Homestead: Post-race quotes

Andy Wallace , co-driver of the Howard-Boss Motorsports No. 2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford ON THE LUCK OF THE LEADERS TAKING EACH OTHER "Before you say we were lucky, remember back a few weeks to Daytona where we weren't so lucky. That's the one thing...

Andy Wallace , co-driver of the Howard-Boss Motorsports No. 2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford

ON THE LUCK OF THE LEADERS TAKING EACH OTHER
"Before you say we were lucky, remember back a few weeks to Daytona where we weren't so lucky. That's the one thing about racing - anything can happen. You need to be there if you want to win. Daytona was a great race, but we got nothing from it. This was a very good race too. Very, very close all the way to the end. And yes, we really were lucky. But, we struggled all week trying to get a good balance. Finally for the race it was really good. I really want to thank everybody who put this deal together. If you drive in the car, it's the easy part. You turn the steering wheel. You press the pedal down. How hard can that be? All the people back at the shop who built the car did such a good job. Thank you to everybody. We're really, really happy to be here. "

ON WATCHING THE INCIDENT BETWEEN THE NO. 01 & THE NO. 27
"I was sitting behind, and I was willing it to happen. But, the Rolex Series is very, very close, and the cars are extremely equal. Even in the GT cars, they are quick and it's a real struggle to pass them. But to pass one of your own class cars is even harder. So when you get two or three cars at the end of the race all together, there's going to be a little bumping. And, you know, that was just a racing incident. I sat there behind then, and I couldn't quite stay with them. I was a little bit slower than them. But I knew I had to stay really, really close, because they might just bounce off each other and open the door, so I can get through. And when I saw them going down the back straight and onto the front straight, I thought, 'This is a great track. I like Homestead a lot.' And of course we all know what happened. "

Milka Duno , co-driver of the Howard-Boss Motorsports No. 2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford

"I am very happy. This feels wonderful. We have a very good team. I have to say thank you to my team, in particular to my sponsor CITGO and my wonderful teammate Andy Wallace. We were consistent, we were fast and we didn't make a mistake. And, we won the race. "

Cort Wagner , co-driver of the G&W Motorsports No. 81 BMW Doran

ON HIS SECOND-PLACE FINISH
"The car ran really, really well and we were really nervous because it was a brand new car. This is a testament to the crew. They put together an amazing effort. Kelly Collins, my co-driver, brought it home and did a great job. What can I say? It's been an amazing effort. It's a great race day. It fell our way. We are happy to have it fall our way. "

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

ON THE CAR
"The car was brand new for both of us. It was our first race with the team. We did a test prior to the race where we got to learn the car and try to develop it a little bit. The team has done a fantastic job. Michael Shank has done a fantastic job. Lexus has provided us with good power. So here we are third, so it's fantastic. "

ON THE RACE
"I was running second, and I got hammered from behind by the SunTrust car. I don't know who was driving it. It just spun me around. I was feeling pretty strong at the beginning of the race, but unfortunately that happens."

Burt Frissell , co-driver of the Michael Shank Racing No. 6 Lexus Doran

ON HIS FINISH
"Awesome. What can I say? First prototype race ever and third place. It doesn't get any better than that. I'm just thrilled with the whole team. Dale (Wise) gave us a great car, and Lexus gave us a great engine, and we were able to be in the right spot at the right time to get on the podium. We will hopefully move up from here, and get to the top step of the podium this season."

ON SPRINT RACING
"Luckily my background in racing has been in open wheel racing, where we just race from green to checker, so I was comfortable right away with the sprint format. I was a little surprised at how much contact people were making out there, and it all seemed to be with our car! I was actually praying in the last few laps that the car would make it to the end after Max (Papis) hit me. We had so many alarms going off on the car for all the temperatures, the race couldn't have ended any sooner for me!"

Boris Said , co-driver of the Prototype Technology Group No. 21 BMW M3

ON HIS GT CLASS VICTORY
"Daytona sucked. Daytona, for our team, was pretty embarrassing. It sucked in one word. But the team went to work really hard, rebuilt the cars and got them really fast. We came here, we led every practice, we qualified good and we won the race. So, it was a good weekend. "

Bill Auberlen , co-driver of the Prototype Technology Group No. 21 BMW M3

ON HIS GT CLASS VICTORY
"Boris did the hard work. He got it, in the beginning, in the lead. We had great pit stops. The pit stops were really good and quick. Our driver change was quite good, and then we went out. I had to hunt down a few people. We got the lead, and then we strategized. We had a fuel pick up problem that was an issue the whole race. We had to come into the pits five or six laps earlier than our teammates because of it, and if we would have been caught out in a yellow during that time, we would have gone laps down, so that was a bad thing. But, we got lucky. This time every thing went well. Every single practice session the car was quickest and we led the race and we won the race. That is probably more representative of what PTG is all about than what you saw at Daytona."

