IRL: Pikes Peak: Post-race quotes

SARAH FISHER (No. 23 GMAC/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "At the start of the race, we had a different car through Turns 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 -- push at one end and loose at the other -- but we were able to make some ...

SARAH FISHER (No. 23 GMAC/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"At the start of the race, we had a different car through Turns 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 -- push at one end and loose at the other -- but we were able to make some adjustments during our pit stops, and I worked with the bars on the track until the car was very drivable. My Chevy engine stayed solid throughout the race, and we were able to pass people and move up through the field. Then while I was coming through Turns 3 and 4, my throttle switch stuck and shut off, ending our day."

GREG RAY (No. 13 TrimSpa Racing Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone):

"We were running in the top 10 coming in for our first pit stop, but the car died in pit lane. It was a normal pit stop until we went to restart and had a starter failure. The starter-shaft pin sheared, and that cost us four laps. We would have probably been only one lap down had that not happened. Looking at the cars out there, we felt like we could have had a sixth or seventh-place finish."

KENNY BRACK (No. 15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"That was a pretty long day for me and Team Rahal. We just didn't have a very good car today. Then, I stalled on the first pit stop. We still seem to have trouble with the idle (of the engine) on the stops. I revved the engine and let out the clutch, and the engine just died. That cost us, but the car wasn't really what we wanted. It was oversteering in Turns 1 and 2 and then the opposite in Turns 3 and 4. The car was pushing there. That's a bad combination when you have that. The team stuck on some stickers (tires), and we went pretty well then. There were a lot of ill-handling cars today, and we were right there, too, but at least we collected some points today. We just need to work on the setups. We are going testing at Kansas and Kentucky this week. I think that will help us."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"We were ahead of (Gil) de Ferran on the last restart, and then we were blocked by some lapped cars. We ran side-by-side into Turn 1, and he pretty much ran me up into the gray. That is how I lost third (place). It was a pretty exciting race for the Archipelago/Motorola team. It was hard out there. With the amount of downforce on these cars, it gave me a great workout. This is a good way to come back after being out of the car for 10 weeks. It is something to build on."

DAN WHELDON (No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"That was probably the hardest race I've ever driven in, to tell you the truth. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam guys stuck at it, and we tried to bring it to the end, but it just didn't seem to be our day today."

About his spin:

"I was just trying to get out of the way. A lot of people snuck under me, and I got pushed up into the marbles. I spun, but I didn't hit anything."

BUDDY LAZIER (No. 91 Victory Brand/Delta Faucet/Life Fitness Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone):

"We had a pretty good day. We needed this top-10 finish. It was real disappointing to see that last yellow, because I thought we would have been able to pick up another position or two. We were clearly faster than the car in front of us, and I was looking forward to overtaking it. But it is a top-10 (finish), and we're heading in the right direction. It is our best finish thus far. We're heading in the right direction and looking forward to the future. We learned a few things today. We were weak on the restarts, and I think we know why, so we'll have some things to go away with and won on for Richmond."

BUDDY RICE (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"We had a good result today. We finished in the top 10, which is a better finish then we had the past few races. We're happy with our new Chevy engine package. It ran well all weekend and helped to give us a good race car to work with. We're looking forward to going to Richmond with this new engine and pulling off another good finish for Red Bull Cheever Racing."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"We didn't quite finish with the result that we were hoping for. Team Menard did a good job all weekend setting up the car, but during the race, the car was catching a lot of vibrations, maybe from the debris on the track. However, we did finish the race and can use this to learn from as we head to Richmond in a few weeks. Hopefully, we'll be able to work on getting a better result."

ROBBIE BUHL (No. 24 Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"The car was handling pretty well, and we were happy with it. The guys did everything they could, and we drove it hard. We were running ninth at Lap 200. It's frustrating because we'd make a run through the corner but just didn't have the acceleration to close it. Then on the last yellow, we got passed by two cars after our spotter yelled for us to slow down for the safety trucks on the track. We did, and they didn't. Not a good situation."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone):

"Today was not a great day. I haven't had a day like this in a long time. We had a good start, and I was able to maintain the lead early in the race. The Marlboro Team Penske car wasn't handling well toward the end of the first stint and was really loose during the second stint. When the yellow came out, we were already a lap down, so we decided to gamble and stay out to get back on the lead lap. Unfortunately, the gamble didn't pay off. There wasn't another yellow, so we had to pit under green, which put us two laps down. The good thing is that we are still in the points chase. We need to keep our head down and get ready for Richmond. We're not even halfway through the season, so it is important we maintain our focus and execute every race weekend."

