IPS: Chicagoland: Post-qualifying quotes

ED CARPENTER (No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We've kind of had a bad weekend and struggled. Our qualifying wasn't too good here, either, but hopefully we can have a decent race and run in the ...

ED CARPENTER (No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We've kind of had a bad weekend and struggled. Our qualifying wasn't too good here, either, but hopefully we can have a decent race and run in the pack."

RYAN HAMPTON (No. 34 Conti-Genoa-Frost Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I was flat out. That's all I could do. The car is trimmed out as much as we can get it without running out of ride height. That's all the horsepower it has. It doesn't matter too much where you start. It's all in how you use the draft, horsepower, and a couple of other factors. Once you get in the car you're set to go. If you get out there and start over-thinking it, you're in trouble, instead of just running around and just doing what you can with what you've got. Sometimes it ends up good."

RONNIE JOHNCOX (No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The draft works pretty good here, so I don't know if it's that big of a deal where you start. You're going to have to run in traffic tomorrow. We'll get out on full tanks tonight and see how we like it."

ROLANDO QUINTANILLA (No. 11 Roquin Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We're definitely down on power. We still try to free up the car and do as much as we can with what we have. It's frustrating because I know we're better than where we are now. This is not where the guys deserve to be. They work as hard as anyone out here. We'll just keep trying to work with what we have."

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I tried to free the car up as much as I could. I was flat out. We've got a good car for the race. We've just got to head to the front of the pack. It'll be a crapshoot who will win tomorrow."

AARON FIKE (No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I just floored it and steered. That was the best I could do. It's a bit disappointing because we lost a little of our speed from the morning practice, mainly due to the heat and change in track conditions." v MIKE KOSS (No. 37 Bowes Seal Fast Automotive Products Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We didn't make any adjustments from practice going into qualifying. The motor seemed to not want to pull fifth gear like it was in practice. I ran most of the laps in fourth gear, and that was the best it would do. I guess it was the heat of the day or something. I don't know."

TOM WOOD (No. 9 Super 8 Motels/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "The car was good. We went out and were flat right from the get-go. The car was working well. It's a little hotter this afternoon than it was this morning, but it's not a bad time. We worked on a couple of things this morning. We were really just working on qualifying trim."

GARY PETERSON (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "Qualifying went well. We're set up for the race. The car was good. It was flat, and it was just real easy qualifying for us. We probably should have trimmed out a little bit better. We're ready for the race."

MARTY ROTH (No. 3 Biltmore Homes/Marty Roth/Brian Stewart Racing): "We've got the car going good all weekend. It's the first time we've had it running real good since the start of the series. It's just a little tricky out there between gears and throttling it without hitting the rev limiter. Unfortunately, we hit the rev limiter, and that's what shut us down a little bit out there. We have a great car for the race, and we're looking forward to it."

G.J. MENNEN (No. 99 Greased Lightning Automotive Cleaning Products Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It certainly didn't go our way. We've been struggling with outright speed all weekend. It's kind of frustrating for all of us. The guys worked really hard on the Greased Lightning car, and we'll see what happens in the race."

TONY TURCO (No. 43 Bowes Seal Fast Automotive Products/Team I.S.I. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The car felt really good in qualifying. We trimmed it out as much as possible. We were 100 percent throttle all the way around, and that's all the car would give me. Maybe that's the race setup we need for the race. If I can run 100 percent throttle at that speed, maybe that's the race speed we need."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Luyendyk Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): (What will it take to get your first Infiniti Pro Series win?): "A little bit of luck, I think. Every time we're in second, it seems to just slip away. Obviously, the Nashville race, Cory (Witherill) ran away from me, but the other two times, I was pretty close. I think it's just going to take a consistent race car, and my team's given me that most of the year. I think we'll be good. They mandated the wing angle to be different at this track, and of course that's a big part of tomorrow's race. I think with the wing angle that we're running, the draft plays an even bigger part because it punches a bigger hole into the air. I think you'll see a big group. Pretty much the top five to seven will stay together, and I think we'll put on a good show for the fans. Hopefully, I'll come out up front."

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Arie Luyendyk Jr. proved that the Hoosier rubber (from ARCA race) didn't hurt the track at all. He ran a really quick lap, 177 (mph). I knew that we could maybe get close to that because we ran a few in practice at 177 (mph). It just all came together perfect. Our practices this morning and yesterday were good. I knew going into qualifying that we'd have a chance for the pole, and it all worked out for us." (About Sunday's race): "I think everybody knows it's going to be really close. Even if a slower car gets behind you, they can hang on in the draft. I think there's going to be a pretty good pack up there in the front battling for the lead. It's going to be a really good race. Hopefully, we can stay out front and stay out of trouble."

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