CAMARA CLAIMS FIRST VICTORY IN FUTABA FREEDOM 100 INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 27, 2005 --Jaime Camara outdueled Wade Cunningham to claim his first Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory in the Futaba Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor ...
CAMARA CLAIMS FIRST VICTORY IN FUTABA FREEDOM 100
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 27, 2005 --Jaime Camara outdueled Wade Cunningham to claim his first Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory in the Futaba Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The two rookies dueled throughout the 100-mile event that saw six lead changes between Laps 12-19, including one by Jon Herb. The middle section of the 40-lap race on the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval was a drafting battle, with Camara, driving the No. 1 CELG -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, in front but not able to pull away from the No. 33 Visit New Zealand entry.
The last lap was a drag race -- with Camara beating Cunningham to the finish line by 0.1319 of a second for his first Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory.
"Man, when the race started, Wade passing me on the first lap, I was surprised," said Camara, who became the fourth winner in as many Menards Infiniti Pro Series races this season. "But I knew I had a good car and I saw the way he was driving. I saw that I could pass him one or two laps later.
"We were fastest in the first practice, qualifying we were the fastest and the last practice we were the fastest again. So it was one of those weekends that you can't believe how good the car is. It's amazing. I have no words. It's my first victory here in Indianapolis and the biggest race of the year."
Cunningham, who recorded his second-straight second-place, took the series points lead with his fourth top-four finish in as many events. Jay Drake, who also planned to race in the Hoosier Hundred USAC Silver Crown event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds later in the day, finished a career-best third after Indy Racing League officials reviewed video replays and Timing & Scoring information of the Lap 37 restart. It was determined that the No. 3 car driven by Al Unser passed Drake's No. 20 Vision Racing car after the yellow caution flag flew.
Unser was credited with fourth place. Roth, Travis Gregg, Jeff Simmons, Chris Festa, Taylor Fletcher and Quiroga completed the top 10.
The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ABC at Noon (EDT) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The race also will be available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 "XM Extreme." The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Texas 100 on June 11 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN2 at e p.m. (EDT) on June 16.