IRL: Conseco/Foyt/Boat Atlanta Qualifying Report

* Driving the No. 11 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Dallara-Aurora on Goodyear tires, Billy Boat earned the fifth PPG Pole Award of his Pep Boys IRL career today at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his fourth PPG Pole this season. In every race he qualified...

* Driving the No. 11 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Dallara-Aurora on Goodyear tires, Billy Boat earned the fifth PPG Pole Award of his Pep Boys IRL career today at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his fourth PPG Pole this season. In every race he qualified for this se ason, Billy has started from the front row (Phoenix-second; Indy-pole; Texas-second; New Hampshire-pole; Pikes Peak-pole; Atlanta-pole).

* On the Pep Boys Indy Racing League's first visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway, Billy Boat set a track record with his best qualifying lap of 224.145 mph (24.734 seconds).

* Billy Boat earned $20,000 and the PPG Pole Award for winning back-to-back poles. His chief mechanic, Craig Baranouski, earned $10,000, a trophy and a Tag Heuer watch as the True Value Pole Winning Chief Mechanic.

* Billy Boat about qualifying: "In the last practice session we had low battery voltage. That's why we came in and started looking for the problem. It was with the alternator, but we never really did find the trouble so we missed our turn in line. That 's something we'll have to work on for the race. We finally decided to chance it and hope the battery would stay up long enough to get the qualifying run in, and it did. I couldn't really ask for more from the Conseco car. A.J. (Foyt) and Craig Baranou ski do such a great job of getting this car perfect for qualifying. That's the key. You've got to have the car perfectly balanced and throw in all the little things we do with the car that gives us that extra edge."

* Billy Boat about race tomorrow:  "I didn't really take advantage of
starting on the pole at Pikes Peak.  Tomorrow I'll concentrate on trying
to get a clean start.  This race is going to be different than Pikes Peak. 
It's going to be a sprint.  We're going to be running pretty much flat
out this whole race.  You're going to see guys drafting and five and six
guys running together, dicing around.  It should be a lot of fun. "

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Billy Boat , A.J. Foyt