IRL: Pikes Peak post-race quotes

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BUDDY LAZIER (#91 Tae-Bo/Coors Light/Delta Faucet
Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "Huge. This is huge. This is my home track. I couldn't believe it. I didn't want to believe it until the end. My engineer did a great job. We just kept counting down the laps. We just kept digging and digging. I wanted to win so bad in front of my hometown friends and family. It's Father's Day. I guess I won it for him (son Flinn)." (What do you have to say to your son and father?): "You're going to college, and, Dad, thank you." (MORE LAZIER QUOTES TO FOLLOW)

BOB LAZIER (Father of Buddy and Jaques Lazier #91 and #77):
"That is the way every father should spend Father's Day. It was a good day for the Laziers."

SAM HORNISH JR. (#4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"We had an awesome run today, as usual. We had a tough set of tires at the end and the car just got loose. We were pretty close to lapping (Buddy) Lazier before that caution came out." (MORE HORNISH QUOTES TO FOLLOW)

ROBBIE BUHL (#24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G
Force/Infiniti/Firestone): "We made some gains with the car right there at the end. It was great when I was by myself. If I could have got by Hornish, we could have left him. But when I got in behind him, we got some dirty air. Things have been turning around for all the Team Purex/Dreyer & Reinbold guys since the month of May. The Infiniti motor program is really coming around. We are going to win races with that motor, between Eddie and myself, before this year is out. We got on the podium today, and we are going to win this year. The Infiniti Motorsports guys have been working really hard since the beginning of the year, and slowly we've been working those bugs out, making progress. This team is starting to fire on all cylinders. Everyone is happy to come to work in the morning, even the driver." (MORE BUHL QUOTES TO FOLLOW)

AL UNSER JR. (#3 Galles Racing Starz SuperPak G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"My crew did a great job today in the pits, and they gave me a well put together car. I think that there was some good, clean racing out there today, and I applaud Brian Barnhart and his officiating staff for a job well done this weekend in working with the drivers."

DONNIE BEECHLER (#11 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"I think we got behind in practice with our fuel problem, and we couldn't run as hard as we wanted to. So we can't give the accurate feedback that is needed to set up the car. In the final practice the car felt good, but in the race we got some buildup on the tires and it got real loose. It was come in early or crash the car. At least we finished the race in one piece."

ELISEO SALAZAR (#14 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"It was a long day, I had to battle with oversteer the whole day. It's what A.J. just said, we missed completely on the setup, and there was nothing we could do. We'll work hard to change this for the second half of the season."

SARAH FISHER (#15 Walker Racing/Kroger Special
Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The car was pushing the whole race. We were loose in Turn 2 all weekend. My guys have worked extremely hard. They have been on the road for a solid month."

FELIPE GIAFFONE (#21 Hollywood G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"Well, we will take it. The car was really, really loose at the start of the race. So I had to just hang on until we could pit and change the car. The Hollywood Treadway Hubbard team did a great job making changes to the car, which really helped. We were much better after the first pit stop. The track really changed a lot after the Silver Crown race. Race pace was slower than we thought it might be. It was a good race for everybody."

DIDIER ANDRE (#32 Galles Racing G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"My throttle pedal broke, and by the time the crew was able to fix it, we were just too many laps down for us to gain any positions. The car was good today and the team gave me a very fast pit stop. So we will just look forward to Richmond."

JEFF WARD (#35 Heritage Motorsports/Firestone/Menards G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"The car was running great at the beginning, but at the second caution the wing broke. After that, I couldn't get it to handle. We were running with a giant push. We didn't finish as high as we'd liked, but the car made it to the end. That was one of our big goals."

EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (#51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti Dallara/Firestone):
"We're not sure what happened yet. We lost a cylinder about halfway through the race. It was very difficult. I had to drop down two gears to fourth just to keep going, but we soldiered on. I've got to say the Infiniti 35A is pretty tough. It was a good race. The guys did an awesome job in the pits today. They were the best pit stops I've had all year." (About the 2001 championship): "Unfortunately, so far it's been a very long, difficult championship for us. We keep getting close but then having problems."

