Indianapolis: Ryan Newman press conference

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 4th) ON THE HEAT. "For me, I got spoiled today. It was the first time all year I got to use the air conditioner in my helmet, so it was a little different. Talking about the heat, your adrenaline...

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus (Finished 4th)

ON THE HEAT.

"For me, I got spoiled today. It was the first time all year I got to use the air conditioner in my helmet, so it was a little different. Talking about the heat, your adrenaline takes over so much that you can pretty much cope with it up to a certain point, and then it seems like your body just wants to start breaking down. But overall you just do everything mentally just to try to avoid that. Definitely tough, definitely hot, but I guess that's why we get paid what we get paid, right Rusty?"

WHERE WAS BILL ELLIOTT STRONGEST?

"I got the chance to start third, Elliott then Stewart then me, and I went into one and my car was just kind of sliding all over, those guys just checked out. When the aero-push deal, it's just a situation where you might have a little better race car you can race up to somebody, but getting by 'em is just a totally different thing."

IS THIS THE TYPE OF TRACK WHERE EXPERIENCE PAYS OFF?

"To Rusty's point earlier, I think if you got the desire and the confidence and the team behind you, it doesn't matter. You can pretty much do anything you want to as long as you got an ego. A lot of NASCAR Winston Cup racing is a big Lance Armstrong story. If you put your mind to it, you can pretty much do whatever you want to."

BEING FROM INDIANA, IF YOU WOULD'VE GOTTEN YOUR FIRST VICTORY HERE, HOW BIG WOULD THE CELEBRATION HAVE BEEN?

"It's something I can't really speak about. It'd be real cool and be great, and so many other things. It just wouldn't be about being in Indiana or being the Brickyard 400, it'd be about winning for Roger Penske and for Don Miller and Rusty and all those things would be great, too. But we finished fourth and I hope we don't have to wait to get our first win until next year. That's about all I can say."

HOW CLOSE IS YOUR CAR TO RUSTY'S? "Like Rusty said, all it takes is just a pound or two pounds of air in one corner of the race car to make the cars drive diffrerent. If you have to compensate with a shock or a spring or something else or sway bar. And we do a lot of things principle-wise that are the same, whether it's making the car arc a certain way or how we tie the front of the car down with shocks and things like that. Like Rusty said, everything mechanically in the car, typically, is 100 percent the same for both he and I. It's just, I guess, specific parts when it comes to the suspension to balance the car out that get a little bit different."

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