SPM Pocono Qualifying Report

Jakes and Briscoe to Start 15th and 18th Sunday in Pocono

Long Pond, PA – August 22, 2015 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) drivers James Jakes and Ryan Briscoe will start 15th and 18th, respectively, for Sunday’s ABC Supply Co. Inc. 500 race at Pocono Raceway.
After a tough morning practice session in the condensed Verizon IndyCar Series weekend, the SPM crews worked hard to make the necessary setup adjustments for the afternoon qualifying session.
Jakes’ No. 7 MediaTech Oculus Honda had a two-lap average of 218.246, putting him on the outside of row eight.
“Not a bad session for the No. 7 SPM Oculus Honda. It wasn’t quite what we were hoping for but I think it was better than this morning. I think we can have a good race and get back into the top ten.
“It’s going to be a long day tomorrow – 500 miles – so I’m looking forward to it and the weather’s good. We’ve got another practice session early this evening so hopefully we can improve the balance some more.”
Briscoe’s two-lap qualifying average was 217.241. He will start on the outside of row nine.
“Qualifying today was a little so-so. We didn’t quite hit the balance. The first practice session flew by so quick and we never got our qualifying sim in, so just missed the balance a little bit. I felt like we had the right amount of downforce on it and we had good speed. I just had to lift in turn one because of the understeer. That kind of hurt us but we were able to relay that feedback back to the No. 7 car and I think it helped them out.
“I think qualifying could’ve been better but the car felt reasonably strong and we had good speed, so hopefully that will translate into a good race.”
On Sunday, the Verizon IndyCar Series will complete the 15thrace on the 2015 circuit. The ABC Supply 500 will take place onAugust 23 at Pocono Raceway. The 200-lap race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from 2-6 p.m. ET and tickets are available at PoconoRaceway.com.