JEFF GREEN, No. 30 AOL Chevrolet Monte Carlo (blew a motor after 7 laps of practice): "If you blow a motor, you have to start at the back no matter where you qualify. If you sit on the pole, you've got to go to the back. So wherever we qualify,...
JEFF GREEN, No. 30 AOL Chevrolet Monte Carlo (blew a motor after 7 laps of practice):
"If you blow a motor, you have to start at the back no matter where you qualify. If you sit on the pole, you've got to go to the back. So wherever we qualify, we'll have to start at the back but we're not running good enough to get the pole now anyway. We just have to figure out what's wrong here. We ran really good here when we tested, but we're a second slower than what we tested for some reason. We can't figure it out. This is the same car we tested in and ran a .50 flat. Now we're running a .51 flat. The other two (RCR) cars (No.29, Harvick and No. 31 Gordon) are where we should be. But we're not for some reason.
"We know what we need. Not having more practice doesn't hurt. I feel like we'll make the race by points, if we don't have a good enough (qualifying) lap. But since we'll start at the back anyway, if we could qualify decent, we'd get a better pit stall. Pit selection will help us a little bit on Sunday. The main thing would just be helping our confidence. We need to get out there and post a good lap. We know we can run as fast as we did here testing, but we need to get our confidence back up. But this just hurts us a little bit. We could have had three or four more runs to get the car even better and hopefully have a top 10 start instead of maybe a top 20 start. But we'll be okay."
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TRACK POSITION
"I think you can win from anywhere on any racetrack. As long as these races are, you've got plenty of time for pit strategy to get where you need to go. And as good as tires are nowadays, you can get up front. But you just start out in the hole when you start in the back. You put yourself in somebody else's predicament, maybe, too. The first couple of laps, people take some chances and you can get yourself in trouble that way, too. But hopefully, that won't happen and we can get an easier way up through there. But first of all, we've got to get our car fast enough to where we can pass those guys no matter where we start."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 25 UAW/Delphi Chevrolet Monte Carlo:
"The car is not too bad. Our UAW/Delphi Chevy is very decent. We thought we could get in the 49-second bracket there, and then some of those guys really pulled off some fast laps. I still think we're going to have a shot at hopefully qualifying in the top 10. You've just got to be consistent. The car's driving awesome right now and that's key. The track is a really hard racetrack to qualify on because there are four corners and you've got twice as many chances of messing up than you normally do. You've got to brake in all four and get on the gas and turn. There's just a lot of things that can go wrong. The problem here is that if you mess up in turn one, it hurts your whole lap. So you've got to make sure you have a really good start. But I'm ready. I think it's cool to have qualifying the first thing in the morning. It usually plays into my favor. I wish a lot of tracks would do that - line them up when you get there and qualify - no practice."
ROBBY GORDON, No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevy Monte Carlo:
HOW ARE YOUR ANKLES?
"The last time I broke a bone was 20 years ago. They're sore. But we're pretty fast; that makes me happy, and it'll keep me motivated through the weekend. I think we'll have a good qualifying effort tomorrow. We drew a good number (ninth in the order) and if I can pick up two or three 10ths we've got a shot at the pole. I think we really can have a good weekend this weekend."
DO YOU LIKE BEING BACK IN INDY?
"I love coming to Indianapolis. It's a lot different coming here in a stock car. It's a completely different line, how you drive the race track (with a Winston Cup car) and how you drive it with an Indy car. The Brickyard is still the Brickyard. The one thing I like about coming to this race is the driver has a lot to do with it, because you're off the gas, rolling through the center of the corner and carrying a lot of momentum through the middle of the corner and that makes the difference between the fast cars and the slow cars."
EXPLAIN AERO PUSH:
"If the car is going down the straightaway and the car weighs 3400 pounds and it's got 2000 pounds pushing down on the rear two tires, 1000 pounds per tire there, and it has 1500 pounds per tire in the front, you lose about 500 pounds per tire of front grip. Basically, you lose that grip, the car starts pushing, probably starts washing toward the wall. Imagine it like a boat wave; it's an invisible boat wave, because you can't see the air but it would be like riding behind a boat and when you're behind that wake the water's choppy. It's the same thing with aero push. You get in that choppy air, lose that front downforce, and the front starts washing out."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., No. 8 Budweiser Chevy Monte Carlo:
"We normally do well here in qualifying. The car always drove pretty decent here. We just can't really seal the deal at the end. There ain't going to be no second groove, I can promise you that. We always have a comfortable car. We always run good. We get beat by pit strategy. Guys taking new tires, guys taking no tires. They've been beating us here a lot lately. Beat us here the last two years. We've got nothing to lose, the way we see it. We just go for the win every week. The Bud Chevy is really good, and we're real happy with it. There are cars that are quicker than us, but because of where we drew for qualifying (third in the order) I think we might be able to grab a pole."
ON COMING BACK TO INDY:
"I still have a special spot for Daytona, but walking out on race morning and seeing all the people I really understand the impact that this race has, and it does excite me."
ARE YOU STILL SORE FROM THE CRASH LAST WEEKEND?
"The only thing I can complain about is the seat belt had caught me on angle on the side of my neck; it was more like a burn than anything else."