IRL: Chicagoland: Post-race quotes

TONY RENNA (No. 78 Kruse Special Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We had ourselves positioned right where we needed to be for the end of the race. Everyone else needed to pit, and we were in place for a good finish, but we had that nagging fuel ...

TONY RENNA (No. 78 Kruse Special Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We had ourselves positioned right where we needed to be for the end of the race. Everyone else needed to pit, and we were in place for a good finish, but we had that nagging fuel pressure problem all day. It is disappointing for our Kruse/HomeMed team because we had a great handling car with awesome power. I feel bad that other cars were involved when our problem occurred. I hope everyone is going to be OK."

RAUL BOESEL (No. 12 Bradley Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was great. It was great to be in the middle of the battle near the end. It is unfortunate I had to check up, because you lose three or four spots. It was good for the team. We did a good job."

EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I had a really bad start. The car was loose with cold tires, and I wasn't on my game. As the race progressed, I got better. We have worked very hard for the past six months to have pit stops like we had today. The No. 51 Red Bull crew is awesome. I came in so hot once I thought I was going to knock them all over. Every time we went back out, we were ahead of people. The Infiniti engine ran like clockwork. I want to sit down with Brian (Barnhart) and show him the last laps with Helio Castroneves. I want Brian's opinion on whether or not that is blocking. He totally moved me under the white line. Those aren't the rules of the game. I am not willing to do that. I almost went off the track five or six times. You make mistakes sometimes, but what Castroneves did lap after lap was intentional, silly and dangerous."

GEORGE MACK (No. 31 310 Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We've certainly worked a lot harder and finished a lot worse than we did today. The 310 crew did an incredible job helping to work out the numerous kinks we had. Shortly after the green flag dropped to start the race, the fuel pressure was very low, and I was losing power. We brought the No. 31 310 G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone into the pits and changed the filter. We're still not sure what the problem was because the filter was clean. We're thinking it was a problem in the fuel pump. But somehow, the No. 31 machine ran better after that unexpected stop. It's puzzling. Later on in the race, my throttle kept sticking, and the car kept wanting to push. But, as always, the crew was able to ease the problems, and we finished the race. I'm not completely satisfied. You always want to finish in P1, but I'll take this finish today because it shows the endurance and strength this team has. We'll now take what we've learned and head out to Texas for the season finale."

BUDDY RICE (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We led a little bit early in the race to see what the car could do. We were pretty happy with it. On the third pit stop, we went back a little bit, but we charged back for the last pit stop. I made a mistake there and came in too hot and put the car off the marks. That really messed us up for the final run because it put us so far back. I tried to move up to the front, and four of them wouldn't move. They all want to run side by side, and you can't pass them. When I would try to pass them, they were blocking. We charged to the front twice and led a little bit, so the Red Bull Cheever Racing team gave me a good car today. I made a mistake in the pits, and that's what cost us as far as I am concerned."

ALEX BARRON (No. 44 Rayovac Blair Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It didn't go well. It was a great race up front. It was one of the best races as far as competition. It was good for the fans. There was a great reaction from the crowd."

FELIPE GIAFFONE (No. 21 Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "For me, it was a long day. We had to change the engine after the final practice yesterday. We put in an engine that we were not quite sure on, and for sure, it was down on power. My gears were all too long. At the end, we finished sixth, which was better than I expected. We're going to put the other engine in for Texas and see what happens there." (About being mathematically out of contention for the Indy Racing League championship): "It's been a very smooth season for me. Unfortunately, at Gateway, I was running third, and we had an engine problem, so that hurt us quite a bit. But I still think for the first year with Mo Nunn, everything is going better for the team than we really thought."

DAN WHELDON (No. 15 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It's not what I would have liked, but it was a complete learning experience. I actually think we would have been a little better off had I not clipped the back of Robbie Buhl. From that moment on, I could never get the balance to how I wanted it. The Pennzoil Panther team did a fantastic job. The Chevrolet engines were really good when I needed them. We'll just use that experience to our benefit at Texas."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville/Pittsburgh Paints Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "That was really an experience, nothing compared to St. Louis or Kentucky. Crazy. The car was great. Our pit stops were very good again. I was a little bit worried about myself in the pit stops just trying to hit my marks, but that worked out well, and again our guys did such a good job. When there were 40 laps to go, I knew that was the moment everyone was waiting for, and it was time to race. On the track like that, when there are 10 cars in the same pack, you have to make the right moves. It's all about decisions, running in traffic. It's crazy. You have to know what's going to happen before you make the move, and I have to learn that. Racing with (Sam) Hornish, (Al) Unser Jr., (Helio) Castroneves and those guys, they all know where to go and what to do because they have so much experience. I just need to learn more about that, but it was fun. I can't wait to go to Texas now."

WILL LANGHORNE (No. 55 Grill 2 Go/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Car G Force/ Chevrolet/Firestone): "In the progression of things, we really achieved a great deal. It was only my second Indy race, and I was happy with my performance. The Treadway-Hubbard team gave me a lot to work with. We were shooting for a top-10 finish and were in 12th when the right-rear brake let go. I've got a lot of confidence in the No. 55 Grill2Go car, and we're going to shoot for a top-10 finish in Texas. The fans were great here at Chicagoland. We got to spend some free time with them and even helped a few fans in the infield to assemble their Grill 2 Go's."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "First, I'm glad my teammate Gil (de Ferran) is OK. I owe this finish to great work by my Marlboro Team Penske crew. If it weren't for them, I would have finished much farther back. We had fantastic pit stops all day, which helped me gain valuable track position. The car was handling really well in traffic, and I was flat out, but we just didn't have what it took to win. The key thing is that we are still in the championship hunt going into the last race at Texas. I finished fourth at our first race there, so hopefully we'll be able to get the job done next weekend."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Helio Castroneves , Sam Schmidt , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske