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Sebastian Saavedra wins 1st career pole after Hunter-Reay crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay drives through a turn during practice for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Ryan Hunter-Reay drives through a turn during practice for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Will Power, of Australia, drives through a turn during qualifications for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Will Power, of Australia, drives through a turn during qualifications for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay drives through a turn during qualifications for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Ryan Hunter-Reay drives through a turn during qualifications for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

Sebastian Saavedra has won the pole for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis when Ryan Hunter-Reay was stripped of his two fastest laps for bringing out the red flag during the final qualifying group.

Hunter-Reay had just moved to the top of the Fast Six in Friday qualifying when he lost control of his car on a wet track while exiting Turn 14. The car slid for some time before backing into the wall.

The IndyCar rule is to strip a driver of his two fastest laps for bringing out a red flag during qualifying.

That dropped Hunter-Reay to third and Saavedra won the first pole of his career. The Colombian turned a lap at 1 minute, 23.8822 seconds. He'll start on the front row next to rookie Jack Hawksworth.