DAY 2 -- Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002
Infiniti Pro Series Post-Race Quotes
ED CARPENTER (No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was a really long weekend. The past two weekends we've fought with some motor problems, but I have to thank Gary Peterson for lending us a motor out of his backup car, which really helped us out before the race. It showed some great camaraderie, and I'm happy to race in a series like this and to be learning a lot. We've got our first champion in A.J. Foyt IV. He's probably going to move up to the IRL next year, and that's what it's all about. We're all racing to get there, and I'm happy to be racing with Johns Manville and Team Menard. Hopefully I can move up to the IRL someday, as well."
AARON FIKE (No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I kind of got taken out on the backstretch. We were going to be pretty good. The car ran pretty good all day."
G.J. MENNEN (No. 99 Greased Lightning Automotive Cleaning Products Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was OK. My guys worked really hard, and they tried to give me a good car and a good showing for Greased Lightning. It's not our best result, but the result certainly doesn't show how hard my guys worked and how hard we tried in the Greased Lightning car, so that's kind of what we're thinking."
TOM WOOD (No. 9 Super 8 Motels/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We had a few problems. We developed an aero push that we weren't expecting. I mean that's just wild, wheel-to-wheel racing. I have to hand it to everybody; there was some great wheel-to-wheel racing. There is a lot of skill out there. This thing was so close. I can't believe there weren't 15 crashes. It was a great race."
GARY PETERSON (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "It was fun. The guys all did a great job out there. It was wheel-to-wheel racing, the best racing I've ever been involved with in years. It was just fantastic."
MARTY ROTH (No. 3 Castek/Marty Roth/Brian Stewart Racing): "It was a great race and a lousy finish. We just had to take a shot for the front row, and I don't believe anyone went with me, and we had two laps to go. That's how it goes."
RONNIE JOHNCOX (No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "There were a few guys that tried some quick moves. You saw what happened to (Arie) Luyendyk (Jr.). He got out of line, and look where he ended up. Our car was running hot the whole race. We were down on power the whole race. I couldn't draft up and pass anybody. As far as the series goes, it's fantastic. Our personal performance was a little beyond our control."
ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Luyendyk Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I tried to make a move at the end. We had talked on the radio, and (Ed) Carpenter was going to go, too. Nobody went out, and I ended up going back. I'm a little disappointed. It didn't really matter though, I guess. I still got second in the points."
MIKE KOSS (No. 37 Bowes Seal Fast Automotive Products Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "I did as well as expected. It was fun running out there in the draft. That's the second time I've been able to run the draft. There are a lot of guys out there racing, even at the back of the pack. It was a lot of fun."
MATT BEARDSLEY (No. 12 Alpine Bank Old-Republic Land Title Dallara/ Infiniti/Firestone): "The first three laps, going from 11th to fourth, was the best run of the season. I love this Infiniti Pro Series, and I really love running in the top four. The team had the capability to run up front all season, but it never happened. I was making a bid for third after our front four broke away a little, and then the motor went away. We will be back in 2003 and hopefully the budget will allow us to go for the championship."
TONY GEORGE (President and CEO, Indy Racing League): "I am happy with the decision we made to go ahead and debut the Infiniti Pro Series in 2002. We couldn't have accomplished this without the support of our partners Infiniti and Firestone. In addition, the commitment by the drivers and the teams added to the success of the inaugural season. This season exceeded the expectations we had for the series. I hope the fans enjoyed watching the racing. We're confident we're well on the way to establishing a series that will develop the drivers and teams that will be the future of the Indy Racing League."