RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid) COMMENT ON IROC RACE "It was a good finish, a good race. Jay and everybody at IROC, I really appreciate everything they did. It was a great opportunity to get to race with Steve Kinser and Castroneves...
RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
COMMENT ON IROC RACE
"It was a good finish, a good race. Jay and everybody at IROC, I really appreciate everything they did. It was a great opportunity to get to race with Steve Kinser and Castroneves and some of the other racing greats from other series. It's great to get a chance to compete against those guys. It really doesn't give you an advantage for the Winston Cup race. The cars are quite a bit different. You get more laps on the track, and that really never hurts. It's racing, and that's what a racer does. It's a great opportunity to compete against those guys at different tracks. I had a lot of fun. It gives me and other people an opportunity, and it's good racing. I was happy to compete and do the things I did."
WHAT DO YOU WORK ON LAST 45 MINUTES OF PRACTICE?
"We're just going to try to get the car to handle real good and at the same time be real fast. Sometimes you've got to give up some drivability to be real fast and vice versa. We're going to do the best job we can and try to get a car that will work real good out front and in traffic. The car was pretty good in the first practice. We weren't the quickest on the chart, but we're pretty happy with it. We'll see how the second practice goes."
ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU MISSED THE POLE?
"Well, we're not disappointed. To come from 30th yesterday to second today by three hundredths of a second is an awesome feat for the team. Kevin Harvick and I both know that we got the two best times to go out and qualify. His was a little bit better with the rain on the track and the track having a chance to cool down a little bit more. We'll go on now and forget about the pole. He got the pole, so now we'll try to get the win."
YOU'RE BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA. DOES THAT MAKE THE BRICKYARD 400 EVEN MORE SPECIAL TO YOU?
"It's a big race no matter what. They added a little extra hype because I'm from Indiana, but that's part of their job. It's the second biggest purse of the season, but that's all right. We always go out and do the best job we can."
COMMENT ON THREE DODGES IN TOP FIVE
"I think the Dodge has a good package. The three Dodges that are in the top five went out pretty early, and I think that had a lot to do with it. Chevy still got the pole, so we've still got some work to do. I'm not concerned about any one car or team tomorrow. You've got to beat everybody."