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LEBANON, Tenn., Friday, July 16, 2004 -- Thiago Medeiros set a Menards Infiniti Pro Series record by claiming his fourth consecutive pole position during qualifying for the Cleanevent 100. Medeiros, who can set an Indy Racing League record by ...

LEBANON, Tenn., Friday, July 16, 2004 -- Thiago Medeiros set a Menards Infiniti Pro Series record by claiming his fourth consecutive pole position during qualifying for the Cleanevent 100.

Medeiros, who can set an Indy Racing League record by winning the 77-lap race on July 17, recorded a lap of 25.6598 seconds, 182.386 mph in qualifying. The pole was the fifth of Medeiros' career, also a series record.

"We had a really good baseline setup here, and we then made a couple of changes just to make the car better for qualifying," said Medeiros, who tied A.J. Foyt IV and Mark Taylor for the series record for most poles in a season. "We put everything together for the qualifying, and we got it, and so I am really proud of all that the team did for me. I am looking forward to the race tomorrow."

MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

PAUL DANA (No. 91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I was happy with our run. The Hemelgarn guys made a bunch of changes to the car from practice to qualifying. It was a bit of a gamble, but they nailed it, and the car was perfect. I thought we had a pretty good run, and I was pleased with our time, and Thiago (Medeiros) bettered it significantly. I'm a little confused about that. It's to their credit that they did it. I thought we had pole, but it didn't hold up." (About Saturday's Cleanevent 100): "If we can get .in front, we have a chance to win. This is a real hard track to run behind somebody. We've struggled a bit in traffic, and we've seen (Thiago Medeiros) struggle in traffic this morning. Race pace, we'll have a good, strong car, but we need to figure out how to get in front."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It is a result that I am fortunate to have, and I know how hard the guys have been working at the shop. We had a really good baseline set up here, and we then made a couple of changes just to make the car better for qualifying. We put everything together for the qualifying, and we got it, and so I am really proud of all that the team did for me. I am looking forward to the race tomorrow." (About the chance to make Indy Racing League history with fourth consecutive win): "I am not even thinking about it. It's hard to make a plan and follow your strategy. You have to be ready for everything that you were expecting and everything that you were not expecting. The team did a good job and gave me a really good car. I just drove the car around, and we got a pole. When you put everything together, and we got the best results."

AL UNSER (No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone) "Our qualifying effort wasn't that great, but, like we did in Kansas, we'll come up through the field and do fine." (About advice from his father, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., for advice): "He's not driving the car, so I can't lean on him too much. I just lean on him a little bit for help and setup, same as with my grandfather (four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser). We have so many other people here that we can do that with as well including Johnny Rutherford, Rick Mears and all the other drivers in the IRL."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , Al Unser Jr. , A.J. Foyt IV , Sam Schmidt , Al Unser Sr. , Rick Mears , Thiago Medeiros