Arie Luyendyk Jr. earned his third career Infiniti Pro Series pole in qualifying for tomorrow's dreamercandles.com 100 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Luyendyk, who has yet to score a victory in the Pro Series, earned his last pole position at Michigan in July. Luyendyk averaged 186.282 mph after stopping the clocks at 28.1186 seconds.
"I feel great," said Luyendyk. "This is our second pole of the year. The car felt really good. It was good when we rolled it off the trailer."
Two-time Pro Series winner, Aaron Fike will start second. Fike competed in the ARCA race at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte last night, starting 31st and finishing 16th, before flying to Texas for Pro Series qualifying.
Ed Carpenter, who currently stands third in Pro Series points, will start third. Carpenter has scored one victory and three poles this season. "This is right where we practiced. That's about all I could do by myself in practice."
Starting fourth will be Mark Taylor, who has already clinched the season championship after earning seven wins in ten races. "We'll make a couple of changes for tomorrow to free it up and make it a bit quicker, and then we'll see what the day will bring. I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."
Cory Witherhill rounds out the top five, followed by Dane Carter, who makes his series debut at this event. "We'll just take this race and see how things go," said Carter, a third generation open wheel driver. "Hopefully, I'll be here next year. I'd like to be. I hope I don't get in any trouble or cause any trouble that would be my fault."
Thiago Medeiros, Gary Peterson, Marty Roth and G.J. Mennen round out the top ten.
Jeff Simmons continued to struggle in qualifying after averaging 182.077 mph around the 1.5-mile high-banked speedway. Simmons is currently second in the championship standings after posting two wins this season. He'll be the man to watch as he starts the race in 11th position. At Chicagoland, Simmons qualified 13th and finished third.
"We did about what we did in practice running alone, so I didn't expect anymore," said Simmons. Really, we're just kind of lost, because the last two races we've been really slow. We've been in the top five every race until these two, so we're struggling to find out what's wrong with the car."