INDYCAR SERIES POST-PRACTICE QUOTES: DAN WHELDON (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing): "My theory around here is that if you don't know it by Carb Day, you're never going to have it. You can certainly fine-tune it in the race with all of the...
INDYCAR SERIES POST-PRACTICE QUOTES:
DAN WHELDON (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing):
"My theory around here is that if you don't know it by Carb Day, you're never going to have it. You can certainly fine-tune it in the race with all of the pit stops you have. The balance seemed nice today. Let's just hope it's like that Sunday. It's really just disappointing for the fans because, I don't know about the traffic you had coming in, but it seems like an awful lot. I almost missed the drivers meeting and, let me tell you, if I miss the Indianapolis 500 driver's meeting, Brian Barnhart would kick my butt royally, so I had to weave in and out a little bit."
MARTY ROTH (No. 25 Roth Racing):
"We tried something, and we're changing it, and we're waiting to get back out there.There's a little bit of practice and the Indy Lights race to watch today, so hopefully we'll get it all in."
(About Lids sponsorship): "Lids jumped on board just a couple of days ago, and they're a local hat company. They're doing a big jump in Canada right now. They've got 875 locations around North America right now. We're really excited to have them on board, and we hope to see them at the checkered flag."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (No. 18 Z-Line Designs):
"I'm confident in my car. We didn't end up doing any laps today. We spent most of the time in the pits working on the car, but I'm still confident. We probably won't make too many changes from today for Sunday."
SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing):
"You want to go out there and get it done with. It's been nice to be here on Carb Day - we've been thinking about it a long while. All of us want to get out there and race. We did maybe two laps with install or something and three laps at speed. It's hard to tell. Nobody is really running, nobody is really in traffic. I think the other group that was behind us later on got a bit of a run in traffic. I know Dan (Wheldon) did. We learned a couple things with our fuel and things like that but nothing that's really going to lead to too much of an asset. Can't wait to get in the car and race."
(About going into the first turn with your teammate next to you): "Ah, it doesn't bother me. If he wants to lead, he can lead. Whatever happens from the start, we're just going to take it cautious and m ake sure we get through it and try and maybe sit back a little bit. We'll see what our options are. I want to see what the car is like in traffic early on, as well. We're just going to see what comes."
ALEX LLOYD (No. 16 Rahal Letterman with Chip Ganassi):
"The car has been good so far. Today wasn't ideal, but it's going to be a long race, so we'll see. I'm going through this for the first time, and there's a lot of new stuff going on. I'm just glad we have had a whole month to get a good idea of how everything works."
BUDDY LAZIER (No. 91 Hemelgarn Johnson):
"It has a lot of grip in it as compared to qualifying. You just do the typical stuff. You want to be cautious, but you have to go hard enough to see how the car will go. We're just doing the rain thing now."
(About whether he's had enough laps in the car): "We have by far the least amount of laps, so that puts the stress on the engineers. We'd love to have some more laps."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 24 Roth Racing):
"We had a totally different setup on the car. We're trying to set it up for 85 degrees. I don't know if we have it right. We certainly tried to build as much grip in it mechanically. It still seems pretty good. The car has plenty of grip. I don't know. Nobody knows. I think there are a few guys that will run off and leave everybody. I just hope to be a part of that second group of guys that can hang on."
(About making adjustments for race day): "We are going to make a change for the race. I wish we would have gotten it in today, but I'm used to the weather. In NASCAR, it used to rain all the time."
TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 12 Symantec Luczo Dragon Racing):
(Were you able to get out for the session?) "No, I didn't even pass the Start/Finish line."
(So, you weren't able to learn anything today) "No, but we've had a month, so if you're trying to learn anything today, you're a little bit behind the 8- ball anyway. Plus, the weather conditions are going to change so much, so today was really just confirming some things. We did our leak check, we know it's OK so we're happy with that. I would have liked more time, but I'm content with what we've done."
(About race day): "I'm feeling good. I've got a good car, good team, good sponsors. I just want to race. I've been here a month, I'm ready to go."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske):
"We weren't going for speed out there today, we just wanted to use the session to get a feel for everything we'll need to consider on Sunday. This was the type of practice that you want to use to make sure the engine is good, the setup is the way we want it and things are running smoothly. The final practice session also gives you a chance to make sure you know where the pits are and to get used to the layout for Race Day. This is the last time we'll be in the car until the Indianapolis 500, so we want to make sure we've taken all these things into account while we had the opportunity. We didn't get very many laps out there, but the Team Penske car seems to be running well, and I think we're ready for Sunday."
TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven):
"We were able to get everything done today in the Team 7-Eleven car that we had to. We didn't get the track time we would have liked, but we got the car up to speed and shook it down. We're ready for the race."
