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BUDDY LAZIER (#91 Tae-Bo/Coors Light/Life Fitness/Delta Faucet Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "Well, I just think that we ran 500 miles on seven cylinders. So, we ran the whole race dead in the water. Our motor was junk. We were going down the straightaway 201 (mph), 202 (mph), when we normally are running 220 (mph). We just felt like we threw our race away. It was just a miserable day. We left last year real hungry. We came in three or four times that first yellow. The guys realized that we couldn't fix it. It's incredible the motor ran 500 miles like that."
BILLY BOAT (#98 CURB Records Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I think overall the CURB Records team has to be pretty satisfied with a top-10 finish, having gained some 23 positions. We weren't great all day, but we were pretty steady. I really have to thank CURB Records and Firestone, Tom Chastain and Miller-Eads, Royal Spa and Bob Dapper and Turner Woodard and the Stutz Development. All our sponsors did a great job for us this month. My team really helped me during the race with great pit stops. We never made any mistakes, and I really think that's what contributed to our good finish. We would've like to been up higher, but when you start in the back it's awfully hard to stay on that lead lap, and once we got a lap down we were pretty much just racing everybody on that lap. I'm very happy because this finish is going to enable us to keep this team going over the next races and hopefully finish out the entire rest of the season."
DAVEY HAMILTON (#99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "Something in the cam drive broke. We didn't have the fastest car, but we were stable all day. We were definitely good for a top-10 finish. We're in good shape for the season. It's just a matter of time."
SAM SCHMIDT (Owner, #99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): " The strategy was working well. We were running first in class and were in a great position for a top-10 finish. We had the fuel to go the distance, and it's just disappointing. It appears that the valve train in the engine is what gave way, but we've proved that we are capable. We knew where we were, and it all came together at the right time. We were a lap down, and I just kept telling Davey (Hamilton) to keep digging. The strategy worked to put us back on the lead lap at the right time. Davey did a nice job today, avoided some potential day-ending incidents, and I just hate it for Davey and the crew. We really needed the finish, but we will look forward to Texas from here. I genuinely appreciate Mi-Jack for stepping up to the plate for the event, and I am glad that we ran solid all day. It's again, just disappointing to be running so well and to miss it at the very last."
ROBBY McGEHEE (#10 Cahill Racing Cure Autism Now Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It was a tough field this year. My excitement of the race was battling Arie Luyendyk, considering he was my mentor last year. The car was good, but the last set of tires had a real big push. I was trying to dial it in with the weight jacker. The team did a great job. If we hadn't had so many weather interruptions, we might have been able to tune the car better. I didn't have the radio for the first quarter of the race. I have to apologize to someone, because I about banged wheels with them because I didn't know they were there."
CORY WITHERILL (#16 Radio Shack G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It was pretty exciting. Everything's going well. I tried to stay out of trouble and ran well. I came off (Turn) 4, felt like a tire went down and it just did a lazy slide. Fortunately it stayed off the wall. The car was good until the red flag, then it was nervous. I tried to work with it, but it was just nervous. I just stayed focused. It didn't affect me that much. It was my first Indy 500. It went by a lot faster than I thought. I guess that might have been because everybody told me how unbelievably long it would be. I guess I was expecting the worst, but we stayed smooth and had a good day."
JAQUES LAZIER (#77 Classmates.com/Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "When we were running up front, we had a gearbox failure. We're still not sure what happened. We'll have to take the car apart and check it out. The second lap after that happened, the car went loose all day. It stayed that way until the end when we had a car I could drive. That kind of show is not what this team can and will do. It wasn't a good representation. We're capable of consistent top-10s. We'll get 'em at Texas."
AIRTON DARE (#88 1-800-BAR NONE TeamXtreme G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "After the run we had last year, we expected better than eighth. But if you think of the conditions we had this year, we got bumped on the last day and had to requalify, eighth isn't so bad. We were the second Indy Racing League car so it will move us up in points. Handling was the problem of the race. We didn't get a good feel. The car had a lot of understeer, a lot of push. You can't make big changes here. You have to go step by step. We put a full three turns into the front wing (throughout the race), which is a lot. The first two stops, we didn't change anything because we ran into debris, and I didn't have a good feel for the car. On the third stop, we made a full turn; on the fourth we made another full turn. Then on the fifth stop, we put in a half turn, and another half turn on the sixth." (When did you get rid of the push?): "The last 10 laps. Toward the end of the race we picked up an oversteer. There was no way we could catch Salazar, so we leaned out the fuel and just brought it home."
