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St Pete lap record underlines King's royal debut

The most surprising stat about Robert Wickens taking pole for his first Verizon IndyCar Series race is that he wasn't the fastest rookie on the day. That honor went to Jordan King, also making his series debut in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet. The Briton, who comes to IndyCar from FIA Formula 2, set a new track record for the St. Petersburg street circuit of 1m00.0476s in the opening round of qualifying, eclipsing Will Power's old standard set in 2016. Although Jordan "only" managed fourth in the Fast Six, making him the third-fastest rookie behind Wickens and A.J. Foyt Racing's Matheus Leist (third), it was a spectacular debut nonetheless. But to the man...
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