IPS: Pikes Peak: Round 9 preview, quotes

WHAT: Pikes Peak 100, ninth race in 12-race 2004 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù season. WHERE: Pikes Peak International Raceway, 1-mile asphalt tri-oval WHEN: 1:45 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, August 22 DISTANCE: 100 laps/100...

Pikes Peak 100, ninth race in 12-race 2004 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù season.

Pikes Peak International Raceway, 1-mile asphalt tri-oval

1:45 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, August 22

100 laps/100 miles

Dallara chassis; Infiniti V8 engines; Firestone tires

ESPN2, 4 p.m. (EDT), August 25

SCHEDULE: (all times local; subject to change)

Saturday, August 21
9:45-10:15 a.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series practice
2:15 p.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series qualifying

Sunday, August 22
9-9:15 a.m. -- Menards Infiniti Pro Series warm-up
11:45 a.m. -- Pikes Peak 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race (100 laps/100 miles)


P.J. CHESSON (NO. 76 Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We're looking to continue to build on our momentum. We're doing so well right now. Things are going as good as they can possibly go. These are the good times, and we have to recognize that there are probably some bad times ahead. We're still a young team, and I've still only run in a handful of races. We're not looking for a championship or to be Rookie of the Year. I'm just looking for more experience and more seat time. I'm excited about going to Pikes Peak. It's a short track, and I think we've got a good package for that type of track."

PAUL DANA (NO. 91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We got the win at Milwaukee, which was a 1-mile oval. I'd like to win again and prove that we can win without someone else having troubles. The Hemelgarn/Johnson team won at Pikes Peak last year with Aaron Fike, so the standard on the team has been set very high. I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to do well. We've proven that we have the car to win. If we keep doing what we're doing, and if Thiago (Medeiros) has any more troubles, maybe we'll have a shot at the title at the end of the season."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (NO. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The goal is always to win. I finished third there last year after starting last in an awesome car. Hopefully, (chief mechanic) Wilbur (Bunce) can put me in another car like that, and I can find myself in Victory Lane. That's the plan. We will see how it goes."

LEONARDO MAIA (NO. 33 Skip Barber Racing School Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I think we have a good setup on the short, 1-mile ovals. (Teammate) Jesse (Mason) qualified second at Milwaukee, and I finished third at Phoenix. I'm looking forward to racing at Pikes Peak. I've talked to some people who have raced there, and they say it's a fun track. I hope we can keep this momentum going from Kentucky."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (NO. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We had a tough weekend at Kentucky with our sixth-place finish. We still have a solid lead on the points championship, but we can't afford to keep losing our advantage. Pikes Peak is a track where we should be able to do well. The Sam Schmidt team has given me a very strong car on the 1-mile ovals. We led from wire-to-wire at Phoenix, and we led the majority of the race at Milwaukee before the wheel bearing went bad. We want to run smart and keep getting the maximum number of points, but we also want to win."

JESSE MASON (NO. 3 Pure Pendulum Putting System Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The past couple of races have been very disappointing for me, struggling to get on pace with the lead cars. Coming into Pikes Peak, I look to overcome the disappointments of the summer and concentrate on winning races. During the season, we have displayed good pace at the shorter tracks -- Phoenix and Milwaukee -- and look to continue this at PPIR. I hope we can find good pace early and produce an encouraging result."

AL UNSER (NO. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I'm excited to race at Pikes Peak. My family has so many ties to the area, especially Colorado Springs. I'm disappointed about Kentucky. I think we had the car to beat, but we were involved in an unfortunate incident that cut our race short. I'd like to climb on the podium again, especially at Pikes Peak which is only about an hour away from the headquarters of my sponsor, Western Union."


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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Skip Barber , Aaron Fike , Mo Nunn