IRL: Kansas: Race quotes

IRL: Kansas: Race quotes

Post by pr.. » Tue, 09 Jul 2002 09:00:43

RICK TREADWAY (No. 55 Sprint Indy Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone):
"We had a good-handling car. Unfortunately, something started going away
on us. I don't know if it was the motor, the gearbox or a bearing. The
car just started slowing down. I had the pedal to the metal; it just
kept slowing down lap after lap after lap. It's unfortunate because it
was a great car. The Treadway-Hubbard guys did a great job getting the
Sprint car handling good, and we were running 215, 216 mile-an-hour
laps."

ROBBY McGEHEE (No. 54 Norwalk/Parsons Motorsports
Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "On full tanks and in traffic, the Norwalk
Furniture/Parsons Motorsports car had a big push, but as it lightened
up it got better. Our Firestone Firehawks were great despite the heat.
The car is in one piece, and now we'll try to go on to Nashville. I have
blisters on my hands, and my ears hurt because my helmet padding was too
tight. It was a hot day for everyone."

AL UNSER JR. (No. 7 Corteco/Bryant Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):
"Something went wrong in the transmission. We don't really know what it
is at this point, but it's disappointing for all of us because we had
such a great car. My guys had the best pit stops today as anyone on pit
road, and I'm so proud of all of them. I want to thank Kelley Racing,
Corteco and Bryant for giving me such great equipment week in and week
out. I also want to thank the great track safety staff and the infield
medical center personnel. I was a little dehydrated and overheated when
I got out of the car, and they have taken great care of me."

ALEX BARRON (No. 44 Rayovac Blair Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):
"We had great pit stops today. The team really worked hard today. It was
definitely hot this weekend. The heat played a big part in the way the
motor runs, the handling of the car, and it affects team performance. It
is hot, and it's hard to stay hydrated. The team did a really good job.
We are still doing OK in the championship with another top-10 finish. We
still want to win, and that is on the front of our minds."

BILLY BOAT (No. 98 CURB Records Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "A top-10
finish for the CURB Records car. We had a good, competitive race car
early in the race. We fought a bit of a balance problem in traffic
throughout the race, but we were able to run with the lead pack. Toward
the end of the race, after our last pit stop, we had a fuel-pressure
problem with the engine and lost quite a bit of horsepower, which slowed
us down a lot. We just kind of held on at the end for a top-10 finish.
The guys did a great job in the pits. We're doing better and better each
race. We'll just continue to work hard and look toward Nashville, the
home of CURB Records, which is a place we ran well last year, and we're
looking forward to going to this year."

JEFF WARD (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G
Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It was pretty tough out there. We had a
good car. I came into the pits and stalled the first one, which wasn't
too bad, and then I caught up. And then I came in again, I had the
clutch in, I was revving it up waiting for them to tell me to go, and
the clutch just slipped and took off. We restarted and the same thing: I
pushed it in, tried to wait, and then it took off again. That killed us
there."

TOMAS SCHECKTER (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing
Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It's disappointing. We just can't seem
to get a break. We had an unbelievable weekend with winning the pole
and leading so many laps. It was a perfect race up to the last 10 laps.
We improved our pit stops over the course of the race. I thought it
was mine as soon as I took the lead after the last stop. We had a good
car the whole race. With 10 laps to go, I had low tire pressure in the
right rear. It deflated, and there was no way I could control the car.
I have to thank the Red Bull Cheever team. They have done a great job
all weekend. And TWR Engines gave us great power here at Kansas with the
Infiniti engine. Firestone has given us good tires all year. We just ran
into some bad luck today."

GREG RAY (No. 11 A.J. Foyt Racing/Harrah's Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):
"The car was definitely getting better toward the end. I could run 217s,
218s, and I caught the pack in front of me. We came in and made a good
pit stop, and then the car never would go again. The fastest I could
turn was a 208. I don't know what happened, but something major in the
motor department."

