IPS: Gateway: Post-qualifying quotes

CURTIS FRANCOIS (No. 9 Budweiser Racing/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We came out with a conservative setup to make sure that we did qualify. We really didn't change anything different from our last practice session. We...

CURTIS FRANCOIS (No. 9 Budweiser Racing/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We came out with a conservative setup to make sure that we did qualify. We really didn't change anything different from our last practice session. We kept the setup roughly the same. It's a little hotter out right now, and I think the qualifying times may come down just a little bit, but the car overall felt great. I think the Budweiser car is going to do just fantastic here."

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was great. We've had a great car since we got here. We came here with a great setup. I ran here many times with different types of cars. I just think this track comes down to driver experience and the way the car is setup. It's not flat all the way around. It doesn't matter how much horsepower you have here; it comes down to car setup."

TONY TURCO (No. 43 Bowes Seal Fast Automotive Products/Team I.S.I. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We're fighting a gearshift problem right now. We're having a hard time downshifting, and it's really tough. So I've been preoccupied about gear changes in Turn 1. That's what I'm really concentrating on. It's kind of hard to find your line when you're worried about what gear you're trying to find. We're getting it worked out. Hopefully we'll be OK for the race. The car feels really good. That right there felt really nice, but of course it wasn't fast. Cars feel really good when you're not fast."

MATT BEARDSLEY (No. 12 Alpine Bank Old-Republic Land Title Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It wasn't bad considering we've only had 12 laps total here. We had to do a motor change after the first session. We missed the second practice session, so that (qualifying) was really just another practice to see how the car was. It's not bad. It has a little bit of an oversteer, but we'll get it fixed for the race tomorrow. It blew the belt apart. I guess when it got the belt, it got the motor, too."

ROLANDO QUINTANILLA (No. 11 Roquin Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "My tire pressures never came up. I think we can go a lot quicker. It's kind of frustrating. We need to go back and see exactly what's going on. The track changes every minute, so it depends according to the track how we're going to change the car."

GARY PETERSON (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "I'm feeling good. I had a crash at Nashville that kind of put me behind a little bit, but now I guess I'm over it, so things are going to go good from there for the last two races, I guess. I think our car is good for the race."

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The car was pushing a little in practice. In qualifying, the harder I drove, the more it pushed. I also had trouble shifting the gears, and that really hurt us. We're going to take the gearbox apart and see what the problem is and hopefully get it sorted out so we have a good race."

G.J. MENNEN (No. 99 Greased Lightning Automotive Cleaning Products Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It wasn't quite what we wanted, but we'll go back and look at the data and figure out how to make it go faster. We definitely learned stuff from the test last week, but obviously not enough. The track definitely has some intricacies to it. It's a good place, a good track and will provide for a good race."

ED CARPENTER (No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "My guys did a great job getting the car ready for qualifying. We broke an oil pump belt at the end of the last practice. We didn't really have enough time to spend on the setup pad because of that, so we guessed a little bit and didn't hit it right on. The car pushed and didn't run as fast as it did in practice. I'm disappointed because this place is tough to pass, so it's crucial to qualify well. But we're better than this right now, we just had a setback there we had no control over. We'll be better in the race. I just wish we could have had a better qualifying run."

RONNIE JOHNCOX (No. 8 REV 1 Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was a real conservative run. We made a lot of changes before qualifying trying to use it as a short-burst test session more than anything. We didn't have a whole lot of speed this morning, so we wanted to try some different things. At this point, we'll just try to get the car good for the race." (About paint scheme): "We had an unfortunate accident here and needed to repaint the car anyway. Since we hadn't been having such good luck, we thought we'd throw a new paint scheme at it and see what that did for us. But, obviously it hasn't worked for us yet."

MATTHEW HALLIDAY (No. 37 Bowes Seal Fast/Hoosier Wholesale Automotive Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We're just going to take the information from this run to make changes to the car. We've got to see what's available from the engine people and make a change."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Luyendyk Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I'm really happy with the car. We've had a lot of trouble this morning, and I can't believe we pulled off a second-row qualifying effort. We weren't even in the top 10 both sessions because we had fuel pressure problems. The team seemed to figure it out, so hopefully we can do better in the warm-up and then contend for tomorrow's win."

AARON FIKE (No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It hasn't been good today. We haven't been fast all day. When I came here for the first test of the year, I ran a half-second faster. Today, we went out for qualifying, and we didn't get to scrub our tires. The new tires had a lot of grip, so I definitely lost some speed there, but I don't know why we were so slow."

RYAN HAMPTON (No. 34 Conti-Genoa-Frost Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The run was good. That was the fastest lap I had turned all weekend right there in qualifying. I think we kind of made a prediction right before we went out for qualifying that maybe we'd try to squeeze that little tiny bit more speed out of it, and I think it worked. It's just a matter of the first lap was good; the second lap was even better. It's also very much a driver's track, and I think that talent will come out here if (not) anywhere else. I actually got my first test day last week in the car. I think that taking all the pressure off all of the racing environment really allowed me to get in touch with what the car was doing and kind of how to make these things go quick. It also gave me a chance to work with Dave Conti a lot more. I can't say enough about my engineer, Dave Conti. He's got it nailed. The good thing is I have now got a team owner that actually is very interested in what we're doing, and he's been treating us very, very well. Garlon Frost, I have to thank him. I mean, without him, we wouldn't be sitting here at all. Other than that, I think pretty much in the race we're just going to try and go out in the warm-up and just kind of run on full tanks and see where it's going to go." (About Gateway International Raceway): "It's fun. I had a ball. The really neat thing about this track is that it offers you two different corners. Being able to set up the car between those two corners, trying to find that balance, is really a lot of the key to getting that setup. It's probably the most enjoyable track I've been to so far." (What does the Infiniti Pro Series mean to you?): "I think it honestly means the opportunity to get into an Indy car. That's what I think everybody here is ultimately trying to work for. How do I feel about the series? I've probably had the warmest welcome and been treated the best of any series so far. Period. The officials, how they deal with the drivers, to the drivers' meetings, to how it's run, is probably the most professional that I've seen anybody do. And like I said, I'm trying to use this as a springboard to get into the IRL."


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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , A.J. Foyt