MARTY ROTH (No. 25 Roth Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "It got a little loose. I needed to get that out of the way. That's the way to do it where you can spin at Indy and not touch anything, and throw four new tires on it and keep going. That's...
MARTY ROTH (No. 25 Roth Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "It got a little loose. I needed to get that out of the way. That's the way to do it where you can spin at Indy and not touch anything, and throw four new tires on it and keep going. That's the way to do it. We were lucky, and we're still working away trying to find our car."
ROBBY GORDON (No. 70 Meijer/Coca-Cola Robby Gordon Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "I went down into Turn 1, and the car compressed in the corner and the rear got a little bit sideways. I tried to save it and it hooked back the other way and spun around. When you can walk away from one here, it doesn't matter how fast you were going. We were going to run four straight hot laps on new tires and our warmup lap was over 218 mph. I think we were going to be pretty good. We'll be fine." (About SAFER Barrier): "The SAFER barrier definitely reduced the damage to the car. And, as you can see, I'm fine. No problems with me at all, and I think we can get this car back on the track and use it for qualifying. I think the SAFER Barrier is tremendous, and I think every racetrack in the world should look at what they are doing here at Indianapolis."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "I'm not back to 100 percent yet but definitely good enough to be in the car. It was a good thing the rain came today. I was starting to feel a little bit of pressure (in his head), and I was able to go back to the motorhome and relax and take a nap. It was not too bad a day. It's really good that things went as well as they did in the Open Test. We didn't have any problems, and we were quick. Anything here can happen, and it usually does. We're pretty happy with where we're at right now, but we know there's a long way to go."
A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "Things went pretty good for our first day. Mainly we wanted to go out there and make sure the Conseco car was comfortable, and it's really comfortable right now. As the week goes on, we'll start trimming it out to get more speed as we get closer to qualifying. I'm happy with the way things went."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "I'm sure with my family, my mom and dad, my sister, we're going to have a nice dinner -- quiet unfortunately, we can't go wild, I wish, because we have to work. Work is always ahead of us. I'm extremely happy. Not only because of the times, or the day, that helps. So far everything has been very good. I know other guys out there are going to keep working hard. We need to keep our patience and focus on our job and wait for the right moment. We took a little more chance today in terms of putting an extra set of tires, unfortunately we got caught on the yellow, so we've saved at least one tire for the race already. We're looking good, but we can't celebrate yet. Celebrate my birthday, which that's why I celebrate every moment of my life. I'm not 3 liter yet, but I'm 2.9. Unfortunately we had the rain this afternoon so that kind of delayed not only us but everybody. A lot of people went out late in the session, so we just waited, waited, waited until we got a clean track. We don't want to keep trying to just put a fast time out there; we just want to make sure the car handles well. That's why we didn't do many laps. After the rain, the track was green, so the tires were heating up a little more."
ALEX BARRON (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We started off in the morning. The wind wasn't too bad; we did a lot of development with the suspension of the car to find grip, a good balance. The rain seemed to stop what we had going. This afternoon the guys were just spending the whole afternoon getting caught up from the wreck we had here previously. Basically it's a whole new car. The tub got sent out to get painted, then they got to put a whole new suspension on it, so we've changed some things on the car since the test. There's a lot of little things on the car now that you have to do just right in order to make everything good aero-wise. The way the IRL is now, you have to have everything just right, and have the car really freed up."
KOSUKE MATSUURA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "We had a mechanical problem this morning and lost a lot of time. Fortunately we found and fixed the problem, and my car was coming back like yesterday. There is still something we are missing. I had understeer when we put on new tires. It was OK for two or three laps but not after that."
FELIPE GIAFFONE (No. 24 Team Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "We learned a few good things at the end of the day. I'm feeling more control, and the front was a lot more consistent. Tomorrow will be a different plan to go back and be a little bit faster. For sure, we're looking for more speed, but we know what we're looking for tomorrow."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (No. 5 Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/ Firestone): "We had a good day even though it rained. The car was running fine, but we developed a vibration at the end of the day. We didn't have a chance yet to find out what it was, but we are going to check it out. In general, it was a good day. Straightaway in the morning we were fast. I am very happy to finish in a strong position again for the second consecutive day. Kosuke and I were both running strong. Kosuke had a little problem this morning, but we were able to fix it."
MARK TAYLOR (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "It was a bit of a struggle this afternoon, and we didn't get the laps we wanted. The rain delay took a bit longer than we thought it would. Once we got back out there, the Menards/Johns Manville car was really good, but we were just dealing with a lot of push in Turn 2. We brought the car back in and made an adjustment, but then it screwed up how we were running in (Turn) 1. The third and fourth turns felt great all day. Luckily, being at Indianapolis means we'll get the track time we need to get ready for qualifying on Saturday."
TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "We got a lot of stuff done that we needed to today. We were able to try quite a lot of things today with the car, and it was a constructive day at the Speedway. Once again, we were the fastest Chevy, and the motor really feels quick out here. The Pennzoil Panther guys did a great job, and we'll get back to work tomorrow."
DAN WHELDON (No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car feels very good. We are just working slowly through our program and making sure along the way that the car is comfortable. The key for us to peak at just the right time. The speed charts don't mean much in these early days. It is Saturday that matters. As we say in England, things are just peachy."
BRYAN HERTA (No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "It was another good day for the XM Satellite Radio team. We are out here learning and making progress on the car. The rain changed around our plan for today. We had planned an aggressive day where we wanted to run a lot of laps. But it is still early, and we have the rest of the week to get in everything we need."
AL UNSER JR. (No. 20 Patrick Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):"The Patrick Racing team is learning a lot about the car every time we go out on the track. Unfortunately, this morning, just as we put on a new set of tires and were about to go for a quick lap, it rained. That delayed us. When the track dried out, we went back out and learned some more about the car, but then we developed a mechanical problem. The problem we had was just one of those things that happen, and it is no one's fault. The Patrick Racing crew really hustled, and we got back out on the track toward the end of the day and got some more good data. It is a process, and we just have to keep plugging away. The Patrick Racing crew is doing a great job, the Chevrolet engine has performed flawlessly, and the Firestone tires have been great. As long as we are learning about the car and making gains, I feel good."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (No. 36 PacifiCare Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "Today was a difficult day because of the rain. We couldn't run much and didn't improve the car today. Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow, and we can make some gains."
LARRY FOYT (No. 41 A.J. Foyt Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone): "We shook down a brand-new car that we finished up today. We had a lot of little things, rubs here and there, that you have with a new car that we had to fix. And then I had problems with the wind buffeting my helmet around, which we are going to work on tonight so we'll be ready to go tomorrow."
ED CARPENTER (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It was good. We started to trim the car out a bit today. We didn't really end up all that great on the speed charts, but the times that we were able to run all day on our own I think were a lot better than where we are on the grid. I never really was able to get a good tow today, so I'm happy. We made a lot of improvements with the setup we had this morning. We were trying something different this afternoon, and we were having little problems with it. We finally started to get it to come around, also. We're just following the plan, and so far, we've been pretty much on pace with everything we've wanted to try and that we've scheduled. As long as we keep staying with our plan, I think we'll be looking good for the rest of the month." (About the changing conditions): "It's typical Indy. The track, after the rain, was completely different this afternoon. It makes it hard to evaluate exactly where we're at, and it makes you wary to make too many changes because the track is going to be different again in the morning. We were trying to learn something, but I don't know how relevant it's going to be in the morning. We're just going to have to keep it in our mind for the next time we get rain. It's going well. It's just the normal Indy stuff. It's changing all the time."