IPS: Medeiros will start from Kansas pole

Thiago Medeiros will start from the pole position in Saturday's Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at Kansas Speedway. Qualifying was rained out and Menards Infiniti Pro Series teams were limited to a single 20-minute practice session, the only on-track...

Thiago Medeiros will start from the pole position in Saturday's Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at Kansas Speedway. Qualifying was rained out and Menards Infiniti Pro Series teams were limited to a single 20-minute practice session, the only on-track activity today.

Medeiros went to the top of the speed charts early in the session as he followed his Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate, Arie Luyendyk Jr., out of the pits when the session started. Although his first timed laps were behind Luyendyk Jr., Medeiros pulled around his teammate and upped the ante with a lap at 28.9307 seconds (189.142 mph).

"We had a good setup to start the session," said Medeiros. "We just played a little bit with the car, a little change. I was really comfortable in the draft and by myself." In the three Infiniti Pro Series races this season, Medeiros has recorded two victories and one second.

Leonardo Maia set the second fastest lap in practice and will start second. "The engineer, Doug (Zister), gave me a great car," said Maia, after running a lap at 29.0250 seconds (188527 mph). "All I had to do was run it around flat out. I'm real, real optimistic for the race. There's just one tiny thing we need to do to the car. I think we have the car to beat this weekend."

Rolando Quintanilla will start third, his best starting position this season. "It's good. We're happy with it," said Quintanilla, who started fifth at Phoenix, his best this season. "I feel happy for the guys more than anything else that we can actually be here, starting third makes me even more happy for the guys."

Series newcomers Al Unser and P.J. Chesson will start 5th and 10th, respectively. Unser, who ran by himself during practice, was hoping to run in qualifying. "We didn't get a tow or a draft off anybody," said Unser. "If we had qualifying, if the rain didn't come, we'd be right up there. That's what I was setting up for."

Chesson, a dirt track star, ran within one second of Medeiros' time. "As time goes by, I think I'll feel more comfortable in the car," said Chesson. "I'm just trying to get out there and put the car back on trailer at the end of the day in one piece."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Rolando Quintanilla , Sam Schmidt , Leonardo Maia , P.J. Chesson , Al Unser , Thiago Medeiros , Arie Luyendyk Jr.