SCOTT ROEMBKE (Team Manager, Rahal-Letterman Racing): "What a great result. Our guys practiced hard for this. It was close when it got down to the final three. But the other two teams had problems. We just never gave up. Wasn't the cleanest of pit...
SCOTT ROEMBKE (Team Manager, Rahal-Letterman Racing): "What a great result. Our guys practiced hard for this. It was close when it got down to the final three. But the other two teams had problems. We just never gave up. Wasn't the cleanest of pit stops, but it got the job done. You can't have a more motivated pit crew with getting the pole and winning the pit stop competition. Happy to win."
BOBBY RAHAL (Co-owner, Rahal-Letterman Racing): "To win like we won just now, you know, it is kind of winning ugly, but a win is a win. I am really happy for these guys. It is bragging rights. It is their chance to show everybody what they can do. We beat some tough competitors to get there." (How is a 10 second stop is now a slow stop?): "Especially when you consider how few of them are over the wall compared to Formula One or NASCAR. Formula One looks like they have a small town out there changing the tires. A lot of the same guys won the pit stop contest when we were in the CART series. Two years running, in fact. We always pride ourselves on fast pit stops. It always helps come Race Day, because I think we are looking at at least 10 pit stops." (Who gets the money?): "The money goes directly to the crew. It does not go to the company at all."
BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Rahal-Letterman Racing Argent/Pioneer Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "They have been doing an excellent job. These guys earned it to get here from that race at Moteqi with how hard they worked and the fast pit stops that they had there. We were able to come here and walk away with a win. This is their time to shine. It has been a hectic month. We have had a rough year. We switched chassis, and for them to not only get our car, but all three cars up to speed in such a short time, and for this team to grow. For these guys and for all the hard work that they have been putting in right now, it is their deal, and they deserve it." (Does winning the competition help you for Sunday?): "I think to win this competition actually does help. It gives a boost to the guys. It started to show how hard they do work and all the early mornings and all the late nights that they put in. It is finally starting to pay off for them. It is a boost, and it actually is extra pressure and extra time for them to practice under pressure in a competition like this, so that they get a little bit more prepared for what happens on Sunday. It is also good practice for myself, so I think it is beneficial to do this."
RICARDO NAULT (Chief Mechanic, No. 15 Rahal-Letterman Racing Argent/Pioneer Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "I am so proud of these guys. They have been working their tails off. We have a 'bobble,' and guys continue on. We just keep pushing, and it paid off today."(About practicing pit stops during week): "We practice almost every day back at the shop. We have a car that is just for pit stops. We go over there for a good half hour or 45 minutes every day and do pit stops. At the racetrack, we usually do it every morning."