Pontiac Racing quotes from New Hampshire

JOHN ANDRETTI, NO. 43 CHEERIOS/STP PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "Our car started developing a miss. I didn't want to call in to the team because there is nothing they can do. So we just worked through it and then unfortunately it just got worse and ...


"Our car started developing a miss. I didn't want to call in to the team because there is nothing they can do. So we just worked through it and then unfortunately it just got worse and worse. That's why we kept backing up. But the Cheerios Pontiac, the Petty Enterprises team is a great team. It's unfortunate that we didn't get to take advantage of it this week, but we'll be back."


"We've got a good race car. We've just got to get that driver to qualify good and not get ourselves in the back. But it was late in the race before we got a lap down. There were almost 60 to go before we got ourselves in that position. Had it gone green I think we would have been in really good shape. But the rain kind of hurt us. Tony was fast enough to hold us down that lap, and we just didn't quite beat him back to the line. I think our day was decent, but I feel we had a little better car than that. We've just got to start up front a little better."


"Anytime you start in the back at Loudon and come out of it with a top 15 finish, it's not a bad day. I think we had a better race car than that. If things would have cycled and the rain would have stayed away I think we would have run in the top 10. But I don't think we can complain. Right now we're trying to hold onto our points and we're a little bit ahead. I think we learned some things to come back here in six or seven weeks."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: (DID HE WANT TO SEE THE RAIN AT THE END?) "Not in the position we were in, but that's the way it goes. It's hard to read a lot of times what can happen. We could've stayed out there and it might have gone green. We wouldn't have had to pit like the '20' and a few others who had to pit. It was just one of those situations on this type of racetrack." (ON THE EFFECT OF THE RAIN ON FUEL STRATEGY) "It just goes back to where you were. We topped off with fuel and we were able to go one more stop. Those guys didn't under that caution and they had to stop a couple of times. If it hadn't have rained, we would have had no problems. If it rained, they were looking good. It was just one of those deals." (IS HE HAPPY WITH THE OVERALL RESULT?) "Yeah, we were junk yesterday. We made a lot of adjustments. We still aren't quite where we want to be. But I feel like we made some headway, and that's good. When you can take something bad and make something good out of it, that's better than taking something good and making it terrible."

JIMMY MAKAR, CREW CHIEF, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC: "This was a circumstantial-type race. Depending on what segment you were racing in, the weather and everything else had a whole lot to do with it. It was good for some and it was bad for others. But it definitely influenced quite a few cars. The '20' car did have the best car all day and it turned out to be in his favor. That was great. But we lost probably a half o' dozen spots on the racetrack to guys that would have had to have pitted had it gone green, so it didn't turn out so good for us. But that's alright." (HOW GOOD WAS THEIR CAR?) "We had a lot better than a ninth place car. I think (we had) probably a third or fourth place car judging by the speeds all day long and what he (Bobby Labonte) could do. I thought we really had a solid top five, and I'm figuring around a third or fourth place-type car."

RICK MAST, NO. 14 CONSECO PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: "This has been an up-and-down day. I knew we had a pretty good car, but we started the race and it started missing right when they dropped the green flag. Then we had a couple of cautions early and the guys were able to pinpoint it. They found a spark plug bad and they were able to replace the plug and get me back. We went from 11th, back to 41st and back to 13th at the rain delay. The car was definitely a top 10, but man, we were playing catch-up so much, and we got out of sync on the pit stops one time. "Really the last run we had before it started raining at the end, the car was a little bit too tight. We didn't have it quite adjusted right. But if it had gone back to green, and we had won, we'd be happy." (ON HIS FEELING WHEN HE HEARD THE MISS AT THE BEGINNING) "When I was warming up the tires before we took the green flag I felt the motor skipping. I thought, 'What in the world...?' Then when we took off running, there it was missing, and I thought, 'I just can't believe this.' It was just like 'deja vu.' Dover we had such a good car and got taken out early. I knew I had a good car here.

"I guess it's just time for good things to start happening. The thing of it is, we've just got to be more consistent. We've got to run better every week. That's what we've got to do. Then you can work through all this stuff that goes wrong. The things that have gone wrong really haven't been anybody's problem, but..."

(IS THIS A START?) "Oh yeah, it's definitely a start. I had personally put Indy as the time when I wanted it all to be turned around by, and it's looking that way to me. By Indy I want to be able to run good every week. Hopefully that's going to happen."

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