Wade Cunningham earned the pole position for Saturday afternoon's Milwaukee 100 Indy Pro Series race after averaging 147.783 mph around the historic mile track. Fastest in both practice sessions, Cunningham was nearly three tenths of a second faster than Jay Howard, who will start on the outside of the front row.
In the first practice session, Cunningham soon found he had a good car. After making an initial run in the first practice session, "we were on full tanks and we were about where we were at the open test." Going into the second session, Cunningham knew his car was comfortable but, "I ruined the tires so we weren't able to improve."
In the second session, Cunningham trimmed a scant 0.0722 of a second from his morning best.
Pleased with his third pole of the season and looking forward to tomorrow's race, Cunningham added, "Our race car is normally better than our qualifying car,
Jay Howard picked up nearly three miles per hour from the second practice session, turning his best lap of the day during qualifying. Howard didn't seem too concerned about starting second when he mentioned that he qualified second last week, "and we won the race."
Jonathan Klein will start third, contributing his qualifying result to his IndyCar Series test at the Milwaukee Mile. "I don't think we could have got third without it," he said.
Jaime Camara recovered from a near spin on his first lap, qualifying fourth with a speed of 144.868 mph. "I'm not happy because I think I could have done a 25 flat," said Camara after stopping the clocks at 25.223 seconds. "I almost lost it twice in Turn four. The second time I had to lift or I would have crashed."
Tom Wood will start fifth, followed by Bobby Wilson and Thiago Medieros in seventh.
Medieros made slight contact with the SAFER Barrier on his second lap and did a quarter spin on the front straight. "The car was much faster in Turns one and two," said Medieros. "I just overdrove it into Turn four and brushed the wall. There's no real damage and we should be in good shape for tomorrow's race."
INDY PRO SERIES NOTES:
Thiago Medieros will do double duty this weekend after accepting an invitation to drive the AFS entry in the Indy Pro Series. Medieros also competes in the USAC Silver Crown Series driving for PDM Racing.
Michael Crawford is expected to make his Indy Pro Series debut this weekend, competing in a car he owns. Travis Gregg stepped in at the last minute to drive for the team one week ago at Nashville but this weekend, Crawford will get behind the wheel. "We had a last minute change in our driver lineup," said Crawford, "that's why I got my rookie test out of the way back in January."
Chris Festa, who did not participate in Pro Series practice on Friday, is still questionable for Saturday's race. He is being treated for an infection. Festa did not qualify for the race and would have to start at the rear of the field.