FELIPE GIAFFONE (No. 21 Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/ Firestone):

"I don't think we had a winning car, but I definitely think we would have finished in the top five if we wouldn't have had a problem on our first pit stop. We're not exactly sure why it all happened. We'll have to study the tape and see what happened, exactly. There was definitely a mix-up about whether to go, and that was complicated by the fact that the vent hose stuck in the car, and the delay caused me to bump into (Tomas) Scheckter, who was coming into the very next pit. I got a drive-through penalty because of the vent hose, and that put us more than a lap down, so that was the end of our day. It's unfortunate because we could have used the points you get for a top-five finish, especially with the way our luck has been going lately. Oh, well. It's on to the next one."

TORA TAKAGI (No. 12 Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone):

"I have to say it was great work by my engineers to get my car just right in time for my last run. But unfortunately it was too late because we lost a lap during the first two runs. I was fighting an oversteer condition, for the most part, and my car was also pushing at times. It was a difficult situation, but we got it worked out. We were able to stay in the lead pack for the entire final run. I was just not going to be able to get around anybody in front of me so I could get back on the lead lap. I will take sixth place today, considering the problems we had in the first part of the race."

AL UNSER JR. (No. 31 Corteco Dallara/Toyota/Firestone):

"We didn't have as good a day as we wanted to with the Corteco car, but we finished the race. We got some points, and we learned some more about the Dallara chassis. My Corteco guys gave me great pit stops and a great car to drive out there, and I really think we got the most out of it that we could. We'll go on to Richmond and try to figure out some of the short-track problems we've been having lately. We still don't have a strong handle on the short tracks. I'd like to congratulate Scott Dixon and the Target team on a job well done, and Tony Kanaan, he's right there in second place again, so I'm sure he's got a good point lead. We've got to do something to stop Tony because they seem to be the ones finishing right there consistently."

SCOTT SHARP (No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone):

"Overall, it was a tough day. It was really tough at the beginning. We tried to hang in there with the rest of the field because we had great fuel mileage with our Toyota engine. We really wanted a yellow and because we didn't get one, we just lost too much time at the end of the first stint. That caused us to get a lap down, and we just couldn't make it up. We worked all day on the car, and at the end we had a top-five car. I definitely could run with Gil de Ferran and the guys ahead of him. So, yes, it ended up being disappointing, but there were some definite positives."

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"We had a lot of struggles, typical luck this year, but we've had so much good luck in the past. Today was a really good day. We had a good-handling race car. We did what we knew we had to do. We come here every year and say 'Put as much downforce on the car as you can,' because if you can run flat, you're going to be fast around here. We should've been up a little bit higher today, but it was the best finish of the year, so I guess we can't be too mad about that. Finishing these races is the biggest part. We've had a couple races where we should have been fifth or sixth, which would've helped us in the points, because that's our overall goal again. The Pennzoil Panther team gave me everything they could, and Chevrolet keeps working away trying to find us more power."

About running out of fuel:

"We put an engine in this morning, and they were having a hard time figuring out what was wrong because the fuel tank said one thing, and the car's computer said another as far as how much fuel we were using. We weren't sure which one to use, so we thought, 'Well, we'll pit early.' Well, it was miscalibrated far enough that we were going to pit at 33 gallons, and it ran out at 29.5. It was just one of those things where we didn't expect it. It ran out in Turn 1, which is about the worst place that you can have it run out at, because then you have to coast around. Then, we had to restart the car. It was a long day, but we did everything we could."

About the SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 28 at Richmond International Raceway:

"Richmond is a nice little tight track. You have to have a lot of traction and be able to put the power down. Hopefully, we'll have as good of a handling car there as we did here today."

ROGER YASUKAWA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"The rear wing suddenly fell off. I lost all the grip on the straight and hit the wall. It was unfortunate for the whole team, since we were having a great race, and we were sure that we would finish in the top six. But, I guess it is one of those days. We just need to keep working hard. I would like to thank the Panasonic ARTA crew for the great pit work and all the hard work this weekend. Even though the results are bad, I had a lot of fun out there, so it was a good learning experience for me."

TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/ Firestone):

"I was happy with today. The car was good. It was going very well. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of respect down pit lane, and you get into situations like I got into. It was not necessary for either me or Felipe (Giaffone) to touch in the pits. Hopefully, Brian Barnhart will look at it, and things will be done. I have to say well done to my teammate (Scott Dixon). He did an unbelievable job. We also had a good car. Unfortunately, we didn't have a one-two (finish), but we'll carry on working hard at it and make sure that we're there for the next race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Chip Ganassi , Brian Barnhart , Jim Beam , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing