CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver Ford Driver Quotes

September 6, 1998 Molson Indy Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift 009.c Ford Cosworth XD - Finished 2nd - TODAY'S SECOND PLACE FINISH IS MICHAEL'S FOURTH RUNNER UP ...

September 6, 1998 Molson Indy Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift 009.c Ford Cosworth XD - Finished 2nd - TODAY'S SECOND PLACE FINISH IS MICHAEL'S FOURTH RUNNER UP FINISH OF THE SEASON (GATEWAY, CLEVELAND, TORONTO) AND IS ALSO HIS FIFTH PODIUM FINISH OF THE SEASON (HOMESTEAD) "It was a fuel consumption race. It didn't start out that way, but that the way it ended up because of the way the yellow's fell. For most of the last fuel stint we thought we were going to have to make a splash-and-go. But when the way the yellows came out we were very fortunate. But I was also being told to save fuel AND keep Dario (Franchitti) behind me. I was like `Yeah, right. How do you do that?'. For a while he was conserving too, but all of the sudden he perked up, so he must have got the word to go for it, but I didn't. I tried to hold him off as good as I could without using the fuel but he used the situation to his advantage and got by me. It was too bad, because I was running a lot slower than I needed to at the end, otherwise I think I could gave held him off." SCOTT PRUETT - 20- Visteon Reynard Ford Cosworth XD - Finished 3rd - "It was a fuel mileage race today. The car worked real well all day. Ford did a great job working on the fuel economy of the engine. What can I say about the Visteon guys. They did a great job again. Races are won and lost in the pits and Jim McGee and Pat Patrick called a great race. It was really up to the driver's to set their own pace and be conservative on fuel throughout the whole race. I think Michael (Andretti) and I pitted fairly early on that last stop and the race came back to us. We had two or three yellows there at the end and we were able to stretch out the mileage without having to come back in for a splash-and-go. But even with that I think we were about out of fuel at the checkered flag." CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI - 11 - Kmart Swift 009.c Ford Cosworth XD - Finished 14th - "This was a very hard race to overtake on. We were doing well until the accident by P.J. (Jones). Hearn hit me from behind and I spun during the incident and by the time I got going again I was a lap down. I was hanging on to Gil (de Ferran) prior to the incident so we would have had a solid top-five. But it didn't work out that way. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ -40- Tecate/Quaker State/Labatt 98I Reynard Ford Cosworth XD - Finished 15th - "It was a very frustrating day. Something came off the suspension at the start of the race and I had to come into the pit to put it back but by the time I got back out were down two-laps. After that it was just a matter of people falling out. We were never going to make up that many laps. We just were hanging on there and trying to learn a little about the car." BOBBY RAHAL - 7 - Miller Lite Reynard 98I Ford Cosworth XD - Finished 25th/Engine - "I was running hard behind Mike (Andretti) and the car was very good. I started hearing things back by the pop-off valve and whenever it starts that, it's not a good sign. So I got out of it for a second and when I got back in it started banging. I am sorry we could not have gotten to the end. We have had great reliability all year, it's just a shame. BRYAN HERTA - 8 - Shell Reynard 98I Ford Cosworth XD - Finished 22nd/Contact - ON THE INCIDENT WITH RICHIE HEARN . . . "There was nothing I could do. I am disappointed in Richie (Hearn) because he just ran into the back of me and we broke the left rear suspension (tie-rod). I was trying to give him a little room so he could back out of it, but obviously he punted me into the tires. I certainly hope CART is going to look at (the incident) and take the appropriate actions. RICHIE HEARN -10- Budweiser/Ralph's Swift 009.c Ford Cosworth XD - Finished 16th/Contact - "I thought I had a shot at passing Scott (Pruett) and he closed the door on me and I locked up the rear end and spun out. It's my fault. The Budweiser car was working good. We kept moving up all afternoon. What can you say? I was trying hard and I made a mistake."

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