CROWN ROYAL IROC SERIES Pre-Race Driver Quotes -- Race Two Texas Motor Speedway, Friday April 15 Sebastien Bourdais, Champ Car World Series "It's quite different than what I've been doing over the last week, for sure. The IROC cars are about...
CROWN ROYAL IROC SERIES
Pre-Race Driver Quotes -- Race Two
Texas Motor Speedway, Friday April 15
Sebastien Bourdais, Champ Car World Series "It's quite different than what I've been doing over the last week, for sure. The IROC cars are about twice the weight, or more, of my Champ Car, the suspension, the movement and the seating position is so different, but it has four-wheels and a steering wheel, which means I'm have a great time."
"This is my first time here at Texas. For me it's a bit like a mini-Daytona, it's quite fun and a pretty smooth race track. It's going to be quite a challenge to work with two grooves. We did that a little, some side-by-side racing with Buddy (Rice) and it was enjoyable."
Steve Kinser, World of Outlaws "Just coming off that last practice session I feel the best I've ever felt in the IROC cars here. The car was solid underneath me with sun shining. Things could change a bit under cooler conditions, but man starting from the front row on Friday, I hope I can keep doing this good all weekend."
Scott Pruett, Grand American Road Racing "I actually did quite well here in the Cup car. I was leading the race and feeling good before becoming the victim of an incident, but I'm just a bit rusty right now. I have to get re-acclimated to the stock car feel, there's a lot of movement in the IROC cars that you don't have in the Grand American cars. The cars feet good, I'm just a little rusty around the edges. Jay Sauter and all the guys are real good about working with us on the race track to get us up to speed. I'm pretty comfortable now and we'll just keep fine tuning."
Helio Castroneves, IndyCar Series "The cars feel like they may have a bit more down force this year. I know the IROC team tried a few different things at the test and it seems to have helped. I think -- no, I know this is going to be a great race so nobody should miss this."
Danny Lasoski, World of Outlaws "It feels fantastic to be back here at Texas Motor Speedway after winning last year, it's a pleasure to be here with the IROC guys and I just hope I can repeat last year. We're starting the race a little earlier this year and that may change the characteristic of the cars a bit, but overall it should be a great race. I'll tell you what, the open wheel guys here today are doing a great job. They're getting up to speed pretty quickly. I'm the one that's a bit rusty with all the dirt driving I do, it takes me three or four days to get used to the IROC cars again. From the way things look today, we (open wheel drivers) may have a little something for the Cup guys."
Max Papis, Grand American Road Racing "It feels like two completely different race tracks going from an Indy Car to a stock car here in Texas. The biggest learning curve for the open wheel guys is learning to close the distance between cars. When you're running with the open wheel guys they don't get quite as close as the IROC test drivers with their NASCAR experience, they're right on your bumper, which makes the car feel different. So, still a lot to learn and it's going to be a very different track than Daytona. I feel patience is going to pay off, but you also have to be aggressive, so it's also going to be about striking a balance between the two."
Buddy Rice, IndyCar Series "This is my first time at Texas in a stock car and for sure It's quite a bit different then the way you drive the Indy cars. You have to arch the IROC cars into the corner, which is the conventional style of starting on the out side, drive it in slow and then apex before coming off the turn. With our cars we run the bottom all the way around, the shortest distance we can run. Also, you can really actually see the track rubber in with the IROC cars where with our cars you don't really see it that much."
"It's great to get to drive in the Crown Royal IROC cars. I really enjoy getting the chance to drive a different style car, especially at an awesome facility like Texas, and I always like running under the lights, so it's definitely going to be one heck of a ride for me."
Matt Kenseth, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series "This track is much harder to pass then Daytona, you can't run quite wide open, but the groove is on the bottom and it is difficult to make a pass on the outside."
Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "I think the pit stop with 15 laps to go will give the drivers the opportunity to have equal cars at the end of the race. Some of us wear the tires off during a race while others save their tires. So now that we all know we have a pit stop at the end, then we can work our way to the front during the other laps. Then the pit stop for tires will make us all on even ground. So the final 15 lap shootout will be exciting."
"Texas Motor Speedway is hard to pass on in any race out there. Since the IROC cars are so equally prepared it will be hard to get to the front by passing others. There isn't a draft like we had in Daytona where you move air around to get by people. So we will have to work harder to pass at TMS. The track is extremely fast and the cars are so equal that we will have our work cut out for us to get to the front."
Mark Martin, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series "I'm excited about racing the IROC at Texas. I've never been in one there, but I've surely watched the IROC there. I love racing at Texas and it's always been a good track for us in both the Cup and the Busch cars, so we are really hoping to extend that success to the IROC Series at Texas."
"We had a good race at Daytona and we hope to build on that at Texas, because we know that we'll have to in order to stay up front in the hunt for the championship, because there is some really tough competition this season and we look forward to racing against these guys in the next three IROC races."