IRL: Al Unser Jr. MCI Phoenix 200 Pre-Event Quotes

Driver: Al Unser Jr. Car: Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak G/A/F Event: The MCI WorldCom Indy 200 will be televised live on ABC at 4 p.m. (EST) March 19. The Pre-Race Show, "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at...

Driver: Al Unser Jr.
Car: Galles ECR Racing Tickets.com Starz Encore Superpak G/A/F
Event: The MCI WorldCom Indy 200 will be televised live on ABC at 4 p.m. (EST) March 19. The Pre-Race Show, "Indy Racing 2Day" will be televised live at 11 a.m. March 19 on ESPN2.

ESPN2 will televise pole qualifying at 5:30 p.m. (EST) March 18.

Al Unser jr.-

On racing at Phoenix International Raceway for the first time since 1995:

"This track holds a lot of memories for me, both on the track and off. I watched my family race here since I was a young boy, and I raced Indy Cars here for over 10 years. I know this track very well, and I am excited to get back there to race this weekend. If I had a home track, PIR would be it."

Al's fondest memory of Phoenix International Raceway:

"My fondest memory racing at PIR was when I ran second to my dad in 1985. Dad won the race and took over the point's lead from me that day. We had one more race after that in Florida and Dad beat me. He won the championship that year and I placed 2nd."

On Jimmy Vasser and Juan Montoya entering the 2000 Indianapolis 500:

"I think it is great! I wish all of the CART competitors would come and race in the Indy 500. Hopefully since Chip Ganassi is doing it, other teams in CART might see that it is possible for them to be there as well in the future. The competition is really great in the Indy Racing Series, and I think that Ganassi's entrance into the Indy 500 proves that."

On the differences between Walt Disney World Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway:

"Orlando and Phoenix are both one mile short track ovals. Our set up for Phoenix will be fairly similar to the one we had in Orlando, except for a few minor changes. Unfortunately though, we were unable to make a qualifying run in Orlando because of weather so this will be the first time we have done a qualifying run with our car."

On the changes to Phoenix International Raceway over the years:

"The track at PIR is still the same as it was when I raced there as a rookie in 1983. The only real changes I have noticed are those on the exterior, like the grandstands and the grass in the infield. There used to be wooden grandstands with a lot of dust and dirt in the infield. Now the track is more fan friendly with suites, a grassy infield, and metal grandstands. The way the old track was brings back some fond memories, but I am happy that the fans can enjoy the races in better surroundings now"

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Jimmy Vasser , Al Unser Sr. , Chip Ganassi