Chesson Wins Third Consecutive Race FOUNTAIN, Colo., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004 - In the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Pikes Peak 100 run prior to the Honda Indy 225, rookie P.J. Chesson earned his third consecutive Menards Infiniti Pro ...
Chesson Wins Third Consecutive Race
FOUNTAIN, Colo., Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004 - In the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Pikes Peak 100 run prior to the Honda Indy 225, rookie P.J. Chesson earned his third consecutive Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory.
Hemelgarn 91 Johnson Motorsports driver Paul Dana dominated the event, taking the lead on lap 17 when pole sitter Jeff Simmons spun. Dana led the next 77 laps and built a lead of as much as 12 seconds before Chesson began to close the gap.
Chesson passed Dana on lap 94 of the 100-lap event and pulled away for the win. Dana finished second, followed by points leader Thiago Medeiros in third. Medeiros leads Dana by 67 points in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series standings.
PIKES PEAK 100 POST-RACE NOTES:
* This is Mo Nunn Racing's third victory in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.
* Chesson is the third driver in Menards Infiniti Pro Series history to win three consecutive races. The other drivers are Mark Taylor (2003) and Thiago Medeiros (2004).
PIKES PEAK 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:
P.J. CHESSON (No. 76 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Kathryn Nunn has given me an unbelievable opportunity in this race car. I've got the best crew and the best of everything. I'm just doing the job to the best of my ability, and it's paying off. It seems to be working, so we're going to keep doing what we're doing and keep plugging away." (About pass of Paul Dana for the lead): "Tried him on the outside, and it didn't work on the outside. I played that against him and made him go to the outside, and he didn't like it out there, either. He let me by. It was a good pass." (About the start): "At the start of the race, my car wasn't very good. We knew the car would come to us the longer the race went on. I didn't get excited or overanxious. It just started coming to us." (About winning three consecutive races): "I can't say enough. I didn't think I was going to win one race this year. Being a rookie and new to pavement surface and a rear-engine car, Kathryn told me there was no pressure on me. If I had won a race this year, it would have been unbelievable. Now we have three in a row. I can't believe it. I'm really tired, and I think the altitude is getting to me, but it's just a great day. I'm absolutely over the moon about it."
PAUL DANA (No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The Hemelgarn Johnson crew gave me a real strong car. We were sort of cruising there, but we got an understeer, and it just got worse and worse and worse all day. Especially down in (Turns) 3 and 4, I was just grinding the fronts (tires) off the car. It was all I could do to keep the front end under me. We were junk at the end. He (Chesson) came on like gang busters at the end, and we were just surviving at that point. We've been consistent, but second place is getting frustrating, especially today, when we led the whole thing, practically. We'll lick our wounds and hopefully get better for the last three."
THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was a tough day for us today. We weren't very good in the warm up. There was too much oversteer at the beginning of the race. We made some changes on the car from the morning practice session, but we didn't get it totally fixed. We needed to be smart today and race for the championship."