Iowa: Andretti Green Racing qualifying notes

Luyendyk Jr. Captures the Pole for Jen-Weld 100; Matos to start Eighth NEWTON, Iowa (June 20, 2008) Targus/AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. will start on the pole for the Jen-Weld 100, his first start on the Iowa...

Luyendyk Jr. Captures the Pole for Jen-Weld 100; Matos to start Eighth

NEWTON, Iowa (June 20, 2008) Targus/AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. will start on the pole for the Jen-Weld 100, his first start on the Iowa Speedway oval.

Luyendyk qualified with an average speed of 160.397 miles per hour during his qualifying attempt. This is Luyendyk's fifth career pole and first of the 2008 season.

Andretti Green Racing/AFS Racing driver Raphael Matos qualified eighth with an average speed of 159.337 miles per hour during his attempt.

This is the first race for both Luyendyk and Matos at the Iowa Speedway. Luyendyk was quickest in the practice session with Matos 11th.

The Jen-Weld 100 takes the green flag, Saturday, June 21 at 5:15 (EDT) as a part of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 weekend. ESPN2 will air the second Jeld-Wen 100 June 26, at 5:30 p.m. (EDT).

Raphael Matos, #27 AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Firestone
"I wasn't happy with our qualifying run today. The car was really loose during the qualifying run. We are going to have to improve a little bit for the race tomorrow. My teammate is fast, so hopefully we can take from that."

Arie Luyendyk Jr., #26 Targus/AGR/AFS Dallara/Firestone
"Everyone at AFS/Andretti Green did an awesome job today. We were pretty much the quickest all day. I'm really happy we got a pole for our new sponsor, Targus. I was worried with the rain that we might have to start on points. Our main competition was (Dillon) Battistini, but we held him off. The car was unbelievable to drive. It was easy to drive on the bottom, so hopefully it will be the same tomorrow. I am confident for what we'll bring to the track for the race."

-credit: agr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Arie Luyendyk Jr.