LEBANON, Tenn., Saturday, July 16, 2005 -- Jaime Camara, driving the No. 1 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, led every lap from the pole position and won under caution to claim his second career Menards Infiniti Pro Series...
LEBANON, Tenn., Saturday, July 16, 2005 -- Jaime Camara, driving the No. 1 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, led every lap from the pole position and won under caution to claim his second career Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory in the Cleanevent 100.
CLEANEVENT 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:
TRAVIS GREGG (No. 7 Lucas Oil Products/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished 10th): "I had some cars in front of me check up a litttle so I let up on the throttle and the rear kind of went around on me."
JAIME CAMARA (No. 1 CELG - Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, winner Cleanevent 100): "I had a very good car today. In Indy, we dominated the whole weekend. Here it was almost like that. I knew I had a good car. I knew I had a good shot to win the race. I just tried to focus and not make any mistakes. I made one or two, but that's experience. I'm not going to make them again. We made it." (About contact with Jeff Simmons): "I was maintaining my line, and he went low. I entered corner one, and he was there. I didn't see him there, but we touched. I almost crashed, because that threw me into the marbles. My car was loose. It's a racing thing and that happens."
WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 33 Motorsport New Zealand Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished fourth): "We were sitting really good in second for half the race. The car was very good. I was just sitting out of the draft on Jaime because it was difficult to run behind a car. I didn't hear from my spotter about the other cars, so I ran really wide on the exit to (Turn) 2, and that put us back to fourth. Arie (Luyendyk Jr.) and Jon Herb touched. Arie had to pit, and I passed Jon. On the restart, Jeff (Simmons) caught me, and on the last restart, it bogged bad coming out of four, that's why Jay (Drake) got me. Once the engine picked up, we were fast, but that was the end of the race."
JEFF SIMMONS (No. 24 Team ISI Kenn Hardley Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished second): Second place is great after where we were - falling back to the leaders and struggling with a loose car. That yellow really helped us out. My car was pretty good on the shorter run. After the contact, I think we might have damaged something a little bit on the right front and ended up pushing for the first few laps. Then it became really good after that. The save was part luck, part who knows what. We're fortunate to finish. We had our first podium of the year. We've had so many problems this year that I'm sure everyone on the team is happy with it.
JAY DRAKE (No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, finished third): "We had the fastest car here all weekend, and I crashed it in the last practice. We didn't get to qualify, so we had to start last. So to come through and finish third is just a good effort. Richie, Brad and Larry Curry worked so hard to put this car back together virtually all night long and it paid off. We went out there and just took a couple laps in the warm-up before the race. We weren't really happy with what we started with, but when we went back and fixed it some more and had a real great race car. We were able to race up to a top-three finish. From the way it started, that's a great day for us." (About 11 races in 11 Days): "I'm going to be late to the one tonight no matter when I leave, so I've got to get out soon. It's Sprint Week, which is seven races in 11 days. Then at the end, we have this Milwaukee race were we run the (USAC) Midgets, (USAC) Silver Crowns and the (Menards) Infiniti Pro Series. So all together, that's eleven races in the next 11 days.It's busy. So as long as I run good like this, it makes it more fun.