IRL: Indy 500: Day nine practice quotes

KOSUKE MATSUURA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "This was the first time that I ran with full tanks so far. At the beginning, my car had a big push in almost every corner. Even Turn 4 was difficult. We went back to the setup...

KOSUKE MATSUURA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "This was the first time that I ran with full tanks so far. At the beginning, my car had a big push in almost every corner. Even Turn 4 was difficult. We went back to the setup from Saturday, and my car was getting much better than when I ran this morning. We ended up with a completely different setup than this morning, and the car had a very good balance. Today I drove runs more than 20 laps a couple of times, getting used to long runs and also drafting, and the car doesn't seem too bad. I need more experience to close on somebody from behind. It was a very good start after the qualifying."

BRYAN HERTA (No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "I think we made a little bit of progress today on the XM Satellite Radio car. We've got another full day of running tomorrow. As much as we are trying to simulate race conditions, I don't think anyone knows how the cars will react on race day. We are trying to do the best preparation we can, and I'm sure we'll be ready."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 27 Arca/Ex Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We're into typical Indianapolis now. One minute, you think you have it, and the next minute, you don't. But, we're getting pretty close, actually. We're honing in on what we think we need for the Arca/Ex car. We're learning stuff all the time. I did a lot of work today and got to do some running with (teammates) Tony (Kanaan) and Dan (Wheldon), which was good. Hopefully, we'll get to continue tomorrow and get it nailed down by the end of the week." (About His two-seater ride with Michael Andretti to celebrate his 31st birthday today): "I was terrified not being in control. Put it this way: If it hadn't been Michael (Andretti), I would never have done it. I guess that is trust in your boss. I'd probably ride with Mario, too, but there aren't many guys that I'd jump in that two-seater with. It must be a heck of an experience for somebody who has never experienced that before."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We've come a long ways. As the week goes by, we get further along on our race setup. We're trying to run together with our teammates and work with different people to see how our Team 7-Eleven car will be on Race Day. I don't want to sound repetitive, but we're just doing race stuff all day long and trying to find the best race package."

TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It was a productive day. We worked on the things we needed to in preparation for Race Day. There was plenty of traffic out there today to work with, and the Chevy felt good. It's a long month, but the Pennzoil Panther guys are right on schedule in preparation for Race Day."

LARRY FOYT (No. 41 A.J. Foyt Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone): "We keep gaining. It's the fastest that we've run here, so we're headed in the right direction. We're learning new things every day. I ran in traffic with some pretty fast cars, so we learned some things there, too. It was a good day."

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "We shook down our T-car today, and we have a little work to do on it to find more speed. There were no big problems, just little stuff that we have to work out."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (No. 5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/ Firestone): "Another good day. Both cars ran well. Kosuke (Matsuura) ran a lot more laps than I did because we had a little problem this morning. At the end of the day, we put in some laps, and we were pretty happy with the car. I need to run a little bit more in traffic tomorrow. Overall, it was a good result and a good comeback for us after a problem in the morning."

SCOTT SHARP (No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "It was good for us to get out in the Delphi car and start working in traffic, as a lot of the other teams are doing. We're doing longer runs to see how the car settles in over the long term in a pack of cars. That's our plan, to keep working on our race program and see how things shake out by the end of the week."

SARAH FISHER (No. 39 Bryant Heating & Cooling/Cure Autism Now Dallara/Toyota/ Firestone): "Today we worked all day on the race setup. I'm not real happy with the car yet. There's still some room for improvement. We ran in the heat of the day, which we're expecting for Race Day. It allowed us to see how the high temperatures affect the car, and we're trying to figure everything out for Race Day."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 1 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone): (Any surprises today?): "Apart from the Hondas are strong still. That was something we thought was going to happen. We didn't really have too much on-track stuff today. We tried to do some back-to-back stuff this morning on the close to qualifying setup to see if we had sort of stepped on ourselves there. Generally, we didn't find much. After that, we just went and put more downforce on the car and a full load of full and did one run. We had to change some wing pillars and things like that, some aerodynamic stuff. We were down for quite a long time. Not really much today. I think a lot of other people did a lot of running. We both still need to work on our cars, I know Darren (Manning) is having a few issues. Mostly for us, it's the rear end of the car." (What are your plans for the rest of the week and weekend?): "Not much, I hope. I hope we're going to have Saturday and Sunday off, but I'm sure the team will have something different. We'll do a fair bit of running. It's hard to schedule much out because of the weather. The clouds today could have come a little earlier and messed up the afternoon. We'll probably, in the next couple of days, do as much running as we can." (About fuel-mileage of new engines): "Normally if an engine has more horsepower, it will burn more fuel, but I think Chevy did that when they first put out their engines, the 3.5-liter. Hopefully we'll have a little better of fuel mileage. That would be a positive. Toyota are working extremely hard to have something a little better for the race. They did get kicked in the (butt) pretty bad. I think they're going to try and fight back."

MARK TAYLOR (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "We were just working on race stuff. You try to work with cars in front of you, and we hadn't got quite enough downforce in the car yet. It was only a light brush with the wall so it shouldn't take too long to fix. We should be able to get back out there. We'll see."

BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Rahal-Letterman Argent/Pioneer Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "It wasn't as busy a day as we thought it would be but it good for us. It worked well because we got a lot of stuff handle for the race setup. Early in the day the car wasn't as good as we wanted but in the afternoon the car felt very good. We ran with a bunch of different cars and running with four and five cars gives you a lot of conditions. That's why you run this week. The difference between the qualifying car and the race car seems like night and day. The race car is slower and easier to drive. You put so much downforce in the car to get the grip level you need in dirty air and in traffic. It feel so much slower. It's like six mile an hour difference. For us it seems like an eternity. The laps are slower and everything is just slower. But it is difficult to get the right race setup. That is why test all this week."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt
Teams Panther Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing