IPS: Chicagoland: Round 10 pre-race notes and quotes

WHAT: Chicagoland 100, 10th race in 12-race 2004 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series season. WHERE: Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt, D-shaped tri-oval WHEN: 5 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, Sept. 11 DISTANCE: 67 laps/100 miles CARS: Dallara ...

WHAT:
Chicagoland 100, 10th race in 12-race 2004 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series season.

WHERE:
Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile asphalt, D-shaped tri-oval

WHEN:
5 p.m. (EDT), Saturday, Sept. 11

DISTANCE:
67 laps/100 miles

CARS:
Dallara chassis; Infiniti V8 engines; Firestone tires

TV:
ESPN2, 3 p.m. (EDT), Sept. 16

SCHEDULE: (all times local; subject to change)

Friday, Sept. 10
10:30-11 a.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice
1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice
4:15 p.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series qualifying

Saturday, Sept. 11
10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series warm-up
4 p.m. -- Chicagoland 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race (67 laps/100 miles)

PRE-RACE QUOTES:

JAMES CHESSON (No. 67 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I'm definitely looking forward to getting more seat time this weekend in Chicago. Unfortunately, due to poor weather, we've been limited to only one day of testing so far. As a result, I'm not entirely sure what to expect out there, but I've gained confidence based upon my initial comfort level with the car. The concept of drafting will certainly be new to me, but it will be nice to have my brother (P.J. Chesson) as a teammate. Hopefully, I can keep up with him."

P.J. CHESSON (No. 76 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I'm anxious to get back in the car in Chicago, as I've never been used to sitting out for two weeks at a time. Where I come from, you rarely would go without racing for two or three days, max. I anticipate that our team will pick up quickly where we left off, and I'm looking forward to my brother (James Chesson) joining the team this weekend. James did quite well several weeks back during his first test, and we'll have to see how he adapts to racing these cars in traffic. I have no doubt he will do just fine."

PAUL DANA (No. 91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I think the Chicago race will be a lot like the one we saw in Kentucky, with one big pack and a lot of side-by-side racing. The Ethanol car has been strong on the 1.5-mile tracks, and we've got a string of good finishes recently. We're just looking to keep the pressure up, keep the momentum up, and hopefully notch a few more wins before the year is over."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I think we'll be in good shape for the 1.5-mile track at Chicagoland Speedway. There's a lot of good side-by-side racing there. We want to win, but we also want to earn as many points as possible for the championship."

AL UNSER (No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I'm looking for my first victory this weekend. Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile track with a good degree of banking. It's a lot like Kentucky, where we had a really good car. The Western Union Speed Team will give me another good setup this weekend. Hopefully, we'll qualify well, be a bit more patient during the race and get a good result. I'm really looking forward to it."

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 Hemelgarn 91 Johnson Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I like the track in Chicago. I'll be doing double duty this weekend because I'm running the ARCA race, as well. I'm looking forward to getting out there and racing with my old team and hopefully winning the race for Hemelgarn Johnson."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , James Chesson , P.J. Chesson , Mo Nunn