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SCOTT SHARP (#8 Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I'm fine. The IRL has done a great job with these cars to be able to sustain a high-force crash, but I got out so it's fine. Something broke on the right rear of the car and just snapped around. We were really just going according to plan. We were not trying to stretch the Delphi car too hard until we got in the late stages of the race.
SARAH FISHER (#15 Walker Racing Kroger Special Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It didn't seem as bad as I thought it would be. We had a pretty loose car 90 percent of the race. We need to figure out why were so loose all the time."
SHIGEAKI HATTORI (#55 EPSON Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We had a good car. The mechanics did a good job, but during the race we couldn't pass a couple of people. We finished eighth, which was good for our team. The track was nice, smooth. It's a fantastic track."
FELIPE GIAFFONE (#21 Hollywood G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The Hollywood car was really good today. We had another good finish. We had just a little too much downforce in the car, otherwise I would have been better in traffic. I have to thank the Hollywood Treadway/Hubbard team. If it wasn't for them I would have finished in the back. I hit something when Sharp crashed and bent the right-front toe link. The crew changed it in pit lane, and we didn't lose a lap. That's just amazing. The car was perfect on restarts. So even though we dropped to 10th when we replaced the toe-link, we were able to go right back to the front. So we'll take a fourth, but sooner or later we're going to win this year. I really enjoyed Kansas Speedway. I think the crowd enjoyed a great show, as well. The track is very smooth and great to drive, but it's a little hard to pass, which makes it exciting as you set guys up."
BUDDY LAZIER (#91 Tae-Bo/Coors Light/Delta Faucet Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "On a restart 20 laps into the race, I went to shift from fourth to fifth gear and there was a big uuuuuuhhhhhh. I couldn't go into fifth or sixth. Fourth was meant to be a restart gear, not a running gear. I did the best I could to protect my line, which was the low line. If someone wanted to pass me, they would have to do it on the high side. I was taking the shortest distance around the racetrack. My car was bouncing off the rev limiter, so I was using my brake 10 to 15 times every lap so it wouldn't hurt the engine. My car was awesome in the corners. We had a car that was capable of a three-peat so I can't complain. We just need to keep our momentum up and we sure have a lot of it."
BUZZ CALKINS (# 12 Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We're disappointed. We worked on the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara all day but could never get the handling right."
ELISEO SALAZAR (#14 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I had a good car at the beginning then it developed a bad push in traffic. We blistered the tires and had no grip left on the front, and that was it."
DONNIE BEECHLER (#11 A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It was a good finish, not just for myself, but for A.J. Foyt and his team. We kind of needed a shot in the arm after Richmond. I wasn't very good there, and Salazar had a good car and then ended up crashing. So this is good for everybody. It was a very racy track. I'm looking forward to coming back here next year." (More quotes will follow in the press conference transcript.)
Steve Kight (director of marketing and motorsports, Infiniti Division): "We've been knocking on the door since Atlanta, and today everything worked. The Cheever Indy Racing team was great. Eddie was great, and he drove a super race. The new Infiniti Indy 35A engine was there when we needed it. It's the results of a lot of hard work on the part of our designers in Japan and the work over here on this side. Everything is really coming together. So now that we have won, we'll move on and look forward to winning the next race."
BILLY BOAT (#98 CURB Records Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It's really kind of a frustrating day overall. We had a pretty good car, and we were up with the leaders at one point, but couldn't seem to get the right breaks in traffic. The thing about these cars is that once you slow down a little bit, three or four guys will go by you. And it's really hard to regain the momentum to reclaim those spots and start gaining positions. On the positive side, we hung in there and got another top 10. I truly think we had a top-five car, but just couldn't get those breaks we needed. We'll regroup and be ready for Nashville."
EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (#51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It's a great day. This is a great day for Infiniti. We've been working really hard on this engine. We've worked hard for the last two years. It was a great run. I really like this racetrack. As far as Sam Hornish Jr., I'll race him anywhere, anytime. He gave me a lot of room. That's the way I think the IRL should be run. Sam and I went back and forth. Sam is very talented, and he's fair. We love coming to Kansas." (A transcript of the winner's press conference will follow.)
SAM HORNISH JR. (#4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We had a pretty good race car. Our Firestone tires held up a lot. We ran pretty good on them all day long. As far as finishing second goes, I probably shouldn't have even finished up that high. I stalled it coming out of the pits and went all the way to the back. We came about halfway up and the guys got the rest of the spots for me in the pits. So as usual, the Pennzoil Panther guys did an awesome job in the pits and made my job easier." (About points race): "Hey, we'll finish second all year long as long as somebody else wins every time, because that just means we keep moving the points up. It's a nice thing to be able to go out there and improve on our points lead. It's nice to go out there and race with guys like Eddie Cheever and Donnie Beechler that go out there and give people room. They don't try to crowd them up into the wall. It's just a blast every time I get to race with them. So it's a lot of fun." (More quotes will be provided in the press conference transcript.)
AIRTON DARE (#88 1-800-BAR-NONE/TeamXtreme G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The 1-800-BAR NONE car has been real stable this whole weekend. It was very predictable, very easy to drive. I mean, we started last and made it up to position two during the race. We had a good race car the whole time. The crew worked real hard on pit stops to pick up positions. I am fine with a number six finish. The team and everybody is looking forward to a little break this week, you know, but we also can't wait to get back in the groove. Nashville will be another great track for us."
ROBBY McGEHEE (#10 Cahill Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "They say that stress makes a bone heal better, so I should be all better now. We led the first laps we've led all year, so that feels really good. I was playing it really safe. The Cahill Racing team had great fuel strategy today and great pit stops. If we hadn't had that last yellow, we would have been in the top three, because we didn't need to pit again and that last yellow gave the other top runners a chance to pit under yellow. The car was great. I'm really happy. My knee was vibrating against the steering column, so now I see how I got that one bruise during the crash in Texas. I need to ice down my leg now. I think I wrapped it too tight. It got a little numb on me there near the end, but I'm really happy that we led and finished in the top 10. I'll take it."