Ed Jones claimed pole in Indy Lights at Barber Motorsports Park, seeing off the challenge of the relatively inexperienced Zach Claman De Melo in qualifying.
Second-year Carlin driver Jones beat De Melo to top spot by 0.173 seconds. De Melo, who drove for Carlin in Britain’s F3 Cup last year, edged out Dean Stoneman for a place on the front row by less than a hundredth of a second.
Three tenths off pole in fourth was RC Enerson, who had Shelby Blackstock and Santiago Urrutia both within 0.02s.
Zach Veach beat his Belardi team-mate Felix Rosenqvist to seventh, while Kyle Kaiser and Scott Hargrove rounded out the top 10. Jones’ Carlin team-mates Felix Serralles and Neil Alberico had to make do with 12th and 14th respectively.