AIRTON DARE (#88 1-800-BAR-NONE G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"The 1-800-BAR NONE car was solid the whole way through. The balance was there. We had quick pit stops, and the motor pushed us to the front of the field. We had a weekend full of drama between the qualifying session and this morning's fuel pump situation. Before the halfway mark we were in the top 10. Then we did a small wing adjustment, threw on some new Firestones and added fuel. The wing adjustment helped a lot, and we advanced through the field, picking off one car at a time. After three-quarters of the race, we had positioned ourselves to place in the top five. We maintained our spot and worked hard to battle the heat and wind. We are all very proud of 1-800-BAR NONE's top-5 finish and look forward to a good showing in Richmond."

BUZZ CALKINS (# 12 Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"The Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat Dallara ran great at the beginning of the race, but as rubber started getting laid down on the track we lost the handling and just couldn't get it back."

SCOTT SHARP (#8 Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"We were lacking a lot of grip the whole race. I felt like we were skating around an awful lot. It was pretty much what I expected as far as chasing the car, but we just got a little looser on that one set (tires) than we did the others, and I had a real tough time in traffic. In the corners I just felt really loose and the car would start skating. I would have to get off the throttle and a bunch of guys would go by me. It was a rough day all the way around."

BILLY BOAT (#98 CURB Records Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"It was a good day for the CURB Records team. We struggled a little bit early with the setup of the car, and we were having trouble in traffic, but we worked on the car all day and then took a gamble on that one pit stop to get our lap back. And it worked for us. Unfortunately we had the penalty at the end, which was part of that same pit stop. We probably could have given them a run at the front because my car was really good at the end. But we'll just keep taking these top fives. That's really the key for this team, and if you keep running in the top five long enough and stay in the hunt your time will come. We're looking forward to going to Richmond because I think my style and my experience is going to help me there so we look to have another good event there."

MARK DISMORE (#28 Delphi Automotive Systems/Bryant Heating & Cooling Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"We had the same problem we had at Indy. I don't understand it, but I'm starting to blame myself. Tom (Johansen), my gearbox guy, says he doesn't see how I could be doing something wrong. We go out and practice and run thousands of miles and never have a problem. I don't do anything different than I do when I race. We started the race and a little gremlin crawled in there. I'm over all that, though. There's seven races left. We learned something today. We made a change today that really helped the car a lot. Prior to the first pit stop I struggled with the car. In traffic the car was pretty bad. Then we made a change and after that the car was pretty good. It wouldn't have won the race, but it would've been in the top three or four. We also may have had too much drag on the car because I could get a run on the cars in the corners, but on the straightaway I couldn't do anything with it. I'd just pull out and stay there and end up losing a little. My spotter said he could definitely see it happening, too. I felt like I could get around the corners pretty good after we made an adjustment, but needed a little more down the straightaway."

RICHIE HEARN (#99 Sam Schmdit Motorsports Racing Special Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"We had a good race, pretty uneventful. We knew if we finished the race, we'd be in the top 10. We had an overheating problem. It was running pretty hot. The last 50 laps we ran pretty conservatively. I don't know these guys. I'm not going to go wheel to wheel with them. We tried to be conservative all weekend long. My only complaint is that we screwed up every restart. That is just due to lack of practice. I'm happy for this team, Davey and myself."