DARREN MANNING (No. 14 ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Racing):
"We did about half of the stuff that we wanted to do, scuff in some tires and tested our fuel system. We didn't get to run on full tanks, but the ABC car felt good, nice and fast. We hit a little bit of traffic, and I found out that the brakes worked well, so that was good. I'm pretty happy with the car."
JEFF SIMMONS (No. 41 ABC Supply/Foyt Racing):
"I never put a full lap together, but we ran enough to know that we have a good balance in the car. I feel we're in good shape for the race."
JUSTIN WILSON (No. 02 McDonald's Racing Team):
"We did an installation lap in the McDonald's car, and that was it. We left the pits to try and do our first run, and as soon as I got to the end of pit lane it was yellow, so we didn't do anything today. It's a shame, but I'm sure everything will be fine. Some people got five laps in, but we did an install check, so that takes a couple of minutes, and by then it started raining. So literally we did nothing, but we know the car should run. I'm starting the race from the inside of the row, and its obviously going to be tricky since we've had so little time to go three-wide through the turns due to the weather. It's going to be fun but difficult. I would be happy to finish on the lead lap and be in the top 10. It's a shame we're not doing the Pit Stop Contest, seeing as it was sponsored by McDonald's. On the positive side, we didn't have a spare car to do it in, so we were going to have to do the contest in our race car, unlike the others. It's a bit easier on our race car, and we'll have a better chance of our drive shaft and gear box and everything lasting the distance of a 500-mile race."
ENRIQUE BERNOLDI (No. 36 Sangari Conquest Racing):
"I only had a few laps out there and the car felt good, but unfortunately I couldn't really get into traffic and practice under those conditions because the rain came, but it affects everybody. It was not ideal, but the car felt OK, and we have to take it from there. I'm quite positive for the race. Let's hope that Sunday will be good, as well."
(What are your thoughts heading into the biggest race of the year?): "I am taking this race as a big race and not saying that it's just another race because it is a special race. I have been to big races in my life, and I take this in a special way, as well. I will be more alert because I will be doing things that I have never done before like start in a row of three, and race in such a long race. I have not done such a distance It's not just another race ."
JAIME CAMARA (No. 34 Sangari):
"I'm looking forward to the race because even though I did only a few laps on Carb Day, I felt that the car was there, so I am more confident that we are going the right direction. Now we just have to focus in the race prep. It's going to be just one more of those weekends that we had here already, a lot of pressure, a lot of stress, and you have to deal with it in the race on Sunday without a lot of practice time."
(Do you feel any differently heading into Sunday's race because it is the Indy 500?): "You kind of feel the difference, but I try not to because it will only make the pressure bigger, and I don't want to do that. But yeah, it's a different race: It's the Indy 500. Everything is different here, there's nothing quite like it. I'm just setting my mind right now that it's another race so that I can come here on Sunday without any stress or any pressure."
DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Motorola):
"We got a feel for the balance of the Motorola car in traffic, and we also got a feel for the gear. Would I have liked to have stayed out there and got a little more practice in? For sure. But I'm not the only one. We're all in the same boat here, and we all got the same amount of time."
GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 06 Hole in the Wall Camps):
"Obviously it's pretty disappointing that we didn't get more practice, but I think overall we have a good race car. It felt pretty similar to the other day when we were pretty quick. We did an installation lap, and then went out to do our baseline run. We only did a couple of laps and got stuck behind Milka (Duno) the whole time, so that didn't help much. That's just the way it goes. Unfortunately, right when we got past her was right when it went yellow for the rain. I think now the focus is on going out and making it through the first turn on the start. Then we will work on running 150 laps before going for it at the end. I think it's nice to start from the inside (of the row), but the biggest thing is to just make it through Turn 1. I've told a lot of people that if that means losing a couple of positions on the start, then so be it. It's important to get through it. I've seen it many, many times, so I have a good understanding of what it's going to be like."
RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske):
"We had only run our installation lap today before it started raining, so we didn't get to run as much as we would have liked. However, the weather forecast for Race Day is drastically different than today, so I'm not sure how much we could have learned. I'm confident that Team Penske has the experience here at Indianapolis to give me a good car for Race Day, so I'm definitely looking forward to it."
HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 27 Formula Dream):
"It is very disappointing that we couldn't get much track time today. It would've been nice if we were able to check our race setup, but everybody is in the same situation, so I will just do my best in the race. It seems like weather will be nice on Race Day, so I am looking forward to Sunday and hope to do well."
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Indiana Jones presented by Blockbuster):
"It is only fitting that it rains today when we were getting on track since it's been dry all week. But the Indiana Jones/Blockbuster team is satisfied enough that we don't need much more on-track time. We got up to speed today, which is all we needed to do at Carb Day. We were able to shake things down, and there was no big balance change, so things are good."