IPS: Milwaukee: Round six facts, schedule, quotes

WHAT: Milwaukee 100, sixth race in 12-race 2004 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series season. WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile, 1-mile asphalt oval WHEN: 1 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, July 25 DISTANCE: 100 laps/100 miles CARS: Dallara chassis; Infiniti V8 ...

WHAT:
Milwaukee 100, sixth race in 12-race 2004 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series season.

WHERE:
The Milwaukee Mile, 1-mile asphalt oval

WHEN:
1 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, July 25

DISTANCE:
100 laps/100 miles

CARS:
Dallara chassis; Infiniti V8 engines; Firestone tires

PREVIOUS RACE WINNERS:
None -- This is the series' first visit to The Milwaukee Mile.

TV:
ESPN2, 3 p.m. (EDT), July 27

SCHEDULE: (all times local; subject to change)

Friday, July 23
10:15-10:45 a.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice
2-2:30 p.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice

Saturday, July 24
9:30-10 a.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice
11:45 a.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series qualifying

Sunday, July 25
9:15-9:30 a.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series warm-up
Noon -- Milwaukee 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race (100 laps/100 miles)

PRE-RACE QUOTES:

PAUL DANA (NO. 91 HEMELGARN 91 JOHNSON MOTORSPORTS): "We're happy, but we're not happy. I don't think the gap with Thiago (Medeiros) is as big as it seems. In Nashville and in Kansas, we had a shot. I think we had a race of it. We're all real confident. After two seconds, we're getting hungry for the win. I love Milwaukee. It's the hardest track we race at. It's a driver's track. I'm confident we'll be on pace."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (NO. 11 SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS DALLARA/ INFINITI/FIRESTONE): "I want to give myself a birthday gift, especially on Saturday, and hopefully also on Sunday. Starting up front will be very important, a big advantage. It's hard to overtake at Milwaukee. We were quickest at the Open Test there last month, and we have a good baseline to set up the car. The Sam Schmidt Motorsports team has done a good job all season. Hopefully, with some IndyCar Series rubber on the track, we'll be able to make the car go even quicker."

JESSE MASON (NO. 3 BRIAN STEWART RACING DALLARA/INFINITI/ FIRESTONE): "Even before the season, I thought Milwaukee was going to be our best shot to be really successful, and I still think that. Coming off this (third-place finish in Nashville), I should be really good. We were alright (at The Milwaukee Mile) in the test, and (engineer) Doug (Zister) has always given me a great car on the short tracks, and nobody's been there before, so there are lots of things going in our favor. It should be exciting. I think it'll be tricky to pass, so hopefully, we'll get up front early and then stay there."

BILLY ROE (NO. 24 KENN HARDLEY RACING DALLARA/INFINITI/FIRESTONE): "We had a good race in Nashville, the best race the team has ever had as far as finish, so we'll go on to Milwaukee and see what happens there. Hopefully, we'll have some momentum. Going through the crash (at Kansas), and then going to this (fourth-place finish), hopefully, we just keep going forward and start finishing higher up. I want to drink some champagne some time."

AL UNSER (NO. 2 KEITH DUESENBERG RACING DALLARA/INFINITI/ FIRESTONE): "I'm really excited about going to Milwaukee, as I have been there before. I did the Open Test, and that was really one of my first times in the (Menards Infiniti Pro Series) car. We are going to go out there and drive really hard. That is going to be a driver's track. It's not going to be much of this drafting stuff. It's going to be, 'Let's see how far we can drive it into this corner,' so we are going to search for grip there, as well."

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