IPS: Phoenix: Qualifying notes

GREGG KEEPS PRO SERIES POLE STREAK ALIVE AVONDALE, Ariz., Friday, March 18, 2005 -- In qualifying for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series' Phoenix 100, Travis Gregg led a Sam Schmidt Motorsports sweep of the top-three spots with a lap of 23.0334 ...

GREGG KEEPS PRO SERIES POLE STREAK ALIVE

AVONDALE, Ariz., Friday, March 18, 2005 -- In qualifying for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series' Phoenix 100, Travis Gregg led a Sam Schmidt Motorsports sweep of the top-three spots with a lap of 23.0334 seconds, 156.295 mph in the No. 7 Lucas Oil Products Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. Rookies Jaime Camara and Chris Festa rounded out the top three. Gregg won from the pole in the season-opening race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March.

MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

TRAVIS GREGG (No. 7 Lucas Oil Products/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We didn't have the fastest car in the first couple of practice sessions. We were getting it up to speed and taking it easy. You saw what happened to a couple of cars today getting into the wall, so that was on my mind. I just wanted to have a safe car and a good car for the race. I'm extremely surprised to be sitting on the pole today. I made myself drive a lot harder. At this track, you have to push yourself. The car feels uneasy at times at this racetrack, so you have to just work through it. Tomorrow is going to be a long race. We're going to have to take it easy for sure, and we'll do whatever we can do to get our second win."

JAIME CAMARA (No. 1 CELG -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "Phoenix is a good track for me. It's tricky but I'm looking forward to the race. We tested here and all three of us tested pretty well. We felt we would have a good shot at winning the pole and maybe even a shot at the first two or even first three. The car is pretty good. We'll look at some different things for the race but I believe we have a pretty good start right now. We came in here feeling we could do some big things. The practice speeds looked pretty close but you can't always go by those to determine who is going to be fastest in qualifying. The track is kind of tricky but I like racing on it."

CHRIS FESTA (No. 19 SpacePak/CareCentric/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"It was a pretty good run. I made a little mistake in three. I lifted and it probably cost me a couple hundreths (of-a-second). I can't cry about spilled milk. I'll just have to go get them in the race tomorrow. I decided to throw away the first lap to save the tires for the second lap. I wanted to make sure they had the proper heat in them."

JON HERB (No. 6 AERCON Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We lost a bit off of our last practice, obviously. I expected to do better. It was my fault. But we've got a good starting spot. The car was comfortable, but the track changed a bit with the few sprinkles we had just before qualifying. I've got a good crew, a good car, and I like this track, so we should do fine in the race."

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local
6 a.m. Indy Racing League garage opens
8:15 a.m. IndyCar Series final practice
11 a.m. Phoenix 100 (100 miles, 100 laps); 3 p.m., March 24 (ESPN2)
1 p.m. XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 Presented by Argent Mortgage (200 miles, 200 laps); Live, ABC.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Chris Festa , Travis Gregg