IPS: Sears Point: Friday practice notes

SONOMA, Calif., Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 -- Marco Andretti led preparations for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Sonoma 100 with a lap of 1:24.7618, 97.686 mph in his No. 26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES POST...

SONOMA, Calif., Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 -- Marco Andretti led preparations for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Sonoma 100 with a lap of 1:24.7618, 97.686 mph in his No. 26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.

MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES POST PRACTICE QUOTES:

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, quickest in practice): "Things went pretty well. The balance is far from perfect. We still have a lot to work on. The track is a little different than the last time I was here (for a Star Mazda event). The track is very busy, and you don't have a lot of time to rest. We were thrashing getting the car ready, and getting some laps. This track is demanding, but I'm sure it's not even close to what those guys (IndyCar Series) are feeling. They're pulling a lot more G's. Qualifying is going to be critical for sure. You need to be able to run up front all day."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 24 Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, second quickest in practice): "We weren't able to get the car back to how it was before this morning's session when we had the accident. We need to make a decision tonight about what kind of setup we should have for tomorrow. The setup in that last session wasn't the same as earlier today. We worked very hard to get the car ready, and it ran very smooth in this last session, so we definitely have some decisions to make. It's our first time here, and I was hoping to get some more laps this morning. There is a lot to learn out there with this track." (About past racing experience): "I have quite a bit of road racing experience in the past. In the past five years, I've only done about five races or so. A lot of my success in the past has been on road courses. It's something I take pride in and try and improve everytime I'm out there."

BOBBY WILSON (No. 3 Multimatic/Brian Stewart Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, fourth fastest in practice and making his series debut): "To be honest with you, I didn't really have an opinion one way or another. If I came out and did decent, I'd be happy, but there again, I didn't have enough test time if I did bad. I'm just happy with the way things are turning out. I'm very grateful for this opportunity. Out on the track, the car felt pretty good, pretty nimble. The guys have a pretty good handle on the setup. I wasn't really uncomfortable, I just had to get used to how to shift it and brake. Once I adapted to that, I felt pretty comfortable." (About teaming with championship leader Wade Cunningham, who was also his teammate last season in Formula Ford 2000): "We worked very well together, and I think we work very well on the track. We're kind of able to build a good setup and bounce things off of each other in our debriefing, so I think that's going to help out the team quite a bit."

SCOTT MANSELL (No. 22 Dave McMillan Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, fifth fastest in practice and making his series debut): "It is great to be here. Today, we started off with the car, and it wasn't spot on straight away, and we're still making some changes. I'm still learning the track. I'm still learning the car. I'm still learning the setup. I've got a lot to learn this weekend, but we're getting there. We are going to go over the data and analyze it, and tomorrow, we will hopefully be able to do better."

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