CHAMPCAR/CART: Michigan Honda Driver Quotes

Sunday, July 26, 1998 U.S. 500 JIMMY VASSER ( ...

Sunday, July 26, 1998 U.S. 500

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda) Started 2nd, finished 2nd, led 18 laps, started his 100th Champ-Car race today and has scored points in 46 of his last 56 races: "You know, we joked around all weekend about how you didn't want to be leading at the white-flag lap, but that's exactly the way it worked out today. At the end, when I passed Greg (Moore), I thought I had enough of a cushion to see out the last lap, but he got a great run on me and blasted past going into (turn) one. That was the ballgame today." ALEX ZANARDI (#1 Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda) Started 7th, finished 3rd, led 63 laps, leads PPG Cup standings: "Well, it was a very long day, but very exciting. I feel fortunate to be third. At one point, I felt like I had everything covered. I was running 227 mph by myself and the car was very good. But at the end, I had an oil leak or something and was only running 222-223 mph, so I didn't have much for Jimmy or Greg in the final laps." PAUL TRACY (#26 Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda) Started 14th, finished 9th, led 22 laps: "The car was quite good. We may have run too much downforce, so that we weren't the fastest down the straights, but we were among the best handling out there. I would be passed down the straight, but could than re-pass in the turns. It made for great racing. The new wing also was a plus and helped made the racing exciting for the fans in my opinion." TONY KANAAN (#21 LCI/Tasman Motorsports Reynard Honda) Started 20th, finished 11th, first rookie finisher, continues to lead rookie points standings: "It was a long race, but I learned a lot and we came out of here with a couple of points, so I'm happy. The car was a little loose in the beginning of the race, and later we had a push (understeer) all the way around, but it wasn't that bad. The car was okay, the tires were fine and the engine was pretty good. We had a consistent car, but we were slower than the leaders. We need to improve our race pace." I think I learned a lot today, but we still need to improve more. Still, we finished in the points again, and that's always good." GIL DE FERRAN (#5 Valvoline/Cummins/Walker Racing Reynard Honda) Started 10th, finished 16th, led 26 laps (not running -- engine): "I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am. I had a great car all day and I was saving it for the end. I really didn't want to lead. I didn't have the car to lead. I was waiting in the draft for traffic and then I would open it up because I had a great car in traffic. I passed Greg (Moore) and Scott (Pruett) on the restart for what we thought was going to be the race to the finish. It was a great race, a fantastic race, but what can you say? The engine let go and that was the end for us." DARIO FRANCHITTI (#27 Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda) Started 15th, finished 21st (not running - engine): "The car was a handful the first half of the race. It was not a lot of fun driving a car that felt like it was on the verge of an accident all the time. We were two laps down when we finally got it figured out. Once we got the car settled down, it was great racing out there. I don't know what it looked like from the stands, but inside the car it was fun and close racing."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing