IRL: Indy500: Galles Racing notes 2001-05-06

Rick Galles Owner Quote: I am very happy to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I was very pleased with today. It was our first day out, and we always just take one day at a time at this place, because it is never the same from day to...

Rick Galles Owner Quote:
I am very happy to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I was very pleased with today. It was our first day out, and we always just take one day at a time at this place, because it is never the same from day to day. Our quickest day needs to be on Saturday, and that is what our plan revolves around for the next week.

Al Unser Jr.
Fast Speed: 216.639
"Today was a good opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We ran later in the day and did what we needed to do, which was work on getting comfortable with the car. I feel good with our direction and the team is in good spirits and working hard.

"It was also great to get out and spend some time with the folks from the Special Olympics today. That is an event I have been doing since I was a rookie, and I think it is a very important event during the month of May that I truly enjoy participating in. Those kids gave it everything they had in the events they competed in, and that is a great thing to see anytime. It always feels good to be back here and I am looking forward to the next few weeks. "

Casey Mears
Fast Speed: 216.501 mph
"I feel really good for the amount of laps we did. We accomplished the goals we set out to do today, which was to get in the 215 to 216 mph range and get comfortable with the car. From where we are now we have a lot of work to do; but I'm confident we'll get there within the week.

"As for my first official day at Indy, it was awesome. The fact that I am so new to all of this, I believe really plays in my favor. I can certainly appreciate all of the legacies, but without getting too caught up in all of the hype that I get overly distracted.

"It's amazing the number of people that were here on opening day and I can tell the month is going to be pretty intense compared to the season we've run so far."

Didier Andre
Fast Speed: 206.797 mph
"This was my first practice day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and my goal was to get on track and get comfortable with everything around me and shakedown the car. We had a very competitive car in Atlanta during the race, and that gave both my crew and myself good momentum going into this month."

k-GR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Casey Mears , Didier André