IRL: Texas: Post-race quotes

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "I was just hanging with the pack and passing when I could. Then the Red Bull car cut in front of me. I was way off the gas and I turned right, but I just couldn't miss it....

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Conseco/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "I was just hanging with the pack and passing when I could. Then the Red Bull car cut in front of me. I was way off the gas and I turned right, but I just couldn't miss it. I'm really disappointed for my Conseco crew because they gave me a great car. I could go high or low. It was probably the best car I've had all year. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

ED CARPENTER (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "Anthony (A.J.) Foyt (IV) got into the back of me and damaged the right rear of my car. I didn't feel any vibrations, but we should have come in and checked things out. We could have saved ourselves a race car."

BRYAN HERTA (No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "We were having some kind of a skip in the back of the car. I think it was the clutch. We just lost drive. The engine was still running. The wheels just weren't turning."

SCOTT SHARP (No 8 Delphi Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "Something let go in the motor. I'm not really sure. We were running great. The Delphi guys gave me a really good car. We lost a little bit of speed coming out of that pit. It seemed like we were about a mile or two down. I was able to jump behind (Alex) Barron and get towed along with him, and then all of a sudden, the pitch of the engine changed, and we just lost speed, lost speed, lost speed. The next thing you know, smoke was pouring out the back."

BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Racing Pioneer/Argent Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "I didn't know anyone was down there. Last I heard, there was no threat behind me. We sort of fell back in line, and as I turned in, I just got a big hit from the side. I don't know if we came down or the car came up. I'm really not sure until I see it. I didn't know anyone was there." (Did you know anything was broken?): "We didn't know until we stuck it in gear. As soon as we stuck it in gear, it broke the half-shaft."

MARK TAYLOR (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "The No. 2 Johns Manville was a great car out there and handled really well in traffic. We were able to keep it on the bottom of the track, and we had the Chevy power to keep it up with the top five, biding our time. I am not sure what really happened, but we will go back and take a look at it. The back end stepped out on me when I was behind Vitor (Meira). I didn't have enough space on the track, and it turned out to be just one of those things. It's a shame because I really wanted to finish this race. I am learning all the time, and that is the main thing."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "I didn't know if I should lead, and I asked, 'Should I lead?' (Kim Green) told me 'Go ahead, you're doing a great job.' I'm very happy. I'm working toward the championship now, and that's all we've got to do right now." (About first pit stop and stuck vent hose): "I knew it, but things like that happen. The guys fixed it. I have a great team. I'm extremely happy. I'll take it today for sure."

SAM HORNISH (No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "The Marlboro Team Penske car was great all night. We could run anywhere on the track that we wanted. We were running near the front late in the race when (Buddy) Rice and (Darren) Manning got into it. I tried to keep from running into the back of Rice, and I ended up hitting the wall. We bent the right-rear suspension, but the car ran almost as well after the incident, and we were able to finish in the top five. I have to hand it to my crew. They were awesome on my pit stops today and got me out on the track in a better position than when I went in each time. It was just one of those races that anything that could happen did, so I'm happy with a fourth-place finish tonight."

FELIPE GIAFFONE (No. 24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "Our guys did a great job. We had a little trouble with our restart gear, but we had good solid pit stops and just got the job done. The car was working better than a lot of other guys, but I just couldn't take chances out there. It's more conservative than I prefer to drive, but we ran 3-4 mph faster with the lead pack, and I just had to focus on staying with the pack."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (No. 5 Quaker State Telmex Tecate Panoz G Force/ Honda/Firestone): "It was quite an experience. It was a tough race and my first time racing side-by-side in my career in open-wheel racing. That was quite an experience, watching everybody out there. You have to depend a lot on your spotter, and Jeff (McComb, team coordinator) did a very good job in that respect. Our pit stops were good. I had an incident at the end of the race after the pit stop that cost us some positions, and I had to come in to check the car, and we changed the tires. The car was fine. At the beginning of the race, I saw a lot of very risky driving, and I didn't think it was worth taking the risk at the beginning. I just stayed back and learned and kept in touch with the leaders. As I was learning and getting my car better towards the end, that's when we were pushing. We just needed a few more laps. Unfortunately, we had this incident in the pits that cost us staying with the leaders and fighting for the lead. In all, it was a great race."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 17 Rahal Letterman Racing Team Centrix Panoz G Force/ Honda/Firestone): "We had a great car tonight. I was able to go to the front and race with the leaders, but there were some guys out there that are dangerous. I don't want to name names, but it is getting scary. Obviously, the racing is tight and very competitive, but I think there are some things happening out there that aren't good for the league. I think there is so close of a difference between first and sixth that any one of the top six could have won. It was just a big chess game out there. I thought we were in position, and then there were a lot of people were forcing themselves into areas. That is what happened to Buddy (Rice). I was right behind Buddy going into Turn 3, and one of the Target cars went below the white line and dove into the corner and they touched. I feel bad for Buddy because he had a strong car, good enough to win tonight."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/ Firestone): "Unfortunately, we had a lot of ups and downs here in Texas. We never got the Marlboro Team Penske car dialed in. The car was loose at the beginning, and then it developed a push. I did what I could to work on the handling from the cockpit, without much luck. At the end, we took a chance by not pitting during the last caution and hoping we could make it without running out of fuel, but we came up a couple of laps short. Sometimes a gamble like that pays off, but it wasn't meant to be tonight."

KOSUKE MATSUURA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "Of course, I am very disappointed because I think I could have been the winner of this race. On the other side, I am very happy to race with this team because I had a very good car for the first 100 laps. I only have five races of experience, and I came from 13th into the top position. I am very confident to race in the IRL, and I am looking forward to winning a race."

TORA TAKAGI (No. 12 Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone): "Overall, the car was pretty well-balanced tonight. We were able to avoid some of the rough driving that claimed several other drivers. I felt we were going to be able to catch Felipe (Giaffone) at the end but came up short. Considering we started from the 18th position, a 10th-place finish is pretty good. Until we find the speed we have been missing this season, we will keep looking for top-10 results that will allow us to continue to chase the leaders for the championship. Having just come off a successful test in Richmond, I am looking forward to returning for the race in two weeks."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 1 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/ Firestone): "The car was OK early on, but after the first bit of contact, I think I may have bent a front toe slightly, and that ended up causing some drag. I then had some trouble on an in-lap on the green flag pit stop and ended up losing the lead pack, but when we were with the pack, we were able to move our way up. At the end there was contact between me and Adrian Fernandez in the pits, and that broke my front suspension. It's unfortunate to have your race end like that, but the Target team is just going to concentrate on what's ahead."

DARREN MANNING (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/ Firestone): "I got a chance to work my way up several times. I'm just so pleased at the way this Target team works together. The engineers on both cars were constantly working on helping the handling of the cars throughout the race and helped me get the best out of the No.10 car. There was lots of action out there, and with the guys running side by side like that, it would cut the air and downforce, making the cars lighter. That's probably why there was so much contact in this race. Buddy (Rice) and I were both going for it at the end. I had some good runs coming out of Turn 2 and (Turn) 4 and chose to make a move down low out of (Turn) 2. Buddy gave me some room, but I had nowhere to go. It's disappointing, but I'll take the points and get ready for the next one."

BRYAN HERTA (No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "Something broke in the back. It was something in the back, maybe the clutch, and the wheels stopped turning. We had a similar problem all weekend. It was like a skip in the rear of the car. We know it wasn't in the engine, but we are still looking into what the problem could be. The XM Satellite Radio crew did a great job. We were running up front, and look at what Tony (Kanaan) and Dario (Franchitti) did tonight. I think we would have been right in the mix with them."

GREG RAY (No. 13 Access Motorsports Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone): "We really had a great car tonight. Great Honda power, great (Panoz) G Force, the engineers did a great job, great pit stops. We really got hung out in traffic a couple of times, but that's a part of racing. I thought we were there all night long. The car was great, and we didn't take any stupid chances. The racing here is really aggressive and really fast. It is great to come home. The car was really exceptional tonight. I'm very, very proud of seventh place for this team, but we have a lot more than that. We are the smallest team on pit lane, so I think we show week in and week out that we are competitive. This team is the little engine that can."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Kim Green , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing