Rookie Adam Andretti Qualifies on Row Seven for His Inaugural IPS Race
JOLIET, IL (September 8, 2007 -- Rookie Adam Andretti will start in the 13th position for tomorrow's 67-lap, 100-mile Indy Pro Series Chicago 100 at the Chicagoland Speedway. Andretti clocked a 29.197 on the second of two qualifying laps at a speed of 187.412 miles per hour. Only 0.4178 seconds stand between Andretti and pole winner Alex Lloyd. Sunday's Chicago 100 race time is 12:30 p.m. EDT.
"Adam did a great job all day," said team co-owner Peter Parrott. He's been very consistent, has run well in traffic, and while we would have liked to qualify higher, in reality, we're only about four-tenths behind the leader. I'm confident we can have a good race."
The team ran a total of 71 laps in the two practice sessions prior to qualifying. "The whole day went really well," said Andretti after his qualifying run. "The morning session was really strong. The car was really fast throughout the long run and that's what you really need. We did 51 laps and our fastest lap was 51. We're the only car that's doing that. That's what you need to be a competitor in the race."
Qualifying does not show the car that we have prepared for the race. We qualified just about where we predicted. We actually picked up a little bit more than what we thought we'd run. So we're happy about that. Obviously, if you're a driver, a race team, a competitor, you want to be on the pole, but we have a car that's more competitive in the race and that's what matters the most. At this point, I thank all my sponsors and supporters and SpeedWorks for everything everyone has done to put this effort together for me, and giving me the best chance that I can have on Sunday. And that's what matters. Saturday is just laying the groundwork to get to Sunday. We're definitely excited for Sunday.