IRL: Kansas: Post race quotes

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "We were going pretty good in the beginning, and then I was lapping a slower car, and he came down on me and bent my right front wing. I pitted, and we tried to fix it, but...

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone):

"We were going pretty good in the beginning, and then I was lapping a slower car, and he came down on me and bent my right front wing. I pitted, and we tried to fix it, but we knew we'd have to replace it. I nursed it along, but it cost us a lot of time, and eventually we had to pit and change it under green. When we did, it messed up my radio. I could barely hear my spotter. Then at the end, the motor blew up. It was a long day."

BUDDY RICE (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"It was a very frustrating day for Red Bull Cheever Racing. The team did a great job of setting up the car all weekend, and we had a good chance of finishing really well today. Unfortunately, on Lap 34, we ran into problems, and the car was smoking from an oil leak. The team worked really hard and got it fixed, but we were 30 laps down when I got back in the race. We were running OK, but then on Lap 92, I came in again for oil problems, and the team had to fix the same problem. I headed back out, but had missed about another 40 laps. We managed to stay in the race a few laps more until we had more problems with the oil leaking. We were unable to fix the car and had to throw in the towel for the day. The team worked so hard to fix the car for me, so I'm very disappointed in the result we had today. All we can do is learn from these mistakes and look to the next race to have a better finish."

BUDDY LAZIER (No. 91 Delta Faucet/Life Fitness Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"We had a close call with contact. It was a good save there. There's a big hole on the left side. It wasn't a near miss. We hit. I know one thing: It didn't slow the car down any because we couldn't have gone any slower than we were going. Luckily, I didn't end up wrecking my only car. Other than that, it was just kind of a 'make the best of it kind of day.'"

ROGER YASUKAWA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"It was an exciting race. Unfortunately, we stalled on the first pit stop and lost several positions. I'm happy with the finish. It's our highest this year. We needed to race to learn the drafting, and this was a perfect opportunity to do that. Seventh is a good finish for us."

JAQUES LAZIER (No. 5 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone):

"I have mixed emotions. The top-10 finish was good, given our problems with losing the front wing. I am very disappointed because I was chopped four laps in a row by a slow car, and then he got me. We had a top-five car, and I feel we had a shot to win. I'm crushed for myself and the whole team, but we're making gains and getting faster and faster."

GREG RAY (No. 13 TrimSpa Racing Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone):

"At the beginning, the car was not very good. It was very loose. We dropped all the way to the back and just hung in there. We made adjustments the second stop, and it made it a little better, but the last stop was great. We stayed on the same Firestone tires at the end, and the car was perfectly balanced. We could pass high and low. We were the quickest car at the end, but we had put ourselves a lap down. It was a really tough 50 laps for us, and that is what caused us to fall back." (About radio problems): "I do not know what it was. My spotter could hear me, but the team could not hear me, and I could not hear them. They switched radios and improved the situation. It is amazing that we can put someone on the moon, and I cannot talk to my crew. We need to address the problem."

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"Really, the only thing that we know is that we had a major miss, and we think it's somewhere in the wiring harness. We changed all the electronics, but we just couldn't get it to go over 150 (mph). It's tough luck. We'll come back and go to Nashville and see what we can do."

KENNY BRACK (No. 15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"We had some problems in warm-up yesterday, so we weren't sure where we were on our race setup. Obviously, we didn't have a good car at the start. I had understeer in Turn 1 and oversteer in another. I don't know if it was the wind, too, but the car wasn't good, and I think we went back to 17th or 18th at one point. For a long time, we were the last car on the lead lap. Our Pioneer/Miller Lite Honda team did a great job on pit strategy and changing the car. At the end, we finally had a pretty good car, but we were a lap down. Considering the day, we'll take fifth and move on. We just have to improve our race car. We didn't have a good car until the end, but it was too late then. That win is good for Bryan (Herta) and the Honda guys. We'll go to Nashville next week and work hard on our car for the next race."

SCOTT SHARP (No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone):

"The gearbox was perfectly flawless all day. There was never anything wrong, even leaving the pits or on restarts. All of a sudden, I was just running along and lost all forward movement."

TORA TAKAGI (No. 12 Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone):

"It is disappointing to not be able to finish this race. I like this type of track the best. I was having understeer problems, and we could not completely fix the problems. Then we began having problems with the fuel pressure, and finally, we lost it completely. I was very concerned for my teammate Felipe (Giaffone) because the accident looked pretty bad, but he will be OK once his injuries heal. Unfortunately, it will take much time."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone):

"Our car was very good, and we were able to stay up front for most of the day. The fuel pickup problem ended any chance that we had at winning three straight today. It's very frustrating to have this kind of thing happen. Luckily, we were able to salvage a sixth-place finish out of it today. We're still in the points race, so we just need to keep finishing races, and we'll be OK."

TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/ Firestone):

"We had an unbelievable race car today. I felt like if we didn't have the fuel pickup problem, we would have won the race today. The Target car could run anywhere on the track, but we kept having to pit early for fuel. Every time that we got down to about 10 gallons, we had to come in for fuel. We just have to keep our heads up and go onto Nashville and keep pushing."

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