Gregg Shatters Irl Menards Infiniti Pro Series Qualifying Record
Travis Gregg continued his dynamic IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series debut at Kentucky Speedway today by shattering the series track qualifying record with quick lap of 190.398 mph (27.9835 seconds).
The 26-year-old sprint and World of Outlaws driver from Camden, Ohio last stepped into an IRL Infiniti Pro Series car on May 1 during a test session and will start his first official series race from the pole tomorrow in the "Kentucky 100" on "Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Day."
Gregg and his No. 5 AVS-Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone machine shattered the previous qualifying record of 183.774 mph set by Mark Taylor last year by 6.624 mph.
"I was just getting in the car today wanting to feel comfortable," Gregg said. "We had a similar set up on it (the car) as we did in May and it turned out to be the right combination. We've been talking Sam (Schmidt) since December of last year, we did a test, and talked from then on about doing a race for Kentucky and Chicago."
After leading both practice sessions early in the day at speeds of more than 190 mph, he has discovered the key to producing a strong run in the "The Kentucky 100" tomorrow.
"I think racers are all the same, they're going to find the quick way around the track," Gregg said. "These cars handle a little different. You have to be smooth on the throttle and the steering, that's the key."
Series leader Thiago Medeiros qualified second with a best lap of 189.221 mph (28.1575 seconds), Arie Luyendyk, Jr., qualified third with a quick lap of 189.024 mph (28.1869 seconds), Paul Dana placed third with a lap of 188.974 mph (28.1943 seconds) and Al Unser rounded out the top five with a lap of 188.902 (28.2051 seconds).
All 11 series drivers qualified ahead of the series track record. The slowest qualifier turned in a lap of 184.913 mph.
Gates open for "Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Day" at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and the IRL IndyCar Series takes to the track for its first of four practice sessions at 10:00 a.m. The green flag drops for the "Kentucky 100" at 3:00 p.m. The race will be followed by IRL IndyCar Series qualifying at 4:30 p.m. All tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the speedway gates. Children age 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.
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