IRL: Phoenix: Post-race quotes

LAURENT REDON (No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We had contact with the McGehee car at the beginning of the race. I broke my front wing, and then I had to pit. We lost five laps. We left the pit 21st. We got back to 14th. The car was...

LAURENT REDON (No. 34 Mi-Jack Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We had contact with the McGehee car at the beginning of the race. I broke my front wing, and then I had to pit. We lost five laps. We left the pit 21st. We got back to 14th. The car was really good. I really liked the car. At one moment we had the fastest lap time on the track, so it was a good car. We thought we could finish in the top 12, but at the end, the engine blew. It's a shame, but that's racing."

GEORGE MACK (No. 31 310 Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It is just an unfortunate case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is part of racing. When you race close like that, these things happen. Chances are that in another situation similar to this I might be able to react differently. It just wasn't our weekend." (About racing at California Speedway next weekend): "I am looking forward to racing at home. I will have family and friends there."

JOHN DE VRIES (No. 37 Pit Bull Energy Drink/Rhino Cleaning Products Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "The car qualified great. It was good at the beginning of the race. After the first pit stop, the car was really loose, but then it started to come back to me. I guess from what they say I got pushed up into the wall. There was no downforce, and the back end just came around. That was it. I just went for a ride."

AL UNSER JR. (No. 7 Corteco/Bryant Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "The Corteco/Bryant car ran great today. I am super proud of Kelley Racing. I told the guys in Miami that we're only as good as our last race, and that race wasn't very good. Today we finished fifth, so hopefully we'll keep that going."

JAQUES LAZIER (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "All said and done it was a tremendous race for us. At the beginning I couldn't get through traffic with the car. Honestly, it really wasn't very good at that point, but we made some changes in the pits with wing and tire pressure adjustments, and the whole game changed. That plus the guys getting our lap back with some real smart fuel strategy. From there we just kept charging. It was fun. We had some really good racing out there. Guys were pushing it like we were. I must have crashed five different times and somehow saved it each time. Overall, it was exactly what this team needed. I'd say we're back on track and back in the hunt. We took a not-so-good car, made it better, and that's what a good team does. I'm really proud of everyone right now. Next week we're heading to my hometown, and I think you'll see this Johns Manville Team Menard really shine."

BUDDY LAZIER (No. 91 Coors Light Life Fitness Tae-Bo Delta Dallara/ Chevrolet/ Firestone): "We worked on it all day. Up until the last stint we were making good progress. I don't know what the hell happened there after that. I think we could have been contending for the podium. I don't know why, but on that last stint everything just went out the window. I had no grip. I was pushing and loose. We'll go back and try to figure out what happened. The guys did a great job. We had fast, fast pit stops. The car was really working good. We're starting to march forward to where we need to be. It's a long season, and we're hoping to march back into contention."

RICK TREADWAY (No. 55 Airlink Enterprises/Spade Motorsports G Force/ Chevrolet/Firestone): "I'm exceptionally happy. I'm just really glad the Airlink Enterprises folks got a chance to be here and watch the first race. I'm glad Treadway/Hubbard Racing did an incredible job setting up the car and working with me and teaching me the ins and outs about racing. We got faster and faster as the race went on. It was definitely really hairy out there on the 1-mile track. I'm glad it's over with and all four wheels are on the car."

ROBBIE BUHL (No. 24 Team Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone): "I've driven here a lot of years, and I've never had a car as good as the one I had today. There's not one thing that we can change. We just have to dig in and keep focused. I can't say it's not frustrating, especially if you go back eight or nine races. We just have to cross that bridge."

HIDEKI NODA (No. 20 Convergent Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "Since Homestead, we did only 50 laps, so this is my first time finishing a race. Every stint I changed setup and communicated with the team. It seems like everything was my first experience, and I studied a lot from this race. I was moving up positions. This race our goal was to finish, and we finished. I'm very proud of my team, and I enjoyed racing in the States."

ELISEO SALAZAR (No. 11 A. J. Foyt Racing/Banco Chile Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I am happy because we were competitive. We led laps, and we were running with the Penske and Panther teams. We lost the lead because we had a slight problem on our pit stop. When I went to pass Dare, I had to lift a bit, and Hornish got a run on me and got by. But it was fun."

AIRTON DARE (No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I never had a race where I had to pay so much attention to the car so much of the time. It would push and then get loose, like it had no downforce. It was a tough day."

BILLY BOAT (No. 98 CURB Records Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "I guess I have to feel really good for even finishing this one. First we got involved in too many guys trying to go in too tight of a spot on the race track. Everybody got jammed up, and I spun, but kept going. We had a little bit of damage and got a lap down. On the next restart, I was behind a crash. I had to go through the grass, bounced over the curb, went flying through the air - my car probably looked like a dragster taking off at the starting line. It was a pretty wild day, so I feel really good to have come away with eighth. This is certainly not what we were looking for, but we had a tough weekend. We had a lot of adversity. My team worked hard. Everybody stayed with it, so to come away with a top-10 finish after a weekend like this I think says a lot for the heart of this team. When we have a good day, I think our time will come. We have to just keep working hard and we'll get there."

JON HERB (No. 16 G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It went well - according to plan. We avoided most of the problems out there. We were here to run the whole race and get our laps in because we didn't get any in at Homestead and take this car to Fontana. We brought it back in one piece today, and I'm thrilled about that. We had a great run. We didn't have the ultimate speed and the raceability we wanted, but we also wanted to be safe and cautious because we only have the one car. Like I found out at Homestead, it doesn't pay to get it out of whack. It was good to have a good day like today and run in the top 15."

GLENN TAYLER (GM Racing Motorsports Marketing Manager): "Today was another significant step in the continuing development of the Chevy Indy V8 as we focus on producing a reliable and powerful engine package. We are proud of the efforts of GM Racing engineers and Team Penske to put Chevy in the IRL winner's circle for the second straight race. This has been a great weekend for Chevrolet with a sweep of the top-12 finishing positions in today's IRL race and a victory by Corvette Racing in the Sebring 12-hour endurance race."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Foyt
Teams Team Penske , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing , Corvette Racing