IPS: Chicagoland: Friday qualifying notes

Medeiros Leads Sam Schmidt Motorsports Front-Row Sweep JOLIET Ill., Friday, Sept. 10, 2004 -- Points leader Thiago Medeiros captured a record sixth pole position of the season, earning the top starting spot for the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro ...

Medeiros Leads Sam Schmidt Motorsports Front-Row Sweep

JOLIET Ill., Friday, Sept. 10, 2004 -- Points leader Thiago Medeiros captured a record sixth pole position of the season, earning the top starting spot for the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù Chicagoland 100 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Medeiros, driver of the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, recorded a fast lap of 28.6838 seconds, 190.770 mph, breaking Ed Carpenter's 2003 track record of 28.9437 seconds, 189.057 mph.

Medeiros' teammate Travis Gregg will start second, marking the third time Sam Schmidt Motorsports has swept the front row in 10 Menards Infiniti Pro Series events. Gregg qualified with a lap of 28.7564 seconds, 190.288 mph.

Paul Dana, Medeiros' closest challenger for the series championship, will start third with a lap of 28.9567 seconds, 189.972 mph.

The Chicagoland 100 is scheduled for 5 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 11. It will be broadcast at 3 p.m. on Sept. 16 by ESPN2.

CHICAGOLAND 100 POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Our car was quick, and we were really confident in both sessions. We were just trying to find the best setup for qualifying and for the race. We just put everything together and got the best result. It's a long race. It's a 100-mile race, with a lot of side-by-side racing. It's always to good to start on the front. I'm really happy. We're looking forward to the race tomorrow."

TRAVIS GREGG (No. 5 AVS-Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We trimmed the car out a little bit more as the day went on. We worked on a little different downforce. We had a race setup on the car to start the day, and then towards the end, we were working on qualifying setup, and I think we ended up pretty good. Now that I've got a race under my belt at Kentucky, I have a lot more confidence. I feel like I can drive the car where it needs to go, and I can try new lines. We're able to experiment a little more and work towards that first win."

PAUL DANA (No. 91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We're happy we're near the front. We're a little disappointed we're not at the front. Actually, the grid is the exact same as the Kentucky grid, it's just the (Sam) Schmidt (Motorsports) cars are flipped around on the front row. I think we might have made a gearing error, and it cost us some time ramping up to speed. I think there might have been a tenth we left on the table but not the two or three tenths that they're quicker. I don't know that we were going to catch them. It's not going to matter for tomorrow. The Ethanol car is real solid in race traffic. The race is going to be a big lottery. It only matters what happens at the end."

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 Hemelgarn 91 Johnson Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We were actually trying to get some more speed out of the car. Qualifying wasn't too bad for us. We made some changes to try to get the car to cut through the air a little bit better. I'm definitely looking forward to the race. I was supposed to do the ARCA race tomorrow, too, but that didn't quite work out. I'm actually glad to be back over here and running in a car that I'm quite familiar with. Hopefully, we'll get a good finish tomorrow."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Paul Dana , Travis Gregg , Ed Carpenter , Thiago Medeiros