IPS: Indianapolis: Thursday qualifying notes

BRAZILIAN ROOKIE CAMARA WINS FUTABA FREEDOM 100 POLE INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 26, 2005 -- Brazil's Jaime Camara claimed the first SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award of his Menards Infiniti Pro Series career, winning the pole for the Futaba Freedom...

BRAZILIAN ROOKIE CAMARA WINS FUTABA FREEDOM 100 POLE

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 26, 2005 -- Brazil's Jaime Camara claimed the first SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award of his Menards Infiniti Pro Series career, winning the pole for the Futaba Freedom 100.

Camara, driving the No. 1 CELG-Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, had a two-lap qualifying average of 189.870 mph to claim the pole position as the Menards Infiniti Pro Series used a format similar to the traditional Indianapolis 500 qualifying format for the first time. Camara's second lap, 47.3349 seconds, 190.135 mph, also was a new event qualifying lap record.

"We had a good car since the first practice," said Camara, who also qualified on the front row for races at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. "Since we went out, I was flat the second lap, and I was very comfortable with the car. I did a good line every time; I did the same line every time."

Camara's Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate, Travis Gregg, qualified second for his first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a two-lap average of 189.385 mph. It marked the sixth time teammates had shared the front row, and the fifth time it had been accomplished by Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

"As teammates, we work together and try to help each other out," said Gregg, the series point leader. "I know that Jaime has helped me out a bunch, but being teammates, that's just what we're going to do."

Rookie Cole Carter, the son of 17-time Indianapolis 500 starter Pancho Carter, and reigning USAC National Sprint Car champion Jay Drake qualified on the second row. Third generation drivers Al Unser, the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., and Marco Andretti, son of Michael Andretti, qualified seventh and 10th, respectively.

The third Futaba Freedom 100 is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on May 27. It will be telecast as part of ESPN2's coverage of Miller Lite Carb Day which is scheduled for 2 p.m. (EDT) on May 27.

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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 Futaba Freedom 100 on May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN2 at 2 p.m. (EDT) on May 27.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Michael Andretti , Sam Schmidt , Marco Andretti , Jay Drake , Pancho Carter , Travis Gregg , Cole Carter , Jaime Camara , Al Unser