KLEIN WINS FIRST INDY PRO SERIES POLE SPARTA, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006 -- Jonathan Klein claimed the first SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award of his Indy Pro Series career, earning the pole for the WAMZ 100. Klein, who earned a point for his...
KLEIN WINS FIRST INDY PRO SERIES POLE
SPARTA, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006 -- Jonathan Klein claimed the first SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award of his Indy Pro Series career, earning the pole for the WAMZ 100. Klein, who earned a point for his pole, moved into a tie with Bobby Wilson for second in the series point standings.
Wade Cunningham qualified second followed by Jay Howard, Travis Gregg and Jaime Camara.
DAY 1 NOTEBOOK:
The Meijer Indy 300 presented by Coca-Cola and Secret is the seventh IndyCar Series event at Kentucky Speedway. Scott Sharp is the defending race winner. Sarah Fisher holds the qualifying record with a lap of 24.0661 seconds, 221.390 mph set on Aug. 10, 2002. The WAMZ 100 is the fifth Indy Pro Series event at Kentucky Speedway. Travis Gregg is the defending race winner. Gregg holds the qualifying record with a lap of 27.9835 seconds, 190.398 set Aug. 13, 2004.
Alex Lloyd returns to the wheel of the No. 26 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Indy Pro Series entry after missing the last two Indy Pro Series events with an illness.
ALEX LLOYD (No. 26 Automatic Fire Sprinklers): "I'm glad to be back in the car. I had a vestibular disorder that we've been able to treat with therapy with some good doctors in Indianapolis. It's kind of like sea sickness. It takes your body a couple of days to get accustomed to being at sea and to stop feeling sick. I've had to re-train my body. That was a better alternative than medication, because all of the meds were sedative, and they just kind of mask the problem. They don't fix it. I'm feeling much better and looking forward to racing again."
Tom Wood is racing at Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the first time since he sustained serious injuries in an accident during the 2003 Indy Pro Series event.
TOM WOOD (No. 42 Kenn Hardley Racing): "This is my first time back. It's just another racetrack. That's what it is. (About practice today): "We were working on some race setups there. A lot of guys were towing around, getting some good times. We were trying to run by ourselves most of the time. It feels good."
BWAMZ 100 POST-QUALIFYING NOTES:
* This is Jonathan Klein's first pole of his Indy Pro Series career. His previous best start was second at Homestead-Miami and at the second St. Petersburg race.
* This is Andretti Green Racing's first pole position in the Indy Pro Series this season and its fourth overall. It previously won three pole positions with Marco Andretti in 2005.
* Wade Cunningham will start second, ending his consecutive pole streak at two. It is his third straight front-row start and fourth front-row start of the season.
* Travis Gregg, qualified a season-best fourth, but failed to qualify on pole at Kentucky for the first time in three career starts.
* Rookie Ben Petter qualified sixth for his Indy Pro Series debut.
WAMZ 100 POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:
JONATHAN KLEIN (No. 27 Klein Tools/Turn-Key Forging, SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award winner): "The car was fantastic. When it comes down to qualifying, it comes down to two hot laps. You get in and hang on, and that's what I did. The crew did a fantastic job." (About benefit of bonus test with Dario Franchitti): "The test was big. We used it to learn a lot of things and really get a feel for the track and learn my way around here. It's always beneficial to get track time. That definitely played a part in us getting the pole position here today. (Dario) helps out a ton, because he's been here and done that. He knows what it's all about and what it takes. Having him is great. I can't thank him enough for what he does." (About pole): "As you've seen the last few races, it's not always the pole sitter who wins the race. Anything can happen in this race. I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch. We'll see how the warm-up goes tonight and take it from there. I'm pretty confident. I know the car will be good. Hopefully, it will work out for us tomorrow."
WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing, qualified second): "I'm not surprised we're not on the pole, just a little disappointed. We spent a lot of the morning working on the race setup because it's something we haven't done the last two races. That came to bite us right at the end. We didn't do the homework to be starting out front. Our qualifying suffered a little bit. We're second, and you can't go much further forward than that."
JAY HOWARD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, qualified third): "The car felt good, but obviously not good enough for the pole. Honestly, I'd rather be third than second, but we'll see. The car was really good in traffic and that's the most important thing. I'm confident in our chances tomorrow."
TRAVIS GREGG (No. 77 Lucas/Argosy Casino/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, qualified fourth): "Considering the situation, the car felt pretty good, and I think it has enough to take another checkered flag. Being in the car for the first time with this team this year, I'm pleased with where we qualified. I'm sure we'll probably be working on it right up to the race, but I think by race time we'll be right." (About racing with front runners): "Wade (Cunningham) and the guys in front of me have been tough all year. And I don't they're going to give everything up. With Jonathan taking his first pole. I'm also sure he'll be going for his first win, so we'll have our work cut out for us."
JAIME CAMARA (No. 11 Neo Quimica, qualified fifth): "That was the best we could do for qualifying. It was a bit hotter than this morning, and we lost some speed. We have a very good car for the race. It was good drafting this morning and I think we're in good shape for tomorrow."
BEN PETTER: (No. 8 Michael Crawford Motorsports, qualified sixth): "The car is running really well. I've worked very closely with engineering and I think we worked out a pretty good balance. We had a pretty good idea on where to run for a qualifying setup, and I think we've got a pretty good idea for the race."
ALEX LLOYD (No. 26 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, qualified 14th): "It was a fuel pressure problem, no power. We did the one lap and then pulled in. We weren't going anywhere. It's disappointing, but we'll just have to try and make up those places in the race.