IPS: Pikes Peak: Post-race quotes

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We had a pretty good car during the warm-up session and the race, so it was just a matter of trying to get up in front, pass (Jeff Simmons) and stay there. I had a chance to get...

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"We had a pretty good car during the warm-up session and the race, so it was just a matter of trying to get up in front, pass (Jeff Simmons) and stay there. I had a chance to get by him, and the car felt pretty good once I got around him. I had a little bit of push being behind him. Unfortunately, I went into Turns 3 and 4, and the front end just kind of gave out on me mid-corner. I tried to pull it off without pushing up too high, but it went up and slapped the wall a little bit and just kind of ruined something on the car. It's too bad."

ED CARPENTER (No. 14 Futaba/Delphi/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"In the morning warm-up, we had a push, so we took some downforce out of the Futaba car. Then the wind picked up this afternoon in the race, and we needed that downforce back, but we didn't have it. It was pushing pretty bad, so I just tried to run different lines to compensate for it and run the best times we could. We finished fourth with a fourth-place car today."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"We had a bit of a bad qualifying, and we were lost with the car. We didn't know what to do. We were two seconds slower than pole, and Steve Erickson, my engineer, and the team worked really hard. They gave me a car that could win today, and we were catching the leader by two-tenths every single lap. We just ran out of time with the rain. From second last to third place isn't too bad. The team and the car couldn't have been better. After the car was so great, I'm really looking forward to the next race."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 20 Western Union Speed Team/Duesenberg Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone):

"I got a good start, but we were just a little bit off. The Western Union Speed Team didn't get much practice time this weekend. We ended up with a great car for qualifying. We just didn't know what these conditions were like. We hadn't run in the heat like we had at the beginning of this race. We were off a little bit with the pressures and stuff like that, I think. Once a couple of guys got by, the car was getting slower and slower. I was just trying to hold (Arie) Luyendyk off there at the end."

JONATHAN URLIN (No. 3 Budget Rent A Car Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"That wind factor was really messing with us. We weren't prepared for that at all. We estimated that the conditions were going to be similar to what we had run on this track in the past. Unfortunately, it didn't come to us. But we stayed on the lead lap and finished every lap of the race, which was our main goal for the season. We accomplished that, so even though we didn't necessarily have the strongest of runs, we still accomplished our goal. We're taking this one race at a time. It actually was a rewarding experience. Our main purpose with trying to finish every lap this season is to gain as much experience as we can on high-speed oval tracks and in high-horsepower cars. For us to go out and battle the conditions and the car like we did, it's the biggest learning experience I could possibly have. Our name is not up there at the top, but we definitely took away as much or more as anyone in this entire field."

TOM WOOD (No. 9 Wingate Inn/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"We were going good. We had just picked off (Jonathan) Urlin, and I was working on (Mark) Taylor. We were set up for a long run, and the car was set up really well. It was just starting to come in, so it's kind of disappointing, but that's the way it goes. Everybody was real clean out there today. It was great racing."

MATT BEARDSLEY (No. 12 Alpine Bank/Old Republic Land Title Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone):

"Qualifying yesterday was great. Then we got to the race, the green dropped, and everyone drove away. I don't know what was wrong. I was flat all the way around. I was playing with the weight-jacker, trying to get the car freed up as much as possible, but nothing seemed to work."

GARY PETERSON (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"We had quite a push in the first half of the race. We worked on it, and the car came back the other way. We had some quick laps. I think we were one of the quickest cars at the end of the race. It wasn't what we wanted, but we'll be back at Kansas."

BRANDON ERWIN (No. 99 Natural Golf/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/ Infiniti/Firestone):

"We think it was a voltage problem with the alternator. Hopefully, it didn't have anything to do with the accident this morning. We got everything back together OK after this morning's accident. We're going to back up a little bit in points, but we're strong. I think we're going to be fast later in the year, and we'll just have to wait to see how things go. We knew we could go back out, even if we only ran a couple of laps to gain one more position. One more position is more points for the championship. We'll probably drop a little bit in points, but we'll keep our heads up. Now it's time to go to the next race."

MARK TAYLOR (No. 4 Fulmar Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"It was tough today. The weather changed compared to this morning and yesterday. We just ended up with the wrong setup on the car. It wasn't handling too great. We've been struggling all weekend around here for some reason or another. We thought we had it sorted out, but obviously we didn't quite have it sorted out. We didn't do too badly. It would have been nice to finish third or fourth or somewhere like that. Under these race conditions, we weren't quite able to do that. We'll just move on and learn from everything. That's the whole point of being here."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 36 Genoa Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"It was very difficult. We didn't find a good setup. The front end was very soft. The car was pushing on the entry to the corner and loose on the exit. It's very hard to drive under these conditions. I tried to do the best that I could. We're still getting points for the championship, and it's early in the season. When you can't improve, you just have to drive and gain points and wait for the next race."

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