SCOTT SHARP (No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "I'm really pleased with the day that we had with the Delphi team. The guys showed up with a really good setup on the car. We were good right off the truck. We were able to try a lot of...
SCOTT SHARP (No. 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "I'm really pleased with the day that we had with the Delphi team. The guys showed up with a really good setup on the car. We were good right off the truck. We were able to try a lot of different things. We were able to do some race runs, and we were able to get a lot of work done for the race here."
DAN WHELDON (No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We're obviously coming off a disappointing result at Texas so it's nice to be back in the car and kind of try and get it out of your system. We're just working as a team, the four of us (Wheldon, Dario Franchitti, Bryan Herta, Tony Kanaan), on getting ourselves a good race car. We're a little bit behind on these short tracks. I know Toyota did a test at Richmond, and I think that's helping them a lot for around here. We've obviously got Richmond coming up and we're just trying to make sure that we're as best prepared for the shorter ovals as we can be. We're a little bit behind right now, but the team has done a good job and I'm sure we'll get there."
SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "I've been looking forward to coming here for awhile. I only got to race here one time. That was in a Toyota Atlantic car. Being able to run here for the first day in an IndyCar Series car, I was pretty happy with how everything went. The car handled real well. It always seems flatter when you get here. I've watched a lot of races here from the stands, then the first time I raced here I thought, 'That's pretty flat.' This year, I thought, 'Boy, that's like you're going off the end of the world when you're going into that corner.' It's a flat track, but it's wide and hopefully we'll get enough rubber down that we'll be able to have a real good race, run side-by-side, and put on a good show for the fans." (About Toyota) "We've been real good on the handling tracks so far this year. That's a positive for us. We're going to go out there and keep working away and when we get everything just right for the 1.5-mile and the 2-mile tracks hopefully we'll catapult ourselves back into the championship hunt."
TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We're just working on the setup. I'm not very happy right now. We need to keep working. It's a tricky track so we just need a bit more time."
ALEX BARRON (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "In the heat of the day we had to come back into the garages and make some changes. When we race here the temperatures will be much warmer, so we'll still have to make adjustments. It will be a good race with lots of passing at the end of fuel stints." (About Milwaukee): "I really like this track. It's different from a lot of other tracks we race on because the banking is a lot less in the corners. It adds a new challenge for all of the drivers and teams."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "It was awesome. I had a huge moment (near contact with Turn 4). When things like that happen you lose your confidence and thank God my team did a hell of a job fixing the car and putting it back again, right on top. I'm very happy, trust me. It's one of those things, the team is working together, one trying a little bit more than the other. Race day is when it counts."
SCOTT DIXON (No. 1 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone): "I think we started a little off. We didn't roll off as good as Penske, which we sort of struggled with all day, trying to catch up. We found some things at the end that have helped us out so hopefully we should be alright."
KOSUKE MATSUURA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "I'm not too happy with the results today. The car seems to be getting better, but still we are seven-tenths of a second off of the fastest time so we have to work on everything - the engine, the car. We have a lot of things to do tonight."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (No. 5 Quaker State Telmex Tecate Panoz G Force/Honda/ Firestone): "This is a track we know very well. We've been running here for 12 years. It's a track that we know. Obviously the car is different, but some of the experience helped us. We had a good test. It was a good day, a clean day, a good day for everyone."
BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Pioneer/Argent Panoz G Force/Honda/ Firestone): "I haven't been here since 2000 in (Toyota) Atlantics. But the track is good, and I like it. It is so much different than Texas. You have to really drive the car here. We are learning, and we'll get the car better for Thursday."
VITOR MEIRA (No. 17 Rahal Letterman Team Centrix Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "The track is flat and very different than the high banks at Texas. It's a good experience for me. We have high downforce here, and that's different from what I'm used to. The track should be fun to race on."
A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "Our day went pretty decent considering we only did half a day. It's my first time here at Milwaukee and I'm still learning the track. I know there's more time in me as I get more comfortable with the track. I think we got a pretty good baseline with the Conseco car today and we'll fine-tune it tomorrow."
TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I felt like it was a good day of testing. We were relatively quick in the Pennzoil Panther car and completed some long runs. We'll have a lot of good data to work with tonight, and we'll be back out tomorrow. We tried a lot of different things today, and gave ourselves a lot of options looking forward to the race here later this summer."