IRL: Nazareth: Post-race quotes

EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Busy race. Busy. The car was good. When we were in fourth place, we were just going to settle down and pick away at them. I came in, did a tire change, got knocked...

EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Busy race. Busy. The car was good. When we were in fourth place, we were just going to settle down and pick away at them. I came in, did a tire change, got knocked back a little bit, and then it started to rain. I'm anxious about (teammate) Tomas (Scheckter). I'd like to know what's the matter with him. It's just one of those races where we should have done better."

ROBBY MCGEHEE (No. 10 Cahill Racing/Scottrade Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "The Cahill Racing/ car was a great-handling race car today. We just need to get the whole package together on the same day. We had some fumbles in the pits, some of which were partly my fault, but our Chevy engine was fine. We tested how far you can run a CompTech engine, and it's still running after 650 miles, so that's very good. It held together. The car was just fine. I took Turn 3 like a road course. I could gain on people coming out of that turn, and nobody could pass me there, but I couldn't do anything with it because the corner is so tight."

LAURENT REDON (No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was not a very good race. On the restart I touched Barron because they didn't do it, and they all braked. I braked, but it was not enough, and I touched the rear tires, and then I spun. I had to come in, and we lost four laps. It was impossible to get it back. The car was good, but you know how it is when you have some problems. There's nothing you can do."

ALEX BARRON (No. 44 Rayovac Blair Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We should have finished third today, but the rain and the yellows really bit us. We ran good, and we were fast all weekend. It feels good to start 10th and run great for the whole race. It was hard today to cruise around for so long. The track never got wet, but damp. We want to focus on the good things and not the negative of finishing in the top three. Going into Indy, it's good for the team, and having Rayovac on board also boosts our momentum."

BILLY BOAT (No. 98 CURB Records Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I think we had good strategy today, but the yellows probably cost us three or four positions. I think we had a car as good as the leaders, but track position was everything today, and running all those laps in the yellow hurt us. That's just racing sometimes. Sometimes you're lucky that way, and sometimes it goes the other way. On the positive side, we've got another top-10 finish. We're going to Indy with all of our equipment still rolling, and we'll be ready to go."

AIRTON DARE (No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I could run up to guys, but then when I got close to them, I couldn't pass them. I lost the air on my front, and it would just push. I had no mechanical grip. Then I screwed up on the pitstops, too. We lost positions there. It was just not a good day for us."

RICHIE HEARN (No. 11 A. J. Foyt Racing/Banco Chile Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It was a long day. The car was good, but starting as far back as I did, I got a lap down right away. I was a little bit rusty for this kind of track to be too aggressive. My main concern was being able to roll it back onto the trailer, which we were able to do."

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "A lot of yellow laps today, fighting the rain, fighting the cold track. It was tough. It's tough to go out there and put on a good show. I had a lot of fun out there while I was running. It wasn't what I wanted my race to be. I got a little anxious at the beginning and got my nose put in somewhere where I couldn't get it back out of. Buddy (Lazier) and I bumped. It was one of those things where it was just a lack of room. I was trying to get back out of there, and there was just nowhere to go. I could either run into the outside wall or try to squeeze back in there, but I couldn't. I don't know what else I could do about it. I'll have to look at the replay to see what really happened."

ANTHONY LAZZARO (No. 99 Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "We are going up and down this year. We were able to come here and test this year and found our way with the car. That is only the second long run we have done all year. The guys from Sam Schmidt Motorsports just did a really great job with the car. The car was awesome today. There at the end we gambled, and we didn't put tires on. We just had too much push in the car, so I couldn't move forward. In fact, I lost a couple of positions. Anyway, we finished and brought it home, but we're not as happy with the results."

RICK TREADWAY (No. 55 Airlink Enterprises/Spade Motorsports G Force/ Chevrolet/Firestone): "I'm happy we finished the race, but I'm disappointed. We definitely had a top-five car today. I made a mistake on the restart. I gave it too much throttle and broke the tires loose coming around. It's just so cold out there today that I should have started off in a higher gear. We really had the Airlink Enterprises Treadway/Hubbard car going. We definitely had a top-10 car. I'm glad we worked together as a team. I know we have a lot better finishes in the future."

SHIGEAKI HATTORI (No. 12 EPSON Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "At the beginning of the race, the car had a big push. We had made a couple of changes in the pits, then the car was good. I enjoyed the race."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I've never done very well at Nazareth, so I was really hoping for a good finish. At the beginning of the race, the car was not handling well, but we were able to stay with the leaders. I was being patient because I didn't want to make any mistakes. Our patience paid off as the lead finally came to me (on lap 128). The Marlboro car improved throughout the race and was actually the best it had been all weekend. I couldn't believe it. The team also did a great job on pit stops. Unfortunately, in the end, our strategy didn't play out as well as we had hoped. On the last caution, we rolled the dice and decided to pit. If it hadn't started raining, it probably would have been the smart thing to do. Once it went green for the final time, I couldn't get past lapped traffic. We still had a good finish, my best ever here, and I'm happy because we're in the top three in the championship points heading into the month of May."

SARAH FISHER (No. 24 Team Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/ Infiniti/Firestone): "It's been such a fantastic week. The team has been awesome, the car handled great, and my engineer, John Martin, knew exactly what we needed to do. Robbie (Buhl) has had such great success here, and his experience was such a tremendous advantage for me. I've never worked with such an awesome driving coach. One of the reasons it was so great is that he can feel it. You can see it in his eyes. We almost had a little trouble getting banged around out there, but my spotter kept me where I needed to be. The Infiniti engine gave us the power all day, especially in the last pass. It's the best low-torque engine I've ever driven. The team has been unbelievable all week, and after being out of the car for seven months, today there's nowhere else I'd rather be."

GLENN TAYLER (GM Racing IRL Marketing Manager): "Today's victory marked another significant step in the development of the new Chevy Indy V8 engine. We've demonstrated performance and reliability, and today's race shown the engine's fuel efficiency. Chevrolet is continuing its tradition of winning in open-wheel competition with four straight victories since our return to Indy car racing. We congratulate Kelley Racing and Scott Sharp on their performance. A 1-2-3 finish for the Chevy Indy V8 boosts Chevy's momentum as we prepare for the Indianapolis 500, the crown jewel of the Indy Racing League series."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Sam Schmidt , John Martin , A.J. Foyt
Teams Team Penske , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing