Brabham secures second row as Razia claims pole

The tribute Matthew Brabham is running on his Indy Lights car

The tribute Matthew Brabham is running on his Indy Lights car

Fresh from his Indy road course win, Luiz Razia has claimed pole for the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Brazilian put the #7 car on the top spot as the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver pipped English driver Jack Harvey.

Matthew Brabham, who scored victory in the opening race on the Indy road course recently, will start from third place.

Brabham is running a tribute to his grandfather Sir Jack Brabham, who died peacefully at his Gold Coast home earlier this week, on his #83 Andretti Autosports entry.

The 20-year-old’s team-mate and Indy Lights points leader Zack Veach will share the second row after clocking the fourth fastest time.

“We struggled a little bit in practice, and it’s hard to tell where everybody ends up with tows and what not,” Brabham said.

“For the first time being here (Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval), I’m happy.

“The guys at Andretti Autosport have done such an amazing job this year, and hopefully we can get that United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED car on the front row tomorrow.”

The 40-lap Freedom 100 will run in the early hours of tomorrow morning immediately following final practice for the 98th Indianapolis 500 as part of the Carb Day activities.

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