SPARTA, Ky. (August 10, 2002) - A.J. Foyt IV earned the pole for the inaugural Infiniti Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Foyt averaged 179.571 mph around the 1.48-mile superspeedway to take his second career Pro Series pole. Fifteen cars have...
SPARTA, Ky. (August 10, 2002) - A.J. Foyt IV earned the pole for the inaugural Infiniti Pro Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Foyt averaged 179.571 mph around the 1.48-mile superspeedway to take his second career Pro Series pole. Fifteen cars have been entered at Kentucky, the third race in the series, which made its debut at Kansas Speedway in July.
After turning laps over 183 mph in both practice sessions, Foyt was surprised to find the track had changed dramatically after this afternoon's NASCAR All Pro Series race. The Hoosier tires used by late models racers in the All Pro Series put rubber on the track, which caused the Infiniti Series cars to lose grip.
"I expected the track to be the same as in practice. I went out there and the car did something real weird that it didn't do in practice," said Foyt, who is the grandson of the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner of the same name.
"I thought we should have been around 182 (mph) or maybe a 183 in qualifying."
Actor turned racer Jason Priestley qualified second at 179.064 mph, missing the pole by 0.0841 seconds. "I was being really cautious on my out lap. It really just took me a while to get my momentum built up in the car," said Priestley, who shaved over two-tenths of a second from his first qualifying lap.
Ronnie Johncox will start on the inside of the second row, alongside fourth place qualifier Cory Witherill. The top four cars all qualified within 0.0937 seconds.
"Tomorrow we will be wide open with packs of three and four cars," said Johhcox. "There will be a lot of passing and drafting, and I think it will be really exciting for the fans."
Ed Carpenter and Arie Luyendyk comprise row three with G.J. Mennen and Matt Beardsley in row four. Tom Wood and Rolando Quintanilla round out the top-ten qualifiers for Sunday's race.
The poor track conditions accounted for three incidents involving Quintanilla, Marty Roth and Aaron Fike. Quintanilla and Roth spun but did not make contact with the wall.
Quintanilla spun on his second qualifying lap and stood on his first lap. Roth moved to the end of the qualifying line and qualified 14th.
Fike spun in turn two and made contact with the outside retaining wall. He climbed from the car unassisted and was later cleared to drive after being checked in the infield care center.