SPARTA, Kentucky -- A.J. Foyt IV continued to secure his status as the driver to beat in the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series on Aug. 10 by winning the pole for the Kentucky 100 at Kentucky Speedway.
Series points leader Foyt earned the top spot for the 100-mile race with a lap of 29.6707 seconds, 179.571 mph in the No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. Foyt led both pre-qualifying practices this morning on the 1.5-mile oval.
"I just went out, and I didn't really know what was going to happen," Foyt said. "I went out there and the car did something real weird that it didn't do in practice. It twitched real bad in (Turns) 3 and 4.
"I was real disappointed when I came in, but then I saw that the other guys were going through the same thing. I'm just glad we got the pole."
Foyt, grandson of legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, will aim for his third victory in four starts in the new Indy Racing League development series when the Kentucky 100 starts at 11 a.m. (EDT) Sunday. He won the series' inaugural race July 7 at Kansas Speedway and the last event, July 28 at Michigan International Speedway.
Actor-driver Jason Priestley will join Foyt on the front row after a qualifying lap of 29.7548, 179.064 in the No. 7 HomeMed Pharmacy entry. Ronnie Johncox qualified third at 29.7633, 179.012 in the No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special entry.
"I'm real happy with it," Priestley said. "We had a real fast car this morning. We kind of had some problems with it later in the day, but my guys worked real hard and got my car ready for qualifying. I'd rather be sitting on pole, but we're at P2, and I'm pretty happy with that."
Cory Witherill, the race winner July 20 at Nashville Superspeedway, qualified fourth at 29.7644, 179.006 in the No. 92 WSA Healthcare entry. Witherill is second in the standings with 102 points, 34 behind Foyt.
Ed Carpenter rounded out the top five at 29.7884, 178.862 in the No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi entry.
It was an eventful session, as Rolando Quintanilla, Marty Roth and Aaron Fike each spun in separate incidents. Fike was the only driver to make contact with the wall, but he was unhurt.