Ford Teams Indianapolis Qualifying Quotes

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion

“It was just a good, solid lap. I always critique myself and think I could have gotten more, but I don’t really know. The UPS Ford was fast. It did what I needed it to do. Maybe if I would have gone a little harder it might have jumped out from underneath me, but I’m really proud of our guys. They built this brand new race car to come here. The first lap it ever saw on the race track was on Friday, so it’s really amazing to bring a brand new car here, tune on it and be successful.”

QUOTE AFTER WINNING THE POLE: “We need to get that win for Ned (Jarrett). He’s been a great ambassador to this sport and we couldn’t be more proud to have his colors on our UPS Ford this weekend. I’m looking forward to a good race on Sunday. Our Ford has been fast. A lot changes between now and the race on Sunday, so we’ve got our work cut out for ourselves, but we look forward to the challenge.”

David Ragan, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
David Ragan, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Photo by: Ashley Dickerson, ASP Inc.

THE FORDS HAVE BEEN FAST HERE. IS IT THE FR9 ENGINE? “Yeah, the motors mean a lot here. Doug Yates, Robert Yates, Jack Roush have really done their homework – Tom Ghent. I can remember being here seven or eight years ago when Elliott Sadler and DJ were up front for this thing just hoping I could drive one of those Roush Yates engines and here we are. You’ve got to get through the corners. Drew Blickensderfer and our whole team did a nice job working on our car, but it just makes life a lot easier when you press the throttle and you go fast.”


MARCOS AMBROSE – No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion

“It’s Indy. You want to do really well and want to get the pole and I just didn’t get it done. I’m disappointed in myself, really.”


GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

“I just screwed up. We’ve got a great car and I just turned in the corner too early in turn one and made the car loose. I got the left-front down too low and didn’t set me up good for turn two. I got off turn two pretty good and I said, ‘OK, I’ve got to recover a little bit,’ so I went into turn three and really nailed it with more speed than I probably should have had. I tried to kind of make up a little bit and I got tight and had to come out of the gas on the short chute because I was gonna get in the fence. And then in turn four I nailed it. It took me three corners to get one right, but you’ve got to perform when the pressure is on and I didn’t right there. I’ve got a good car for tomorrow. I’m ready for 400 miles here.”


TREVOR BAYNE – No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion

“I think we’re pretty happy with that. We’re in the race. Had we been in on points I probably could have pushed it a little bit more. I think I could have probably got a .30 out of it knowing what I left out there, but also going back and forth from Lucas Oil Raceway to here kind of messes with you a little bit, so I didn’t get all of it there, but I’m really excited with this run. The Wood Brothers have been behind me from the beginning and they’ve been behind me all weekend and we’ve picked up everytime we’ve hit the track and that’s all we can ask for. Now we’ve got 400 miles to pick up some more on Sunday, so I’m glad we’re in the race. It’s awesome for Ford, Motorcraft and Quick Lane. It’s a cool deal to be here and be out here on the Indianapolis Speedway for the first time.”

ANY PLACE YOU COULD HAVE DONE BETTER? “I would have carried more speed into one and three. I think I could have definitely used a little bit less brake and carried it in and turned in earlier. I’ve been at the short track, so I’m used to turning fast with a fast steering box and then I got here and it didn’t turn quick enough. I was like, ‘Man, I’ve got to beat the wheel to this thing,’ so I just got down a little bit sooner and carried more speed into one and three.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS PLACE? “I like it a lot. It’s intimidating from the infield because you can’t see anything and you don’t know what to expect. You’re kind of going out there blind, but once you get on the track it’s just a driver’s track. I think you can figure out a lot and manipulate your car and make it good. You just have to make sure you can get off the corners and we’re having a good time.”


MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

“I was disappointed just because the car didn’t drive like I wanted it to, like I thought it should. We worked on qualifying awfully hard. We had a lot of speed in our cars, as you can see with David and us with our practice speeds, so it’s disappointing that we missed the setup by that much where we didn’t get the speed out of the car that it was capable of.”


AJ ALLMENDINGER – No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion

“I’m happy but I threw away turn four. I think we were on the pole until turn four, but I just didn’t want to get too tight off of four, so I decided to try to drive it in until I saw Jesus and I overshot the corner (laughing). I’m just proud of the guys. Greg Erwin and I and the whole team are trying to gel together. It’s tough to do in a day or two and feel like you’re competitive, so I feel like slowly each session got better. We’re still not quite where we want to be, but we have plenty of time to keep working on that. We have to keep working on the car in race trim, but it seems like every time we went out there we got a little bit better so hopefully we do the same tomorrow.”

HOW ARE YOU IN RACE TRIM? “We’re OK. We definitely need some speed. I’m not gonna sit here and lie to you. I think we made the car on each run a little more comfortable, but we definitely need a little more speed out of it. I’m happy with the effort so far.”

HOW IS IT WITH GREG? “He’s engineering based, so he’s always got a lot of ideas. He’s never thrown a ton of stuff at the car, so we’re always trying just little stuff each run, so I feel like I can get a good idea of what the car does that run compared to the next run, so he’s just real easy to work with so far. I guess that’s always the first week, everything is nice the first week, but he’s got a great background and a lot of experience and that just helps me.”


CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Scotts Ortho Ford Fusion

“I’m happy with it. I’ll take it. I’ve qualified really, really poorly here. We’ve got very fast Ford race cars. Congrats to David Ragan. That’s huge for UPS, for David and for everybody. That’s a huge pole. Everybody has worked really hard the last two days to have a shot at that and for him to win it is big. I’m jealous of him. He did a great job, but my guys have done a great job as well. I could have drove the car a little bit better, but we’ve got 400 miles here on Sunday. I’m gonna run over to Lucas Oil Raceway tonight. I’m excited about that race. We’ve got a fast Fastenal Mustang, it should be good, and then we’ll be here tomorrow racing. This is gonna be good.”


SCOTT SPEED – No. 37 Max Q Motorsports Ford Fusion

“It’s a great weekend for us so far because we unloaded terrible and with such limited resources and such a small group of guys, it’s really hard to turn that around and we did great. We were super strong in practice and we could have bit off more, but we were able to make it in the race with a conservative setup, with a conservative lap and that’s the way you want to be able to get into races like this I think.”


TRAVIS KVAPIL – No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford Fusion

“I don’t feel like that’s gonna make the show, unfortunately. We thought we finally hit it on the very last run of practice. We got some good speed out of it. We didn’t really do much. Obviously, the track is a little hotter than it was earlier and I was hoping for some clouds to give us some grip. The car was just too loose right there. I never could pull on the wheel and get to the throttle like I needed to. I had to be really tentative and hesitant and with these long straightaways if you have to play with it a little bit it really compounds.”


ANDY LALLY – No. 71 Interstate Moving Services Ford Fusion

“We just made the Brickyard. Man, what an effort between TRG Motorsports and Ford and all these guys that have just gotten behind this program and helped the new guy out. Yesterday was the very first laps I ever turned here and to have the pressure of the next day and having to qualify to put it in the show on time was enormous, especially against the quality of drivers we race against week-in and week-out. All I can say is it’s an honor. I’m privileged to get an opportunity to do this with TRG Motorsports. We had some great Ford horsepower under the hood there and I’m sure that helped make the difference.”

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jack Roush , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , David Ragan , John Long , Greg Erwin
Teams Roush Fenway Racing , TRG Motorsports
Tags brickyard 400, ford, indianapolis, nascar, nscs, ragan, roush, sprint cup