Photo: Nick Challis MILWAUKEE – June 04, 2005 – With a kamikaze move around the outside of Jimmy Vasser after an early caution at lap 18, Paul took the lead that he would never relinquish except during pit stops. After each series of stops cycled through PT would again find himself in the lead and after a late Yellow for debris Paul got the jump on the field during the restart and never looked back. He in fact ran his fastest lap of the entire race on his last lap!
Paul: “I’ve got to thank my crew. The Forsythe/Indeck team did a great job today, I’ve got to thank Eric Zito, my whole engineering team. They just gave me a perfect car. Qualifying we made a small mistake on set-up but I knew we had a car this morning in warm-up and it just felt great. (on the early move on Vasser) Him and I were racing like two old salty sea-dogs. It was like going at it like 10 years ago, so that was a lot of fun.”
Photo: Nick Challis MILWAUKEE – June 03, 2005 – Three time Milwaukee winner PT qualified P5 in todays qualifying session with a best lap time of 21.268 @ 174.685 MPH. Jimmy Vasser snagged Pole just 0.187 seconds ahead of Paul.
Paul qualified on the third row for the race as he set the fifth quickest time around the unique flat corners of the oldest race track in America.
Paul: “We had a little too much understeer and I had to back out of it in the middle of the turns. That really hurts the lap times here since the corners are so long. But we had a really fast car in practice this morning on worn tires and heavy with fuel, so I think we’re going to be strong in the race.”