SCOTT SHARP: "It was just an honor to be racing at the Speedway today. The car was a little tight, and as a result, I had trouble staying in the draft. But I appreciate the opportunity to race in the IROC series, and I hope to have the opportunity...
SCOTT SHARP: "It was just an honor to be racing at the Speedway today. The car was a little tight, and as a result, I had trouble staying in the draft. But I appreciate the opportunity to race in the IROC series, and I hope to have the opportunity again soon."
STERLING MARLIN: "The car just drove terrible. The heat had nothing to do with it. There was just no downforce. It's like they've taken all the downforce out of the car. The whole race was just push, push, push."
BOBBY LABONTE: "The car was too tight. It had a bad push."
BUDDY LAZIER: "I could have caught them early on before the tight condition started. I was a little short on (Ken) Schrader, but I've enjoyed the IROC experience."
JACK SPRAGUE: "It was awesome. I've never run a race here at the Brickyard. They promised me they'd give me a good car, and the first 15 laps, it was wicked loose. I thought, 'Here we go again.' But after about 15 laps, I started moving up and started picking them off one at a time. It was hard to pass. I was catching those guys, but they were too far away. That was a good race for us. I was having a lot of fun. I learned a lot about this racetrack. I wish I'd been closer because I think I could have won the thing."
KEN SCHRADER: "We ran third. I wanted to do better. DJ (Dale Jarrett) had us bound up at the start, and I just didn't know how much confidence to put in it. I didn't want to wreck everything. It was won coming off Turn 2."
DALE JARRETT: "It was a great race car. We raced very hard in it. It's pretty nice. I knew it was important to get my car out front, and I fought (Ken) Schrader as hard as I could there on that first lap, trying to get the lead. I knew the car was going to tighten up later on, and if I could get out front, I'd have a better chance." (About battling with Helio Castroneves at the end of the race): "My car started to push, so I moved up to save the tires a little bit. Whenever he got a little bit closer, I went back down to my groove and was able to pull away a little bit." (About the Brickyard 400 tomorrow): "It's a leader's racetrack. It's no different than the Indy cars here. Getting that air is nice. Out front is the best place to be."
TONY STEWART: "The car was just too tight. I just couldn't drive it that tight. These guys are better drivers than me; I guess I don't know what the hell to do behind a steering wheel anymore."
HELIO CASTRONEVES: (What is it about this track that suits you so well?): "I think I'm learning a lot. I've been learning with all those drivers, especially with the guys that are teaching us during the practice. Also the NASCAR guys, you know, they give little tips. They think they don't give you any tips, but even the little ones, you can still improve. Today, Dale (Jarrett) didn't make any mistakes and, obviously, he knew what he was doing. I had a good time."
SAM HORNISH JR: "Sometimes it's not your day. It's tough because they were pulling away from me while I was in the draft. Something was not quite right with the car." (END)