IRL: Loudon Saturday qualifying Johnny Unser report

August 16, 1997 - Pennzoil 200 Qualifying Report Johnny and the Byrd/Cunningham team have qualified the ...

August 16, 1997 - Pennzoil 200

Qualifying Report

Johnny and the Byrd/Cunningham team have qualified the #10T car solidly in the field for the Pennzoil 200 with a fast speed of 151.498. Johnny, who was one of the first cars out during the qualifying session, drove the car conservatively but still managed to improve his morning practice times by over 5 mph. He is listed unofficially in 20th starting position.

Marco Greco took the pole during qualifying, managing to improve significantly over his earlier practice times, and beating out 2nd place Scott Goodyear by .004 second, the smallest qualifying margin between 1st and 2nd in the IRL's short history. Tomorrow's race looks to be very competitive, as just over two seconds separate the entire field.

Johnny and the team will continue to work on setup and handling during this aftenoon's practice session, scheduled to begin at 5 pm EST. We will have more updates and quotes from Johnny and the other drivers after that practice.

Attached are this morning's practice speeds and the unofficial starting grid.

Johnny Unser Racing ********************************

Pennzoil 200 - Morning Practice Times

 1   Jimmy Kite                 158.199
 2   Tony Stewart                 156.831
 3    Kenny Brack                 156.387
 4    Robbie Buhl                 156.015
 5   Marco Greco                 155.100
 6   E. Salazar                         154.515
 7   S. Goodyear                 154.227
 8   R. Guerrero                 153.469
 9   D. Hamilton                153.105
10   E. Cheever                152.072
11   S. Gregoire                151.854
12   V. Sospiri                  151.600
13   John Paul Jr.                 151.323
14   Arie Luyendyk                150.474
15   Buzz Calkins                150.474
16   Billy Boat                        150.243
17  Buddy Lazier                150.000
18  Robbie Groff                149.611
19  Sam Schmidt                148.260
20  Jim Guthrie                147.851
21  Mark Dismore                147.047
22  J. Unser                        146.026
23  A. Giaffone                145.130
24  Jack Miller                        134.839

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Pennzoil 200 - Unofficial Starting Grid

Row 1 1 #70 Marco Greco 160.594 2 # 6 Scott Goodyear 160.567

Row  2 
 3   #4   Kenny Brack          160.296
 4  #33  Jimmy Kite            160.000
Row  3 
 5  # 7   E. Salazar              159.511
 6  #77  S. Gregoire           156.947
Row  4 
 7   #3  Robbie Buhl           156.728
 8   #5  A. Luyendyk         156.618
Row  5 
 9   #22T  V. Sospiri          155.151
10  #21    R. Guerrero       155.062
Row  6 
11  #18  John Paul Jr.       154.496
12  #14  D. Hamilton        154.377
Row  7 
13  #12  Buzz Calkins            153.922
14   #2  Tony Stewart              153.860
Row  8 
15  #91  Buddy Lazier      153.723
16   #1   Billy Boat           152.559
Row  9 
17  #17  A. Giaffone        152.242
18  #51  Eddie Cheever    151.884
Row  10 
19  #30   Robbie Groff     151.775
20  #10T  J .Unser           151.498
Row  11 
21  #28T Mark Dismore   149.183
22  #27   Jim Guthrie       145.518
Row  12 
23  40  Jack Miller           No Time   
24  99  Sam Schmidt       No Time  

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Jim Guthrie , Scott Goodyear , Jimmy Kite , Kenny Brack , Sam Schmidt , Johnny Unser , John Paul , Jack Miller