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2014 Detroit: IndyCar Practice Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on May 30, 2014 - 06:22 PM
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2014 Detroit: IndyCar Practice Quotes


MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 Snapple Honda): "It was a complete waste for me. We had brake problems in Practice 2, Practice 1 was okay. We tried a little experiment that didn't work out, and we weren't able to reset with what we thought was going to be a good set up because we just had brake issues the entire Practice 2. Very unfortunate because that's 50 percent of our practice for the weekend. I'll have a little bit of a deficit tomorrow, but we'll see what we have on the reds in the morning, that's all we can do."

MIKE CONWAY (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): (About picking up where he left off last year): "Yeah, it seems that way. Obviously couldn't do that without a good car from Ed Carpenter Racing. I think we just picked up where we left off at Long Beach, it seems to be a good place to start with here. I haven't touched it much, which is a big credit to the team really. Around the place it's a lot of fun, each lap gets your attention that's for sure. There's non-stop action around here, so yeah pretty happy so far. We'll see a big difference tomorrow with the reds, so just got to keep onto our plan."

 

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CARLOS HUERTAS (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): "The car felt pretty good. We made some changes to the car from the morning session and it was better but we didn't get the chance to run new tires at the end. Hopefully there is a lot more time to come tomorrow from me and from the car. It was definitely nice driving on a street circuit after my first oval race. It is a very packed schedule this weekend so you don't have time to think about things as much. You are always in the car so it is a big change [from Indianapolis]. It is a very bumpy circuit so it is completely the opposite. The main objective for this weekend is to finish both races and try to do a good job, do everything right, and hopefully get some solid points."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 National Guard Honda): "The National Guard car seems to be very competitive and that's all we can ask for. It seems we're right in the thick of it. I'm pretty happy with our pace. I brushed the wall in Practice 2 and ended our day about 15 minutes early but we're pretty quick and competitive. I think the things we found in Long Beach with the setup are starting to pay off."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): "I wasn't too happy with the car in the session this morning. Traffic was a bit of an issue and it was hard to get a clear lap. We made some changes to the Target car and picked up some speed in the afternoon session. We still need to get the car better though. It looks like we're about six tenths of a second off still."

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet): "Obviously this is the way we should be starting each race weekend - in the top five. We know we have the team and personnel to do it, it just takes time working together to get to know each other and making it all happen. We have a good Energizer car so far this weekend in Detroit and we'll start working to move up further on the speed chart for qualifying tomorrow."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "A tough day for the No. 2 Verizon Chevy. We are fighting some shifting issues that have kept us from really focusing on making the car faster. It's not bad, just a bit of understeer in the second session. Unfortunately the red flags fell at bad times for us as well. We'll just have to put our heads down tonight and come out with a plan to qualify well tomorrow."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "Today was a good day for the Hitachi team. We were quick in both practice sessions and were able to try some new things in the terms of our pit stops which I think will be very beneficial to us during the race. Hopefully our speed will carry over into tomorrow's qualifying and then race."

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda): "It's a great track. I love it. The Penske organization always does a great job. I think it's becoming an interesting track in terms of racing, not just qualifying, but there's some good places for passing - Turn 3, Turn 7. It's very enjoyable. It's breathtaking after being two weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You really get your hands full. I have to say, it's certainly hard work. It's a lot of fun. You just push yourself as hard as you can and try to do a good lap."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda): "I like the schedule change here in Detroit with the fact that we get two practice sessions; I think that really helps everybody out. This place is a challenge every time we come - the track is very bumpy, surface changes and all that. All in all, I think we made some gains from practice one to practice two, which is good. If we can make that kind of jump again heading into qualifying, I think we'll be in a pretty good position. Qualifying is going to be tough; it's going to be about who's the bravest because this track is pretty tricky, but fingers crossed the United Fiber & Data car will be up there."

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 34 Cinsay AndrettiTV.com HVM Honda): "This track seems pretty difficult for everyone...especially for the rookies. This is a really tough track, and you're always on the limit. I have to improve for tomorrow; we'll go back and analyze everything since tomorrow is so important with qualifying and the first race. We'll work tonight and try to be better for tomorrow."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): "I think it was a good day. We had a great first session - we led - and in the second session, we only used one set of tires, so we've got some tires in the back pocket for the rest of the weekend. I think we've got a pretty good car for qualifying - we'll see how it goes on session at a time. I'm not quite sure why the car quit early, but it just stalled and wouldn't re-fire."

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "The No. 12 Verizon Chevy is slowly making progress. We definitely have to put everything together so we can get it done for qualifying tomorrow. We'll be ready."

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