Mid-Ohio qualifying quotes

DRIVER QUOTES FOLLOWING FINAL MID-OHIO QUALIFYING ...

DRIVER QUOTES FOLLOWING FINAL MID-OHIO QUALIFYING

#32 ALEX BARRON (Lynx Racing-Victory Circle Racing/Red Line Oil) "We had to make some drastic changes to the car early in the session. It was so slippery that we were two seconds slower. But toward the end of the session, the track really came in and that's when I did my time. It's going to be a good race tomorrow, but a lot depends on if it rains between now and then. We've improved the set-up quite a bit and I'm happy with my starting position." (Peter Frey)

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#96 JERET SCHROEDER (P.P.I.-MCI Racing) "I am really ecstatic. It is a great feeling to come back here to Mid-Ohio and get the pole on the same track I won the USAC FF2000 Championship and race in 1995. I love this track. It really suits my style. I am happy to get my first pole here and to get the first pole for the MCI Racing team that Cal Wells started this year. The team has come a long way this season and hopefully this is just the beginning. It is promising to me to know that I can still do this and that the team is advancing. The team came upon something with the car this weekend that worked well. I hope that it works for us the rest of the year. My strategy for the race is to beat everyone to the keyhole. From there if I drive a clean race we should stay up front and get our first win as well." (Heather Handley)

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#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI (Player's Forsythe Racing Team-Player’s/Indeck) "The car is damaged. They need to repair the tub. I think they made a good decision by repairing the tub tonight to be ready for warm up tomorrow."

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#14 CHUCK WEST (World Speed Motorsports-Red Line Oil/Martini Sunglasses/Harvest Group) "We finally made it into the 18's. Of course, we almost immediately lost the gearbox. I was a lot happier with the car after the wholesale changes we made. The lower times came on cold, scrubbed tires, so I think we could have improved the times if the gearbox hadn't failed. This is getting to be a routine that we need to end. My crew has been working long hours since Toronto, and we all need a break." (Pam Morey)

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#33 BERTRAND GODIN (Player's Forsythe Racing Team-Player’s/Indeck) "In the first part of the session, I was sure that we would not get better times as the cars just did not seem to run. The grip was not bad, but there seemed to be a lack of power. The car was bottoming and we pitted to lift it. Following this adjustment, I was driving a lot faster. As the session progressed in the latter half, I saw 1:17.5 and I knew that we could go get the pole. With 1:17.3 I was sure that I had it, but Kelly (Loewen) told me to push. I couldn't believe it but it was true. On the second to last lap, I went through turns one through four at top speeds but got loose in turn five and lost a few tenths. Then on the last lap, I got traffic and just could not go fast. For the race tomorrow, the start will be most important. If it rains, I'm sure we'll put in a good fight. I love those conditions." (Francois Cartier)

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#35 DAVID POOK (BDJS-HYPE Energy Drink/Budweiser/BG Products) "The Brian Robertson Team BDJS worked hard to make us faster and we were able to move up four spots on the grid. The car is pretty much ready and we probably will change very little, maybe nothing. I really want to give Budweiser and HYPE Energy Drinks a good showing here and I am very confident about the race tomorrow. I have driven here in wet and dry conditions and have done very well in both."

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CAL WELLS III (owner of Precision Preparation Inc.) "The team and Jeret have done an incredible job. The reason we started a KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship team was to develop athletes and to do that you must be able to put together a competitive program. Achieving a pole position in only our ninth event shows that we are on our way. I hope that this is our first of many successes." (Heather Handley)

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