By Patrick Stephan

Neil Alberico just beat Daniel Burkett in Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires qualifying here at St. Pete. The gap of 0.0449 seconds came as Alberico set his fast lap about five from the end, while Burkett mustered his best lap on his final of 20 laps.

Thanks to yesterday’s rain, most drivers have a new set of tires for both this qualifying session and both races this weekend.

There were a couple minor incidents, with Garret Grist finding the turn 5 runoff and Timothe Buret noising slightly in to T10 tires, but he was able to back out and come around to complete the last lap of the session.

Alberico, 22, who hails from Redlands, California finished 3rd in last year’s ProMazda championship to Spencer Pigot and Scott Hargrove – both of whom have moved up to Indy Lights for 2015.

Pos Car Name FTime Diff Laps FL Team
1 3 Neil Alberico 01:11.68 0 22 16 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
2 2 Daniel Burkett 01:11.72 0.0449 20 20 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
3 81 Santiago Urrutia 01:11.78 0.1025 22 21 Team Pelfrey
4 7 Jose Gutierrez 01:11.79 0.1109 21 17 Juncos Racing
5 6 Timothe Buret 01:11.87 0.197 20 16 Juncos Racing
6 82 Pato O’Ward 01:11.88 0.2051 21 18 Team Pelfrey
7 19 Raoul Owens 01:11.91 0.2324 21 16 JDC MotorSports
8 23 Will Owen 01:11.98 0.3023 20 19 Juncos Racing
9 22 Weiron Tan 01:12.04 0.3658 21 7 Andretti Autosport
10 10 Florian Latorre 01:12.05 0.3718 20 7 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
11 5 Garett Grist 01:12.36 0.6865 15 7 Juncos Racing
12 91 Kyle Connery 01:12.46 0.7813 20 14 JDC MotorSports
13 28 Dalton Kellett 01:12.46 0.7853 17 17 Andretti Autosport
14 14 Alessandro Latif 01:12.71 1.0317 22 21 World Speed Motorsports
15 26 Parker Nicklin 01:13.32 1.6382 20 11 JDC MotorSports
16 13 Bobby Eberle(E) 01:14.56 2.8788 21 9 World Speed Motorsports
17 37 Jay Horak(E) 01:15.90 4.2254 17 10 M1 Racing