Brad Pollard Blisters the Chicagoland Asphalt in the Scorching Heat!
On August 25, 2003 Brad Pollard completed 140 laps in the No.99 Sam Schmidt MotorsportsIRL Infiniti Pro Series car. In his maiden voyage driving an IPS racer at the Chicagoland Speedway, Pollard posted an unofficial fastest lap of 30.13 seconds, 179.222 mph on the 1.5 mile oval. His time bettered the pole speed established by A.J. Foyt IV at the 2002 Chicago 100. This speed was achieved despite record high temperatures in the Chicago area. Butch Meyer, Infiniti Pro Series Technical Director, observed the test.
“We used a conservative approach to build speed and Brad was patient and very smooth,” said Michael Crawford, Team Manager for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. “He is clearly a professional driver and made the test look easy.”
“The test was awesome, the crew was very helpful and the car was very well prepared,” stated Pollard. “This successful test is a huge step towards my ultimate goal of returning the Pollard name to the Indianapolis 500.”
Team owner Sam Schmidt was also pleased with the outcome of the test. “I am quite pleased with Brad’s discipline and feel for the race car. Considering the conditions and the fact that this was his first exposure to an Infiniti Pro Series car, he adapted very quickly and ran impressive times.”