IRL: Al Unser Jr. Las Vegas qualifying

Las Vegas, Nevada, April 20, 2000 - Al Unser Jr., driver of the Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak car, plans to drive his heart out tomorrow at the Las Vegas Indy 300. Unser, who was fast all weekend during practice for the...

Las Vegas, Nevada, April 20, 2000 - Al Unser Jr., driver of the Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak car, plans to drive his heart out tomorrow at the Las Vegas Indy 300.

Unser, who was fast all weekend during practice for the event, suffered an extremely loose car in qualifying and will have to start the race tomorrow in 23rd position. Unser's team pulled the back up car out and attempted another qualifying run after he qualified at 191 mph in his primary car. The results from the backup car were better at a 201.3 mph, but they were not good enough to move him to the front.

"It is so disappointing, because we were quick here in testing and we were quick all weekend. I was so comfortable with the car, and when I went out for qualifying, the handling was horrible. At this point we can't explain it, but we are checking everything, and I am confident that by tomorrow we will find out what got us today."

The guys were unbelievable at how fast they were able to get that backup car out and on the track. They never seem to give up, and that shows what a good team they are," says Unser.

Galles ECR Racing car owner, Rick Galles, feels that pit stops will be a key to their race strategy tomorrow.

"We are going to have to work at our strategy and try to make up some spots in the pits. My guys practice at the shop in Albuquerque every day, and this is why. We came here as a team, and we plan to race as a team tomorrow. We can't help Al too much when he is out on the track, but we sure can help him when he comes in the pits.

It would have been great to start up front, but what we are going to do now is make sure we have a good car tomorrow that Al can pass a lot of cars with," says Galles.

Unser feels the same as his boss about race strategy tomorrow and feels that his team can handle this obstacle.

"This team prepares for everything, and tomorrow we will be prepared to pass some cars both on the track and in pit lane. We came out here to race, and that is what we plan to do. It is just going to be a bit tougher than we planned but we are up for it," says Unser.

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