Linus Lundqvist remained consistently fast in the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda qualifying session at Barber Motorsports Park, smashing the track qualifying lap record by more than two seconds on Saturday morning.
Topping the times after six laps, Lundqvist continued to reset the fastest time, padding a gap between he and the other drivers. On his final circuit, the Global Racing Group rookie set a 1:19.280-seconds flyer.
Victor Franzoni held the top time in the early stages of qualifying before getting bested by Lundqvist. Franzoni, who has a vast competition history at Barber, pitted for a fresh set of Hankook slicks with just under 15-minutes left in the session. After a few laps on new tires, Franzoni started to reel in Lundqvist, getting within .079-seconds of the championship leader. However, Lundqvist picked up the tempo as Franzoni closed in, finishing with a time .384-seconds ahead of the Newman Wachs Racing pilot.
With under five minutes remaining in the 30-minute qualifying, Joshua Car also made a quick pit stop for fresh tires. That decision by his Crosslink Competition squad made all the difference for Car as he quickly shot into 1:19s after being mid-pack. Car will start on point of Row 2 with HMD Motorsports rookie David Malukas beside him.
Nicky Hays (GRG), Jordan MIssig (Newman Wachs Racing), Jacob Abel (Abel Motorsports), James Roe Jr. (GRG), Dario Cangialosi (GRG) and Danial Frost (Andretti Autosport) rounded out the top-10 times. (All times provisional)
Race 1 starts today at 12:55 p.m. The weekend culminates Sunday with two additional 35-minute races (8:00 a.m. and noon). The tripleheader FR Americas event will be open to fans. Tickets are only available at the gate, $20 per day or $35 for the weekend, the event is cashless, only debit and credit cards will be accepted.
All feature races will be live streamed world-wide on FanRacing.Live. Fans can follow qualifying times on the Race Monitor App or on FRAmericas.com