IPS: Kansas: Post race quotes

ED CARPENTER (No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I had a lot of fun out there, it just didn't end up the way we had wanted it to. I spun avoiding the crash with Arie (Luyendyk Jr.) and Aaron (Fike) and ...

ED CARPENTER (No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I had a lot of fun out there, it just didn't end up the way we had wanted it to. I spun avoiding the crash with Arie (Luyendyk Jr.) and Aaron (Fike) and flat-spotted the tires, so we had to pit, and that put us a lap down. It's been a big weekend between here and Winchester. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm happy this racing weekend is over. Neither race went as well as we hoped. But I'm walking out of here, the Pro Series car is going home in one piece, and we're going to take our top-five finish and get ready for Nashville."

MARTY ROTH (No. 3 Castek Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It's been a frustrating weekend. I'm just glad we finished in one piece right now. We've got some work to do, and we'll be ready for the next one."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I was put a little low and had to go below the white line. The car was awesome today. The team did a great job. A lot of people were watching this race. It was a disappointment. We had a winning car. It is unfortunate to end this way."

GARY PETERSON (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The race was fine. The cars are great. I just got caught up in the debris, and it kind of got us behind two laps. Other than that, it was great. I'm extremely happy. I've driven a lot of different cars, mainly Formula Atlantics, and these are nice cars and a great series. Roger Bailey, I've known him for a long time, so he put a good series together. With the IRL's support, it's going to be a great, strong series."

AARON FIKE (No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Arie (Luyendyk Jr.) got underneath (Ronnie) Johncox, and they banged wheels. I was just a victim. Who knows, if I would have hit the brakes hard, I maybe could have made it down low and been OK. The car was running good." (On competing in his first Infiniti Pro Series event): "I wasn't used to running behind someone, so I picked up a bit of a push. Overall, it was a fun day."

G.J. MENNEN (No. 99 Greased Lightning Automotive Cleaning Products Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It felt great since we did a motor change last night, and we could actually stay in the race. It felt good. It's a great series. It's got a lot of potential. It's obvious that we showed it's great racing. We didn't quite get to go as good as we wanted. We had some bad luck with a tire going down. Those are the breaks. We're here. We'll go get them next week."

RONNIE JOHNCOX (No. 8 Rev. 1 Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I saw Arie (Luyendyk Jr.) down low. I entered the groove I entered when I was next to A.J. (Foyt IV). I ran two-wide with A.J. for several laps. Arie got a run off of (Turn) 2. I was committed to my line. I don't know if he lost the front end or what. It is really nobody's fault. It was just racing."

-ips/irl-

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