Time Laps
1 Aaron Telitz Belardi Auto Racing 1:07.584 13
2 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 0,387 14
3 Juan Piedrahita Team Pelfrey 0,417 14
4 Matheus Leist (R) Carlin 0,42 15
5 Colton Herta (R) Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 0,486 14
6 Santiago Urrutia Belardi Auto Racing 0,528 15
7 Neil Alberico Carlin 0,636 15
8 Shelby Blackstock Belardi Auto Racing 0,654 14
9 Pato O’Ward (R) Team Pelfrey 0,689 12
10 Zachary Claman de Melo Carlin 0,84 16
11 Nico Jamin (R) Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 0,88 13
12 Dalton Kellett Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 1,079 14
13 Nicolas Dapero (R) Juncos Racing 1,477 14
14 Garth Rickards (R) Carlin 1,971 14
15 Ryan Norman (R) Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 2,4510 7