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INDY: Pruett, Karam Power to p2 Finish; Shank Finishes p6 (Driver Quotes)
Posted by: newsla on Jul 26, 2014 - 05:39 PM
INDY: Pruett, Karam Power to p2 Finish; Shank Finishes p6 (Driver Quotes)



2/2 01 (*Scott Pruett, Sage Karam) – 2:46:51.684.

6/6 60 (*Ozz Negri, John Pew) – 2:46:03.692.

*Last driver in car.


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6 01 (*Scott Pruett, Sage Karam) – 1:18.436, 111.943 mph

8 60 (*Ozz Negri, John Pew) – 1:19.555, 110.369 mph

* Driver qualified.

Ford at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Ford overall wins at the Brickyard: 12

Open Wheel: 8 (Drivers – Jim Clark; Graham Hill; AJ Foyt; Mario Andretti; Al Unser; Jacques Villeneuve; Buddy Lazier).

NASCAR Sprint Cup: 3 (Dale Jarrett; Ricky Rudd).

Sports Car: 1 (Sebastien Bourdais & Alex Popow).

Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley, has recorded Top-10 finishes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Indianapolis 500 (10th in 1989), Brickyard 400 (10th in 2000) and Brickyard Grand Prix (2nd in 2012 & 2013). His 10th-place effort in the 2000 Brickyard 400 driving the No. 32 Tide Ford for Cal Wells marked his best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish on an oval.

No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

SCOTT PRUETT: “I’m grateful to the whole (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) team and everyone at Ford. Sometimes all the adversity makes you stronger and you just have to keep at it. That’s all you can do, just keep digging and keep working and keep working. Sage (Karam) did a great job today and I’m proud of him. I’m happy for the whole team.”

IT WAS A TWO-CAR STORY OUT THERE TODAY IN PROTOTYPE, WITH THE 5 AND THE 01: “It was. It was good. We needed a good run. That’s true more than anything else. It was great that we got that and hopefully this will be the start of some momentum. We can start picking things up.”

OBVIOUSLY THIS IS AN IMPORTANT VENUE TO YOU. TALK ABOUT WHAT RACING AT INDY MEANS TO YOU. “At least we’re consistent. We were second here two years ago, second last year and second this year. We haven’t quite figured out the recipe to get to the top of the podium. Hopefully next year we can do that. Sage (Karam) did a great job. I couldn’t be any happier for the Ganassi guys and the Ford EcoBoost program. We’ve had a tough few races for sure and it’s nice to get on the podium, especially here at Indianapolis. It’s a special place for me, coming here in IndyCar and Cup cars and in sports cars, across the board. I couldn’t say enough about the track. The changes that Indianapolis Motor Speedway have done in layout and pavement and everything made the racing great. You could get offline and pass guys and hopefully that made it as great for the fans as it was for the drivers.”

SAGE KARAM: “The Chip Ganassi Racing (with Felix Sabates) guys just put together a masterpiece of a car for me today. On new tires there was a little too much understeer but as the tires wore it kind of came to us and as the runs were going on I was getting faster and faster and faster, which is ideal. The Ford EcoBoost engine is always putting out good power. There are never any problems there. I couldn’t be happier. Well, I guess I could be happier if we won, but as far as my performance and the team’s performance, it’s a good result.”

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO RACE INDIANAPOLIS AT 19 YEARS OLD (IN INDY 500 AND BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX)? “They say Indianapolis is good to some people and bad to some people, and so far she’s showing good to me. Hopefully I can just keep that going for the rest of my career and pick up some wins.”

YOU RACED AN ENDURANCE RACE IN THE ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA. DID ANYTHING SURPRISE YOU ABOUT THIS SPRINT RACE? “I knew it was more of a sprint race and we’d have to get after it earlier, and I knew we weren’t starting in the position where we wanted to be, so I kind of went for it on the start and I went down low and there was just too much gray down there. Too much dirt from the Continental (Tire SportsCar Challenge) race. I just got a lot of rubber on my tires I didn’t need to have on there and braked too late, locked them up and I missed the turn, but I knew I had to make it up to my team and I drove my hardest. The Ford EcoBoost engine really gave me its all out there. It was great. The car was on rails. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I’m just really blessed and honored to be driving for the Ganassi guys out here. I would love to do more of this. Right now I don’t have a fulltime schedule, so driving anything is great. I’d race lawn mowers if I had to.”

YOU WERE PRESSED INTO SERVICE QUICKLY THIS WEEK. TELL US ABOUT GETTING BACK INTO A SPORTS CAR. “Like you said, I found out probably four days ago that I was going to be driving this race, so it was short notice but I was going to be in Indy, so Chip just gave me a call and asked me if I wanted to do it. Of course I wanted to. The car was great. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates put together a great car. We didn’t have the qualifying position we wanted but we all knew we had a little more to give and we’d move forward. I made a mistake on the start and got pushed to the bottom. Everyone in the DPs were trying to get around the P2 cars and we knew we had to go for it. I kind of locked it up and if I’d tried to stick with it I probably would’ve t-boned someone, so I just bailed and went straight. I felt bad about that. The thing about sports car racing is you’re not really driving for yourself, you’re driving for your teammate. So I felt bad. I thought ‘oh man, Scott’s probably yelling at me right now.’ But thankfully we got it back going and we showed some speed and got it to the front.”

No. 60 Aero Ford EcoBoost Riley

Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian

OZZ NEGRI: YOU HAD A LOT OF TRAFFIC TO GET THROUGH TODAY: “With the PC’s and the GT’s, it was hard to gauge when to get close to them and when to let off a little so I could lose less. I fought hard. I finished the race and I’m going to go home happy because I know I gave it my best. We have some stuff to improve, some stuff to do, which we will keep working hard at. Brilliant job by the crew on pit stops. I worked very hard on my in and out laps.

JOHN PEW: TALK ABOUT THE START: “I just found a clear space and went for the clear space. It was the only thing I could do. I just reacted to the situation. (The No. 60 Aero Ford EcoBoost Riley) was really loose in the beginning. It wasn’t stopping like it was before. The brakes were taking a lot of pressure to even lock them up, which is unusual for this car. I had to move my brake points way back. Once I got further into my stint, some of the looseness went away. There was a lot of traffic out there, but I thought most of the drivers were pretty heads-up…Always in the back of my mind I’m thinking I have to give the car to Ozz, so there’s no reason to take any risks, but you still have to get around traffic and stay in the best position you can.”

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