FELIPE GIAFFONE (No. 21 Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing G
Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "(About problems during pit stops): "It was
a shame. We had a couple of problems there. I still don't know; I think
at one point the guys dropped the car a little bit too early. A week
ago, we won the fastest pit stop, and now we were slow in the pits,
so I still have to give some credit there. On the track, the car was
very, very good. We are really missing a win to go and fight for the
championship. We've been finishing in the top five, I think, for the
last four or five races, so the team is doing a great job. I think to
win a race -- we're knocking the door; we just need to get a little bit
lucky. We're there, so it's going to come."

EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing
Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was a horrible race. There is not
much to talk about. At the beginning the car was undriveable. Then
the steering just blocked. We fixed the problem with the steering and
then made some setup changes. The car was fine after that, but we were
several laps down by then. I just stayed out of the way of the leaders,
so we could take the checkered flag and earn some points."

SARAH FISHER (No. 23 Team Smart Blade/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G
Force/Infiniti/Firestone): "We had a really good car, but made a
miscommunication early that cost us. I wanted two turns out, and they
put two turns in. We've only had one previous race together, but we'll
get it straightened out between us. I think we're happy that in the
little window we had, we were able to get it back and go faster."

ROBBIE BUHL (No. 24 Team Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G
Force/Infiniti/Firestone): "Today was frustrating. We got the car sorted
out and were picking people off and moving toward the front, then we
lost another engine. There's no doubt that we could have been in it at
the end."

MARK DISMORE (No. 2 Menards/Johns Manville/Pittsburgh Paints
Dallara/Chevrolet/ Firestone): "It was a long day, unfortunately. We had
a fuel pickup problem that sent us behind the wall in the middle of the
race. It's really too bad because we our Menards/Johns Manville car was
a rocket ship before and after the problem. The guys came up with one
of the best pit stops I've ever seen on our first stop that put us in
third. From there, I thought we really had a shot at racing for the win,
and we would have, but we began losing fuel pressure shortly after that
and had to fix it. The rest is history. We did find speed though, and
that's encouraging. We'll be back at it in Nashville."

RAUL BOESEL (No. 12 Bradley Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "My
car really came alive. We were great. I just wish I would have had this
engine to qualify. I lost a lap early on because I was in traffic, and I
couldn't go anywhere. My car had a little push, so we were out of sync.
We never got a chance to get our lap back."

GEORGE MACK (No. 31 310 Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone): "Not very
good. Had problems this weekend, but it's part of racing. Still glad
to be here, just had a rough weekend. We've been chasing problems all
weekend. At one point, the 310 car was very consistent but just kind of
having some luck. I won't say if it's bad luck or good luck, just having
some luck right now."

RICHIE HEARN (No. 20 BG Products/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Racing Special
Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We had a good car. Unfortunately, my
throttle was sticking from the start. You can't shift when the throttle
is full throttle. I was really bad on restarts because I had to be
careful. The flat tire kind of screwed us, but it only cost us two
positions. I can tell you this: That's the hardest I've ever worked for
10th place."

BUDDY LAZIER (No. 91 Coors Light/Life Fitness/Tae Bo/Delta Faucet
Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "It was a real hard day for me. It was
really hard to drive for some reason. We didn't have that problem in
practice. But when we went to race, we had just a ton of caster or
something in it, because the steering wheel was hard to turn all day. It
was like turning 50 or 60 pounds to start with. After this kind of heat
and that length, the steering wheel got real heavy there at the end. I'm
in pretty good shape, so I know it wasn't me."

GIL DE FERRAN (No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):
"At the start of the race, we were able to gain three positions (on the
first lap). From there, we just picked our way through the field and
ran as high as second. The Marlboro Team Penske car was very good --
especially in traffic -- but we just didn't have the speed. I needed
someone fast to draft with, and unfortunately we had a little problem on
our last pit stop, which put us back a bit causing us to lose the draft.
At that point, there was nothing else I could do. It was a good, tight
race, and I really enjoyed it. We gave it all we had, but we didn't have
the ultimate speed to win. We brought it home in the points, which is
what we needed to do. Now we need to execute in Nashville."

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