NOTES AND QUOTES Bud Pole Qualifying Indianapolis Motor Speedway August 5, 1999 BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "I slowed down. I got so tight in one and two I really had to jerk the car around. That made it...
NOTES AND QUOTES Bud Pole Qualifying Indianapolis Motor Speedway August 5, 1999
BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix): "I slowed down. I got so tight in one and two I really had to jerk the car around. That made it wiggle. We didn't have as much grip as we had during our practice run. It was still a good qualifying effort. We'll take it and go race from here. It was warmer than it was earlier today. That hurt us a little more than some other guys. We just adjusted on tire pressure heading from practice into qualifying. I think the track was 20 degrees warmer when we made our qualifying run. It didn't turn as many RPMs so maybe our gear selection was off. We're not worried about it. It was still a good qualifying run. We'll worry about our race setup now and worry about racing on Saturday."
JOHN ANDRETTI (No. 43 STP Pontiac Grand Prix): "I thought we could have been a little bit quicker. You always know before you get there what you're going to have. Unfortunately, we didn't run what I thought we were capable of running. The race is a whole different thing. Qualifying is over now and off we go. The only thing we did after practice was put on a set of tires and that's it. We were ready to go. It doesn't take but little things here and it makes big changes out on the race track. There were guys that slowed down and guys that picked up, too. If everything hits then you're going to have a good qualifying run."
TONY STEWART (No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix): "The IRL car when you qualify you hold it wide open for four laps. It's a good thing it's only one lap here because you can only hold your breath for about 50 seconds and that's how long it takes to get around here. You have to work a lot harder. The car is a lot heavier. I had my hands full. The car wasn't as smooth as it was in practice. A win here would feel as good as it would at Pocono or Martinsville or anywhere else. We'd love to have a win right now. We're just going to keep digging at it. It would be nice to get it here, sure, but we just want to have a good day here on Saturday. I'm really happy with the run. A lot of guys are slowing down with the heat now. We picked up a tenth of a second. I don't think we're going to complain about that. We're pretty happy with where we're starting. If we could win here there would be a large party here. It would probably last two or three days in Indianapolis. If it happens you may want to stick around for a while."
WARD BURTON (No. 22 Caterpillar Pontiac Grand Prix): "That was a good qualifying run. I always run well here but don't qualify that well. The last two times out on stickers the car would just plow through the corners. It did it again in qualifying. There's an awesome motor in this car and the guys did a hell of a job there. We've just got to get the car to handle a little bit better for one lap."
DAVE BLANEY (No. 93 Amoco Pontiac Grand Prix): "We're tickled. I really didn't think it was that good a lap. I thought I made a few mistakes to kill it, but I've got a lot of race car under me. That pulled us through. We were decent this morning when the track temperature was a little cooler. Then we got worse and worse. We made some pretty good changes and it was just about right. A few mistakes kept me from a really, really good lap."
KYLE PETTY (No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac Grand Prix): "I drove it as hard as I could. It just didn't seem to go. I'm not exactly sure where to start, but we'll get this thing figured out. We have four teams running the same-style paint scheme this week, so we don't want to be fourth in that group. After tonight and tomorrow (truck and Busch Series races), John and I might be fighting it out for fourth, or maybe for first. We're working. The paint schemes are a pretty big deal. It's something special for the Petty 50th anniversary and Hot Wheels. I guess there are a lot of these deals going on, but with all four cars carrying them this week, it's important to us. I think we'll be in good shape for Saturday. The Pontiacs are looking pretty decent, too."
DERRIKE COPE (No. 30 Jimmy Dean Pontiac Grand Prix): "I knew on the warm up lap, evidently the tape we put on, loosened the car up too much. There's just some things we don't really know. On the warm up lap I was very loose coming through turn three and went to the flag and I knew I had to drive it. I got up close to the wall out of one and it was so loose I couldn't get it into the corner like I wanted to. The car wanted to come around. We're just going to have to see where that ends up and go back at it tomorrow."
RICH BICKLE (No. 45 Lucky Dog Pontiac Grand Prix): "We tested so well here and brought the same car back and there's something definitely wrong with the chassis somewhere. It's like the car is snapped in the center and it pivots in the back of the car for some reason. We just have to find out what it is. It's the same car we tested with up here and it was awesome. There's something wrong and we just have to find out what it is. There's something wrong with some chassis part. Right now I can't tell if it's in the front of the car or the back. Something is definitely wrong and we've got to figure out what it is."
ERNIE IRVAN (No. 36 M&M's Pontiac Grand Prix): "We're not real sure what happened. It wasn't good. It pushed real bad in one and got real loose in three. We don't have an answer."
BUCKSHOT JONES (No. 00 Crown Fiber Pontiac Grand Prix): "We tested here and had a good car. We came back and we were pushing a little too hard in practice. But if you don't push it in practice you don't know what you've got for qualifying. Maybe I was pushing it a little bit too hard and got it up too high and in the wall. The guys tried to get it back fixed as good as we could, but there's something missing in the car. The car just isn't running like it did in testing here. I scrapped the wall in one and two."