DAN WHELDON (No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "It was a pretty good start so far. The crew did an excellent job in the pits. Now we'll just have to wait it out and see what happens. I'm ready to get back out there." BUDDY...
DAN WHELDON (No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "It was a pretty good start so far. The crew did an excellent job in the pits. Now we'll just have to wait it out and see what happens. I'm ready to get back out there."
BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Rahal-Letterman Argent/Pioneer Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "The car's in good shape right now. It's running really well. The weeper situation was like way on the inside, offline. I mean, it's not an issue right now. The weather's the issue right now. The team's watching the radar, and they're getting reports every 10 minutes or so from our weather station. So, we're going to try to play this as we wanted to. It just sucks, that's all. At this rate, it's going to take so long to dry the track and do everything, I don't know if we'll be able to get any of it in now, so we might need to come back tomorrow. We'll see. It'll be very difficult to get the track dry, get back out, get the race all in before darkness. I guess we'll just have to wait until we hear what the official word is."
DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 27 Arca/Ex Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "The car's great. We had a couple issues there in that last stint, but they were fixed so we are looking forward to going back to green, I hope. It's a shame for the fans with the weather, but we're the same -- we want to go racing today. I think it would shape up to be a good race." (About the weather): "I'm just looking at the big screen, and it doesn't look very good. I had to learn about weather when I went for my pilot's license, and it doesn't look very good."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "The car is awesome. I'm just taking it easy. Everybody is really respecting each other out there. I think that's the way it should be. I'm sure toward the end it's not going to be like that. But right now, we just have to use our heads, make sure we continue the way we are and go for it." (What will you do during the delay?): "I'll sit down and relax. I'm too hyper right now to take a nap. We'll just wait for the track to dry and then go back to the show and keep running."
TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I feel sorry for the fans that came out here. They do this for the love of it, and so do we. It's just a pity to see them disappointed, but you know, that's racing, and we can't stop it. Sometimes God decides to rain on us. We will just have to make sure we get it together for tomorrow and give the crowd a good show."
SCOTT DIXON (No. 1 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone): "The car was fine. It had a bit of a push, hard to keep the momentum. I think the car was pretty decent, but you never really know until the runs get really long." (Regarding keeping focus with the rain delay): "I'll just relax, really. We might come back tomorrow or we might start up and do another 30 laps. You never know. I don't know, just go back and relax, I guess."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "We were pretty happy with the way the car was handling. When the early caution came out, we decided that we would stop and fuel up, so we could make it a little bit further. When I came out, the car was handling really well. Probably could have been up a little bit farther, but we figured it was early in the race, and you do not need to make any mistakes right now. You always sort of want to get up to the front as fast as you can. We tried to move up and get to where we needed to be, and with the rain coming around here, it would be nice to be a little bit further. We are not even up to Lap 100 yet, so they are not going to call the race. We will be back later in the day or tomorrow." (About killing time): "I am going to go take a nap. No, but I will get something to eat. The race was supposed to start at 11, and you do not want to eat right before you go out. You got to take care of yourself. I am going to the motorcoach. We are really excited about how the car is handling. If we have to come back and run tomorrow, then we have to come back and run tomorrow. We were able to move our way up a little bit. The start did not go exactly the way we wanted it to. We got kind of pinched in there. We wanted to let out. It is all about patience right now. We have got a long way before the end of this race. The guys have worked so hard on their pit stops. We picked up some time in the pits, and hopefully we can go back out there and pick up some more spots." (On coming back today or tomorrow): "It does not really matter. This race is so big. I will run it whenever they want to. If they say line up at 2 o'clock in the morning, I will be out there to go."
TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "The car feels good. The weather -- it doesn't look so good, but I'm confident. I think we can do well as soon as we go green again." (What about the pressure of waiting for the track to dry and start over again?): "We need to clean -- start the engine, and I'm ready. I'm OK to come back today, tomorrow, Tuesday, I'm ready. I'm here all week. I don't care. I don't feel pressure. I don't feel tension. I'm here to race. That's what we prepare here the whole month for. So when it comes to 'Race day,' it doesn't matter what day it is." (How was it out there for you just now getting started?): "It was pretty good. The car is good. I'm happy with the balance."
BRYAN HERTA (No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We're going to sit around awhile until they start the race again. The car was pretty good, pretty good. We can work on it still."
DARREN MANNING (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone): "We've just got to try to make sure to stay in focus so we don't change anything. We had a pretty good car out there. We try not to do anything out of the ordinary now in the pits that we could quite easily get into."
JEFF SIMMONS (No. 21 Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "The race has gone well so far. I was moving forward. We've already made up eight spots so far. The car is good; it's not great. We have an understeer problem. It gets much worse when we're behind another car, which is what most of the guys are dealing with. But so far I've been having a good time and wish it wasn't raining because I would have liked to stay out there to get more laps in under green." (About maintaining motivation during rain delay): "I was totally focused when I was out there (on track). Trying to do everything I could to close up on guys and make moves to get by. We'll keep working on it if we don't get out until tomorrow. Then that's the way it is, we can't really change the weather. So there's no point in worrying about it. If we could, it would sure make setting up the car much easier for the guys."
VITOR MEIRA (No. 17 Rahal-Letterman Team Centrix Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "The car was running really good. It's a long race, so we were not racing, I think. The car does feel good, just learning about it, learning about the others. I'm sorry that we got delayed, but the car's good. The track was really green. It looks like it is going to be for a while with this rain again. The car is pretty good. We are just going to see what will happen." (About the rain delay): "We're just going to take our time and relax. It will affect mine just like it affects everyone else. It is the same. It will not affect my mental preparation. I will just have to go do it again. We have done it for a few years already."