IPS: Kansas: Qualifying notes

Carpenter takes Kansas pole after Panther penalized. KANSAS CITY, Kan., Saturday, July 5, 2003 -- Ed Carpenter was awarded the pole for the Aventis Racing For Kids 100 after Panther Racing, which fields the car driven by series points leader...

Carpenter takes Kansas pole after Panther penalized.

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Saturday, July 5, 2003 -- Ed Carpenter was awarded the pole for the Aventis Racing For Kids 100 after Panther Racing, which fields the car driven by series points leader Mark Taylor, was penalized July 5 after failing a post-qualifying technical inspection.

Freedom 100 winner Carpenter will start from the pole after a qualifying lap of 29.9746 seconds, 182.555 mph in the No. 14 Futaba/Delphi/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. It is his second pole of the season. He won the Freedom 100 from the pole in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Carpenter's lap was a series record for the 1.5-mile oval, as the Infiniti Pro Series marks its first anniversary as the Indy Racing League's official development series.

Rookie Taylor appeared to earn his second pole of the season with a top lap of 29.9444, 182.739 in the No. 4 Fulmar Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone Pursuant to Appendix B -- Technical Specifications, Rule 100 (B) of the IRL Infiniti Pro Series Rule Book, Taylor's No. 4 Fulmar Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone failed post-qualifying technical inspection and had its time disqualified, moving Taylor to the back of the starting field, said Roger Bailey, Infiniti Pro Series executive director.

Taylor may appeal the imposition of the penalty within the time and in the manner prescribed in Section 12.1 of the Rule Book. An appeal may result in an increase, decrease or no change to the penalty.

The Aventis Racing For Kids 100 starts at 11:10 a.m. (EDT) Sunday and will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. (EDT) that evening.

USAC short-track standout Aaron Fike will start second after posting a qualifying run of 30.0385, 182.166 in the No. 91 RFMS/Hemelgarn Racing entry. Fike won the last race, the Pikes Peak 100 on June 14.

Rookie Jeff Simmons qualified third at 30.1512, 181.485 in the No. 20 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. Brandon Erwin qualified fourth at 30.1755, 181.339 in the No. 99 Natural Golf/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. rounded out the top five at 30.2101, 181.131 in the No. 5 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone fielded by Sinden Racing Service.

-ips/irl-

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , Brandon Erwin , Aaron Fike , Jeff Simmons , Roger Bailey , Ed Carpenter , Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Teams Panther Racing