ROBBY GORDON (#41 Team Conseco/Foyt Racing/RCR Childress Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We had a good race car, and the Conseco team did a good job. Our fuel mileage was off, but the car was comfortable and fast. We were as strong as anyone when the car was running right. It was a big disappointment that we couldn't hang on. We were trying to nurse it to the finish. But I want to thank A.J. and Conseco for the opportunity they gave me this month."
BUZZ CALKINS (#12 Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I think we were chasing the car kind of the whole time, and when the weather changed we lost a little bit. Overall the car was pretty good. I think we just got stuck out on some pit strategy somewhat. We should have made some stops when we didn't and shouldn't have made some when we did. We just didn't get the lock on our setup." (Did you attempt to adjust the car to the weather?): "Definitely, we did a lot to try to adjust for the bar. We usually seemed to do a pretty decent job in the first half of the race, but the second half of the race we struggled a bit to keep up with it. But, I think everyone was, to some extent out there. (About his feelings on the day): "Pretty bad. I'm pretty disappointed. We brought it home in one piece, but overall I'm very disappointed. It's not what we had actually intended."
JERET SCHROEDER (#9 Purity Products Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The car at the end of the race was the car that we had at the beginning minus the gearbox. At the end we were running as fast as the leaders. If the gearbox had worked the whole race, we would've been up front somewhere. All the guys on the crew worked really hard. We had good fast pit stops minus having to change the (gear) box, of course. Again we had a really good car. The car was fast at the end of the race. I wish we would have had that the whole race. The car was great. We had a really good balance on the car. The car was working extremely well. The most I ever had to do was play with the sway bars one or two clicks from where we started. I never had to touch the weight jacker or anything. At the end of the race there, I stiffened up the rear bar a couple of notches. PDM (Racing) did a great job. It was extremely disappointing. We had gone out knowing we were going to have a good race car. We proved it at the end of the race. But to have the problems that we did and go as many laps down as we did, and get stuck in 20th place, we should definitely have been a lot better than that. It's disappointing for the crew and my sponsors. It's just those little things that hold you back and put you in a position where people forget about you." (About all the cautions and rain delays): "No big deal really. It actually helped me stay a little bit more calm because starting as far back as we did, I knew that we were moving up quickly without having to use the car any or without having to wear myself out any. It was a blessing in disguise for us." (Was there a lot of debris on track?): "No, the safety crew did a really good job cleaning everything up. This is actually the cleanest track I've seen in the three years I've been here."
ARIE LUYENDYK (#5 Meijer G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "Obviously, it was not the day we were hoping for. I just couldn't do anything in traffic. I couldn't get close to anybody in traffic. The car was pushing, and we couldn't get that push out of the car even though we put downforce into the car on pit stops. I could tell right from the start, when those guys pulled away from me (at the start), that I didn't have the car. I had a big problem with the clutch. I stalled twice (first pit stops in two years, since 1999 Indy 500), and the guys had to give me a big push to get out of the pits. That hurt us, sure, but I just didn't have the car today. We also had an oil pressure problem. So, it was one of those long days you can have there sometimes." (About the start): "I missed Scott's (Sharp) driveshaft by this much (holds fingers three inches apart). If he had come off the wall hard, I would have been in trouble." (About coming out of retirement): "Oh, sure, I'm glad I was here. This is still a great event, and a fun event, but it's only fun if you are competitive, and we really weren't competitive today." (About racing at Indy next year): "I don't think it's fair to make a decision about the future based on one bad day. We all have bad days. I still enjoy the challenges of the "500", and we had a lot of those today."
SCOTT GOODYEAR (#52 Thermos Grill2Go (tm) Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti Dallara/Firestone): "I'm a little sore, but other than that I don't feel bad. I was very pleased with how the #52 Thermos Grill2Go Infiniti was running. The car was sliding a little bit through the turns at the beginning, so I was just waiting for the tire temperatures to come up. Unfortunately, when the No. 15 car spun in front of me, I had nowhere to go except into the wall. It's a shame because everyone on the Thermos Grill2Go Infiniti team has done a tremendous job all month. I was very confident that we would have been there at the end of the race."