INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Gustavo Yacaman has one victory, 16 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes in four Firestone Indy Lights seasons.
On May 24, the 21-year-old from Colombia filled in another column with his first pole. And it comes in the biggest race of the season.
Yacaman, driving the No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, posted a two-lap aggregate time of 1 minute, 35.9913 seconds (average speed of 187.517 mph) to claim the top spot for the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Miller Lite Carb Day (May 25).
"The team has done an amazing job," said Yacaman, who hasn't posted a top 10 in three previous races on the 2.5-mile oval. "Everything on that car had to be perfect to do what we just did. The car was great and the first lap was really fast (187.940 mph).
"To be honest, this kind of oval is more about the car, the team and the engineer than the driving really. I owe it all to my team."
It was the first pole in the Freedom 100 for Team Moore Racing, and its broke a three-year reign for a Sam Schmidt Motorsports car.
Victor Carbone posted a total time of 1:36.1712 (187.166 mph) in the No. 3 Mav TV/Nevoni/Sam Schmidt Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian car to set a season best and join Yacaman on the front row for the 40-lap race.
Carlos Munoz tied his season best of third in qualifying the No. 26 Team Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport (187.009 mph), while Jorge Goncalvez -- the first of 19 qualifiers -- was fourth (186.794) in the No. 4 Belardi Auto Racing car to tie his career-best.
David Ostella qualified a career-best fifth in the No. 22 TMR-Global Precast-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, and Brandon Wagner earned his first top-10 starting spot in the Freedom 100 in the No. 17 Team E car. Alon Day in the No. 9 Belardi Auto Racing car will be on Row 4 with Emerson Newton-John in the No. 42 Fan Force United entry.
Series points leader Sebastian Saavedra, who will start 24th in the Indianapolis 500, qualified 10th in the No. 27 Team AFS car. Tristan Vautier, who sits second in the standings entering the race in the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/SSM with Curb-Agajanian car, will join Saavedra on Row 5.
Esteban Guerrieri's streak of top-five starts ended at 17 as he'll go off from Row 6 in the No. 11 Pistas Argentinas/SSM with Curb-Agajanian car.