The Firestone Indy Lights Series has a tight championship race going on between teammates -- and it got just a little tighter during Saturday's qualifying.
Tristan Vautier, currently second in points, won the pole for Sunday's race and the point that goes with it to close within six of Esteban Guerrieri, his Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate, who was second fastest.
"The fun thing about this team," said Vautier, "is that they let us fight for the title. But they say, 'Don't do nothing silly.'"
Vautier covered the 2.04-mile course in 1 minute, 23.6893 seconds at 87.753 mph on his pole-winning lap. Schmidt's second-place run was 1:24.4943 at 86.917 mph.
Vautier said the chicane, installed Friday night to slow the cars and help to keep them on the track surface -- instead of flying through the air like IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud did Friday -- did nothing to hinder him in his qualifying run.
Guerrieri wasn't as pleased with the course change. "I lose two seconds there," he said. "Not good."