Medeiros Caps Record-Setting Season with Texas Win

FORT WORTH, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004 -- Thiago Medeiros capped his record-setting IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series championship season with a victory in the Texas 100 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Medeiros, driver of the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone, won for the sixth time in 12 races and the seventh time in his Menards Infiniti Pro Series career. Medeiros became the first driver to successfully defend a race victory in the series. He claimed his first series win at Texas in 2003.

Medeiros' teammate Travis Gregg finished second, his career best result, while Al Unser finished third for the fifth time.

The Menards Infiniti Pro Series Texas 100 will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 17.


THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): ""This means a lot. It's the best way to win a championship. We'll take it. It was a really good race. I was just looking in my mirrors and going by my mirrors. Everything went really well, and Sam Schmidt Motorsports did a good job. It's great for the team. Everybody was really close, and I just kept on the bottom of the track. We had a great car, and we did a good job."

TRAVIS GREGG (No. 5 AVS-Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "I was expecting it to be a little more dicey, but we played it kind of smart. I was just waiting for my time to get a good enough run and ended up second. I'm happy with our finish today. I was heading down the backstretch on the final lap, easing on the throttle, hoping to get a good run and pass on the high line. It didn't happen today, but we're happy for the second."

JAMES CHESSON (No. 67 Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): (About the accident): "When you're playing with the squirrels in the back of the pack, you're going to get your nuts cracked. It all happened so quickly. (Paul) Dana was right in front of me when he spun, and I had nowhere to go."