Scott Sharp No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone *Sharp made contact in Turn 2 during his first qualifying attempt in the No. 8T car so after being cleared to drive, he moved to his primary car for his first complete qualifying attempt. "We...
Scott Sharp No. 8 Delphi/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
*Sharp made contact in Turn 2 during his first qualifying attempt in the No. 8T car so after being cleared to drive, he moved to his primary car for his first complete qualifying attempt.
"We were so good this morning, we ran a high 230 mph on our own and I don't know what happened. I went out to warm the car up just like I had the earlier times, we looked at the data and it was the exact same way we'd done it two hours earlier. I don't know what happened, it just snapped on me. But the Delphi guys and the whole Kelley Racing team got behind our car and put a new qualifying motor in that Toyota gave us that was really strong and everyone just busted their tails to get this car ready to go. We're in the race, so now we can concentrate on putting together a good race car."
Al Unser Jr. No. 31 Corteco/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
"We went out there this morning, and the way that the wind was blowing and all that kind of stuff, I wasn't really happy with the car again this morning. So we put in a little bit of downforce in it from yesterday. A speed that we were talking about that we wouldn't take, anything in the (2)24s is what I did not want to take. So we figured anything (2)25.0 (mph) up we'd be looking pretty good, and we ended up in the (2)26s, so it was good." (About wind): "This morning it was huge. We had the thing pretty trimmed out. The gusts are what's catching you out. If it was a consistent wind, then you can deal with that as long as it's the same every lap. But the way that it's gusting out there, you can go through Turn 2, really is the worst corner, you can go through there one lap and lose the front end right from entry and all the way through the corner, then you come back around and go through it again and you're dead loose. It's just the way the gusts are affecting the corners out there. When you're all trimmed out, your conditions are worse. We decided I didn't have a shot at the front row or the second row, basically, so the best thing to do is to put this thing in. As long as you're in it, you can win it. So that's what we decided to do."
Tony Renna No. 32 Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Pharmacy/Dallara/Toyota/Firestone
"The Cure Autism Now/HomeMed Pharmacy car was really, really good today. I was pretty concerned after the morning practice but as everyone predicted things were much easier out on the track on our own and we just kind of settled down. I think I've finally settled down now too. It's just exciting to be in the show. I was a little nervous going into qualifying which is pretty normal, but once I got started the nerves went away and I was able to focus on the job at hand. The crew have done a great job and my engineer, Tim Neff, has handled things so well this entire week. The Toyota power brings a whole new element to the mix and it was just awesome today."
*Tony Renna's qualifying laps were the first laps during qualifying by a Toyota engine.
*2003 will be Al Unser Jr.'s 16th start, Scott Sharp's 9th start and Tony Renna's first start at the Indianapolis 500.
*Pole Day was postponed from yesterday to today due to heavy rain at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.