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Indy Pro Series: Kentucky 100

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Kentucky 100

Indy Pro Series: Kentucky 100

Wade Cunningham
August 13, 2006


SPARTA, KENTUCKY

THE MODERATOR: We're joined by third place finisher Wade Cunningham. Previous to this season, Wade has a win and two seconds, today a third place finish. Tell us about your run out there, Wade.
WADE CUNNINGHAM: I think we had the strongest car this weekend. It showed, we dominated the race. We're always going to get passed. You can't race at a track like this and stay in the lead the entire time. I knew the challenge was coming. It did. Yellow straightaway.
I got a really good restart. I was going for the lead straightaway again. You know, Jay Howard and his car didn't want any of that. (Indiscernible) turn two, he cut my tire. I had a flat tire the last few laps. Really couldn't do much. I really struggled that last lap. It was completely flat. The car was turning left the whole time. I wasn't sure whether I was going to make that one lap. Came away with third, which is good for prize money, but normally I feel like we would have had the victory today if that hadn't happened.
THE MODERATOR: Wade, at point 0190 seconds, closest finish in Indy Pro Series history, the closest finish in Kentucky Speedway history. Pretty tight out there those last few laps. If you want to touch on that for us.
WADE CUNNINGHAM: The field is close. Speedway Engines has done a good job with the engines this year, it showed with the racing. There's a big pack at the end of nearly the entire field.
You know, the racing was good. But I extended courtesy to the other drivers at the front and I didn't get back at the end. That ended our day, which is bad for the team and bad for me.
THE MODERATOR: Wade, two weekends remaining in the season, three races, looking ahead to Infineon and Chicago, any thoughts on that front?
WADE CUNNINGHAM: We're just taking it race by race, going for wins. We're well out of the points championship. You know, we just go weekend to weekend. We take the prize money, look for race wins, which are pretty good. Disappointed not to win here. But we've got three more races, like you said. We'll keep going and we'll be there at the end.
THE MODERATOR: Any questions for Wade?

Q. (No microphone.)
WADE CUNNINGHAM: Yeah, no, when (indiscernible) was leading, he drove in his mirrors, he drove up the track a lot. I tried to set an example when I was in the front, not doing that, holding my line. I think I did a good job at that. I spoke to the spotters on the radio before the restart and said, Hey, can you make sure he holds his line this time. He didn't. He just drove into me again. That ended my race.
THE MODERATOR: Anything else for Wade? Wade, thank you very much. We'll see you at Infineon.
WADE CUNNINGHAM: Thanks a lot.



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