CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio Honda Driver Quotes


PAUL TRACY (#26 Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda) Started 21st, finished 5th: "This was like a win for the team. Starting as far back as we did, I can't say enough about my guys. Our pit stops were near perfect today. I can't complain about the results considering where we started. We made some changes this morning and had a pretty good race car, but if your starting 21st, getting to first is pretty hard. That's what we have to work on now." TONY KANAAN (#21 LCI/Tasman Motorsports Reynard Honda) Started 18th, finished 8th: "It was a tough race. We had some (computer) software problems and the 'ninth butterfly' was acting up, that cost us 100 horsepower or so. The crew was able to fix it during the first pit stop and after that the car was great. We lost a lot of time in that first stop, but did a pretty good job making up some positions, so we're happy with eighth place. It was a very physical race, but also an intellectual race—you have to think ahead. A tough, but fun weekend." GIL DE FERRAN (#5 Valvoline/Cummins/Walker Racing Reynard Honda) Started 12th, finished 9th;"The car was really pushing hard all afternoon. During the first stint, we tried to stay with Al (Unser), but the front tires went off quite a bit. I went off-course under braking, when the front tires just locked up. But good pit strategy got us back up to ninth." ALEX ZANARDI (#1 Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda) Started 13th, finished 12th, (to continue Target/Chip Ganassi Racing's streak of at least one team car earning championship points in every event since the start of the 1996 season): "It was tough. Today was not our day. We did everything we could to get up front. We would make up some ground, but then something would happen and we'd drop back again. I never had to work so hard for just a single point." DARIO FRANCHITTI (#27 Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda) Started 1st, finished 26th (contact on the opening lap): "I'm really quite angry. I can't believe that Bryan Herta tried that move. He drove around me as if he thought there was no car there and just pushed me right into the grass. I don't know what he was thinking, it's a long race and he was trying to win it in the first turn of the first lap. It's a shame. Our guys worked so hard to have a first-place car and then something like this happens. It's a tough deal and totally unnecessary." JIMMY VASSER (#12 Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda) Started 2nd, finished 27th (contact on the opening lap), his first DNF (did not finish) of 1998: "Bryan (Herta) came flying and up the inside way too fast and got together with Dario (Franchitti). I went way to the right to try and get out of the way, but I got clipped in the back. It's so unfortunate because it wasn't our fault. Our team did the right things all weekend and we had a good car. Especially with the championship race the way it is, I need every point I can get right now."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing