IPS: Milwaukee test quotes

AL UNSER (No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Today went great. Really it's my first test day in the car. I did my Rookie Test down in Kentucky. Here in Milwaukee you really have to drive the car, you have to lift going...

AL UNSER (No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Today went great. Really it's my first test day in the car. I did my Rookie Test down in Kentucky. Here in Milwaukee you really have to drive the car, you have to lift going into the corner, you have to have car feel. I really am enjoying myself in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. I hope to work with Keith Duesenberg in the Western Union car. I really am liking the series and liking the cars. Again, my first day in it and just getting going and getting excited. Definitely a thrill."

JESSE MASON (No. 3 Segway Human Transportation Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We had a good day. We've been struggling with a little bit of push all day from the mid-corner off and in Turn 4, there are some bumps which have been causing some havoc. I think you saw that with (P.J.) Chesson, and Arie (Luyendyk Jr.) You hit those bumps and the back end gets really light on you. Still it was a good day. We started with the Phoenix setup and worked really well all morning. We got to a point we thought it was really comfortable. Then in the afternoon, we found six-tenths right away. Thiago's up front again, and I guess it's a little like Formula One with Michael (Schumacher), but hopefully we can catch him and run with him."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "That was my fastest lap time by two-tenths when I crossed the finish line, and then through (Turns) 1 and 2 it had a good push so I just put more on the weight-jacker going down the backstraight away. I turned in and everything was cool, middle of the corner was fine, but as I got off the dark asphalt and went onto the light asphalt, the back end just snapped around. It happened so quick I had no time to really recover from it. It's a shame. It really hurts on the budget since we're already struggling. Hopefully we can rebound from it and still be at Kansas."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We were trying to find a good quality lap for the qualifying, and for the car for the race. We made a couple of changes to improve the car. We'll see what's going to happen. Just see how the car feels in the qualifying."

ROSS FONFERKO (No. 22 Keith Duesenberg Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We were trying to work all day on carrying a push that we had in the car. When you're trying to lay down the power and the thing's heading toward the wall, you get a little reluctant. We were trying to cure that. We did a little better with it, got some times down a little bit. I think we were fifth quickest on the day. I'd like to do better, but I can't complain for not being in the car for awhile. I was pretty happy. Hopefully next time I come out here, we'll be number one on the chart."

LEONARDO MAIA (No. 33 Brian Stewart Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I got a good feel for the track today. I got a lot of laps in. We struggled a little bit with the setup. We had a miscommunication and ran the wrong setup from what the engineer thought we were running, so that probably put us off the pace a little bit. We only found out about that 20 minutes ago, so hopefully when we come back here in July, we can run where we're used to running here."

PAUL DANA (No. 91 Ethanol Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We're good. We didn't get going quite as quick as we wanted. There's a few tenths there on the table, but we had a consistent car. At the end of the day we got a car that was consistent that I felt that I could race all day long at a good solid pace so I'm pretty pleased with the test. This is the toughest track we go to on the schedule. It's a neat place. It's no banking. You have to drive it at both ends. Caught a lot of guys out today so we're happy that the car is in one piece. I learned a lot. It's a blast, you're working out there so it's great."

BRAD POLLARD: (No. 24 XBOX/Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): I'm just trying to learn the track, learning what it's like to run on a flat track like this. I'm just working on getting quicker and quicker. We're working on a lot of things with setup, and my driving style, and so we're playing with different things. We were playing with getting the car a little bit looser versus a little bit of push, and we just got on a little bit too loose there. It came around in (Turn) 4, and what I did is just wrapped it up to keep it off the outside wall, and here comes the little barrier between the pit road, and we just tapped it. It's unfortunate, but those things happen. We'll make some changes and get back out there."

P.J. CHESSON (No. 76 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Things were going really well. With these things, I was playing around with the line. I'm anxious to get somewhere and figure out for myself, answer some questions for myself. All day we were taking baby steps, baby steps. That was a pretty small step for me, but a little high here, it's so flat, and it just picked up a little bit of a push early in the corner and kind of kept on going. It gets off in la-la land and there's no way to dig out of it. It was just one of those things when it starts to push a little bit here, I guess they just keep going. Not a big deal. I'm not really bothered by it. I feel bad for all the guys who had to build them, and the time that went into the car, but the monkey is off our back now. We can pick up and go racing."

KATHRYN NUNN (Team manager, Mo Nunn Racing): "We have experienced the whole gamut of emotions today. Actually, we're proud of him. He was going very well. He was testing the limits of the car. I guess we could say he found it. We're happy he's alright. We'll go back and re-group and get the car ready for Kansas. I'm glad we didn't paint it before we came up here."


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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Mo Nunn