IPS: Medeiros earns fifth consecutive pole at Milwaukee

Thiago Medeiros earned his fifth consecutive pole position in qualifying for Sunday's Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at the Milwaukee Mile, averaging 147.283 mph around the one-mile flat track. Medeiros' nearest competitor, Jesse Mason, will...

Thiago Medeiros earned his fifth consecutive pole position in qualifying for Sunday's Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at the Milwaukee Mile, averaging 147.283 mph around the one-mile flat track. Medeiros' nearest competitor, Jesse Mason, will start second, and will have the best seat in the house to observe as the pole sitter pulls away at 12:00 noon Sunday. Mason qualified at 144.878 mph, over four tenths of a second slower than Medeiros, who is celebrating his 22nd birthday today.

"We got a front row starting spot, which is what we wanted," said Mason. "Thiago's been super quick in qualifying, but we don't know how good a race car he has. Hopefully, it will be a lot closer than it's been I other races."

Medeiros is currently enjoying a four race win streak and has won five of the last six races, starting with the series finale at Texas last season.

After setting the fastest lap in Friday's second practice session, Mason had a glimmer of hope of starting from the pole. Those hopes faded halfway through today's practice session when Medeiros installed four new tires on his Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry and promptly blew the field away with a lap at 146.217 mph, four miles an hour faster than Mason, who was second in the session. Up until that point, Medeiros had been practicing using used tires from last week's event at Nashville.

"It always feels good to start in the front, but it's a long race, 100 laps," Medeiros said. "The tires have a lot of grip, so we'll push hard to get an advantage on second place, then try to keep the tires for the end of the race."

Paul Dana will start third with Brad Pollard starting alongside in fourth, a career best. Pollard spun during his second qualifying lap, miraculously missing the retaining walls and continued to complete his lap. "We were going faster into turn three than we've been going in the past, and we were really trying to push it," said Pollard. "I shifted into sixth to get quicker, but it pushed in to the marbles and came around. I was just trying to keep it off the wall and bring it back."

Billy Roe will start fifth followed by Arie Luyendyk Jr and Al Unser in seventh. Only nine cars will start the Milwaukee 100 after Keith Duesenberg Racing withdrew the No. 22 entry.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Arie Luyendyk , Billy Roe , Sam Schmidt , Paul Dana , Brad Pollard , Jesse Mason , Al Unser , Thiago Medeiros