IPS: Kentucky: Qualifying notes and quotes

GREGG CLAIMS ANOTHER POLE AT KENTUCKY SPARTA, Ky., Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 -- Travis Gregg earned his fourth pole of the season, winning the SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award for the Bluegrass 100 at Kentucky Speedway for the second consecutive ...

GREGG CLAIMS ANOTHER POLE AT KENTUCKY

SPARTA, Ky., Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 -- Travis Gregg earned his fourth pole of the season, winning the SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award for the Bluegrass 100 at Kentucky Speedway for the second consecutive year.

Gregg, driving the No. 7 Lucas Oil/Argosy Casino/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, posted a lap of 28.3462 seconds, 187.962 mph to edge his teammate Jaime Camara for the pole.

"It's awesome," said Gregg, who hails from Camden, Ohio, not far from the Kentucky track. "It's so close to home, and I have a lot of family coming to support me and cheer me on, so I'm really excited to be starting on the front row. We always seem to pick up a little bit when we trim the car out before qualifying, and I just try to drive the wheels off of it because these guys put so much hard work into it. I don't want to let them down."

Vision Racing teammates Jay Drake and Nick Bussell qualified third and fourth, respectively, while Marco Andretti qualified fifth for his second start on a oval.

The Bluegrass 100 is scheduled for 3 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 13 at Kentucky Speedway.

BLUEGRASS 100 POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

TRAVIS GREGG (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Argosy Casino/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award winner): "It's awesome. It's so close to home, and I have a lot of family coming to support me and cheer me on, so I'm really excited to be starting on the front row. We always seem to pick up a little bit when we trim the car out before qualifying, and I just try to drive the wheels off of it because these guys put so much hard work into it. I don't want to let them down." (About the conditions): "We weren't as fast this morning because the track was so hot and it was pretty windy out there. It was just hard to tell what conditions would be like coming into qualifying."

JAIME CAMARA (No. 1 CELG -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified second): "We had a good run, and we did our best. We had a good car today, and overall, I'm pleased with how we did. The track is much better now. There is much more rubber on the track, and that gives us more grip compared to when we practiced earlier."

JAY DRAKE (No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified third): "We ran very well. It was the best we had run all day long. As it turns out, it just wasn't quite good enough. Our car was fine, and it was the best we ran all day, so I'm looking forward to the race."

NICK BUSSELL (No. 9 Vision Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified fourth): "It was a good run for us. I'm a little miffed at what kind of speed these guys are getting. We're happy with our two cars. Jay (Drake) and I basically ran identical laps. Everyone is happy with what we had, and there isn't a lot more we could have done with the gearing to get the car to carry anymore speed. Despite that, we're still a half second off, so I'm not quite sure what we could have done." (About track conditions): "Everything seems fine. I wasn't able to put in my best lap during second practice like a lot of others did. We didn't do a simulated qualifying run because I got caught up in some traffic. My teammate ran a 28.76 earlier, and I was pretty happy with running in the low sevens, but I knew it wasn't going to hold up (for the pole)."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified fifth): "I'm pretty happy with the car. We had a lot of understeer that we needed to get out of the car, so we made a few little changes after the last practice and it helped it a lot. Now, I can run it right down on the white line all the way around. If you can do that here during the race, it doesn't matter too much where you start."

The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 Presented by GPS Industries at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 14 at Kentucky Speedway. The race will be broadcast by ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The race broadcast will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 (XM Extreme). The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Bluegrass 100 on Aug. 13 at Kentucky Speedway. The race will be telecast on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 18. The season finale of "The Fast Life" airs at noon (EDT) on Aug. 14 on ESPN2.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Marco Andretti , Jay Drake , Nick Bussell , Travis Gregg , Jaime Camara