IRL: Kansas: Race quotes

BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Racing Pioneer/Argent Panoz G Force/ Honda/Firestone): "It's nice to come to your sponsor's-sponsored race and to win. To (do that) here in Kansas City for Argent Mortgage has been awesome. It's a team effort...

BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Racing Pioneer/Argent Panoz G Force/ Honda/Firestone): "It's nice to come to your sponsor's-sponsored race and to win. To (do that) here in Kansas City for Argent Mortgage has been awesome. It's a team effort with Pioneer, Honda and Panoz G Force. Without everybody working together, and my teammate Vitor (Meira), this wouldn't have been able to happen. It's great being able to race each other cleanly. That's how it's supposed to happen, so I'm glad I could do it with my teammate. It's fun being able to race like that and being part of a historical moment, especially on the Fourth of July weekend. This is an American series, so it's nice to be able to carry the colors for the U.S. in our home country."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 17 Rahal Letterman Racing Team Centrix Panoz G Force/ Honda/Firestone): "We're the happiest guys because it was one and two for Team Rahal. We had the quickest car, the safest car in the field. Really quick. Besides the problems we had in the first and second practice, that's what it was all about. One and two, again, it couldn't be better. I could make it better, but the best team won. I wanted the win pretty bad, but not to the point to do anything stupid. The team is there. It is stupid to take both cars out, so I'll take second."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "They did what they were supposed to do. I would have done the same if I was there with my teammates. It's the way it is. It's a long championship, and we just need to keep thinking points, points and points. I think we're going to get them. I had a couple of troubles with my car. I could only run sixth gear. I saw him (Buddy Rice) coming underneath, and I basically let him go. I would say it wasn't a very good move because there wasn't a space for his car out there, but he did what he had to do. He's aggressive, and he's a very good driver, so once in a while you can pull stuff like that, but not very often."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "It was interesting at times. My biggest problem was the back markers, the guys that are racing three-wide, the guys that crashed in Turn 2. The biggest problem I had was the back markers. The guys upstairs need to look into these back markers. They don't get out of the way, they need to be black-flagged. Bryan (Herta) and I spent a lot of time side-by-side. He wouldn't give up and I wouldn't give up so we just kept running after it. When you race with somebody like Bryan, you can be comfortable in the fact that he's going to give you the room, you're going to give him the room.

BRYAN HERTA (No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We got up to third there, and it was looking pretty good. We just didn't seem to have the speed. I'm not sure why. It was good in practice and it was good early in the race. We couldn't run the pace the front guys could. At least we got a top five and another good finish for the team."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 20 Patrick Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I was racing (Kosuke) Matsuura hard, and he and I were just giving each other just enough room to run, and I knew (Darren) Manning was getting impatient back there. He had looked down on the inside a couple of times. Then he just dove down in there, and I didn't have room to go higher with Matsuura there. I tried to back out of it easily, but they slammed together too quickly. It was a late move and I would think it would be known that I had no place to go with a car outside of me. I wish we had been able to finish the run off. We didn't have the speed we wanted this weekend, but the team hasn't been that quick yet this year. In a two-day weekend like this, where you don't get a lot of time, I think we were making improvements, and obviously, I had a car we could race with. I just wish we could have finished it off."

KOSUKE MATSUURA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "I was giving enough room to more than one car going into the corner with Jeff Simmons running inside of me. After the crash he told me that Manning tried to go inside and he hit Jeff and then Jeff crashed up against me."

ALEX BARRON (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We really stuck with it today. It was a long, hard day, but I thought we managed fuel really well. I think we are headed in the right direction as a team."

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "We had a bad push at the start, but after our first pit stop, the car was handling great. We ran into more bad luck when the air hose got stuck on our next stop, and we had to pit again, plus take a 10-second penalty. But we didn't give up, and we passed some top cars, so we know we can run with the guys that win races."

DAN WHELDON (No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "It was difficult today. I got sent from my pit when the fuel hose was still connected. Mistakes happen and unfortunately it cost us a lot today. The best news is all of my guys are OK. We just need to move on to the next race. In a championship as tight as this, it is never good to lose any ground, but the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew fought back and got us a top-10 finish."

TOWNSEND BELL (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "The fire extinguisher just went off in my face. We're trying to figure out why. I couldn't see anything. We brought it in, then had to come back in another time because I just couldn't see a thing. Then the radio button fell out, and I was holding it trying to talk to the crew. Aside from all that, the Menards/Johns Manville car was great, and even though we were laps down, my Chevy could hang right with the leaders."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (No. 5 Quaker State Telmex Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/ Firestone): "We had a good race right from the beginning. We didn't have a car for (Buddy) Rice or (Vitor) Meira or Tony (Kanaan). I thought I could fight with Dario (Franchitti) and Bryan Herta. We had a good race and good pit stops. I had a problem on one of my pit stops when I overshot and came in too close, so we lost a few positions there. Overall, the car was decent. It wasn't a car for a win, but we should have stayed for fourth. Unfortunately, on the (last) restart, I got too loose. Either I had too many marbles on the tires or something because I was very loose. It really put me out of contention. I couldn't get back my rhythm and when I wanted to get it back, I had too much push. I'm happy with sixth place. Honda gave us a tremendous engine and that shows in the results. I want to say thanks to them for their efforts; they have been working hard. The Firestone tires were also excellent today. In general, it was a good weekend. We are consistently there and now we need a little break to get to the front."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Buddy Rice , Jeff Simmons , A.J. Foyt , Jim Beam