Yang Ou returned to iracing and picked up right where he left off. Yang won the pole Saturday for the inaugural Open-Wheels 500 Presented by Mitchell Transmissions. he edged Wilson Neto by 0.009 seconds. Neto had the fastest lap, 39.101 seconds, and both drivers had two laps over 230 mph. Yang’s other two laps were higher in the 229 range than Neto’s 229 mph laps. Both drivers earned their spots on second qualifying attempts.
After receiving the Pit Lane Parley Pole Award, Yang said, It was “a no-brainer to go out again. I was little conservative on my second run, but just enough.” For next Sunday’s race day, he is looking for “a little more speed” and to “learn to drive in traffic.”
Sunday’s race will e his first race in the IR-18. Yang previously drove the DW 12.
Neto had the fastest lap of the day at 230.173 mph. “I knew I had car to be in the top 5,” Neto said. To prepare for the race, he will run a couple of races during the week.
65 cars completed qualifying attempts yesterday. On the bubble in 33rd position is Niall McBride with an average time of 39.292.
Bump Day is currently ongoing and ends at 5:50 pm, when the field of 33 will be set for the race.