Mutoh Sets New IndyCar Series Kentucky Speedway Qualifying Record Panther Racing driver turns 191.276-mph lap SPARTA, Ky. -- Panther Racing driver Hideki Mutoh will start tomorrow night's Indy Pro Series "Kentucky 100" from the pole position...
Mutoh Sets New IndyCar Series Kentucky Speedway Qualifying Record
Panther Racing driver turns 191.276-mph lap
SPARTA, Ky. -- Panther Racing driver Hideki Mutoh will start tomorrow night's Indy Pro Series "Kentucky 100" from the pole position after turning a series track record 191.276-mph (27.8551 seconds) lap in qualifying this afternoon.
Mutoh earns his second series pole award of the season and will take the green flag for upcoming 100-mile test holding down the second position in the series standings after registering one win, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes through 12 races this season. He trails championship leader Alex Lloyd by 111 points.
"We're surprised, because I didn't image I could be on the pole position. The car was so good and the team did a great job. That's why I'm here.
"We don't have a race strategy because we will start from the pole position. I will focus on my driving and drive to the best of my ability," Mutoh said.
Camden, Ohio driver Travis Gregg set the previous series Kentucky qualifying record with a 190.398-mph (27.9835 seconds) lap on Aug. 13, 2004.
Lloyd took the second spot on the 20-car grid with a 190.759-mph (27.9305 seconds) lap. He missed out on his third straight and fifth pole award of the season, but will start a series race on the front row for the ninth time this season.
Wade Cunningham nailed down the third spot on the starting grid with a 189.586-mph (28.1033 seconds) lap and will share the second row with rookie Logan Gomez, who earned his best qualifying position of the season with a 189.166-mph (28.1658 seconds) lap.
Cunningham will start tomorrow night's race third in the standings and 166 points behind Lloyd in the title hunt after taking a win, seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes this season. Gomez ranks ninth in the series standings after registering one top-five and five top-10 finishes in 12 events. He trails Lloyd by 267 points.
The green flag is set to wave for the "Kentucky 100" tomorrow at 9:00 p.m.
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