IPS: Gregg earns sixth career pole at Pikes Peak

Travis Gregg will start from the pole position in Sunday's Pikes Peak 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race after touring the one-mile oval at 154.230 mph (23.3418 seconds). "We got a really good first lap," said Gregg. "We pushed it hard on the...

Travis Gregg will start from the pole position in Sunday's Pikes Peak 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race after touring the one-mile oval at 154.230 mph (23.3418 seconds). "We got a really good first lap," said Gregg. "We pushed it hard on the warm up lap, I was hanging on a little bit, but I knew I'd have to push it hard to get the pole. So that's what I did and I got the pole on my first lap." />

Gregg's speed set a new track record for the Pro Series at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

After setting the fastest lap in both practice sessions Jeff Simmons thought he had the pole when he recorded a qualifying lap at 153.830 mph. Simmons, who was four tenths of a second faster than Jaime Camara in practice, came up 0.0607 short in qualifying and will start second.

"It's been a good day," said Simmons. "We've never been very far off, we've just been making relatively small changes. I was flat out on that qualifying lap so hopefully it will hold up."

Qualifying was threatened by a large storm approaching from the north with many in the pits thinking practice times would set the field. Although both practice sessions were held under bright sunshine, qualifying was held under a dark over of clouds with temperatures dipping drastically from earlier in the day.

"I was a little worried about qualifying," Simmons said. "We knew what we had earlier and we were pretty clear of everybody." With the wind and the thick cloud cover "I figured it would bring everyone closer together because no one knew what would happen. But the only things that have affected my car all day are the bumps and the patch (over the tunnel)."

Jaime Camara will start third with a qualifying speed of 153.332 mph. Camara missed Simmons' time by 0.0760 seconds. "The wind is pretty strong," said Camara. "It was really tough through turns three and four because the wind is so strong. It pushes the car up and I had a big moment as I came through turn four on my warm up lap. That worried me a little bit but I was all right and it was a pretty good lap."

Wade Cunningham was a bit disappointed with his qualifying run but will start on the outside of the second row. "Obviously we weren't very quick," said Cunningham after touring the one mile track at 152.181 mph. "We were good first thing this morning and then the balance of the car went out the window. We were like a second off the pace in the second session so we weren't sure how we'd be in qualifying so I was praying for rain."

If it had rained Cunningham would have started fourth based on his practice speed, the same position he qualified.

Jay drake will start fifth followed by Chris Festa and Tom Wood in seventh.

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Indy Lights
Drivers Tom Wood , Jeff Simmons , Chris Festa , Travis Gregg , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara