CAMARA EARNS WIN IN MILWAUKEE 100
WEST ALLIS, Wis., Saturday, July 22, 2006 -- Camara became a series-record seventh different winner in a season. Cunningham finished second with rookie Jonathan Klein posting his third consecutive third-place finish.
Cheever Racing withdrew the No. 51 Cheever Racing Formtek car from the Milwaukee 100. Driver Chris Festa is being treated for an infection in his lower back. It will end his streak of 21 consecutive Indy Pro Series starts. Festa, Nick Bussell and Jaime Camara were tied for the longest active streak of consecutive starts in the Indy Pro Series.
CHRIS FESTA (No. 51 Cheever Racing Formtek): "The pain is right in the center of my lower back where I can't sit down, put any pressure on it, which is exactly where most pressure would be on my body if I were in the car. It's just a very sharp pain. We felt if I couldn't be at 100 percent, and we were having to start last anyway, we had less to gain and more to lose, so it would be a wiser decision to sit it out and let me get over it."
The Milwaukee 100 is the first race that two Indy Pro Series champions have raced in the same event. Defending series champion Wade Cunningham is the first champion to return to the series to defend his title, while 2004 Indy Pro Series champion Thiago Medeiros will make his first start since his title-winning season.
MILWAUKEE 100 POST-RACE NOTES
* This is Jaime Camara's first win this season and the third win of his Indy Pro Series career. He won at Indianapolis (oval) and Nashville last season.
* Camara led two laps, tying the series record for fewest laps led by the race winner. Jeff Simmons led 2 of 80 laps at Gateway in 2003. James Chesson led 2 of 50 laps at California in 2004.
* Camara is the seventh different winner this season, the most winners in series history.
* This is Andretti Green Racing's first win this season and its fourth win in the Indy Pro Series. It won three events in 2005 with Marco Andretti.
* Wade Cunningham finished second, his fourth top-five finish this season.
* Cunningham led 98 laps, most laps led by a non-race winner in series history.
* Jonathan Klein finished third for the third consecutive race. It is his sixth top-five finish in eight Indy Pro Series starts.
MILWAUKEE 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:
JONATHAN KLEIN (No. 27 Klein Tools/Turn-Key Forging, finished third): "We set the car up to be solid at the end of the race. I was saving my tires and being very patient with throttle and steering. It paid off. We were catching them two, three, four tenths (of a second) a lap at the end of the race. If we didn't have that yellow, we could have finished second, or maybe even first. That's the way it goes. I'm still extremely happy to be third and come home with some good points. I think this will move us into second in the point standings. Three top-three finishes in a row. We'll take that any day. The Klein Tools/Turn Key Forging team did an excellent job again. I have to thank Andretti Green Racing and Sam Schmidt Motorsports for the great job they do."
WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing, finished second): "We were just running our own race up front. A couple of times I lost it in Turn 2. That pushed the gap in to about two and half seconds. On the restart, I didn't get away very well. I held the lead down the frontstraight. By the time I got to Turn 1, I still had marbles under the front. I missed the corner pretty much, understeered out of Turn 1 and then really high in Turn 2. It allowed Jaime (Camara) to get out from under me on the exit of Turn 2. After that, there wasn't much I could do with one lap to go. I tried pushing hard, but it wasn't enough. We don't have anything to blame. We just didn't win."
BOBBY WILSON (No. 24 Kenn Hardley Racing, finished fourth): "I actually ran a fairly conservative set-up for my first race on the Mile. The crew gave me a great car to work with, and I tried to save my stuff for the end. I've got to be happy with fourth place on my 'home track.'"
NICK BUSSELL (No. 52 Cheever Racing, finished fifth): "I was hoping for fourth at the end. I wanted to the position on the restart, but that didn't happen, and I ran out of laps. I knew we had a better race car than we did in qualifying, and we showed that."
JAIME CAMARA (No. 11 Neo Quimica, winner Milwaukee 100): "It was amazing. We changed some things since the test at Nashville, and things started to come back like last year. We're starting to get better and better. The confidence on the team is building up again. Nashville was a pretty good run. I think I had the best car there. My car was a little bit better today and that's why we won. We proved today that the team is back on track to be like last year. (About late race pass): "At the end of the race, the rear tires were getting worse so that helped the front of the car. I had less understeer at the end of the race, that's why I was fast. I was just saving the tires until the end of the race because I thought we could have a surprise on the restart, like we did.