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JULY 24, 2005

 

Two Cars Still in Top Three in Points

Schmidt Motorsports finishes 5, 8, 10 at Milwaukee

 

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Brazilian driver Jaime Camara started today's Milwaukee 100 from the pole position and collected the team's highest finish position of the day by placing fifth.  Travis Gregg finished eighth and Chris Festa took 10th.

 

For the first time this season, Camara, a resident of Miami, Fla., started on the front row without teammate Travis Gregg next to him.  Out of his five starts on the front row, three on the pole, today was the first race where Camara had no teammate next to him, or even behind him.   Wade Cunningham and Jeff Simmons led a pack of cars around the #1 CELG/Goias Sam Schmidt Motorsports car of Camara on lap one, putting Camara back to fifth, just ahead of teammate Festa who pulled to sixth on the opening lap.  Camara finished fifth, moving to second in the points chase with 265 points.

 

After a quick, early caution, Camara and Festa had worked into the top five, running fourth and fifth.  Festa, 19, of Atlanta, Ga., brought out the second caution of the race when his #19 SpacePak/CareCentric Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry slid into the outside wall in turn two.  Festa's 10th-place finish dropped him to sixth in the championship race with 224 points.

 

MILWAUKEE 100 RACE MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES RESULTS
Pos No Driver Name Best Time Best Speed Best Lap Total Laps
1 24 Jeff Simmons 27.7762 131.551 2 100
2 33 Wade Cunningham 27.8998 130.969 96 100
3 9 Nick Bussell 27.8075 131.403 21 100
4 6 Jon Herb 27.7357 131.744 87 100
5 1 Jaime Camara 27.8656 131.129 20 100
6 20 Jay Drake 27.6847 131.986 22 100
7 3 Arie Luyendyk Jr. 28.2606 129.297 3 98
8 7 Travis Gregg 28.5867 127.822 3 98
9 4 Marty Roth 28.6861 127.379 84 96
10 19 Chris Festa 27.7584 131.636 22 63
11 11 Scott Mayer 29.4154 124.221 4 4

 

Gregg had his hands full throughout the 100-lap race fighting a very loose race car that had fuel pressure issues, and, at one point he lost communication with his spotter while in a thick pack of traffic.  Gregg started the race 11th after a crash in practice prevented him from making a qualifying attempt.  The Camden, Ohio, native fought the heat and wind to finish eighth.  Gregg is now third in the championship battle with 261 points.

 

Wade Cunningham maintained the Menards Infiniti Pro Series points lead, while Jeff Simmons collected the victory in today's Milwaukee 100.

 

Camara had the team's highest finish, taking the checkered flag in fifth place after starting on the pole.

 

"They warned us before the race that the wind and heat would make our cars loose, and they were right," said Camara.  "At the start of the race, I was really trying to save my tires and just be patient.  I was working with my weight jacker and my bar all race, the car just got very loose at the end of the race and I wasn't able to hold on to third.  We are very excited about taking the CELG race car to Kentucky.  Sam had good success there last year and we are looking forward to the race."

 

Festa, a student at Florida State University, had a decent car this week, but finished 10th after an accident on lap 64.

 

 "We changed a motor after qualifying and it really helped our car. Our car was pretty good, I just started getting loose as the heat built up on the track and in the tires.  I guess I was trying a little too hard to work different lines with the car and work the throttle - I ended up backing the SpacePak/CareCentric race car into the outside wall.  I'm fine and the car's not hurt too bad.  We'll be ready to go at Kentucky," Festa said.

 

Gregg, who fell to third in the points race, recovered from a crash in Saturday's practice to finish eighth.

 

"The car felt good in practice yesterday, but it just didn't work today.  The track was really hot and the wind was blowing the cars around.  I had my hands full with the Lucas Oil race car.  I'm happy we're still in the top three in points heading into a race where Sam's guys have had a lot of success," said Gregg.

 

Sam Schmidt, a racer to the core, hasn't lost a bit of his competitive fire moving from the driver's seat to the owner's seat.  He wants to win every race, so this trip to Milwaukee won't go down as one of his favorites.

 

"We got beat by the other teams today," said Schmidt.  "We didn't have our setups where they needed to be to handle the wind and the heat in today's race conditions and it moved us to the passenger seat this weekend.  We managed to use some patience to keep Jaime and Travis in the top three in points.  We'll get back to the shop and talk about this weekend and get ready for Kentucky.  I don't like days like today, but I guess we have to have one every once in a while.  We'll be ready to go for race nine at Kentucky, no question."

 

Sunday's 100-lap race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis at 3 p.m. (EDT), on July 28th on ESPN2.

 

The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is number nine in the 12-race season. The Courier-Journal 100 will be held on Saturday, August 13th at Kentucky Speedway, the 1.5-mile oval located just a short drive from Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

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