Gamble pays off for Hinchcliffe - Press-Telegram
LONG BEACH - Not everything is going J.K. Vernay's way in the Firestone Indy Lights series.
Vernay, the leader in the Indy Lights standings and winner of the first two races, had his top lap taken away when a caution flag came out during qualifying on Saturday for the Indy Lights race in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
James Hinchcliffe won the pole and will start alongside Vernay, who won the season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the following race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
Hinchcliffe said luck was on his side during qualifying for the Long Beach race. His team also factored in untimely cautions and used a risky tire strategy during the one-hour qualifying session.
"It's definitely a little bit of luck on our side," said Hinchcliffe, a driver for Team Moore Racing. "Part of the reason why we went so early with that last set of tires was because of so many yellow flags in the session; we wanted to make sure we didn't get held up and caught up in a yellow."
Charlie Kimball, a driver from Camarillo, qualified third. He said he felt like his car was good enough to put on the pole, but he ran out of time when the final caution flew.