HOMESTEAD, Fla., Saturday, March 25, 2006 -- In SWE Race Car Parts Pole Qualifying for the Indy Pro Series Miami 100, rookie Jay Howard became the fifth driver to capture the pole position in his series debut. Howard recorded a lap of 28.6512...
HOMESTEAD, Fla., Saturday, March 25, 2006 --
In SWE Race Car Parts Pole Qualifying for the Indy Pro Series Miami 100, rookie Jay Howard became the fifth driver to capture the pole position in his series debut.
Howard recorded a lap of 28.6512 seconds, 186.589 mph in his No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Mtrspt.
SWE RACE CAR PARTS POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:
JAY HOWARD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Mtrspt, SWE Race Car Parts Pole Sitter): "I want to thank Tim Neff, my engineer, who got me a great car. I just did what I had to do. I want thank Sam Schmidt for bringing me here and making this all happen, my sponsor Lucas Oil and the entire team. What a great weekend to start my campaign off on. My whole family, all six of them, flew in from England. It was something they wanted to see. Oval racing is new to me, as everyone knows. The boys are all giving me good feedback on what I should and shouldn't do. Hopefully I can stay up front and let all the guys behind me have all the battles. I'm glad I've come all the way from England to do this."
JONATHAN KLEIN (No. 27 Klein Tools, qualified second): "The goal for our team was to be 1-2-3 in qualifying and in the race, and that's what we did here today. It's my first weekend, and I'm learning a lot still. I'm glad to have two teammates that have more experience than me. Going into tomorrow, we're looking to finish as high as we can."
JAIME CAMARA (No. 11 CELG, qualified third): "It felt pretty good. I really thought we had a very good lap, but that's racing. We're ready. We'll test some things in the warmup, but the focus is on the race."
WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing, qualified fourth): "I think we were a bit too conservative with the setup. Other than that, the car's been running strong all weekend. We were quickest yesterday, comfortably. I'm pleased with a lot, and think we have a good race car."
MARTY ROTH (No. 4 Roth Racing, qualified fifth): "It was a typical qualifying. You don't know what's happening until it's all over. We've got a really good race car for tomorrow, and that's what we've been working on all weekend. It works well in traffic. It would have been nice to stay on the front row, but we're close enough for our liking. We've got a really good race car."
The IRL IndyCar Series opens the 2006 season with the Toyota Indy 300 at 3:30 p.m. (EST) on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The IMS Radio Network broadcast is also carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com. The fifth season of Indy Pro Series competition opens with the Miami 100 at 12:30 p.m. on March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be telecast at 1 p.m. on March 31 by ESPN2.