Thiago Medeiros won his third Menards Infiniti Pro Series race this season after holding off a late race charge by Paul Dana in the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at Kansas Speedway. In the final laps, Dana closed the three car gap he maintained for...
Thiago Medeiros won his third Menards Infiniti Pro Series race this season after holding off a late race charge by Paul Dana in the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at Kansas Speedway. In the final laps, Dana closed the three car gap he maintained for most of the race and managed to slightly ahead at one point. The record book will show that Medeiros led all 67 laps, with a margin of victory of 0.1322 seconds. Medeiros also led every lap at Phoenix.
"I had a push in the corners so I lifted as I entered the turns and that allowed to drive off the corners flat out," said Medeiros. "I knew I didn't have the best setup, so I saved my tires for the end."
Medeiros, who has earned three victories and a second place finish in the four races held this year, has dominated in the past, lapping the entire field at Phoenix. Although the young Brazilian hoped to check out on the field once again, Paul Dana maintained pressure from the start.
"I really thought if we could get in the front, we'd lead it," said Dana. "I think it's kind of my mistake. I think we could have won, but Thiago is a tough competitor. He's shown that if you give him an inch, he's going to take it."
At the end of the race, Al Unser, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Al Unser Jr., had the fastest car on the track. Unser finished two tenths of a second behind Dana after unsuccessfully completing a bold move to the inside of Dana in turn three. "Third palce isn't bad, but we had these guys," said Unser. "We had a run on Dana there, and when we went into Turn 3, he closed the door. We went a little under the white line, but we had him. We just needed a few more laps."
Medeiros' teammate Arie Luyendyk Jr. was black flagged for jumping a lap 31 restart and was order to drive through the pits as a penalty. Medeiros, Dana and Unser were running nose to tail with a handful of laps remaining when they encountered Luyendyk.
"I think the key to the race was when we came up on a lapped car," said Medeiros, who didn't know it was his teammate at the time. Paul was looking outside, so I took the reins and made it three wide in Turns three and four. That was my key. He had a better car than me today."
Medeiros now leads the Infiniti Pro Series 198-123 over his teammate Arie Luyendyk Jr. Paul Dana sits third with 114 points.