Indianapolis: Ford teams race quotes

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 38th) DID YOU HAVE IDEA ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE? "Well, yeah. I could see it in the mirror that part of the quarterpanel was blown off. It's a really, really, really disappointing situation .

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 38th)

DID YOU HAVE IDEA ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE? "Well, yeah. I could see it in the mirror that part of the quarterpanel was blown off. It's a really, really, really disappointing situation . This one of the two biggest races of the year, and to never have this tire here before and not come and do an open test and to work on these things and work on the tires, it's pretty darn disappointing. We had a great car today. I feel bad for the fans; we're running three-quarters speed because we're worried of the tires blowing out, and they got blown out every eight laps. So, pretty disappointed."

DID IT GIVE MUCH NOTICE? "You get about six corners' worth of warning, about a lap and a half. It'll just get loose if it's the right rear. That's when it started shaking about three seconds before it blew out"


DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 14th)

"That was the weirdest race I've ever been in. To conserve tires and think about stopping that often and it was just kind of a different strategy than we've ever been a part of and we learned from it. I think we had a good car. We had a top 10 car, but everybody just played strategy all day long. I think the best car won and I think we were better than some of the guys in the top 10, but they just had the track position there at the end. Without that many laps to go it was tough to pass and everybody was afraid to overdrive their car for a long period of time. It was an interesting race, but we definitely had a little better car than where we finished."

THIS WASN'T THE RACE YOUR OR THE FANS WANTED, SO WHAT CAN BE DONE? "Yeah, and I'm certainly no expert at tire combinations and the tire codes and different things, but they've just got to do a little better job. If we're having parts break every 10 laps and motors blow up every 10 laps, we wouldn't have our job that long, so it seems like those guys have to do a little better job. It's kind of sad to be here at Indy and have to race like that, but it is what it is and we all have the same stuff to work with."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion (Finished 8th)

"I thought it was a good day for us. I got way too loose in the middle of the deal and I lost all my track position before finally getting it back at the end."



JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 6th)

"It's just frustrating. They said the track was getting better in happy hour, but we didn't see that and it never really did take rubber. I got really mad in the middle because they were letting us run until the tires were blowing up and I'm like, 'You can't put us in that situation.' You've got to throw the caution before we blow a tire because if someone gets hurt, we could have prevented that. Thankfully, they let us run about 12 laps and they'd throw the caution. Just about everytime the caution would come out, the lap before I'd be like, 'I'm done. Here it is.' That's an odd way to race."

WAS IT A RACE FOR THE FANS TODAY? "I don't know. I didn't watch it, I drove it, so it would be hard for me to say. Certainly that wasn't the right tire. They've been critical of Goodyear at Atlanta, but at least at Atlanta we could drive our cars and run more than 10 laps. This, I'm just shocked that they did a tire test and this is what they ended up with."

SHOULD THIS BE A MANDATED TEST? "I think that's a good idea because if we can get 40 cars here or 50 cars here, they could lay enough rubber down and know if you're gonna have this problem again."


JACK ROUSH, Car Owner -- Roush Fenway Racing

"We only missed by an inch. This is a game of inches, but Goodyear didn't give us a chance to test here. They brought other manufacturers here and they didn't give us a chance to test. We didn't have a drive file that was current. We didn't know what to expect from the track, so we were one change behind all the time during practice. Whether that would have made a difference in the result or not I'm not sure, but we would have had better data to work from if we would have had the same drive file off the same current track information that everybody else had."

HOW CAN THIS BE PREVENTED FROM HAPPENING AGAIN? "You need to go talk to Chad Knaus. He said it wasn't gonna be a problem with this tire and he and Goodyear have got something figured out that the rest of us don't, so I don't have anything to say about that."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)

"That's a long day. Everyone's trying to do their best. I, personally, want to say to the fans that everybody was doing their best to make that a race. At least we got to run there at the end. I knew it was going to be Jimmie and I, and on the restart, the 11, Denny Hamlin, was hanging back, and I thought he was pretty fast, I thought I was faster than Jimmie, so I really didn't focus on ruining Jimmie's restart, getting up there under him in turn one, I thought I would be able to get him -- I was more worried about the 11. Then it strung out. Jimmie just was fast; we were about the same. Man, it would be cool to win this one. Second place is not what we came here for. Just thanks to Aflac and everybody, and the fans for putting up with this. It'll get better."

ON THE END OF THE RACE. "Well, Jimmie and I were about the same speed. I just couldn't do anything with him. He did a really good job. We didn't come here to run second you know, so that's a little frustrating, but considering everything that happened today, I thought my guys today did a great job, a really great job. We're going to win this eventually. We get one shot a year, and we get better every time so it'll be fun to come back."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU'RE TEAM IS RUNNING WELL AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON? "Our team's good. I don't think there's a car that is faster on the race track all season than our 99 team. We've had a little bit of bad luck. Last week was a little frustrating, this week we didn't have any bad luck, just that's where we're at -- second. I just hope that the fams understand that Goodyear and all of us, everybody, did the best we could, and that was just a worst-case scenario there, and that'll get better. I'm sure we won't ever have a race like that again here."

ON WORKING HARD THROUGHOUT THE DAY. "Yeah, that was hard work. It was just really hard to get in a rhythm and race. No one ran 100 percent until the last run. I thought we were better than Jimmie, but he did a good job of holding back just a little more than I thought he was. I thought we had him. And then he had that pit stall -- I knew we both were going to take two tires, I knew that it was going to be him and I, and our crew did a great job, he just had that pit stall at the end of pit road."

THAT'S YOUR SECOND SECOND-PLACE FINISH IN TWO RACES. "I truly believe we have the fastest car on the race track, and we just have to keep doing it and it all work out. It's good to be frustrated by second, that's for sure."


MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 47 Little Debbie Ford Fusion (Finished 22nd)

"It was just awesome. It's just a real shame about the tire thing. I think NASCAR did a great job of keeping us safe out there. I think it was the best of a bad situation the way they chose to run that race. We raced good. You've got to race hard and you've got to look after your tires, too. It was just a battle out there. We fought hard and we learned a lot and I got a lot of experience. I've run the Brickyard and I feel like we've really achieved something this weekend."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin
Teams Roush Fenway Racing