Indianapolis 500-Mile Race IRL IndyCar Series Practice Rainout Quotes Saturday, May 17, 2003 KENNY BRACK (No. 15 Rahal/Letterman Miller Lite/Pioneer Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We didn't get to do anything today, but meeting Billy Gibbons was a...
Indianapolis 500-Mile Race
IRL IndyCar Series Practice Rainout Quotes
Saturday, May 17, 2003
KENNY BRACK (No. 15 Rahal/Letterman Miller Lite/Pioneer Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We didn't get to do anything today, but meeting Billy Gibbons was a great thrill. I have been a fan of his music for a long time, and my band plays a ZZ Top song too, 'Tush.' He is into cars and follows racing quite a bit. He is from Houston, too. I lived there when I raced for A.J. (Foyt) so we talked about Texas a little, too. I'm going to see ZZ Top tonight and get backstage. That's very cool. He was even talking music and guitars with me, and I was talking racing with him. It was great. I'm excited to see Billy play tonight."
JIMMY VASSER (No. 19 Argent Rahal/Letterman Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "It was a little frustrating not getting out today. We wanted to get a little bit of qualifying setups ready for Sunday. But I think we can do that on Sunday morning. I think we have a good race car right now. And the qualifying setup should be pretty fast, too. To be honest, I'm more concerned with the race trim than qualifying trim. Starting in the back of the field is more about getting through the field, and I think I have a car to do that. Hey, Billy Gibbons was really cool. I had a 'Tres Hombres' record from ZZ Top when I was young. Billy is into hot rods, too, like me."
SARAH FISHER (No. 23 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I was a bit disappointed that our practice was rained out because this would have been my first chance to get the 24T car out, which will be the car that I run tomorrow if needed. I hope it doesn't come to that, and that I don't need to use my short-track experience in 'gas it and go'. Today I did as much as I could to keep busy, so I didn't think about tomorrow, which included doing the PA announcing with Dave Calabro for the Infiniti Pro Series race. Dave was great to work with, as always, and I had a great view of the track from the PA booth right behind the flag stand. It's always interesting for me to see another aspect of our series, since I'm usually in the race car and don't get to see the fan cams and listen to the PA while I'm driving my race car. The Pro Series race ended up being red-flagged, and we had to fill some air time, so the most interesting thing that happened after that was watching the Emke Hot Dog-eating contest that Tom Carnegie was emceeing -- but I left the booth before I got to see who won."
SHIGEAKI HATTORI (No. 5 EPSON/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "I'm not worried. We have practice before the qualifying and we had two good tests yesterday. I'm very comfortable in my car."
ALEX BARRON (No. 20 Meijer Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone): "It would have been nice to get some laps in today, but I'm pretty confident we're going to be alright. I wouldn't necessarily say that if we were a one-car team, but we've been at it all month long with three cars and there is plenty of data to support what we want to do in qualifying on Sunday. I got comfortable in the Meijer car right away on Thursday. I'm very familiar with the Toyota-G Force package. We'll definitely get at least some shakedown laps in before we qualify, so that being the case, we're pretty sure what to expect in qualifying. Barring the unexpected, of course. The nice thing is the guys had a chance to cut out early today and take it easy for a change.It's been a long month for them, already. For me, I'm ready to drive because I sat around for two weeks!"
RICHIE HEARN (No. 99 Contour Hardening Special Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone): "I'm relieved more than anything. It's been a long month. It's hard to walk around here, knowing you can do a good job. There weren't a lot of opportunities, and when they did come I was quite not getting them. So I was happy that I got a pretty good deal for the race here." (Are you happy to have the combination that you do?): "There's no concern on the car and the engine. Everything should be great. I just have to get up to speed myself, which I'm not going to worry about. I just have to keep my nose clean and I know the car will be there in the end."