IRL: Gateway Saturday quotes


SAM HORNISH JR. (#4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It was pretty good. We're not quite as fast or consistent as we want to be. We're pretty close to where we want to be. We're just not quite there. It's pretty tough when you have sessions because you put the rubber down, and the guys after you can go faster and get a better idea of the race conditions."

EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (#51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti Dallara/Firestone): "This is a very unique circuit. There really are no other tracks that we race on that are similar to Gateway. There are none with straightaways that long and corners that tight. The straightaways are incredibly long, and it's a very difficult oval because you have to decelerate so much. Every time you decelerate, you're dramatically affecting the aerodynamic balance of the car. Our car is getting better, but it's still too nervous."

MARK DISMORE (#28 Delphi Automotive Systems/Bryant Heating & Cooling Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I think we're still trying to get the car back to where we were when we were here a month ago testing. I think we are in pretty good shape. The biggest problem is we didn't get to qualify today. So we are buried back in the 18th or 19th starting spot. That is never good. I think I know what we are not doing right, so we are going to make some changes. Hopefully the weather will stay away from us, and we'll be able to get back out and see what we've got."

ROBBY McGEHEE (#10 Cahill Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "This is our first time to get in hot laps. That was nice. Of course, our first session was rained out, and then we had a little bit of a brake problem. We're a little bit behind on our speed, but I'm getting a nice feel for the track. I think we're getting faster."

ELISEO SALAZAR (#14 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "A.J. made a ton of changes to the suspension, and it worked. It's really good. I took it easy at the end. We're just trying to get the race setup. For the race, I think there will be passing because of the long straights. If you have a good run, you can pass."

FELIPE GIAFFONE (#21 Hollywood G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "Things are going good. We're trying to find the right balance on the car with fuel. I feel we've made good improvements in practice being second to Hornish. Basically, we are feeling very good. In testing the car was good with new tires, but not so good with scrubs. We have definitely improved that today."

AL UNSER JR. (#3 Galles Racing Starz SuperPak G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We are happy with our car for the race. We learned a lot in testing a few weeks ago, and that has really helped us this weekend. We probably would have qualified higher up than where we are starting, but I think that we have a good enough car to be with the lead pack tomorrow. The crew has been doing a fantastic job all year with their pit stops, and we just want to bring home a top finish for Starz Super Pak and all of our sponsors."

AIRTON DARE (#88 1-800-BAR-NONE/TeamXtreme G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We put together some real good laps. I am still feeling out the track, still trying to deal with the bump in Turn 3. The car was real good today. It pulled hard, and we have a good setup. All of a sudden I could feel a rattle in the rear of the car. I couldn't tell if it was the motor, differential or what. The crew is inspecting the car right now. There was a lot of fluid on the backstretch, so it might be the motor. We still got in some good laps and cleared up the understeer. We'll be ready for tomorrow."

BILLY BOAT (#98 CURB Records Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): " We're mainly working on race setup. It's hard to know what the weather and (track) conditions are going to give us tomorrow, but we think we've got the CURB Records/Beck Motorsports car in a good position. We'll be starting up front in a good position at fifth, and we'll just try to stay there. The bumps on the track aren't any better or worse than at any of our other tracks. They're just something we have to deal with. Here we probably run our ride height lower than we do at a lot of tracks, so that's why you feel the bumps a little bit more."

CHRIS MENNINGA (#92 Hemelgarn/Metro Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We worked on race setups, and the car was almost as good as it was in qualifying setup. I'm happy with it. The car is good by itself and in traffic. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. We are going to need a good car to get to the front from where we are due to the rain. I was here last year with Indy Lights, and I really like this place."

BUDDY LAZIER (#91 Tae-Bo/Coors Light/Delta Faucet Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): (About his brother Jaques' fast speed): "I think it is great. I know he ran Indy Lights here. For most of us, this is the first time on this track. That is definitely a positive for him. I know they've got quality people down there (at Team Menard). He should be fast. I think it is great." (About lack of practice time due to weather): "In 30 minutes there is only so much you can do. Your mindset is focused on qualifying, and with the delays it completely changes. As for today's session, we tried a number of different things. It was certainly a positive session for us."

BILLY ROE (#81 Juno Online Services/ Racing G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We tried some different things, and we picked up some speed. Then we tried shifting coming off of (Turn) 2 and going into (Turn) 3. It seemed faster, but it wasn't. I like the track because it has corners that are like road-course corners. You have to lift but still drive it through there real hard."

SCOTT SHARP (#8 Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The Delphi guys have done a great job this weekend. They took our setup from the test and improved upon it. It would have been nice to qualify today because we definitely had a shot at the pole. Luckily, we're third in points, so we're still starting near the front. This track is very condition-sensitive. As temperatures change, the track temperature can rise, causing the car to slide around a lot. It's hard to say if today's setup will work for tomorrow's conditions, but we're still happy."

JAQUES LAZIER (#2 Johns Manville/Menards Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I think the session went real well. It seemed like it was a little bit hotter in the second session than it was the first session. We just decided we were going to take it kind of easy and work on our race setup yesterday. Then today, since we qualified 13th - easiest qualifying effort I've ever done - starting on points we just decided to take it easy and get a real comfortable race car. The effort that is over here with the Johns Manville No. 2 Menards car is just absolutely phenomenal. We had 20 laps on Friday and now we are here, I think, fourth quick in that session. We have a real solid race car right now. I'm real comfortable with it. It is real consistent. I think that helps. I'm real excited about tomorrow. I think it is easier for me simply because the resources over here at Team Menard is something I've never experienced before. We have several people working on the car at all times. We have several people crunching data. It is a situation that I believe is probably easier for me because of the fact that I'm used to kind of struggling. Now we have everything to back us up, so it makes it a lot easier for me. I just can concentrate on driving."

DONNIE BEECHLER (#11 A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The car feels better. All the changes we made today were to the good. I struggled for a while in the beginning because the car was touching bottom. The cars are so temperamental that it doesn't take much to throw it off. I think it'll be tough to pass. There's not enough room to do big maneuvers, but if you get through the corners good, you can get them down the straightaway. I doubt that you'll see two abreast racing through the turns, though, because they're too tight."

ROBBIE BUHL (#24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone): "With a limited amount of track time, we just have to keep hustling to get a good car. You just can't have an OK car, you've got to have a good car if you think you are going to chase down Buddy Lazier and Sam Hornish Jr. With the momentum they have, you're not going to do it unless you have a good car and you feel really confident with the car. We are chipping away at it, but we would like to do a little bit more. And starting by points doesn't help us, so we've got to get this car working just right."

BUZZ CALKINS (#12 Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The car is getting better, but we are still working on it. This final session is going to require that an awful lot of work gets done very quickly. We have a good starting position thanks to the rain, and we want to be able to take advantage of that."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing