IPS: IRL: Kansas: Saturday report

Rice Earns Pole at Kansas; Medeiros Wins Aventis Racing for Kids 100 KANSAS CITY, Kan., Saturday, July 3, 2004 -- Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice turned a lap at 26.0396 seconds, 210.141 mph, to win the pole for the Argent Mortgage Indy 300...

Rice Earns Pole at Kansas; Medeiros Wins Aventis Racing for Kids 100

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Saturday, July 3, 2004 -- Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice turned a lap at 26.0396 seconds, 210.141 mph, to win the pole for the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Rice won his third career pole and third pole of the season. He also won the pole at the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and at the Indianapolis 500 in May.

"Our car has been quite good for qualifying at all the tracks," Rice said. "We were just waiting to see what the weather was going to do. Every time the cars went out, it got better. (The team) made some adjustments right before qualifying, and it seemed to work. The team's been doing an excellent job."

Points leader Tony Kanaan will line up next to Rice on the front row after turning a lap at 26.0968 seconds, 209.681 mph, on the 1.5-mile oval, while Vitor Meira will start third after turning a lap at 26.1391 seconds, 209.342 mph.

Townsend Bell, who is making his IRL IndyCar Series debut with Panther Racing this weekend, will start seventh. Jeff Simmons, who replaced the recently retired Al Unser Jr. at Patrick Racing, will line up 20th.

The 21-car field was separated by .6868 of a second, the fifth-closest field in IndyCar Series history.

Also Saturday, Thiago Medeiros continued his dominating run in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series, leading every lap of the Aventis Racing for Kids 100.

Medeiros held off Paul Dana to win his third consecutive Menards Infiniti Pro Series race.

"We didn't have the best car setup today," Medeiros said. "I had to make a lot of adjustments in the car to improve the handling around the corners. I knew I didn't have the best setup, so I just saved the tires for the end."

Al Unser, the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., finished third in his Menards Infiniti Pro Series debut.

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Tony Kanaan , Townsend Bell , Buddy Rice , Jeff Simmons , Paul Dana , Al Unser , Thiago Medeiros , Vitor Meira