BUDDY LAZIER (#91 Tae-Bo/Coors Light/Delta Faucet Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"We were basically managing our car. My team does a great job. We've had our difficulties this year, but we're still fifth in points. My guys never say die and never give up the faith or the hope. That Pennzoil car was flying. In each pit stop we tuned it in and it worked. I think we had a better car by the end. When we first came here I wanted it so bad. I so overdrove the car, you couldn't believe it. Last year we had a failure on the very first lap. I came in thinking I had the home advantage and boom we were out. Winning at home, there's nothing like it. I get to be a hero in my house and maybe in my home town. There's going to be a lot of Coors Light flowing tonight. There were so many fans out there. I just about went out and jumped on the fence. It is nice to win at home. The fans are so wonderful. Hopefully it was a good race for them. It is a race I am proud to have won. My 2-year-old son Flinn was up there. I was joking that he's going to college now for sure. It was a very special feeling. I don't know that I needed that caution to win. I did notice that it was my brother. He had a motor let go. It's unfortunate; hopefully that team can rebound. With the races so close together, it's hard to recover. It certainly didn't hurt. In the end it was difficult to work your way through the clumps of cars. I think I had a chance without that, but it certainly didn't hurt. It does help when you're running behind someone. If anything you get to see more, but you have to make the move at some point. We were both running hard. We were both on the edge, and obviously my car was a little better at the end. What can you say about that team (Panther) and that driver (Sam Hornish)? Sam won the first two races with that team. They're going to be tough in the championship this year. But that's what we've needed. We've dug ourselves out of a hole." (About an accident-free race): "This is a very difficult racetrack to get a handle on. When you have a race without a wreck, it shows very well on the competition. The fact that everyone was able to keep the cars underneath them, it shows the talent in the field. As I was pushing, I could see where his car was developing. The longer the run, the better my car got. When I made the move it was just awesome. I was able to pull away. I told the team that it is just so fun when you have a fast race car. I saw some really hard racing, I think the key is in every good series you discover the drivers code of ethics. I've been around a long time, there's never been cars so equally matched."

RON HEMELGARN (Owner, #91 Tae-Bo/Coors Light/Delta Faucet Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"We've been together for a long time. When you put it all together it works. The crew trusts Buddy and knows he's going to give it all he's got. We're just so proud of what Buddy has done and for all of our sponsors. Our goal is to end up in September to win the championship. I celebrate and go back to work tomorrow to make more money to race. I celebrate every win. We're going to work hard on the championship -- that is what I want to celebrate. I was pleased with the pit stops. Everything went as planned. Everything worked very well. Our fuel economy was good, so we didn't have to worry about that."

ROBBIE BUHL (#24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone):
"We are happy. The way our year started was not what we scripted. We had some teething problems with our Infiniti motor program and with our team. It's coming around. This team is going to win races this year. I don't have any doubts about that. We're looking for a good second half of the season. There's nothing better than what those guys had. They had a dominant car. We had one last year until we lost a motor." (About Richmond): "I know when Richmond was put on the schedule, I said either I'm going to be driving on it or I'll go watch it. It's going to be a show, it will be fun."

SAM HORNISH JR. (#4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"We're not really sure what happened in the last pit stop and what made Buddy (Lazier) close in. I got lucky enough to not hit the wall. I thought it was over with. I have to thank the guy upstairs for helping me keep it out of the wall. I wanted to go out there and win for my dad, but that's how it goes sometimes. I could almost taste it. I am happy with how things are going, I'm happy with the ride I have and the Pennzoil team. Last year I would be thrilled to be second, this year I'm not so happy about it. Just the way the cautions played out, I was trying to figure out to take the pit stop or not, but I felt pretty good out there. We took a gamble, and I think we did the right thing. I thought I could hold him off and then we had another caution, which brought him up to me. I think there was some indecision there. I was trying to tell them how the car was handling. It was hard to justify going out of the lead for new tires." (About no wrecks): "I think at some points of time there were people that were being lapped and didn't want to give any room. I think everyone was pretty careful, it proves we can do it and put a good race on." (About saying he could lap the field): "We were close at one time. I was in awe when the yellow came out for the debris. There was debris on the track all day long, hot dog wrappers and napkins."

-IRNLS/IMS-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jaques Lazier  , A.J. Foyt , Brian Barnhart , Sam Hornis
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing