Generation next: Foyt, Luyendyk qualify 1-2 at Chicago.
JOLIET, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 -- Two of the greatest names in Indy Racing history -- Foyt and Luyendyk -- will start from the front row of the Chicagoland 100 on Sept. 8 at Chicagoland Speedway.
A.J. Foyt IV won the pole for the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series race during qualifying Saturday on the 1.5-mile oval. Series points leader Foyt, grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, turned a top lap of 30.6833 seconds, 178.338 mph in the No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone to earn his third pole in six races this season.
Luyendyk, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, will start on the outside of the front row after a lap of 30.8908, 177.140 in the No. 5 Luyendyk Racing entry.
"We had a really troublesome weekend so far, and then it all came together in qualifying," Luyendyk said. "I think with the wing angle that we're running, the draft plays an even bigger part because it punches a bigger hole into the air. I think you'll see a big group. Pretty much the top five to seven will stay together, and I think we'll put on a good show for the fans. Hopefully, I'll come out up front."
It's the second time this season that the next-generation rising stars have captured the front row for a race in the new Indy Racing League development series. Luyendyk won the pole, and Foyt started second for the Michigan 100 on July 28 at Michigan International Speedway.
"I think it's a big advantage (to start on the pole) because it's always tougher to come from the back," Foyt said. "There's going to be a lot of drafting. Hopefully a couple of us can get out there and kind of move away from the other pack and have our own race."
The 100-mile race starts at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. Foyt has won from the pole in the two previous Infiniti Pro Series races this season on 1.5-mile ovals.
Tom Wood qualified a career-best third at 31.1942, 175.417 in the No. 9 Super 8 Motels/Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry in just his second start in the series. Gary Peterson also earned a career-best starting spot, qualifying fourth at 31.3729, 174.418 in the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. entry.
Ed Carpenter, second to Foyt in points, qualified eighth at 31.5054, 173.685 in the No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi entry.
Foyt, 18, leads Carpenter by 40 points entering the sixth of seven events on the series' inaugural schedule. Foyt needs a 52-point lead after the race Sunday to clinch the series championship.