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INFINITI PRO SERIES POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES

INDY RACING INFINITI PRO SERIES
Source — Indy Racing
Date Posted — August 10, 2002
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INFINITI PRO SERIES POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES

RONNIE JOHNCOX (No. 8 Rev. 1 Racing Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "We certainly could make some more changes to the car, but overall we ran pretty good. The Infiniti Pro Series made a smart decision, and said, 'You guys that want to go out and run and see what the track is like, you have five minutes to go out and do it.' Track time is very valuable in car racing. We felt it was in our best interest to go out and see what was going on. We thought it was the right thing to do to see what we had. Tomorrow we will be wide open with packs of three and four cars. There will be a lot of passing and drafting, and I think it will be really exciting for the fans."

MATT BEARDSLEY (No. 12 Alpine Bank Old-Republic Land Title Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It wasn't bad. There was a pretty big push in the middle of (Turns) 3 and 4. I actually scared myself a little bit. The ovals are pretty easy to learn. There isn't much to them, and you're through them in about 30 seconds. In a half-hour practice, you can get in 40 laps. The hardest thing is finding where the grip is going to be. It's definitely going to be hard to get around people here, harder than it was at Michigan or Nashville, where there's more banking. We're going really fast for how flat a track it is."

RYAN HAMPTON (No. 34 Ryan Hampton/CGF Special Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The track is slick. Right before they announced they were going to allow us five minutes to practice, I just went out to do a mock qualifying run. We determined that it was definitely worth changing what setup we could change right now to try to get a little more grip on the car. The warm-up helped. I basically put my foot down and turned left. It was good. The car was OK. We've been fighting the setup a little bit. It's only the second time running the car. The bad news is that we haven't done anything as far as when the car was pushed on the trailer at Michigan, so we were just trying to learn the car. Hopefully, we'll get some testing done after this race."

TOM WOOD (No. 9 Super 8 Motels/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "It wasn't a bad run. (Turns) 1 and 2 were pretty good. I got a good push going into (Turn) 3, but the track changed from earlier in practice. I like the guys I'm working with. We have a good team. I like the series. The cars are good. It's a good drive. I think we are going to be OK with the setup we have for tomorrow morning."

TONY TURCO (No. 43 Bowes Seal Fast Automotive Products/Team I.S.I. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was flat all the way around. That is all the car had. I felt like I drove a clean line all the way around. The first qualification in IRL, it just felt real good to get it done. We've been pretty conservative because it is my first time in the car. We haven't gotten free enough or loose enough to where we can actually have a problem. Basically, we are more working for race setup today than qualifying."

AARON FIKE (No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I don't know what happened. I was just driving along, and I spun out. I think the right side took a pretty good hit, but after talking to the crew, they should be able to put it back together for the race."

ED CARPENTER (No. 2 Menards/Jack K. Elrod Co./Futaba/Delphi Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I'm happy with qualifying. The track is definitely a little off from this morning because of the stock-car race. We weren't as fast as our practice time, but everybody has slowed down. The track was made a little bit bigger from the rubber laid down, so our times are going to slow down. The important thing is that we're in the top five with our Menards/Futaba Dallara, and that's all I wanted. Being in the first three rows is really huge. If you're in the back, sixth or seventh row, it's tough to get up to the front, especially if it goes green the whole way. Drafting is such a big part of this. You have to be able to stay with the lead pack. If they get away from you, and starting behind they're already away from you, it's really hard to get back up there."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Luyendyk Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "My car had a very big push, and it went loose in the end of the corner. We could have done better. We pulled short on the one lap because we wanted to make a change. I decided to put more downforce in for more grip, but it was still really loose. I spent the last two races on the front row, so that's where I expect to be. We'll work our way up in the race, though."

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The track's a little bit dirty from the NASCAR race before us, but overall the car ran pretty well. I got a little loose coming off of (Turns) 3 and 4 and a little off (Turn) 2 on the earlier lap. Other than that, it went quite well. Probably a little better than I thought."

G.J. MENNEN (No. 99 Greased Lightning Automotive Cleaning Products Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It wasn't exactly what we wanted. The track changed and caught a lot of people off guard, and we were one of them. We know where we have to be. We tested here, so we have a good race setup. We'll be OK. We are getting better. Before we had good qualifying cars, but now we have a good race car. I feel really good."

JASON PRIESTLEY (No. 7 HomeMed Pharmacy Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I qualified much farther down the order than A.J. (Foyt IV) did, and I had the opportunity to watch the other guys go and certainly watch A.J., and Ronnie Johncox and Ed Carpenter, a lot of the other guys that are real fast in this series qualify, so I kind of knew what I had to do. The track was very different from when we were practicing this morning. With these cars, so much of it is just being able to keep your foot in it and understand that the car actually will hold the road and actually will make the corner. I guess in a lot of ways most oval drivers at some time just put their faith in a higher power that they're actually going to make it around the corner."

A.J. FOYT IV (No. 14 Harrah's/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was kind of a different run. In practice, the track was not like that, but the All-Pro cars went out there and laid down some different rubber that didn't work good with the Firestone rubber at all. When I went into (Turns) 3 and 4, the car kind of slid a little bit and caught me off guard. I had to get out of the throttle when I should have been wide open. After I got out of my car, I was kind of disappointed because I knew we could have been better than that, but I didn't know everybody else was going to have the same problems I did. Since I was sixth out, I got to watch all the other guys go out, and it was real nerve-wracking. I saw Jason's (Priestley) speed, 178 (mph) the first lap, and I was kind of nervous about the second lap. It was two good laps, but I came out just a little bit ahead."####

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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on August 10, 2002. http://www.racingwest.com

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