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ORIOL SERVIA (#5 KV Racing Technology Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
"I'm actually not that pleased with my run. The weather really didn't help us. I'm just happy to be in the show. The car felt good yesterday in my race setup, and that's what counts. It's a long race, and the tires were pretty consistent yesterday, and we look forward to the race."
(About having the rain interrupt the qualifying run): "It just didn't help us because already when you are qualifying, you're pretty much on the edge. I go out there in qualifying, very little downforce, and on my third lap it starts raining. Well, that's not good, but then to make it worse, I have to be the first car out with the track still a little wet because nobody had gone out, right? I wasn't able to change my downforce because of the rules. So I had to go out. The car was sliding a little too much. But that's the way it goes. I'm happy to be in the show. To me, it doesn't really matter much if you're starting 12th or starting 1 8th. What matters is if you have a good car in the race that is consistent and you can run close to people in front of you. That's what we need to focus on. If you have a good car, you can win the race. I liked the car yesterday. I wasn't too happy today, but I did like it yesterday when we had the race setup, so we should be good."
(About the month): "This month gets more and more interesting. It's been good. It's been really good for us at KV Racing because we had a lot of catch-up to do on the ovals, and even the rain days were good because you end up spending a lot of time with your engineers, and even it it's sitting around and waiting, it creates some bonding with the whole team."
(About racing in the Indy 500): "It's so great. I don't think there's any other race on the planet that we have the full month with people out all day. It just keeps reminding me how special this place is."
(How did disappointment of not making the race a few years ago help you appreciate qua lifting now?): "It made me really want to make the show. It was actu ally on my last (qualifying) lap when it really started to rain, and I was thinking, 'I just want to make this race.' And the people (radioed over) and said, 'Yeah, come in, come in,' and I said, 'Eh, I want to finish this lap because I knew if I finished the lap, maybe it would be slower, but probably we'd make the show. But the team waved it off. It was probably the safe thing. But it made me think: 'Come on, I really want to do this race, and now rain? You know, what else is going to happen?'"
(What is your goal?): "We can have a good finish. A top 10 is realistic."
(Have you talked with Will Power about his crash?) "You are driving on the edge, especially in qualifying. OK, you have kind of a certainty that you're not going to crash, but once you crash, that certainty is vulnerable. He's a good driver, and he is brave. And I knew he was going to be OK."
MARIO MORAES (#19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
"We had some problems on the second lap in Turn 2. We had trouble on the second lap in Turn 2 with big understeer. It's my first time here, second qualifying, and I feel good, I'm excited."
(What do you make of this month?): "I'm really excited. The team has been doing a good job, working hard to develop the car."
(How has the weather affected you this month?): "I hope it does not rain the day of the race."
(About being comfortable with qualifying time): "I am comfortable, but we are going to have to fix the problem with the front."
JOHN ANDRETTI (#24 Roth Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
(It was windy out there today. How did that affect you?): "I messed up a little bit. Probably should have given up a little bit in one corner. I keep adjusting on the car; that made it better. Then I tried to get too much out of the last lap again. We had a really quick car, and we just got caught out a little bit on the wind and probably just need to make a couple of changes to the car and try it again. I don't know if we will or not. It just depends on where we are. If we get close down to that bubble position, then obviously we will. We have been fast every day, but unfortunately when it came time to qualify, I knew on my hot lap that I was in a little bit of trouble, and I started adjusting on the car then and kept adjusting on it, and I had about all I could stand for one corner. It is a little disappointing because on the last lap I probably could have drove it a little bit different. I am disappointed I know we h ave a quicker car, and I went out there and we had a little bit of a struggle with the wind, but that is just the way it is."
(A week ago, would you be a gambling man and say you would have been qualifying?): "On Friday I would have said no, but last week Saturday I would have said, 'Yeah, it looks pretty good.' It is amazing how things change here at Indianapolis. There are real highs and real lows. I am excited that I think we have a solid enough time, but I know we have a lot more in the race car."
(What does it mean to you to hear the fans cheer when you pulled in, the fact that people like you?): "It means a lot. It means everything, actually. It makes you feel like you are in the right place. The funny thing about Indianapolis that you get disappointed because you always want more."
(About being at the Speedway): "Coming through the tunnel, it raises the hair on my back -- and I don't have much hair on my back -- every time I just come to the Speedway. Even if there is nothing going on, it could be December. This is where they should race every week."
JEFF SIMMONS (#41 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
(About his qualifying run today): "It feels good to be in. We wish we were quicker. I thought we could run around a 222, which would have moved us up a couple of spots. Coming to the track, I didn't know if I was going to have a ride at all, so I'm really thankful for A.J. Foyt Racing and ABC Supply Co. for giving me the opportunity to run."
(About his first run, which was waved off): "I came into Turns 3 and 4, I think I was coming into (Turn) 4 when I saw yellow lights turn on so I didn't know what was going on. And we came in, and A.J. told me they forgot to wave the green flag. I think he might have had a senior moment for the first time because he's usually so sharp. He (A.J.) was congratulating Darren on his run, and he missed me when I went by."
(About having a ride and how it feels to be back at Indy): "Coming into the month, I didn't have a ride at all, and now I'm in the Indy 500 and I also have the Freedom 100 ride, so I'm doing the double (laughs). The more track time, the better, and the more racing, the better in the month of May, so it's fantastic. We're going to try to have strong runs in both of them. I love that fact that I'm racing here with A.J. Foyt Racing. He's been engineering me this week, and it's been a privilege. I'm really looking forward to working more with him and Darren Manning, to have some good cars in the '500.'"
