Medeiros Earns Another Pole FONTANA, Calif., Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 -- Thiago Medeiros captured his seventh pole position of the season, earning the top spot for the California 100 at California Speedway. Medeiros, who extended his series record...
Medeiros Earns Another Pole
FONTANA, Calif., Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 -- Thiago Medeiros captured his seventh pole position of the season, earning the top spot for the California 100 at California Speedway.
Medeiros, who extended his series record for most poles in a season, recorded a lap of 37.9284 seconds, 189.831 mph, in the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. qualified second at 38.0030 seconds, 189.459 mph, while Paul Dana, 38.0780 seconds, 189.086 mph, was third.
The California 100 is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. It will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.
CALIFORNIA 100 POST-QUALIFYING NOTES:
* This is Thiago Medeiros' seventh pole position of the season and the eighth pole position of his Menards Infiniti Pro Series career. It is his 15th consecutive top-10 start. All are series records.
* This is the eighth pole for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, the most of any Menards Infiniti Pro Series team. Sam Schmidt Motorsports was previously tied with A.J. Foyt Enterprises with seven pole positions.
* Racer Kashima qualified fourth. He is the first Japanese driver to qualify for a Menards Infiniti Pro Series event.
CALIFORNIA 100 POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:
THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Nothing more that I can ask for. This is the best way to start the race, the best place to start the race. We were competitive. We finished both practice sessions in fourth, but we knew that the track would change a lot for the qualifying. At the end of the last session, we made a little change that went the wrong way so we went back and looked at the data and made the right choice for qualifying. That's the best way to start the race tomorrow. Sam Schmidt Motorsports did a good job. We put everything together and got a good result." (About winning a record seventh pole): "That's what keeps us motivated -- getting the results. We know how hard everybody has been working at the shop. I've been working out. We've been fighting together, and to get these types of results is all that we can ask for."
ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 25 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "This is a great accomplishment for the team. We really came back after we had a practice where we really struggled, so I want to thank Wilbur (Bunce) and the crew. They put together a great car for qualifying, and we'll see how tomorrow plays out. It's a long race. I'm sure it'll be nice and hot and slippery. For now, we're on the front row, so I'm happy."
PAUL DANA (No. 91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We struggled earlier today. We got some truck rubber on our tires and couldn't keep it out of the fence to save our life. We were running around slow, trying not to crash, and everyone was driving by us. The Hemelgarn Johnson guys threw a ton of changes at the car, just totally started over. Big guess, went back to square one and nailed it. With the tail wind, I think we were a little out of the gear and left a little something on the table, but we're all blown away to be in the top three."
RACER KASHIMA (No. 5 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I'd like to thank my team and especially Sam (Schmidt) and Roger (Yasukawa), who is spotting for me this weekend. He does a very good job. Sometimes in Japanese, sometimes in English, so I can concentrate on driving. The car is very good, and the engine is very good. My team has three cars, so we have a lot of data. The qualifying session wasn't too bad. I think having less downforce helped me."
P.J. ABBOTT (No. 64 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The day was very exciting. The most exciting thing was seeing how far the team came from the morning practice session. We got in this morning, and we had some challenges. The team put their heads together and really made me feel more comfortable in the car, and the car is working really, really well."
*** <pre> SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local): 11:30 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups/30 minutes each) 1:45 p.m. Menards Infiniti Pro Series warmup (all cars/15 minutes) 2:30 p.m. IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Qualifying 4:30 p.m. Menards Infiniti Pro Series California 100 (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m. EDT, Oct. 7) 5:45 p.m. IndyCar Series warmup (all cars/30 minutes)