Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series newcomer Travis Gregg made an impressive debut at Kentucky Series by leading the series opening practice sessions with a fastest lap of 190.068 mph (28.0320 seconds).

The lap is 6.294 mph faster than the series track qualifying record of 183.774 mph set by current Indy Racing League IndyCar Series driver Mark Taylor last season. All 11 drivers who participated in the practice session beat the current qualifying record. The slowest lap first session lap was 185.021 mph and that speed increased to 187.774 mph (28.3746 seconds) in the second session.

Gregg, a 26-year-old sprint car veteran from Camden, Ohio, is one of seven rookie drivers competing in the third "Kentucky 100" tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. on "Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Day." He turned his fastest lap of the second session at 190.010 mph (28.0406 seconds).

"I'm going to try to make it a learning weekend," Gregg said. "We still want to try to be fast, but we don't want to jump ahead of ourselves and get into trouble."

Series leader Thiago Medeiros, who enters the August 14 Kentucky tussle with a 86-point lead in the series standings and four series wins to his credit, was second-fastest in the first session after turning his best lap at 189.223 mph (28.1572 seconds), but fell to sixth in the second session with a lap 188.743-mph lap.

Arie Luyendyk, Jr., was third fastest in the first session with his best lap of 188.921 mph (28.2023 seconds) and improved to second fastest in the second session with a 189.317-mph lap.

Phil Giebler also made progress from the first to the second sessions. He improved from eighth quickest in the first session to third quickest in the second session. He improved his fastest lap 1.867 mph to 189.163 mph.

The series takes to the track for qualifying later this afternoon for qualifying.

~ Kentucky Speedway ~