(About his fourth lap being the slowest): "The tires started going off a little bit. We were a little bit off on the setup, and I was fighting the car. I was sliding the rear sometimes, and that was hurting me a little bit. It's quite possible that the wind kicks up, and it can really cut into your time. At that speed, it doesn't take a lot."
DARREN MANNING (#14 ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
"Yeah, it was good. It was really good. I've been struggling with my car all month, and that's the best it's been. I've been loose all month, and then all of a sudden we made a few changes and then I had understeer. You know the day's not very nice with all this wind and the temperature has been getting up there, so we were a bit cautious on downforce. So we were actually surprised to go so fast, but it was just because the car was that much better. I had to actually come off the gas a little on Turn 2 on the last lap, which dropped me out of fastest for the day. But with the downforce we got in, you know, we're nearly on race setup, so that really bodes well for the race. The last lap, we were on for fastest of the day, I just got out of the gas a little on exit of Turn 2. I could have probably stayed in and gotten close to the wall. I haven't been very happy with my car. Jeff (Simmons) had been able to go his way on setup, and I've been able to go mine. He was more happy with his setup, so I tried it this morning, and I hated it. So we went back to a bit more of what I wanted for this qualifying run. I've been loose all month and it's been trying to spin me out, and then just now all of a sudden it's got a lot of push, so we found some really good changes in the car. I'm pretty happy. We've got a pretty damn good car. We had a couple more changes we thought through that worked really well -- too well -- because we went from loose to a little bit of push now. So we had quite a lot of downforce in the car in the race setup in qualifying because I was so unhappy with the car. If we had had this care on Pole Day, really trimmed out, we'd have been well in the top 11. It was that good. It's been a tough month. We were behind the 8-ball. I was going to be happy with 12th to 18th. We're in the show, so now we'll go back and think about it a little and see if we can run some goo d, competitive race runs. I think I'm going to be faster than the guys around me, and it's a long race, so we should be all right."
ALEX LLOYD (#16 Rahal Letterman with Chip Ganassi Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
"Yeah, our speed today wasn't really quick. Our first lap was the problem. We went 221.3 on the first lap and finished up on 222.3. We had the just car too loose. I had to lift in Turn 1, and I lost the momentum. We did well at pulling it back. It would be nice if we could scrap Lap 1 and finish up with another lap at the end, and we would have jumped up a few places. That's the way it goes. We were pretty conservative, really, on downforce today. We figured that the main importance was getting the car in the show, and we don't need to go for outright speed. We struggled with setup. We lost a lot of speed. So, for sure, that was a bit of a shame, but it's all about the race. So we're looking forward to that."
(About coming back after the crash): "It's something you think about sometimes when you've got a week off to think about it, for sure, but when it comes to getting in the car, as a driver, you can['t allow yourself to even think about those things. When you get out there, you know what you're doing. You can't think about stuff like that. You just have to keep going with what you know and have confidence in yourself, and keep driving away and driving the car to the limit. When I was lying in the hospital bed Friday evening, (I was) thinking: 'I wonder what happened? I don't know.' That was the worst thing. Then I had my engineer come around, and he gave a few reasons that went wrong and that's what caused the accident, and that made me feel better because I knew then, OK, that it wasn't something that I went out and did. (He said) 'This is what happened, this is what caused you to spin, don't worry about it. Let's get back in the car and have another go.' That made me feel a bit better. We just had a little bit of a setup imbalance."
JAIME CAMARA (#34 Sangari Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
"This track is not easy, for me at least it is not easy. We need to find a little bit more speed."
(How did the wind affect you?): "You feel the wind, you feel the heat. The track conditions change every lap. If a cloud comes over the track, it changes again. This place is big enough, and it changes a lot. Today is the first day everything is going smooth."
(How hard is it coming back from a crash?): "For me, it is really hard. I just have to suck it up and go. It is just getting out there and having seat time and track time, and figure it out again. Time is everything. It is about track time. I got here and I thought this was going to be easy, but it is a tough track."
MARTY ROTH (#25 Roth Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
"I'm just wondering why I threw away the 219 I had this morning. That's just how it goes. We were chasing that 222 (mph) we posted first thing this morning. We were kind of happy. The guys had been working all night. They were up to 2 in the morning on the car, just going through things. They were uncovering a whole bunch of stuff. We were really happy we had the car up to that 222 mark. We really thought we could get it back there. As the day wore on, the temperatures and wind came up, and we were just going backward. It was great to put it in the field. I'm real glad John (Andretti) is up there. He's safe. I'm used to being on the bubble. It makes for a long day tomorrow. Larry Curry joined our organization just before the month of May started. He has done a wonderful job. We've gone through a lot of things that were happening on the team. He's had his hands full. We're just looking to get my car up to speed. I'm just chasing that little guy around, John. He's fast. He's impressive."
(About the slow qualifying attempt): "It just required a big gear change, and we didn't have time for it. My revs were nowhere near up to the revs I needed to pull down that back straightaway. I'd exit Turn 2, and I would drop in speed rather than accelerate. The wind was gusting. I wish, in hindsight, we kept that time we had this morning. We were kind of blindsided by that 222 (mph). Looking at the afternoon, it is fairly plain to see just about everybody fell way back and wasn't close to the times they were posting this morning."
(About being on the bubble): "I've been on the bubble before. I'm no stranger to it. I'm sure it is going to be an exciting day tomorrow as long as the weather stays nice. I'm just happy to be here."
(About the track conditions changing): "It always turns something new up for me and challenges me. It is Indy. It is the fastest place. It is the greatest race. It has so many different facets that happen during the month with the qualifying and bump da ys. It is a great place and a great venue."