Daytona II: Post-race driver quotes

Rolex Sports Car Series Paul Revere 250 Driver Quotes Max Angelelli, driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley "Of course, I thought I could have caught Andy Wallace (if the yellow had not waved late in the race), my car was faster....

Rolex Sports Car Series Paul Revere 250 Driver Quotes

Max Angelelli, driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley

"Of course, I thought I could have caught Andy Wallace (if the yellow had not waved late in the race), my car was faster. I'm happy I ran the fastest lap of the race. I was really scared when the caution came out. I knew they (Papis) had new tires, and my tires were pretty old, so I really pushed at the end. I didn't know if I was much quicker."

Wayne Taylor, driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Riley

"Once we got in the qualifying, we concentrated on getting in the race setup. It's one thing being the fastest in every session, it counts when you get the checkered flag. It's been a long time - it's very satisfying. Winning again at Daytona is great."

Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley

"Those guys didn't miss a beat. The 10 car's been our rival all year long, we've been trading it back and forth. But we're in it for the championship. It's hard to race these guys head to head because of the engine differences, but they've made some mistakes and we've taken advantage of them. When they don't, we'll finish second, and make a hard run for the championship."

Bill Auberlen, driver of the No. 21 PTG BMW M3

"This is the second time that I've won the Paul Revere 250. I really love it. Our car was a handful. The Porsches had us covered on top speed. We had them covered on the infield. We had them covered on our driver lineup, our pit crew and our strategy. That's what we owe this thing. We were pretty bad in practice. I left it in the hands of the crew. They tuned the car up. (They) turned it from a four-lap car into a 20-lap car, which was much easier to deal with in the race."

Justin Marks, driver of the No. 21 PTG BMW M3

"We fought the same problem all week. It was difficult for us to get the power down in the corners. It was just real loose. We made a lot of changes before the race. The experience of the team made those changes the right ones. The car was the best in the race and I just tried to stay in touch with the leaders and have the car in a competitive position for when I gave it to my teammate."

Wayne Nonnamaker, driver of the No. 41 Orison-Planet Earth Motorsports Porsche

"I'm pretty tired. The Orison-Planet Earth Motorsports Porsche just did an excellent job. The crew did an amazing job on the stops. I just went around with consistent laps all race long. We've got a good set-up here. We've had success in Grand-Am Cup, now we've been able to translate that into the Rolex - this is our first win in the Rolex. We're very excited, and we're pumped for the rest of the year."

Max Papis, driver of the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley

"I gave it everything I could. Today was a great job for everyone on the team. I guess that's how you win the championship. You don't finish first, you finish second. We have some work to do, but we know where to work, and we've made a lot of progress. We were pretty good in the infield, we had to work in the other direction."

Andy Wallace, driver of the No. 20 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford

"I couldn't really charge at the end. There was nothing left with my tires. It was too hot, and I wore them out with 15-20 laps to go. I knew I was pretty much dead in the water. I just had to see how fast I could go. I doubt if I could have held off Angelelli. It wouldn't have been easy, but I doubt it. Tony did a great job. Doesn't he always? He made no mistakes, did a brilliant job, drove really, really fast. He's a very good teammate. For Watkins Glen, we're going to work a bit on the traction. With a little bit more traction, it will be fantastic. It's a great car everywhere else."

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 20 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford

"That yellow didn't help us at all. The one-stop strategy would have worked if it went green the rest of the way. It's an easy car to drive. This car has got such a good balance to it, that it's not one that you feel you need to fight. It's very driver-friendly. I'm looking forward to racing this car again with Andy at Watkins Glen."

Oswaldo Negri, driver of the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Doran

"I left myself a gap at the start, thinking that everyone was going to brake early, and that's exactly what happened, so I went deeper into the corner and stayed inside-we were three abreast going in-and came out in second position.

"From there, we were pushing hard, and were able to break off-me and the two Ganassi cars-from the rest of the pack, and it worked our tires very hard, so at the end of the stint, I was just hanging on as the tires were pretty well shot."

"Then we had this misfortune in the pits, and so we got a lap down, which was a shame. I am pretty sure we could have been on the podium or at least a top five, so its frustrating, but at least we were running at the front, putting our nose in there, and we know we have what it takes to be competitive, but we just have to get the luck to go our way one of these races!"

"I have to thank the guys so much, this team fights harder than any group I have seen in twenty years of racing and its such a pleasure working with them, I hope we can keep racing in the future."

Cort Wagner, driver of the No. 81 Rx.com G&W Motorsports BMW Doran

"It's a disappointing finish. The car was really handling very nicely. We found a new setup. We tried a new setup between yesterday's qualifying and practice and today's race. We took a gamble and this race car was pretty much able to chase down anybody, except maybe the SunTrust car. I was really enjoying the race. Terry (Borcheller) and I were having some really great racing. I just don't think he saw me (in turn one) and moved over under the breaking zone and smacked the left front of mine with his right rear. And it was game over. It's unfortunate. It did a lot of damage to both cars. I'm just glad we are both okay. That's what really counts. The Rx.com G&W Motorsports team is doing a great job. It was a really good race car. This is disappointing.

"I think the cars are pretty safe. I think they are pretty good structurally. It's interesting that they were both Dorans. It's pretty bizarre. I think the cell structure inside for the driver is pretty safe. I'm happy to be walking away from it after about as fast as you can hit something."

Brent Martini, driver of the No. 81 Rx.com G&W Motorsports BMW Doran

"We got off a difficult start with getting the flat tire. We stayed on the lead lap for a while, but falling back to the back of the field is never easy to come back from in a two-hour and 45-minute race. My stint was up and down. Once I got settled in, I was able to run with the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place cars, but it would have been nice to run there not a lap down. The car was good. All the changes Gary made from overnight were his best guess, and they worked nicely. Those kind of incidents between Cort and Terry happen when you've got two world class road racers trying to fit their car into a little kink in Daytona. It's disappointing because we would have had a top-10 finish, barring any other unforeseen issues. I like to give the team a top-five or -six finish.

Jimmy Morales, driver of the No. 02 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley

"We had some problems with the temperatures. We had to stop to clean the radiator and get the temperature down. We had problems with the temperature from the start, and we lost a little bit of the ponies there."

Luis Diaz, driver of the No. 02 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley

"It was a good experience for me. We came to fight for the lead. Unfortunately, we had some problems with the car, with the engine, but the guys did a great job. Unfortunately, the engine was running a little bit too hot, and that took away some power from the engine."

Mae Van Wijk, driver of the No. 86 G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup

"I am really happy with my performance tonight. I think this was my best race yet. The changes we made to the car after last night worked great. I'm still around six seconds off the pace, but that's a lot better than being 10 seconds off like I was before."

Michael Culver, driver of the No. 86 G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup

"This was a lot of fun. It was fun driving with Mae. She kept her head down, and her lap times kept getting better. I was saying to her father that its unusual to go two seconds faster in the race than you do in qualifying. I think hats off to her; she did a great job. And this G&W team is fantastic. I was quite pleased. We came along way with the car from yesterday. It's a whole lot better than it was yesterday."

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