IPS: Milwaukee: Friday practice notes

WEST ALLIS, Wis., Friday, July 22, 2005 -- Jeff Simmons led both practice sessions for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Milwaukee 100. Simmons' best lap of 26.5172 seconds, 137.797 mph came in the morning practice session. Jon Herb, who claimed his...

WEST ALLIS, Wis., Friday, July 22, 2005 -- Jeff Simmons led both practice sessions for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Milwaukee 100. Simmons' best lap of 26.5172 seconds, 137.797 mph came in the morning practice session. Jon Herb, who claimed his first career victory on the 1-mile oval at Phoenix, was second fastest, while Jay Drake, driving four different open-wheel cars during the day, was third fastest.

MILWAUKEE 100 POST-PRACTICE QUOTES:

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 24 Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We've made some changes that have given us some direction. It's nice to be on a shorter track like this where you have to hustle the car a little bit. We're pleased so far. We didn't test here, and I think a lot of the other guys did. We have to be pretty happy with the way things went today. We just have to keep making the right changes tomorrow, and hopefully we hit the track right and it's good for qualifying because we go out third." (Does today give you confidence for tomorrow's qualifying?): "Yeah. We expect to be near the front on tracks like this. Like I said, we go out third tomorrow. It's right after the other cars, the midget and Silver Crown cars use different rubber and it tends to be quite slick afterwards. Qualifying is going to be tough, but we know we have a fast car. We still have a lot of work to do because by no means is it perfect."

JON HERB (No. 6 AERCON Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I feel pretty good. We've got a good race car. Obviously, the track slowed down a bunch here and got slippery and greasy. I think on a cleaner track we'd be a lot faster, but we've got to deal with what we've got here today. Overall, the team's in a good spot. We're in sixth, fourth and third right now (in the second practice session), so it shows we're doing something right. Jay (Drake) is a little different than Nick (Bussell) and I, but we're doing pretty well. I think we're just lacking a little bit of something with this greasy stuff. We'll go back and do some hunting and come out tomorrow and hopefully pick up where we left off and get back up front."

JAY DRAKE (No. 20 Vision Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We were a lot better in this morning's session. This afternoon, we fell off quite a bit, but I think we'll get it figured out by the morning. Maybe I just need a nap." (About the extra track time in the USAC cars helping him): "I'm not sure right now. I'm not sure whether it's helping me or hurting me, because the cars are so different. I might be having a tough time making the transition back to the Pro car back from the other ones. I'm certainly not giving the right feedback right now, because we're not making it better. It's hard, but I think we'll get this evening in and then come back tomorrow and start fresh, and I think we'll be in better shape."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Jon Herb , Jeff Simmons , Jay Drake