IRL: Kansas post-race quotes

IRL: Kansas post-race quotes

Post by pr.. » Tue, 10 Jul 2001 13:00:19

Ameristar *** Indy 200

SCOTT SHARP (#8 Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone):
"I'm fine. The IRL has done a great job with these cars to be able to
sustain a high-force crash, but I got out so it's fine. Something broke on
the right rear of the car and just snapped around. We were really just going
according to plan. We were not trying to stretch the Delphi car too hard
until we got in the late stages of the race.

SARAH FISHER (#15 Walker Racing Kroger Special
Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It didn't seem as bad as I thought it would
be. We had a pretty loose car 90 percent of the race. We need to figure out
why were so loose all the time."

SHIGEAKI HATTORI (#55 EPSON Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We had a
good car. The mechanics did a good job, but during the race we couldn't
pass a couple of people. We finished eighth, which was good for our
team. The track was nice, smooth. It's a fantastic track."

FELIPE GIAFFONE (#21 Hollywood G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The
Hollywood car was really good today. We had another good finish. We had
just a little too much downforce in the car, otherwise I would have
been better in traffic. I have to thank the Hollywood Treadway/Hubbard
team. If it wasn't for them I would have finished in the back. I hit
something when Sharp crashed and bent the right-front toe link. The crew
changed it in pit lane, and we didn't lose a lap. That's just amazing.
The car was perfect on restarts. So even though we dropped to 10th when
we replaced the toe-link, we were able to go right back to the front. So
we'll take a fourth, but sooner or later we're going to win this year. I
really enjoyed Kansas Speedway. I think the crowd enjoyed a great show,
as well. The track is very smooth and great to drive, but it's a little
hard to pass, which makes it exciting as you set guys up."

BUDDY LAZIER (#91 Tae-Bo/Coors Light/Delta Faucet
Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "On a restart 20 laps into the race,
I went to shift from fourth to fifth gear and there was a big
uuuuuuhhhhhh. I couldn't go into fifth or sixth. Fourth was meant to be
a restart gear, not a running gear. I did the best I could to protect
my line, which was the low line. If someone wanted to pass me, they
would have to do it on the high side. I was taking the shortest distance
around the racetrack. My car was bouncing off the rev limiter, so I was
using my brake 10 to 15 times every lap so it wouldn't hurt the engine.
My car was awesome in the corners. We had a car that was capable of a
three-peat so I can't complain. We just need to keep our momentum up and
we sure have a lot of it."

BUZZ CALKINS (# 12 Bradley Food Marts/Sav-O-Mat
Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We're disappointed. We worked on the
Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara all day but could never get the
handling right."

ELISEO SALAZAR (#14 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing
Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I had a good car at the beginning then
it developed a bad push in traffic. We blistered the tires and had no
grip left on the front, and that was it."

DONNIE BEECHLER (#11 A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It
was a good finish, not just for myself, but for A.J. Foyt and his team.
We kind of needed a shot in the arm after Richmond. I wasn't very good
there, and Salazar had a good car and then ended up crashing. So this
is good for everybody. It was a very racy track. I'm looking forward
to coming back here next year." (More quotes will follow in the press
conference transcript.)

Steve Kight (director of marketing and motorsports, Infiniti Division):
"We've been knocking on the door since Atlanta, and today everything
worked. The Cheever Indy Racing team was great. Eddie was great, and he
drove a super race. The new Infiniti Indy 35A engine was there when we
needed it. It's the results of a lot of hard work on the part of our
designers in Japan and the work over here on this side. Everything is
really coming together. So now that we have won, we'll move on and look
forward to winning the next race."

BILLY BOAT (#98 CURB Records Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It's really
kind of a frustrating day overall. We had a pretty good car, and we were
up with the leaders at one point, but couldn't seem to get the right
breaks in traffic. The thing about these cars is that once you slow
down a little bit, three or four guys will go by you. And it's really
hard to regain the momentum to reclaim those spots and start gaining
positions. On the positive side, we hung in there and got another top
10. I truly think we had a top-five car, but just couldn't get those
breaks we needed. We'll regroup and be ready for Nashville."

EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (#51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti
Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It's a great day. This is a great day for
Infiniti. We've been working really *** this engine. We've worked
hard for the last two years. It was a great run. I really like this
racetrack. As far as Sam Hornish Jr., I'll race him anywhere, anytime.
He gave me a lot of room. That's the way I think the IRL should be run.
Sam and I went back and forth. Sam is very talented, and he's fair. We
love coming to Kansas." (A transcript of the winner's press conference
will follow.)

SAM HORNISH JR. (#4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We
had a pretty good race car. Our Firestone tires held up a lot. We ran
pretty good on them all day long. As far as finishing second goes, I
probably shouldn't have even finished up that high. I stalled it coming
out of the pits and went all the way to the back. We came about halfway
up and the guys got the rest of the spots for me in the pits. So as
usual, the Pennzoil Panther guys did an awesome job in the pits and made
my job easier." (About points race): "Hey, we'll finish second all year
long as long as somebody else wins every time, because that just means
we keep moving the points up. It's a nice thing to be able to go out
there and improve on our points lead. It's nice to go out there and race
with guys like Eddie Cheever and Donnie Beechler that go out there and
give people room. They don't try to crowd them up into the wall. It's
just a blast every time I get to race with them. So it's a lot of fun."
(More quotes will be provided in the press conference transcript.)

AIRTON DARE (#88 1-800-BAR-NONE/TeamXtreme G
Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The 1-800-BAR NONE car has been real
stable this whole weekend. It was very predictable, very easy to drive.
I mean, we started last and made it up to position two during the race.
We had a good race car the whole time. The crew worked real *** pit
stops to pick up positions. I am fine with a number six finish. The team
and everybody is looking forward to a little break this week, you know,
but we also can't wait to get back in the groove. Nashville will be
another great track for us."

ROBBY McGEHEE (#10 Cahill Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "They
say that stress makes a bone heal better, so I should be all better
now. We led the first laps we've led all year, so that feels really
good. I was playing it really safe. The Cahill Racing team had great
fuel strategy today and great pit stops. If we hadn't had that last
yellow, we would have been in the top three, because we didn't need
to pit again and that last yellow gave the other top runners a chance
to pit under yellow. The car was great. I'm really happy. My knee was
vibrating against the steering column, so now I see how I got that one
bruise during the crash in Texas. I need to ice down my leg now. I think
I wrapped it too tight. It got a little numb on me there near the end,
but I'm really happy that we led and finished in the top 10. I'll take


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