Day 3 -- Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002
Infiniti Pro Series Post-Race Quotes
RYAN HAMPTON (No. 34 Conti-Genoa-Frost Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The race was exciting, a lot of fun. Everyone was using their heads and racing cleanly. I started off at 12th and worked my way to fifth. I lost the motor. It just shut down and blew up. You have some good ones and some bad ones."
ED CARPENTER (No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I think it's a great day because a USAC driver won, showing USAC drivers can race. For us, I think we finished seventh with a 14th-place car. Unfortunately, we didn't have the speed to get up to the front and win this thing, and that also hurt us in the championship."
A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was a good race. The new wing angle brought everyone up there. I made a mistake and got out of line. Everyone was driving pretty defensively, and I couldn't make my way back up there. We'll just have to go to Texas and try to win the championship there."
RONNIE JOHNCOX (No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I saw 12 cars in front of me for about 40 laps. It wasn't looking too good. I got myself kind of boxed in there for a while at the beginning, then the yellow kind of shook it up a little bit and sorted things out. At the end, I just needed someone in front of me to poke their nose out for a split-second to try to make a pass. I guess those top four guys were content to run one, two, three, four, but I wanted to get up there and contend for the win. I just needed a little bit of help today, but I guess those guys were content, and I can't blame them. If they're sitting in second or third, and they poke their nose out, they're probably going to go back to 10th or so. We could have had something if I could have gotten a little bit of help."
CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It started off to be a pretty good race for us. We were going back between fourth and third. I just tried to stay with the group. Then about halfway through the race, Aaron (Fike) and I hooked up, and we just started drafting together and pushing each other up. Then shortly after that, my engine just started falling down. It would clear up a little bit, then it would pull down again. I couldn't stay with Aaron, so I just tucked in with the other group. In the last few laps, it finally went away, and I just couldn't keep going. I'm looking forward to next week at Texas. It will be the same kind of close racing where the top six cars or so could win."
MARTY ROTH (No. 3 Biltmore Homes/Marty Roth/Brian Stewart Racing): "It was an exciting race, fabulous. The car was great, and Brian (Stewart) and the guys did a great job. We came up from the back, and once I got to the front, it was pretty much every man for himself. It was really interesting running that tight. Now I'm really looking forward to going to Texas. I think the Infiniti Pro Series puts on a great show. That was pretty wild."