Dana Records First Victory WEST ALLIS, Wis., Sunday, July 25, 2004 -- In the Milwaukee 100 held prior to the IndyCar Series event, Paul Dana captured his first Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory to end points leader Thiago Medeiros' four-race...
Dana Records First Victory
WEST ALLIS, Wis., Sunday, July 25, 2004 -- In the Milwaukee 100 held prior to the IndyCar Series event, Paul Dana captured his first Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory to end points leader Thiago Medeiros' four-race win streak.
"Obviously, Thiago took off like a shot, and he was gone," Dana said. "It would have been nice to be up there with him early. We were actually running the race pace of Thiago, but he got a gap in the early run. We were running as quick as him, but we weren't going to catch him.
"But we led earlier this year, and we ran into some bad luck, so it comes around. We'll take them any way we can get them."
Rookie P.J. Chesson, driver of the No. 76 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone, finished a career-best second and rookie Al Unser finished third, his third top-five finish in three Menards Infiniti Pro Series starts.
Medeiros, who led the first 75 laps of the 100-lap race before suffering a wheel-bearing failure, finished sixth, his worst finish since the Chicagoland 100 in September 2003.
MILWAUKEE 100 POST-RACE NOTES:
This is Hemelgarn 91 Johnson Motorsports' fourth victory in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. The team previously won races with Aaron Fike (Chicagoland 2002 and Pikes Peak 2003) and Cory Witherill (Nashville 2002).
Thiago Medeiros, who had won four consecutive races, led 249 consecutive laps over four races before surrendering the lead on lap 75.
MILWAUKEE 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:
ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "I braked into the first corner and turned in on the high side, then I was clipped by Billy Roe, so I guess he pushed up into me. It's unfortunate. It's the type of luck we have had this year. I didn't expect anything to happen in the first corner, as I was trying to take it easy, but then I was collected. We need to get everything back together for Michigan, and hopefully, our luck can turn around."
JESSE MASON (No. 3 Segway Human Transportation Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was tough. We got a real bad restart. I don't know. Something happened, and we went from second to fourth. That dictated our race. We were stuck behind Brad (Pollard) and couldn't get around him. It's so hard to pass here, and every time I got close, he'd chop down on my line and take the aero right off the car. I had to spend 10 more laps chasing him down. At the end there, Brad spun right in front of me. The track was real slick there the whole weekend. We were set up for the other end of the track and weren't concerned about the looseness of the corner, and it nuked Brad, and it nuked me. That's racing, I guess. I'm happy with what we've done in the IRL so far, so hopefully, we get another shot at it."
BRAD POLLARD (No. 64 Team XBOX/Pollard Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was a very frustrating finish to what was a good run. We will come back next week and be stronger."
LEONARDO MAIA (No. 33 Skip Barber Racing School Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It's really tough. I think we had a good race car. I was driving around with flat spots all over the tires, with pretty much a wrecked car, and we were able to put in some good laps. It's unfortunate for the Brian Stewart team and the Skip Barber Racing School car that we couldn't finish the race. We got taken out on the first lap because people weren't really paying attention. They're not really ready to go side by side through the start of the race. It was unfortunate, but we just got caught out by two other drivers. Unfortunately, it takes out a lot more people than the actual driver who makes a mistake."
BILLY ROE (No. 24 Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I went into the corner, and the car went straight. I hit Arie and then hit the wall. It was my fault. I just went in too hard and pushed into him."