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2014 Texas: Chevrolet IndyCar Qualifying Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 06, 2014 - 06:21 PM
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2014 Texas: Chevrolet IndyCar Qualifying Quotes

Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Pole Winner: TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN: "I could see that people were dropping off a lot on the second lap. It seemed loose to me on the first lap there. I wasn’t sure what it was going to do the next time around. I was able to pretty much stay flat through the whole two laps. I was actually surprised at the speed on the first lap. It’s a great start to the weekend very focused on the race. Last year Helio (Castroneves) was very strong so trying to get a car that is that good through the race if I can."

HOW CAN YOU MANAGE THE EARLY LAPS GIVEN THE DRASTIC TIRE FALL OFF? "I don’t think it matters. They seem to drop and then plateau. You will just run a consistent pace and it seems with the extra downforce you can maintain maybe in the 205 (mph) range starting to run 210’s and maybe a 205. I’m not sure that looking after you tires will actually help. It’s hard to say. We will have to see how it plays out."


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HOW WILL THE CAR SET-UP CHANGE FROM DAY TO NIGHT? "Cooler track temp should help the car to give it more grip, help the tires. That is what we are going to see tonight. We’ve got a 30 minute session that is around when the race will be starting. We will get some sort of indication obviously as the night goes on in the actual race things are going to cool off and it will be a bigger drop and balance change."

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PUSHING HARDER THAN YOU EVER HAVE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR? "I mean I’m just racing how I race the second half of last year or the end of last year. I’m not thinking about anything else, but racing. I’m not thinking about points. Just keeping everything out of it and just trying to do a good job week in and week out. Just keep that focus on winning. The whole point’s thing it is just too many years of being conservative and thinking of points. Just doesn’t personally do me any good. That is my personality might help some other people, but for me this is how I like to race."

DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE CHANGES THIS YEAR WITH THE ADDED DOWNFORCE IS IT WHERE YOU GUYS WANT TO BE OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A LITTLE BIT MORE? "It’s absolutely in the drivers hands now. Where the races that you guys are talking about we had here in the past were taken out of the drivers hands. It’s just like highway racing you are just wide open and you just sit for a whole stint side-by-side. You have kind of taken totally the driver out of the equation. A part from that it was bloody dangerous. Right now we are creeping back to trying to close it up a bit. We have added quite a bit of downforce so hopefully that creates some good racing. For drivers it’s great because you really have to drive the car. You drive the car at over 210 mph it’s not easy when it’s sliding in an open wheel car. I’m not sure the crowd appreciates that like how hard we are working out there now. It might look easy, but man it’s real tough."

DO YOU THINK THIS SET-UP SEPARATES THE RACERS FROM THE REGULAR DRIVERS? "There is not a bad driver in the field. There is seriously that is why it’s so mixed up every week. There is no one bad. The guy who qualifies last or finishes last is still a really good driver they just didn’t quite have the car on the day. Every year it just gets tighter and tighter and harder to find a way to separate yourself. Now you can’t. It’s come down to the most minute things to be better than someone and that is why you see different winners every week and qualifying sessions mixed up. I think it’s great. If you are a fan watching you have no idea going into any weekend who is going to be quick and who is not."

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Suave for Men Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Qualified 3rd: "We have had a good car so far today here in Texas and we were strong this morning leading practice in the Suave For Men No. 10 car. I just missed it a little on our second lap in qualifying. I think it was something when I shifted at the wrong time and that slowed us up a little on that second lap. Either way it’s still a good race car and I’m looking forward to practice tonight."

Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Qualified 4th: "I had a bit of an understeer with the Verizon Chevy, but I’m pretty happy with that lap. Tonight’s practice session is going to be very important because the track will be the closest we’ll get to race conditions. We tested here a couple of months ago and I think we learned a lot. The weather is no where close to the same as it was then, but hopefully we can still apply some of the things we learned."

Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, Qualified 5th: "I am disappointed with the car in qualifying. It felt good in practice this morning. And the first lap is good (218.326), but the car really fell off the second lap (217.031). There was just no grip. I’m not sure this aero (dynamic) package is right. Texas Motor Speedway is the toughest oval track we run now. It’s tougher than Indy, Fontana and others. We haven’t had pack racing since 2005 or 06 here. It’s been single file here since 2007 but everyone still thinks we race in packs here. That’s just not the case."

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Qualified 7th: "The Target car was obviously really good this morning and we were happy the way we unloaded. This afternoon in qualifying we ran a good first lap which had us second overall, but our second lap was a lot slower, which we knew would be the case. I think we should be strong over long runs and good for the race tomorrow night."

Ryan Briscoe, No. 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Qualified 13th: "We had a really good first practice this morning and I was able to run in first for most of the session and then ended up in third behind my teammates in the end. I think we were just off on the gears for qualifying and I wasn’t able to put together the lap times we were hoping for. In qualifying it’s the fine details that can really make you lose quite a bit of speed and that was definitely the case for us today. We’ll be able to go back and get the problem fixed and be ready to put in a good race tomorrow night."

Helio Castroneves, No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet, Qualified 14th:

Charlie Kimball, No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Qualified 15th: "Qualifying didn’t go quite as planned today, but the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet is looking good for the race. The Novo Nordisk guys did a great job getting the car ready and I think I have a really good car underneath me. We just missed it a little bit and around here when you miss it a little bit, you see big differences. Overall the Chevy has been really fun to drive around here and it’s great to be a part of Team Chevy this season."

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet, Qualified 18th: "A very disappointing qualifying run for the Hydroxycut - KVSH Racing team. Obviously, not what we were hoping for. We were not really quick and not really happy with the car this morning, so we made some changes that didn’t work out. Now we just have to try and forget about qualifying and make the race car as good as we can get it. Hopefully have a good day tomorrow."

Sebastian Saavedra, No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet, Qualified 19th: "I am very disappointed with our qualifying effort. We came here with high expectations that the Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc.- KV AFS car would be pretty strong around here, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. The whole team has been working very hard to put both cars (No. 17 and No. 11) where they deserve to be and we now need to go back to the drawing board find the problems and fix them. We need to try and move on from qualifying now and keep the positive mindset alive going into final practice tonight and the race tomorrow."

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