IPS: Chicagoland: Qualifying notes

*Ed Carpenter won the pole for the Chicagoland 100. It is the third career pole for Carpenter. He also won the pole in 2003 at Indianapolis and Kansas. *This is the seventh pole for an A.J. Foyt-owned car in the Infiniti ...

*Ed Carpenter won the pole for the Chicagoland 100. It is the third career pole for Carpenter. He also won the pole in 2003 at Indianapolis and Kansas.

*This is the seventh pole for an A.J. Foyt-owned car in the Infiniti Pro Series.



PAUL DANA (No. 33 Ethanol Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We tested here, and we proved it this morning. We were P1 for much of that session before everyone popped their top times at the end, but we were real competitive. We were looking forward to qualifying, but we had a gearbox failure in the second practice session. The guys were flat out trying to get it back together. I think we've got a good race car, and I think we'll be able to work our way to the front. So I'm not worried."

MARK TAYLOR (No. 4 Fulmar Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The car is good. This is a lovely place to go around. The important thing is the race, and it's a good starting position." (About missing the Kentucky Racing due to the flu): "I'm fine. I got over it. It was some type of flu. It took me a week to get over it properly, and that happened to be the worst day I had it, and it came on just that morning. Just one of those things that we were lucky enough to miss the race and not really affect our championship."

ED CARPENTER (No. 14 Futaba/Delphi/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It's been a really good day. So far, I couldn't ask for a much better weekend. Hopefully, it keeps up the rest of the weekend, I have a good race in the Infiniti Pro Series tomorrow, and then we see what we can do in IndyCar (Series) qualifying. Hopefully, we'll be able to carry the momentum. I've been looking forward to this day for a long time, to finally make my first IndyCar (Series) race. I ran Silver Crown and Pro Series earlier this year, and that's more of a difference than (between the) Pro Series and IndyCar (Series). The hardest thing to do is just schedule enough time to spend with each of my teams to get everything accomplished that we need to. It's been great. Both teams have been real accommodating to each other's schedules, so it's gone picture perfect." (About IndyCar Series debut): "Every test we've done and everything we've done, (PDM Racing) had a good car for me. I've been comfortable from the get go. I feel right at home in that car (IndyCar Series car) right now. That's the most important thing, just being comfortable in it, getting laps. I think the rest will just fall into place. There's still a giant speed gap (between the two series), but as far as the mechanics and what things do, I take more to an IndyCar (Series) team as a driver knowing what we need to do to make the car better. It's definitely helped more than if I wouldn't have been in (the Infiniti Pro Series) at all."

TAYLOR FLETCHER (No. 9 Empress Casino/Olive Crest Foundations Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The car feels real good and solid. We would have liked to have had a little bit better qualifying run, but we had the car flat and there wasn't much else we could do this afternoon. We're real pleased with the way the car has been running all weekend. We had some good practices earlier today. We'll have to put our thinking caps on to see if we can come up with a little bit of a tweak or two to get a little faster lap times out of it. It's a competitive car. The team has done real well in making it a good car to drive. It should be really good in the race."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 20 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Terrible really. I'm not sure what is wrong. We have some sort of engine or electrical problem; I'm not sure which. It is a shame for everybody at Western Union because we have qualified in the top five at every single race until this one. That is how it goes."

MARCO CIOCI (No. 99 Empress Casino/Sam Schmidt Mtrspts. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was a lot of work today, more for my guys than for me. In qualifying, I made my first lap too high. Unfortunately, I'm not very expert about this kind of oval. This morning I missed the practice because we decided to work on the car. I tried. Maybe in the race it will be better. The car is balanced. The guys work a lot. I want to say thanks to Sam Schmidt because he called me and asked if I wanted to drive his car. Indianapolis was three months ago, so it is good feeling to be back. The track is different from Indianapolis, for sure."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 36 Genoa Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I don't know what happened. We'll wait for the race; it will be different. We'll keep working on it and making adjustments."


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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , A.J. Foyt , Ed Carpenter