IPS: Homestead: Post-qualifying quotes

JONATHAN URLIN (No. 33 Budget Rent A Car Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Qualifying was pretty cool. We didn't get to exactly where we wanted to be. We've been fighting the setup a lot, and now we're actually there with the setup. We just need to...

JONATHAN URLIN (No. 33 Budget Rent A Car Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Qualifying was pretty cool. We didn't get to exactly where we wanted to be. We've been fighting the setup a lot, and now we're actually there with the setup. We just need to work with the car and progress a little bit further now that we have a car that's handling good. The wind was not even an issue for us. We picked up a little bit of an understeer in Turn 4, which we've been dealing with. It really wasn't a problem at all."

TOM WOOD (No. 9 Super 8 Motels/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I was on my warm-up lap. I was pushing the car pretty hard because we thought we had a shot at the pole. I got a gust of wind, and got the car pretty loose. I just about had it saved, and I tried to snap the car back around. I should have just let it go and do what I was doing. I probably would have saved it, but it didn't hit real hard."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 20 Western Union Speed Team/Duesenberg Dallara/ Infiniti/Firestone): "I think I'm pretty much back. I think there's probably a few things that I would hope that I would identify a little bit quicker in the car. When I tested here in the car last week, I picked up on things real quick. I believe the wind is playing a lot with the cars the last two days and making it difficult for us to tell what's happening."

BRANDON ERWIN (No. 99 Natural Golf/Sam Schmidt Mtrspts. Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "The run wasn't as good as we would have liked. On the run through Turns 3 and 4, the wind seemed to affect the car quite a bit, and I just didn't get as clean of a lap as I would have liked. We have a good race car, and I'm happy for that. We've been real good in practice running in traffic, but our qualifying run wasn't as good as we would have liked. The race is 60-some laps, and we plan on running good in the race."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I've never been that quick in (Turns) 1 and 2 before. I seem to be going about 3 miles an hour quicker into (Turn) 3, and it definitely had a big wiggle. I think if we would have had a stable car through (Turns) 3 and 4, we would have been a lot quicker, but I had to save it a little bit. You've got to pay attention to every single foot of this racetrack, just because of the wind. It can change at any moment, so you've got to stay in control."

AARON FIKE (No. 91 RFMS/Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The wind affected me just like it did everybody else out there. These cars run on aerodynamics and downforce with the wind, and when you get the wind blowing in the direction you don't want it to be blowing, it's definitely going to be tossing your car around. We hit the rev limiter twice because of the tailwind, and that probably killed us about a few miles an hour, but I'm pretty happy overall with our efforts. We're racing in the morning. The track will be a lot cooler, and it's usually not too windy, so we'll probably just slap some new tires on it and fill it with fuel."

GARY PETERSON (No. 27 AFS Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was real windy. I just made a conservative run and wanted to keep it off the wall. We lost a car last week, and I just wanted to be conservative and get in the field. I think the car is set up really good for the race."

MATT BEARDSLEY (No. 12 Alpine Bank/Old Republic Land Title Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "I got into the corner a little deep, but I was definitely slowed down a bit more than usual. The tires may not have been quite warmed up, and it's pretty windy. I got in there, lost the back and caught it, but it just went all the way around."

PAUL DANA (No. 24 Ethanol/Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I put the car in the wall, so there isn't much to talk about. We had a car that was capable of winning the race, but now we are starting in the back. I just made life a lot more difficult for ourselves. It's not the way I wanted to start the season."

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It's not the way we would like it. If we had more time, we could get it better. We'll have to deal with what we have and learn from here and move on to the next race. This track requires more of a driver's setup, and we won't be able to go three abreast. You definitely have to have a good set up for the race."

LLOYD MACK (No. 6 On-Line Financial/Barstow Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Today, our qualifying run was actually pretty decent. I am pretty happy considering where we came from and where we are at right now. Yesterday, we had a lot of bad luck and didn't get to run that many laps due to mechanical problems, but today I think we got it sorted out. As I get a little more comfortable, I'll be able to run a little faster. The winds did die down a little bit for me on the first lap, but the second lap, when I really tried to get out there in Turns 3 and 4, everybody seemed to have a problem with the gusts of winds whipping their backs around. I kind of had to back off the turns a little, but I am sure it wasn't as bad for me as it was for some of them."

MARK TAYLOR (No. 4 Fulmar/Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I was a little bit nervous today and wasn't sure how the car was going to feel this afternoon. I'm happy where we finished up. I was very happy with the car, and my confidence is growing all the time. I'm getting to know the track, and I'm getting to know how the car feels. I know that (chief mechanic) Chris (Griffis) and (engineer) Brent (Harvey) do a great job. We've been progressing all weekend. We started off fifth, and we moved up to fourth yesterday. We're gradually getting closer and closer. I was very happy with today. The car felt great, and I can't wait until tomorrow for the race. I know we have a really good race car. I think this has turned into a very competitive series. Starting up front really helps a lot." (About racing for two-time IndyCar Series champion Panther Racing): "I don't think there's much pressure, really. They wouldn't have chosen me if they didn't believe in me. Hopefully, they're impressed with me. I appreciate that they are probably the best team in the IndyCar Series at the moment. I know that they work extremely hard on the IndyCar Series, and I think that they'll do the same on the Pro Series."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 36 Genoa Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "This morning, we didn't have much wind, and during qualifying we had wind in the four corners. The car was pushing a lot, and it was difficult to bring the car to the low part of the track, but I am happy. I did the best I can do. It was a very good lap, and I am very happy. I tried to improve something the second lap, and the winds started pushing me to the outside." (About the race): "It will be very difficult in traffic. There is a lot of understeer, and you lose all downforce. It's difficult to say. It's my first experience on an oval circuit, and I need to learn a lot about how to control the car in the draft. We have a very good car. I have a very good engineer (Thomas Knapp). We've had a good car all weekend. I'm really happy because this is my first race, and it's a good way to start the season off. There are a lot of good drivers in this series, and the race is very long."


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Series Indy Lights
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