Medeiros Claims Victory in Futaba Freedom 100 INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 22, 2004 -- Thiago Medeiros won his second consecutive IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series race on May 22, taking the lead from Jeff Simmons on Lap 13 and claiming the Futaba...
Medeiros Claims Victory in Futaba Freedom 100
INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 22, 2004 -- Thiago Medeiros won his second consecutive IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series race on May 22, taking the lead from Jeff Simmons on Lap 13 and claiming the Futaba Freedom 100.
Medeiros, starting from the pole position for the second race in a row, won under a caution after the No. 10 Roquin Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone entry of Rolando Quintanilla made contact with the inside retaining wall in Turn 2 on Lap 38. Quintanilla was uninjured in the accident.
"It's unbelievable. I'm so excited," Medeiros said. "I have to say thanks to the team. They did a wonderful job this weekend. They know how hard we tried to find a good setup for the race. We did it."
Medeiros, driving the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone, has won three of the past four Menards Infiniti Pro Series races. He averaged 141.931 mph en route to the win.
"It was hard to find a gear to restart in the race," Medeiros said of his fight with Simmons. "I have to say thanks to Jeff. We had a really hard fight for first place. But it was really clean."
Simmons, who started third in the No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing entry, finished second. Medeiros' teammate, Arie Luyendyk Jr., finished third. Valvoline USAC Sprint Car Series points leader Jay Drake finished fourth, and Phil Giebler -- who won the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, was fifth.
"We weren't able to go flat quite a few of those laps, and you've got to be able to go flat around here to win," Simmons said. "Unfortunately, I couldn't get a repeat win for A.J. Foyt, but I'm thankful that I had this opportunity." *** The Menards Infiniti Pro Series continues with the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 on July 4 at Kansas Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ESPN2 on a tape-delayed basis at 7 p.m. on July 3.