David Murry , co-driver of the AASCO Motorsports No. 16 Porsche GT3 Cup

ON HIS GOALS FOR THE RACE
"As you know, we were put to the back of the grid because of wing plates. My job was to get the Porsche out in the front as fast as we could. To get the biggest gap we could get, would improve our odds of getting a lap up. If the caution came out and the pace car is the right way, we could get a lap up. It was my goal to get out there and run without making and mistakes and keep the car up there for Craig. When the first yellow came out, it gave up a lap up. Craig actually did the hard work. There were guys chasing him down at a pretty good rate. "

Craig Stanton , co-driver of the AASCO Motorsports No. 16 Porsche GT3 Cup

ON THE RACE
"I got in and we had a little bit of a lead, and with the yellow, we were a lap up on from the get go. We felt really fortunate there, and it gave us a little bit of a lead, which helped us with Randy. Randy was coming for sure. We were able to dip in (to the pits) at about three-fourths into the stint with about a half hour to go and put five gallons of gas in. We came around and were able to pit once again and get two rears. It enabled us to kind of cruise on at a pretty good clip, but a conservative rate to the end of the race. "

ON THE TEAM
"The AASCO team did a great job all weekend. They did a brilliant job at Daytona and continued on with their momentum. I love Homestead; it's a great track. It's a really clean facility. I would love to come here for a cup race. Grand American does a great job."

Jan Magnussen , co-driver of the Doran Lista Racing No. 27 Lexus Doran

ON HIS BATTLE WITH THE NO. 01
"I can't believe that Max Papis took me out. He hit me on the front stretch so hard that it broke the suspension; I spun around and just stopped on the grass; I couldn't get going again. I don't know if a tire is flat or not. He hit me maybe six or seven times, but I didn't once turn the steering wheel in on him. I passed him briefly on the restart and we had contact; maybe that is why he got emotional and hit me so many times when I got beside him again. But there is no excuse for hitting me like he did. Our car was lacking a little bit of down force. The Rileys had us on speed. We need to keep the balance we have and just get some more down force, and we'd be there."

Didier Theys , co-driver of the Doran Lista Racing No. 27 Lexus Doran

ON THE CAR
"We had understeer when I was in the car, but when we did the driver change we also changed the gurney and the car was better for Jan. The problem was mainly on the banking; I just couldn't keep up with the leader. Traffic was normal when I was in the car. One time I thought I had a puncture, but it was just a ball of rubber on a tire. When it fell off everything was fine. Other than the understeer, the car was fine."

Terry Borcheller , co-driver of the Bell Motorsports No. 54 KODAK Pontiac Doran

ON HIS FINISH
"Considering our weekend, we're pretty happy. It's not where we wanted to be. Forest got hit at the start of the race, so our race started just like our weekend started with the blown engine in practice. We just had to play catch-up the whole time. We made a mistake in the pits and lost a lap fixing the brake light. We have some homework to do before Phoenix."

Forest Barber , co-driver of the Bell Motorsports No. 54 KODAK Pontiac Doran

ON HIS TEAM'S PERFORMANCE
"It wasn't pretty, but it was a good result considering how tough a weekend it was. I had a reasonable start, but in the second turn I got hit by one gentleman. I tried to keep it straight but I spun exiting three. Then the whole rest of the time we were just trying to make up time. The Bell Motorsports team did a good job. We just had a tough weekend here."

Max Papis , co-driver of the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 01 Lexus Riley

ON HIS BATTLE WITH THE NO. 27
I came into this race knowing that we would have to race really hard and there would be some good wheel action, but this was a little over the top. I'm not sure what was going on with the No. 27 car, but he hit me hard three or four times, and the No.02 Lexus Riley bears some pretty nasty marks to prove it. It's unfortunate for the team because the result is not indicative of how good our cars were today. It was a lot of fun out there and we were right there at the front where we should be. There are a lot of good things that we can take away from this weekend, and we'll be that much more motivated for the next race.

Luis Dias , co-driver of the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 02 Lexus Riley

ON HIS PERFORMANCE
"I'm very disappointed. The CompUSA Chip Ganassi racing with Felix Sabates team gave Jimmy Morales and I such a great car. We fought so hard to get the lead all race long. It was my first sports car race, and it was just so exciting. Passing in all that traffic was a new experience for me, and it was hard to get the timing just right, but we managed to get to the front of the field and that was where we should have stayed. After the yellow, with just 12 laps left, my inexperience got the best of me. I lost traction, and slid wide in turn one. There just wasn't any room for mistakes and I learned a lot today. It will never happen.

Chip Ganassi , team owner of the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 01 Lexus Doran & No. 02 Lexus Doran

ON THE OUTCOME OF THE RACE
"It certainly was an exciting race, but not quite the finish we expected. I'm very proud of all our drivers and the entire CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team. We saw a lot of things that we liked and that we can build on. The team came prepared to race and proved we would be competitive from the start. With two poles now and both cars running up in the top five for most of the race, we showed that we could have finished first but we must first finish.

Michael Shank , team owner of the Michael Shank Racing No. 6 Lexus Doran

ON THE RACE
"Very tough day for us, we got behind early when another car spun us, but it was a good finish for us. And then at the end, everybody but the pace car was hitting us! Now we have a fourth place finish and a third place finish in just our first two starts, and I think there is a lot more to come. These guys (Frisselle and Negri) showed they can run with the fastest guys out there, so we are looking for more. We are also proud to be the highest finishing Lexus, and hopefully we can get them to the top step of the podium soon."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Milka Duno , Jan Magnussen , Boris Said , Didier Theys , Max Papis , David Murry , Bill Auberlen , Kelly Collins , Terry Borcheller , Jimmy Morales , Craig Stanton , Forest Barber , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Chip Ganassi , Michael Shank , Felix Sabates , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing