CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio Ford Racing Post Race Notes

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Finished 5th - "We had another strong top-five finish. We were going for a little better, but we will settle for another top-five today." THERE WERE REPORTS THAT YOU WERE SPRAYING FLUIDS OUT OF YOUR CAR...

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Finished 5th - "We had another strong top-five finish. We were going for a little better, but we will settle for another top-five today." THERE WERE REPORTS THAT YOU WERE SPRAYING FLUIDS OUT OF YOUR CAR EARLY IN THE RACE. WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM? "My drink bottle was spilling all over my visor. It was a bit of a problem because it made it really, really difficult to see and it made me loose my concentration a bit. But we made it back and raced a good race. Really the fifth place goes to my guys. They did another great job in the pits. Race in and race out these guys are helping me gain positions on the track."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Finished 8th - "It was not a good day today." YOU SEEMED TO BE BATTLING A CAR THAT WAS SLIDING AROUND ON YOU AN AWFUL LOT . . . "We just didn't have a good setup. I guess the rain hurt us more than we thought this weekend. The track time we lost yesterday really hurt. I thought we had a car capable of qualifying okay, but on the long runs it was not very good." WAS IT A CASE WHERE YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO MAKE THE ADJUSTMENTS ALONG THE WAY? "We have an idea of what we needed to do but we just ran out of time. We will just have to get them next week." THERE WAS A TIME IN THE PITS, DURING YOUR SECOND STOP I BELIEVE, THAT ONCE YOUR CAR DROPPED OFF THE JACKS IT STARTED TO CREEP FORWARD SIMILAR TO WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN MILWAUKEE . . . "I just can't hold my foot on the throttle anymore when I am in the pits. I had the clutch all the way in and the car started creeping forward. The clutch must not disengage all the way. I just can't risk doing that anymore. I guess I have to risk stalling it. I would much rather risk that than to have a repeat of Milwaukee."

ROBERTO MORENO -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - Finished 16th - YOU GUYS WERE HAVING A SOLID RUN AND MOVING UP THROUGHOUT THE DAY UNTIL YOU WERE PENALIZED FOR A PIT ROAD SPEED VIOLATION. WHAT HAPPENED THAT CAUSED YOU TO EXCEED THE PIT LANE SPEED? "I was very happy with the Big K car and the Ford engine today ran really well. In the morning we had some problems, but the guys worked really hard on the mapping and fixed it for me in time for the race. During the race the car was really smooth and made good power. When we got to our second pit stop I was holding my hand on the gear shift to try to go to the next gear down and I put enough pressure on it where the computer changed to the next gear giving me more revs and I didn't know that. So I received a pit speed violation for that. I had the button pressed to hold my speed, but the computer thought I was in a different gear. It is a case of getting use to the system of the car and how it works. Next time it is not going to happen because I am going to keep my hands away from that gear shift. I should learn for the next race. Todd (Bowland my chief engineer) is going to kick my butt for this one."

BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Finished 21st - "As they say - the engine just blowed up. The engine ran fine and then it just went dead. I had no warning it was going. That is kind of the way the whole season has gone for me and the Shell team. The car was a little loose at the start and we had to drop the tire pressure a bit on the first stop. After that the car felt good. I am not sure we had a car for the first three guys, but we were definatley fourth today. It is the third year in a row that we have not finished here. That's hard for the team."

P.J. JONES -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth - Finished 15th - NOT BEING ABLE TO RUN YESTERDAY WAS PROBABLY MORE OF A DETRIMENT TO YOU THAN ANYONE. YOU REALLY ONLY HAD A TOTAL OF TWO HOURS OF TRACK TIME TO SET UP THE CAR WITH YESTERDAYS RAINOUT . . . "I think Jan (Magnussen) and I suffered the most out of anyone here this weekend. We have not been here testing this car and we were a little behind, and it showed today. At the end we were picking it up and I got the car a little better, but still, I had a lot of understeer. My guys did a great job in the pits. But again, we just didn't have enough time to get the car the way I liked, we were running Adrian's setup, but I don't know how much better it would have been if he was here."

JAN MAGNUSSEN -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Finished 14th "We were chasing the car a bit today. I could charge into the corners but I could not get on the gas early enough to get out. We just couldn't get the car to come around. It was just a long day. We didn't hit on our setup all weekend. There was a lot of rubber built up out there. In turn two I think there was rubber about an inch high. You would run up on it and the car would really shake." LOOKING AHEAD, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE OVAL RACING WE HAVE COMING UP NEXT WEEK? YOU HAVE NEVER RACED ON AN OVAL BEFORE HAVE YOU? "I tested two weeks ago in St. Louis for the first time. I have only been on an oval alone, never with 26 other maniacs out there. I am looking forward to it."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR -19- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - Finished 26th - "We were having fuel pickup problems which is why I had to make frequent stops early on. It was disappointing. The later into the run I had gearbox problems and that forced me to retire early." MEMO GIDLEY -71- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - Finished 22nd - "I think we had a motor problem but we are still looking into the exact cause. Overall I was running strong and the car felt good. We were able to keep on top of what the car was doing and how the track was changing. It's too bad because I am confident that we could have gotten the car a bit quicker." THIS WAS THE SECOND RACE OF A TWO-RACE DEAL YOU HAD WITH PAYTON-COYNE RACING. DENNIS VITOLO WILL BE RUNNING THE SECOND CAR IN CHICAGO, BUT MIGHT WE SEE YOU IN THE HERDEZ/VIVA MEXICO FORD IN VANCOUVER? "We will see. I would love to be back."

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