IPS: Watkins Glen: Saturday qualifying notes

CUNNINGHAM EARNS POLE AT THE GLEN WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 -- Wade Cunningham claimed the first pole position of his Menards Infiniti Pro Series career, winning the SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award for the Corning ...

CUNNINGHAM EARNS POLE AT THE GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 -- Wade Cunningham claimed the first pole position of his Menards Infiniti Pro Series career, winning the SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award for the Corning 100.

Cunningham, who leads the series point standings, recorded a lap of 1:39.6051, 121.801 mph to earn the bonus point for winning the pole position.

Jeff Simmons will start alongside Cunningham after recording a lap of 1:39.8142, 121.546 mph. Marco Andretti, who had won the pole position in the three previous Menards Infiniti Pro Series road course events, qualified fourth.

CORNING 100 POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 24 Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified second): "We're on the front row; we have a good shot at winning tomorrow. The car was pretty good. It came in fairly well. I just over-cooked a little here and there, and over-slowed a little bit in some places. It was a decent lap."

WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 33 Motorsport New Zealand Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, SWE Race Car Parts Pole Award winner): "I saw Jeff (Simmons) had turned a really quick lap time. It was his best time of the weekend, so I was pushing really hard from the out lap trying to get the heat into the tires. Going into (Turn) 1 on the first timed lap, I overdrove it in too hard and beached the car up on the middle of the curb. All four wheels were off the ground for maybe a split second. I thought that was a lap over, so I just pushed harder than in testing and tried to do the basics right for the rest of the lap. Everything was good, and we were a little bit quicker than Jeff. I'm happy with the run. I lost quite a bit in Turn 1. There was another few tenths that I'm 100 percent certain of. (About starting on pole): "All year, the pole sitter in road-course racing has been at an advantage. You get the clean air around here, which is very important because you've got so much downforce on the car. I'm looking forward to going into the first corner tomorrow with clean air and a really good car. It's nice to finally qualify on the pole. We were so close in St. Petersburg, and it just didn't turn out."

JAMIE CAMARA (No. 1 CELG -- Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified third): "I think if we could have more time practicing we are going to be better. It's just setup the car for the race tomorrow. It's a long race for us, so we need to save the tires a little to be at the end of the race fighting for a good position.

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Vonage Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified fourth): "We were way loose going in, so I was fighting that. Whenever you have a loose car going into entry, it's going to come back to you and understeer at the exit. We're fighting some big handling problems right now. We just have to get a good start, and hopefully, get these guys on cold tires. But, these two are good on cold tires, too."

BOBBY WILSON (No. 3 Brian Stewart Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, qualified fifth): "I'm somewhat satisfied. It'll be interesting to see where everybody else ends up. I'm still kind of working up to speed here, having a little off-course excursion yesterday. I lost the whole session; I had one lap. This morning's warm-up was very critical. I didn't feel all that comfortable with the car this morning, but it's definitely an improvement going into qualifying."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Marco Andretti , Jeff Simmons , Wade Cunningham