MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Finished 26th / Contact with Carpentier - "I really don't know what happened. I was going into turn one and I was hit from behind and we were out. It is a very, very, stupid way to start a race. It was...
MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Finished 26th / Contact with Carpentier - "I really don't know what happened. I was going into turn one and I was hit from behind and we were out. It is a very, very, stupid way to start a race. It was not a good start. You can talk all you want about being careful on the starts in the driver's meeting, but if someone doesn't use their head it doesn't count. I don't have a lot of respect for people who make dumb mistakes. Today was not our day."
BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Finished 9th - "This was a typical street course. Passing was at a premium all day. We battled really hard today and everything we got on the track was tough. The track was very slippery and we struggled with the hitting the setup today. We worked at it all day and it got a bit better but it was not good enough to really push it out there." WERE THERE ANY MOMENTS OUT THERE THAT WERE A BIT MORE EXCITING THAN OTHERS? "Well it's not often that you have a hit like Cristiano (da Matta) took on a street course. He hit a ton. He was a few spots in front of me at the time and I am glad we were able to get through it unscathed."
MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Finished 4th - "I wish we would have had a little longer green flag run at the end. I was just saving my fuel and tires for a real charge at the end. I really think I would have had something for those guys at the end. We were getting great fuel mileage today and I really, really think we would have had something for them there in the final laps. I just wish we could have shown it." YOU GUYS HAD SOME GREAT PIT STOPS WHEN YOU NEEDED THEM. . . "Yeah, the Texaco guys did a great job. We picked up quite a few positions in the pits today."
ROBERTO MORENO -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - Finished 14th / Contact with Montoya - WHAT WERE THE THOUGHTS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN YOU SAW MONTOYA ATTEMPT THE PASS THAT HE DID? "There was no way he was going to pass me there because I was braking late. I don't know what he was thinking. He was too far back to even try that pass." UP TO THAT POINT YOU WERE HAVING A SOLID RUN . . . "Our strategy was to save fuel and try to go a little longer than the others. Unfortunately because of the yellow flags that didn't work out. The car was handling very well today and the engine was strong."
JAN MAGNUSSEN -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Finished 18th / Contact with Gordon - "This was a tough weekend for us from the start. Nothing went well for us today. We had a run in with Robby Gordon that put me in the tires. I noticed that he was having problems with his rear tires and went for it. We both went for the corner where there was only room for one of us. It's disappointing because we had wing damage and it cost us extra time in the pits. But, we were able to run some very good times during the race and I think we learned some things that can help us down the road today. It's a little disappointing though to not have more success than we did. Hopefully Mid-Ohio will be a better experience."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR -19- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - Finished 21st / Transmission - "The car was running very well today. But, we had a problem with the left front tire. It was completely destroyed. After we changed it, the car was running very well." WHERE DID ALL OF THE OIL COME FROM ON YOUR HELMET? "I don't really know but somebody out there sure was making a mess." WHAT CAUSED YOU TO RETIRE? "We lost a gearbox. I didn't have any gears. I went for fourth and that was it, I couldn't get anything to grab." MEMO GIDLEY -71- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - Finished 20th / Transmission "The car felt real good. The balance on the car was very good. I was really hooked up in turns two and thirteen. I could rip off of them. I was making up a lot of time there. I was running very lean on the fuel and hoping that the race would come to us a bit. But we were strong. There were a couple of guys holding me up for a while and I think it was right after I got by them that I set me fast lap of the race. The only problem we had was that we didn't have radio communication during the race." WHAT CAUSED YOU TO DROP OUT ONE LAP AFTER YOUR TEAMMATE JOURDAIN? "We had the same problem within one lap of each other. I just lost all the gears. I think it may have been the differential."