Howard Secures Pole Position for Chicagoland 100

IRL Indy Pro Series rookie and current points leader Jay Howard secured the pole position this afternoon for the Chicagoland 100 with a qualifying speed of 188.774 mph. Jonathan Klein captured the outside position next to Howard after posting a qualifying speed of 188.285 mph.

"I've not been in this position before where the points race has been this close," said Howard. "The plan is to lead as many laps as possible, and once I get to the point where no one else can lead more laps, then I'm sure the plans will change. I'm almost prepared to sacrifice the win once I know that the championship is in the bag. Obviously, I want to win. It's painful to even think about letting someone else win to win the championship."

Howard (who picked up a bonus point for winning the pole) takes a nine-point lead over Klein heading into the deciding race.

"He's going to go out there with the same mentality...lead every lap and win the race," said Klein. We had a great car in qualifying as you saw, as we all saw, and it showed a lot of speed. We were right there but just couldn't do it. I think our race car is the most solid race car in the field and that makes me more optimistic for tomorrow."

Bobby Wilson, who currently ranks third in the point standings and trails Howard by 25 points, will start fifth (186.909 mph) in the No. 24 Kenn Hardley Racing car. Reigning series champion Wade Cunningham, 28 points behind Howard in fourth, will join Wilson on Row 3 after a qualifying lap of 186.749 mph in the No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing car.

This is the first time in Indy Pro Series history that four drivers have gone into the season's final race eligible to win the championship.

The Chicagoland 100 is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Sept. 9 at 3:55 p.m.

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