IPS: Michigan: Friday practice notes

Dana Led Friday Practice at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich., Friday, July 30, 2004 -- Paul Dana posted the fastest lap during practice for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Paramount Health Insurance 100. Dana, who captured his first Menards Infiniti...

Dana Led Friday Practice at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich., Friday, July 30, 2004 -- Paul Dana posted the fastest lap during practice for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Paramount Health Insurance 100.

Dana, who captured his first Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory at The Milwaukee Mile on July 25, posted a lap of 37.2627 seconds, 193.223 mph in his No. 91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti Firestone.

PAUL DANA (No. 91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We are really pleased to see the car in P1 to begin the weekend, but it doesn't mean anything because we have a long way to go."

AL UNSER (No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "My first superspeedway (race,) I'm very excited. Things are going great. We ended up one hundredth off of (Paul) Dana, so we are in second place as far as practice goes. I'm very pumped up. The Western Union car is running very well. It was good right out of the box, so we will see how it goes." (What advice did your father, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., give you?): "He told me to just say on the bottom. That is what I worked on during the first practice session. We were able to leave it there. Definitely, the shortest distance is the quickest."

PHIL GIEBLER (No. 22 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I'm really excited to get back in the car. It has been since May that I have driven a car. I'm really happy to be here and excited to be back with the Western Union Speed Team. The track is very interesting. It is an old track with a couple of grooves in it which moves the car around. The speeds are very high. You definitely have to have a good setup here to be comfortable. We learned a lot of things from (teammate) Al (Unser's) car, and we hope to parlay that into something to help us tomorrow and the rest of the weekend."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We're OK. We found a mistake in the car after the session, and we fixed it. Unfortunately, it started to rain, so we couldn't test the setup, but I think we'll be OK for tomorrow. We know that we have been quick everywhere that we've gone, and I know that we have a good car. We'll be in good shape for this race here in Michigan."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "I think things went really well today. The car is really fast on its own. Hopefully, we'll have a better weekend than the last three weekends. We've had a lot of bad luck, but I've always done well here at Michigan." (About his chances for a third-consecutive pole): "Three (poles) in a row would be great. Starting up front always makes your job a lot easier, so we'll shoot for three in a row and hope we'll be the first to cross the finish line as well."

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<pre> SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local): 9 a.m. -- 10 a.m. IndyCar Series practice (two groups) 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice 11 a.m. IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Qualifying for the Michigan Indy 400 3:15 p.m. Menards Infiniti Pro Series qualifying for Paramount Health Insurance 100 4:30 p.m. -- 5 p.m. IndyCar Series warmup (all cars) 5:15 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m. Menards Infiniti Pro Series warmup

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Sam Schmidt , Paul Dana