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HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 6, 2005 -- In the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Miami 100 held before the IndyCar Series event, Travis Gregg captured the first victory of his career by leading all 67 laps. Gregg's teammate Jaime Camara was second, followed...

HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 6, 2005 -- In the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Miami 100 held before the IndyCar Series event, Travis Gregg captured the first victory of his career by leading all 67 laps. Gregg's teammate Jaime Camara was second, followed by Jon Herb.

MIAMI 100 POST-RACE NOTES:

* This is Travis Gregg's first Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory. His previous best finish was second at Texas Motor Speedway in October 2004. This was Gregg's fourth start in the series.

* Gregg is the 16th driver to win from the pole position in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. The last driver to win from the pole position was Thiago Medeiros at Texas Motor Speedway in October 2004.

* This is the seventh win for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. It has previously won six times with Thiago Medeiros.

* This is the fourth time teammates have finished 1-2 in the series. Sam Schmidt Motorsports has accomplished the feat three times.

Medical update from Dr. Henry Bock, IRL senior director of medical services: Chris Festa and P.J. Chesson have been checked and released from the infield care center. They are cleared to drive.

MIAMI 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:

AL UNSER (No. 3 Brian Stewart Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The car felt great out there. We were hauling. We got by a lot of people running for fourth and fighting with the No. 6 for third, and we were going to get him. But all of a sudden, the right front wheel bearing went bad on us. It was really hard to steer and something was going wrong. It was great. I loved the fight. I love the Stewart team and the 3 car. My dad (two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr.) won a championship in the 3 car."

CHRIS FESTA (No. 19 SpacePak/CareCentric/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We were side-by-side, and I got a little bit loose and then pushed up into him. At that point all I could do was hit him and there was nothing that could be done. He forced me down too low and gave me no room to do anything."

P.J. CHESSON (No. 36 Genoa Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I gave him a little room, and I don't know what he did. I felt him hit the side of my tub. You would have thought after his first car this weekend he would have calmed down. He's a rookie, his first race. Maybe it was a little of my fault as I should have given him a little more room since he is a rookie."

TRAVIS GREGG (No. 7 Lucas Oil Products/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The guys gave me a good car. The Lucas Oil car was great. I just had to not make any mistakes out there and run smart. I knew my teammate (Jaime Camara) was going to work with me and we ended up 1-2. I'm really happy to start the season like this."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Jon Herb , Sam Schmidt , Chris Festa , P.J. Chesson , Travis Gregg , Jaime Camara , Thiago Medeiros