Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports said he was speechless after claiming the Verizon P1 Award for his first ever Verizon IndyCar race.

The Canadian becomes the first rookie since Sebastien Bourdais to take pole in his opening race which also came at St Petersburg back in 2003.

Wickens fought off tricky conditions which saw him claim pole on a damp track using slicks.

Starting the race alongside Wickens on the front row will be Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet. Speaking following qualifying Wickens commented by saying:

It was just chaos – half wet, half dry. “I like those conditions a lot. As a kid my whole career, I’ve seemed to excel in that type of session, and thankfully the team and everyone on the Lucas Oil car did a great job getting us on track at the right time with the right tire, with the whole procedure.

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