Elkhart Lake: Road America quoteboard

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Waldemar Coronas #88 Scuadra Fortia Aviacsa/Royce/Maizoro/Millenio Swift 014.a
"At Three Rivers, we had a car that was as quick as the leading drivers for much of the race. Our lap times were in the Top Three all day and I was pushing very hard. Passing to very hard there. The car started to push too much in the corners and I was trying to get as much as out of the car as possible. I think we had a chance at a Top Five finish. It was just unfortunate that I clipped the wall at the end. We have done some more testing and I anxious to go to Road America. I have heard so much about the circuit. We believe we can be competitive at that track. There should be plenty of room for passing. That wasn't the case at Three Rivers."

Eduardo Figueroa #86 Scuadra Fortia Aviacsa/Royce/Maizoro/Millenio Swift 014.a
"We have been learning new tracks all season. So going to Road America is another new experience. But that track is known around the world and I know our team is excited to race there. It's going to be fun. I think everyone in the series has been talking about going to Road America."

Ryan Hunter-Reay #1 Hylton Motorsports Briggs & Stratton/Andor Capital Management Swift 014.a
"I am proud to carry Briggs & Stratton on my car, especially at their home race at Road America. Every weekend is crucial and this weekend probably even more so in terms of the championship hunt. We are down to the last three races and the heat is on. We walked away from Trois Rivieres with nine points, less than we wanted but it was a solid finish. I love Road America, it is one of my favorite tracks and I think we have a very good shot at winning there. My team was very successful there last year, they won from pole and I expect to do it for them again this year."

Roger Yasukawa #9 Hylton Motorsports/Autobacs U.S. Print Swift 014.a
"I can't wait to get to Road America, I think both my teammate and I will do very well there. I had a good weekend going in Trois Rivieres, I qualified sixth and I was happy with my car, unfortunately we had a fluke failure in the gearbox on the ninth lap and that was it. I need to make up some points this weekend, I hope to leave Elkhart Lake a little closer to the top five in the championship points standings."

Michael Valiante #19 Lynx Racing Swift 014.a
"I've had some good races at Road America; I won the Skip Barber 2.0 championship there, and finished second in the Barber Dodge Pro Series Race. I like the track a lot because it's long, challenging and very technical. It's important to get every turn right because on a shorter track, it might make a difference of a tenth or two, but at Road America you spend so much time at high speed between the turns that it could cost you half a second or more."

Grant Ryley #23 Lynx Racing/Northwest Speedwerx Cupertino Electric Swift 014.a
"I had kind of a problematic weekend at Road America last year. I was fast right out of the box, third in the first practice session and in the top five in the second. But I had problems in both qualifying sessions, with the handling and engine mapping, and then in the race I got hit in turn five on the first lap and broke a CV joint, so I didn't finish the race. That aside, Road America is my kind of track, a track that takes nerve and high speed. It's a horsepower track, though, and even the best setup in the world won't get you to the front if you don't have the power."

David Wieringa #3 Sigma Autosport Viewsonic/BG Products Swift 014.a
"Road America is definitely my favorite track to race on. In 2000, I was racing for the Formula Dodge Series here and obtained my first career pole and went on to win the race. This track, I would consider is my home track, because I have done a lot of racing here and I know this venue very well. This track is quite long, so the race is a challenge, but I am really looking forward to it. I think that the Sigma Autosport team has been doing an excellent job this season. We have a good car set-up for this weekend that we are going to work on developing more and improving. I think we are in good shape for another race weekend and I am looking forward to get back on track here at Road America."

Rocky Moran Jr. #4 Sigma Autosport/Sunoco/BG Products Swift 014.a
"Road America is definitely one of my top three favorite venues we race at in the Toyota Atlantic Series. It is such a great track giving drivers excellent opportunities to pass throughout the race. Qualifying in a good position is usually a vital aspect of the race weekend in preparation for the race, but it is not as important here on this track since there are so many turns available to pass on. I think we have a great chance of doing well here. We have had an excellent car for the past three races, but we have not been able to show just how capable we are. We are going to continue to improve our racecar set-up for the road courses, which we know has been working well for us in the past. I have a real good feeling about this weekend, I know we are going to do well. It will be great to get a win here, it would be the first win for the Sigma Autosport team, and I would like to bring that home for them. They are doing a great job and we have been putting up a good fight in the battle for the championship, so it is most important to leave Elkhart Lake with as many points as we can obtain to keep us on top." Luis Diaz #33 Dorricott Racing Telmex Swift 014.a "It's going to be my first time at Elkhart Lake but I feel that these types of fast tracks are better for me. I have better results on them. It's a great idea to have additional practice time on Thursday. It will give me time to learn the learn the track. I hope this will give me a better chance of winning or getting to the podium this weekend. I need a good finish to stay afloat in the championship. It's also very important for me because ending strong sets the tone for the next year as well as the off-season."

Jonathan Macri #31 P-1 Racing NTN Bearings/Miller Genuine Draft/Battlefield Equipment Swift 014.a
"We're looking to put Trois-Rivieres behind us. We had a difficult pre-race weekend there, but P-1 Racing really came through to give me an extremely well-handling, competitive car at the Green. Unfortunately, contact put us out early. We're now looking to put down some good results at Road America. I'm definitely looking forward to running there. I captured my first podium finish at Road America in my rookie season last year and walked away with the Worldcom "Fast Pace" Award. So we're confident about our prospects this weekend. Road America is a fast track, with long, wide straights. Drafting off the car ahead will make passing very possible. Qualifying is always important, but I think that as long as your time is competitive and close to the front, it's more crucial that you have a competitive car come race day. We've gained good experience running Road America last year, so I think we should really be competitive come Sunday."

Kyle Krisiloff #13 U.S. Grand Prix Patrick Racing Swift 014.a
"I am looking forward to our next race at Road America. I have a lot of experience at that track from my Formula Ford days, so we won't be as far behind as we have been in the first three races. With what we have learned over the last three Toyota Atlantic Championship races and my knowledge of the Road America circuit I think we can have a very good performance."

Alex Garcia #8 Transnet Racing Dixien Swift 014.a
"I am very happy with the result we had in Canada and hopefully we can carry this momentum to Road America. This is a new circuit for me, as are all the racetracks in which we are racing in the Toyota Atlantic Championship this year-but I feel confident. I know that the crew and myself will work very hard to get a good set-up for the race."

Michael Shank Owner, Michael Shank Racing
"With just three races to go we're just doing everything we can to get Rodolfo [Lavin], Ryan [Dalziel] and Sepp [Koster] on the podium so they can all end the season on a high note. Over the past few year's we've been able to win some races and poles, and to not have done either so far this year is tremendously disappointing for everyone involved with the team because we know our drivers have the talent to do those things. We knew coming into this year it was going to be more difficult than ever to run up front, but we really expected to be more competitive than we have been. But racing is a funny game where things can turn around pretty quickly, so we're just going to continue working as hard as we possibly can and see if it takes us to where we want to go. It has before."


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Series Atlantic
Drivers Michael Valiante , Grant Ryley , Jonathan Macri , David Wieringa , Rocky Moran Jr. , Kyle Krisiloff , Luis Diaz , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Roger Yasukawa , Alex Garcia , Waldemar Coronas , Eduardo Figueroa , Skip Barber , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing