Kansas: Andretti Green Racing preview

Danica Patrick, ...

Danica Patrick, #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"I'm certainly looking forward to racing at Kansas this weekend. Our attitude is just that we'll start thinking more about competing for the championship. It's not that I haven't been, but it's even more realistic now with having a win. They always say that first one is the hardest one to get, which I agree, and now hopefully we can get more, which will obviously help us in the championship. We just have to be consistent all year and that continues at Kansas."

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"This is one of the few tracks in the series where the Team 7-Eleven car is flat-out all the way around. Because of the 15-degree banking and smooth surface, there isn't a spot on the track where we have to lift. That makes momentum and positioning very important. You can't lose any momentum at this place or you'll lose several positions. When we used to race in the middle of the summer there, it was brutally hot, but even now in the April race you can find the track to be a little bit slippery."

Marco Andretti, #26 Forsythe Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We have to put the last two races behind us and really focus on being quick at Kansas. The car was great at Homestead and I felt like the Forsythe car was good at Motegi, too. Our focus has to be getting a comfortable race car and then we'll be okay on Sunday."

Hideki Mutoh, #27 Formula Dream Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It feels like it has been a while since I last raced in the States since I went to Japan right after the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Kansas Speedway is a great facility and I am looking forward to racing there in the IndyCar Series. I think the race in Kansas this weekend will be a great opportunity for me to prepare for the Indy 500."

Raphael Matos, #27 AFS/AGR Dallara/Firestone
"This is my first race at Kansas and I'm looking forward to it. We were very quick at Homestead all weekend and Kansas is a track that's similar to Homestead. Each time I get into the car on an oval, I'm learning and improving so I need to take advantage of all the practice time we have at Kansas. We've been able to get one victory so far this season, but I definitely think the AFS/AGR car is capable of winning more."

Arie Luyendyk, Jr., #27 AGR/AFS Dallara/Firestone
"Kansas is a track where I've enjoyed driving in the past. We've only raced on an oval once this year and I thought we had a pretty good run there, so I think the AFS/AGR team will have a good weekend at Kansas. Rafa and I are still both in the championship hunt so we need to keep getting quality finishes to keep the pressure on the guys at the top."

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Arie Luyendyk , Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti , Hideki Mutoh , Danica Patrick