Medeiros Earns Pole Position at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas, Friday, Oct. 15, 2004 - Thiago Medeiros claimed the pole for the final Menards Infiniti Pro Series race of the season, the Texas 100.

Medeiros, driver of the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone, recorded a lap of 27.6277 seconds, 189.592 mph. It was Medeiros' record eighth pole position of the season and the ninth of his career.


TRAVIS GREGG (No. 5 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I started my first race on the pole, second race on the outside pole and now my third race on the outside pole again. So everytime I run, I qualify on the front row, but I'm looking to win tomorrow. Good qualifying doesn't mean much. You've just got to be there at the end, and that's what we're going to try to do: get our first win tomorrow."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 25 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was good. I was a little disappointed that we drew the second spot in line for qualifying because it's a little cooler, and it tends to make the cars a little faster. I'm happy with third, and the team has done a great job this weekend. I've run up front here before, and hopefully, I can do it again tomorrow."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The car was really good from that last practice session.We just took a look at the data and put everything together like we've done before. One more pole, eight this season and nine in my Menards Infiniti Pro Series career, so I'm really proud of the team." (About strategy for the race): "Stay out front and be the first guy to take the checkered flag. It will be a close race. I'll keep the bottom and see what the others can do up top. A lot of times, it will be really tight, like it was last year. I won here last year, so I want to defend my title." (About teammate Travis Gregg starting alongside him): "I've started with Travis on the front row before. We just want to make sure we have a good start, and then keep the lead." (About qualifying under the lights): "It didn't affect me too much. It was a little dark on the backstraight, because the lights weren't on. I changed my visor before qualifying because I saw it was getting dark. We were one of the last cars to qualify, so I was a bit worried about that, but I changed the visor, and everything was OK.