Chesson Claims First Win BROOKLYN, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004 -- In the Paramount Health Insurance 100 held prior to the IndyCar Series race, rookie P.J. Chesson beat Menards Infiniti Pro Series points leader Thiago Medeiros to the finish line...
Chesson Claims First Win
BROOKLYN, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004 -- In the Paramount Health Insurance 100 held prior to the IndyCar Series race, rookie P.J. Chesson beat Menards Infiniti Pro Series points leader Thiago Medeiros to the finish line by 0.0941 of a second.
They battled for first the final 20 laps, with the lead see-sawing every few laps. Chesson led by 0.3102 of a second and was running 190.705 mph with three laps left. They ran side by side as they crossed the line with two laps remaining, before Chesson gained the advantage and held on.
PARAMOUNT HEALTH INSURANCE 100 POST-RACE NOTES:
This is Mo Nunn Racing's first win in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. It joins A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Panther Racing and Hemelgarn 91 Johnson Motorsports as teams to win in both the IndyCar Series and the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.
There were eight lead changes, the second-most in Menards Infiniti Pro Series history. The most lead changes in a race was 17 at California in 2003.
The average speed of the race was 173.112 mph, the fastest race in Menards Infiniti Pro Series history.
Thiago Medeiros led 37 laps today and has led 429 laps this season, the most laps led in a season in Menards Infiniti Pro Series history. The previous record was 425 laps led by Mark Taylor in 2003.
Al Unser recorded his third third-place finish in four Menards Infiniti Pro Series starts.
Paramount Health Insurance 100 Post-Race Quotes:
P.J. CHESSON (No. 76 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "First big win. Man, that was awesome. I don't know. I came on the radio and said, 'Does this thing do donuts?' They said, 'I don't know. Go try some,' so we ripped some donuts. I was so excited. Just to get win there on a big track and running side by side with guys in my fourth race. I'm so excited I can't talk." (About the race with Thiago Medeiros): "I didn't like (being on the low line) and neither did the car. That's him being a good racer. I had to set myself up to get where I wanted to be on the outside. Luckily, it fell my way, so it was all good."
THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "I made a good start and stayed at the front in the early laps. I was doing my best, but at the end of the race, my car was changing a lot. We had a tire problem and had to slow down a little bit, and P.J. (Chesson) got around us. I had a good run and got some more points for the championship. We're still leading the championship, so we can fight for the next one in Kentucky." (About running side-by-side with Chesson): "My car was changing a lot, and I tried to to make some changes to my car to find a better line and get a run on him for the last couple of laps. Unfortunately, it didn't work because I had a tire problem, but the team did a good job. They gave me a great car this weekend, and we were really strong in the draft. I'm happy with the result."
AL UNSER (No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The Western Union team gave me a good car. When we went out there, it wasn't quite the car I expected, but we had a good car in qualifying. I'm learning more about the draft and trying to play with all these big boys. P.J. (Chesson) sure came out here and did a fine job. I wish I could have been up there with him."