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IRL Infiniti Pro Series Open Test Quotes Nashville Superspeedway Friday, April 25, 2003 PAUL DANA (No. 24 Ethanol/Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Nashville is a neat track. It's the first time I've ever run on a concrete track, so that...

IRL Infiniti Pro Series Open Test Quotes
Nashville Superspeedway
Friday, April 25, 2003

PAUL DANA (No. 24 Ethanol/Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "Nashville is a neat track. It's the first time I've ever run on a concrete track, so that was a little bit weird. Obviously, it's way different than Indy. Indy is such a huge place, and we're going so fast. Just a week later, you pull out of the pits here and you're like, 'Wow, one-mile oval.' But it's neat. It's more banking than we've run all year and bumpier than we've run all year, so we're just kind of finding our way on setup. This is good. I'm glad we've tested here because the rest of the season, the bulk of the season, is 1.5-mile, high-banked tracks. It's good for the Ethanol team to get our first taste of what that takes from a setup standpoint."

AARON FIKE (No. 91 RFMS/Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "It went well. We ran really well here last year. We came here with a little different setup than last year, and we were about a second quicker. The wicker(bill) rules that they're making us run here this year are a little bit different, but right out of the box we were really quick. We improved all day. Obviously, the track conditions are going to be a little bit different when we come back, with it being hotter and a lot more rubber on the track. Overall, the test went really well. We were consistently fast, and I think we'll be fast when we come back here."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 36 Genoa Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): (About Nashville Superspeedway): "It's very different. The concrete (surface) is more abrasive. There's a lot more grip. It's nice. There's a lot of banking. It's not easy. There are little bumps, but I'm used to road courses, which have a lot more bumps. Some people are saying these are big bumps, but they're not big for me. This is the first time we've tested here, and I'm happy with the results. Everybody is working very hard."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 20 Western Union Speed Team/Duesenberg Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): (About Nashville Superspeedway): "It's a little bumpy in some places, but it's actually not that bad, and it's not as bad as some people had told me in terms of concrete tracks. We were flat out relatively easily. It was a matter of really trying to trim the car out and free it up, figure out how far we could go before it got loose. My last run, we were really close to loose. We were still trying to figure other things. We ran out of time and didn't get that much time today. It would've been nice to make a few different changes that we didn't get to. The track is fun. I can't wait to come back and race here." (Have you ever run under the lights?): "Not since I was a kid running quarter-midgets. It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to it."

MARK TAYLOR (No. 4 Fulmar/Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): (About his first experience on a concrete track): "It was good to do a few laps around here, because if we came here for the race and we hadn't come here before, it would have been a real shock. It feels bumpy. It surprised me. It's been a worthwhile trip. The car feels good. I was just getting confidence in the concrete and the grip around here. It's trusting in the car that the grip is going to stay with it. I was just about used to it when it started raining. It was fairly windy, as well, so we were being a bit careful."

JONATHAN URLIN (No. 3 Budget Rent A Car Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): (About his first experience on a concrete track): "It's very different. It's so bumpy. We went around in the rental car with its soft suspension, and it felt so soft. I thought, 'This is nice and smooth and easy.' Then I got in the race car, and it was bumpy the whole way around. But it's OK. It's a racetrack. All racetracks are fun."

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "Today went quite well for us. We won this race last year, so we pretty much have a good heads-up on setups and everything. I'm extremely comfortable with this track. With that in mind, that both of us (Witherill and teammate Aaron Fike) finished on the podium last year and having a good team under our belts, the Hemelgarn/Johnson team, it pays off. Hopefully, we can come back and repeat with another win, whether it's me or Aaron." (About Nashville Superspeedway): "It's one of the smaller D-shaped ovals that we're going to be on this year. It's a concrete surface, so it's more of a challenge to set the car up, and it's a lot bumpier. In today's conditions, the wind was gusting pretty good out there, so it made it challenging. That's definitely a situation that I like, a challenging track. It's fun."

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