IPS: Fontana: Qualifying notes

FONTANA, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005 -- Travis Gregg recorded a quick lap of 188.831 mph (38.1293 seconds) to secure his sixth SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award of the season in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. All three of Gregg's victories in...

FONTANA, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005 -- Travis Gregg recorded a quick lap of 188.831 mph (38.1293 seconds) to secure his sixth SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award of the season in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

All three of Gregg's victories in the No. 7 Lucas Oil Products Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone have come from the point.

Championship contenders Wade Cunningham and Jeff Simmons qualified fifth and seventh, respectively.

2005 Knoxville Nationals Fast Track to Indy Rookie of the Year winner Geoff Dodge qualified 11th for his Menards Infiniti Pro Series debut, but is unlikely to compete in the race because of damage his car sustained in an accident during final practice.


TRAVIS GREGG (No. 7 Lucas Oil Products/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, winner SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award): "I'm pretty excited. I was kind of nervous just because I was third in line and there's a lot of fast cars going out after me. I just had to wait until it was all over. I really didn't know what gearing we'd be using because the wind is just really heavy. We picked the right gear and stuck with it, and it turned out that it was right one. We've got the balance good, so we'll just add a little bit of downforce for the race and we should be good to go."

JAIME CAMARA (No. 1 CELG-Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified second): "I tried shifting to get more speed on the back stretch, but it didn't work. I will have to wait to see. The car felt good."

CHRIS FESTA (No. 19 SpacePak/CareCentric Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified third): "We're very happy actually. That's the fastest we've gone all day. After this morning we had some issues with the car that we got worked out for qualifying. I'm third as of right now, so I'm pretty happy. We're going to go back, make some changes, put the car back in race trim, go warm up, and see what we have for the race tomorrow."

MARTY ROTH (No. 4 Roth Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified fourth): "We've been making changes to the car all day. We made a few right ones. The car is coming along. We still have a little bit of improvement to do on the car, but all in all I'm pretty happy with it. We're starting up there, so it should be an interesting race."

WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 33 Motorsport New Zealand Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified fifth): "I'm reasonable happy. We only got five timed laps in the first session. We had a problem with the fuel relays. We've been cutting down on track time and just trying to improve the car slowly over the session. We don't need to do anything silly with the position we're in for the championship. We're making small baby steps through out the second session. We made a few more changes in qualifying. I'm confident we'll find more for warmup and then for the race again tomorrow."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 24 Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified seventh): "In terms of the championship, it's going to be tough to lead the most laps and obviously we didn't get pole. It makes it a more distant hope. In terms of winning the race, we've won two races from seventh position this year and one of those was Chicago, which is a superspeedway. I think we've got a great shot at the win. We've got a great race car. We've never been that fast in qualifying. Some of these guys go out and go two, three or more miles per hour faster than they can go during practice in the tow. I'm not worried about the race really. We'd certainly like to be up a little bit further just to stay out of trouble a little bit more."

GEOFF DODGE (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified 11th): "We'd been struggling through practice, our car had been really, really loose so we softened it up quite a bit just to make sure we could run a couple of laps wide open without spinning it out again. I held it open. I don't think we were real good, but we survived." (About the race Sunday) "I'm hoping to finish all the laps, because I don't get a whole lot of experience if I'm sitting in the garage area due to crashing." (About overall impressions of first race weekend) "I don't know if I should say it, but 'dropped the ball.' I felt like I was unable to provide the kind of feedback that I really wanted to as far as the car was concerned. We got better. I'm learning how to catch one of these things. It's not really something I want to be learning. We were just really, really stiff. I think that we're on the right track going softer. Just trying to make the car more comfortable so I can turn laps. I'm not going to be dead perfect every lap on day one. Unfortunately, that's the facts of life here. I've got so little experience. I've got to build a feel before we stiffen up and try to go real fast. All in all, so far we're not great, but we're not awful. I haven't stuck it in the fence."


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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Jeff Simmons , Travis Gregg , Wade Cunningham , Geoff Dodge