IRL: Phoenix Al Unser Jr. Qualifying Report

Goodyear, Arizona, March 18, 2000 - Al Unser Jr., driver of the Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak car, is counting on consistency to guide him towards the checkered flag at the MCI Worldcom Phoenix 200 tomorrow. Unser qualified...

Goodyear, Arizona, March 18, 2000 - Al Unser Jr., driver of the Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak car, is counting on consistency to guide him towards the checkered flag at the MCI Worldcom Phoenix 200 tomorrow.

Unser qualified 20th for tomorrow's race, with a top speed of 167.895 mph, and feels that he has a good car that can see him to the finish.

"Our main concentration this weekend has been to ensure that we have a good car for race day. We have been making long runs on our tires and our set up for tomorrow feels sound. We struggled a bit with our qualifying set up this weekend, but we felt that it was more important to focus on reliability and consistency for the race instead of trying to pick up more speed for qualifying. The main thing that we were struggling with was a push and understeer, and we were able to work enough with our qualifying set up to correct those problems. We should be able to run with the leaders tomorrow," said Unser.

Unser began racing Indy style cars at Phoenix International Raceway in 1983 and knows the capabilities of the track on race day.

"This is a one mile short track oval, and this race tomorrow is going to be about reliability and patience. I am not concerned with leading every lap, just the last one. My crew is awesome in the pits, and they will play a key role in the race. It does not matter if you are the fastest car out there, if you don't have every detail of race day taken care of. Rick Galles has built his team around that philosophy, and that is what wins races," said Unser.

Race fans can watch Al Unser Jr. make his way towards the checkered flag at the MCI Worldcom Phoenix 200 on March 18. Coverage of the event will be televised live on ABC at 4 p.m. (EST) March 19. "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 11 a.m. March 19 on ESPN2. The Indy Racing Radio Network will broadcast a 30-minute pre-race show at 3:30 p.m. (EST) March 19, followed by the live race broadcast at 4 p.m.

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