IRL: Gateway: Post-race quotes

GREG RAY (No. 41 A.J. Foyt Racing/Harrah's Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I did my best to try and stay out there, but the car was so loose I could hardly keep it on the track. Coming out of the turn, I was trying to save it, and the car got away...

GREG RAY (No. 41 A.J. Foyt Racing/Harrah's Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I did my best to try and stay out there, but the car was so loose I could hardly keep it on the track. Coming out of the turn, I was trying to save it, and the car got away from me. (I'm) disappointed for my hard-working crew, changing out a motor on our first practice yesterday and then changing out the gearbox today before the race, and also for my sponsors Harrah's, EDS and A. T. Kearney."

AIRTON DARE (No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I never turned right in Indy cars so much in my life, especially in Turn 4. I had probably six laps on each set of tires that the car was driveable. I also had a problem with my brakes. They started to fade, and I had to brake a lot earlier. But at least we're over with the three DNF's in a row."

ELISEO SALAZAR (No. 11 A.J. Foyt Racing/Harrah's Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I didn't have a consistent setup. The car got really loose after 25 laps. We tried to correct it, but we never did get the consistency we needed."

SCOTT SHARP (No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We started the race with a really great car. Unfortunately, our gearbox locked up, and we needed to replace it. The Delphi car ran great all weekend, and as usual the Kelley team worked great all day repairing my car and having great pit stops."

AL UNSER JR. (No. 7 Corteco Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It turned out to be an OK race for us after this morning's practice incident. The Corteco/Bryant crew worked their tails off to get the car repaired and ready for the race. We had great stops all day. I'm sorry we didn't get the repeat win, but we got a strong finish. The car just was a little loose all day, so I couldn't drive down as hard as I wanted into the turns. We got a solid run today for the Corteco/Bryant team."

EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "My car would be good for 30 laps out of the 50 on each set of tires, and then it would get loose. I tried a totally different setup this morning. On a restart I got up high, got in the dirt and just got killed. It took me a lap and a half to recover, and I lost a lap in the process. Buddy (Rice) did a phenomenal job. I was watching him in the race. He took a car that should have finished eighth and finished fourth. Three races and three finishes. That is a new record for Red Bull Cheever Racing. We are pleasantly surprised with Buddy. He will continue with the team at Chicago and Texas, and we are currently talking about 2003."

BUDDY RICE (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We used the same strategy we have in both other races. We went out, ran hard and put ourselves in position to stay with the lead pack. We came in for the last stop and had a real solid pit stop. We used what was left in the car to get to the front. Today we had a real excellent car. We just got hung up in traffic a little bit, but that was the same for everybody. We had an awesome pit stop at the end there. Everyone was fairly even on new tires. We were a little bit better in clean air. Once we moved to the front, we sat there and waited for someone to make a mistake and then got on by. We tried to capitalize on mistakes that others would make since our car was so good. We are working on finishing out the season at the next two rounds with solid performances for the Red Bull Cheever Racing team."

ROBBY McGEHEE (No. 55 Atlas Van Lines/Sam Schmidt Motorsports G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It was great to be back with the Treadway team. Our pit stops were fantastic. In the first stint, we had a major push. I worked with the sway bars and the weight jacker as much as I could. On the first pit stop, we changed the tire pressures, and the car was much better after that. I think we could have had a top-10 finish if we wouldn't have developed a gearbox problem. Gearboxes take a lot of abuse here, and late in the race I couldn't go from fourth to fifth. I had to really play with it to force it to change. That's how (Airton) Dare got past us. But I'm pretty happy with the finish. I wish I could run more races with these guys. Overall, I'd say it was an OK day at the office. We were running laps as fast as the fifth- through 10th-place cars, and with a little more luck we would have been in the top 10. I do feel really bad about one thing, though. On the grid, the crew discovered a crack in the rear wing, and we had to replace it right before the race. That's the spot that Butch Welsch's company's decals were on, and there wasn't any time to get more stickers for that spot for his company, Welsch Heating & Cooling. I feel really bad about that because he orchestrated a lot of our sponsorship, which made this race happen for me."

JEFF WARD (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "The car was real loose at the beginning of the race. We had problems with the throttle sticking, and it wouldn't come off, then it wouldn't come on. So that hurt me, but we just got loose at the beginning, came in and got a lap down. We got the car really good at the end and were running as fast or faster than the leaders, but when we got behind there was nothing we could do."

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "Obviously, it didn't go as well as we would have liked, but we got some points and finished the race. The car wasn't quite there today and had a couple of close calls in traffic, but the Pennzoil Panther guys worked real hard. The car kept running, and you've got to be there at the end even if you don't win, so we'll grab the points and head to the next race. Being eight points behind is not a huge amount. You've just got to keep heading in the right direction. It could have been a lot worse. We could have crashed on the first lap and not gotten any points. I'm disappointed a little bit. You're always disappointed if you don't win. You've just got to take what you can get and make the best of it."

BUDDY LAZIER (No. 91 Coors Light/Life Fitness/Tae Bo/Delta Faucet Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "We had some electrical problems early, and we lost eight laps right at the start. The rest of the day we were real loose and just kind of hanging on. We were pushing and loose at the same time. When we got the electronic thing worked out, it ran better. Overall, not an enjoyable day."

RAUL BOESEL (No. 12 Bradley Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We had an average day. I'm a little upset because lapped cars were holding me back. (Eliseo) Salazar held me up for 20 or 25 laps and didn't have a reason to do that. He was three laps down. Every time I caught him, I'd lose momentum. There was no reason to do that. I was on the lead lap. It was an all right day, but I could have improved a few spots."

ROBBIE BUHL (No. 24 Team Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/ Infiniti/Firestone): "We're not happy with a sixth-place finish because we still want to win races and be on the podium, but with the way our season has gone, we're happy to finish. For us, at this point, we want to keep the leaders in sight, concentrate on good pit stops and a have a good car. We did that. That's important because before you can have a great car and great stops, you need to be in the 'good' category first. We're getting back to that 'great' level and gaining our momentum back. Bring on Chicago."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville/Pittsburgh Paints Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "The car was perfect in the beginning. I had no changes to the car, and we were as quick as the Penske cars. But to be honest, I think I have to prepare myself a little better and work out harder because that was really just missed concentration when I spun. When I was running with Helio (Castroneves) and (Sam) Hornish, I was giving 100 percent of myself or more and really working hard. Then I made the mistake. When I spun, I was trying to overtake Hornish. Going through Turn 1 and 2, I just got back on the accelerator too soon while turning the car too hard. I didn't really spin, I just had the car get around on me enough. I never hit the wall, but one of the yellow cars came by and just hit my nose as I was sideways on the track. It was my fault. After the spin, the car was quite loose. I don't know if the other wing had more downforce, so I had to work on the car with bars and the weight jacker. Within 10 laps, the car was back to being as good as it was before I spun. It was a good learning experience. I guess I had to have a situation like that to really learn about it, but the guys did a perfect job preparing the car. I have to thank them because we were very fast because of them. Now I just want to go forward and keep learning."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing