IPS: Michigan: Saturday qualifying notes

Unser Earns First Career Pole BROOKLYN, Mich., Saturday, July 31, 2004 -- In qualifying for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Paramount Health Insurance 100, Al Unser, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., claimed the first pole of...

Unser Earns First Career Pole

BROOKLYN, Mich., Saturday, July 31, 2004 -- In qualifying for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Paramount Health Insurance 100, Al Unser, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., claimed the first pole of his Menards Infiniti Pro Series career with a lap of 37.2829 seconds, 193.118 mph.

"We'd been working up on this qualifying routine," Unser said. "I'm not used to this two-lap deal to see what you've got, but we're getting better at it. My team, the Western Union Speed Team, is totally behind me. I thank them so much because they definitely put me on the pole for this one."

Points leader Thiago Medeiros qualified third, ending his streak of five consecutive pole positions. It is only the second time this season that Medeiros has not started on the front row. He also started third at Homestead in February.

The Michigan Indy 400 is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. on Aug. 1. It will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network. The Paramount Health Insurance 100 is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 1. It will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 2.

Menards Infiniti Pro Series Post-Qualifying Quotes:

AL UNSER (No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We'd been working up on this qualifying routine. I'm not used to this two-lap deal to see what you've got, but we're getting better at it. My team, the Western Union Speed Team, is totally behind me. I thank them so much because they definitely put me on the pole for this one. This basically says we can do it. We can get out there. The first race in Kansas we had a podium finish. We've had three top fives, and hopefully tomorrow we can come home with a win. I'm having lots of fun racing here and everywhere we go with the IRL series."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "I've always had luck here. We've got a great setup on the car. It's seemed to work the last couple of years for qualifying. We're just concerned right now with the race. Qualifying is one thing, but hopefully, we have a good race car. We'll concentrate on that in the warmup, and hopefully, it sticks."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): (About his streak of five consecutive pole positions being broken): "I'm not disappointed, definitely not. I started fifth last year in this race and almost finished second. This is a long race, and we're starting up front. It's going to be a long day, and there's going to be a lot of time to get in the lead." (About qualifying): "We went out first today, but I don't think it was a disadvantage. The track was a little slippery, but it was for everybody else, too. It was the same condition for everybody else. We'll have a good run, no matter where we start. I'm happy about where we're at for tomorrow."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Sam Schmidt , Al Unser , Thiago Medeiros