SPARTA, Ky. -- Friday night saw all four Sam Schmidt Motorsports cars qualify in the top 10, with three being in the top five. Alex Lloyd led the charge having qualified second. Logan Gomez qualified fourth, and series new-comer Leilani Munter...
SPARTA, Ky. -- Friday night saw all four Sam Schmidt Motorsports cars qualify in the top 10, with three being in the top five.
Alex Lloyd led the charge having qualified second. Logan Gomez qualified fourth, and series new-comer Leilani Munter qualified fifth -- to her own surprise.
An excited Munter climbed from her car and hugged everyone in site.
Ryan Justice qualified 10th, but he feels his car is capable of more than has been shown so far this weekend.
Saturday night's race beings at 9:10 p.m. edt after the IndyCar eries Srace. A final warm-up session will precede the race at 2:30 p.m.
All sessions can be viewed live on indycar.com. A tape-delayed broadcast will air on Thursday, August 16th, at 5:30 p.m. edt on ESPN2.
"I think the race should be pretty good. Qualifying went reasonably well. We were second quick. We didn't quite have the speed to get pole, but we did a quick time and one that I think that we're pleased with. In the race, we seem to have a good race car. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. Obviously with the night race it's going to be a bit of a new thing for everybody, but we should be in a pretty good position."
"Lately on ovals, we've been moving forward in the race so to start further up should help us out, and hopefully we can bring home fourth or better during the race."
"We practiced fairly well, within the top five in the first two sessions. I just made a mistake on what would have been my best lap in qualifying. I definitely learned from it, and we'll definitely have a good race car. We were able to stay with the top five guys in the practices so we shouldn't have a problem. We should be able to pick off some guys during the race, and I'm looking forward to it. It's the first Indy Pro Series race at night, and I know we're all excited."
"I didn't draft at all in the first session, and we were 15th, so I was a little bit worried about that. But, they told me, 'Don't worry about your times. Actually, for running by yourself, you're not too far off.' It's hard to not get that number stuck in your head - 15, 15 - why am I so far off. A lot of the guys were drafting, and I didn't really do that. The second session I tried to keep in mind that we're all going to be running alone I'll have a better idea of where we're at. We were eighth. When we came in and looked at the data and talked to Jaques (Lazier), he told me places on the track where I was losing a little bit of time compared to my teammates. I tried to fix those things in qualifying, and I guess it worked." (About the race): "I know I have a lot to learn about how these cars handle in traffic, so that will be the thing that I'll be learning the most. Start in the top five, stay in the top five - that's obviously the goal."