RICHIE HEARN (No. 91 Metabolife/Delta Faucet/Life Fitness Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"The car is getting better. It's tough to come in here with a new team, especially a team that's been with Buddy (Lazier) for a long time. So, it's tough for someone like me to come in. We're taking it one session at a time. It's better than it was last session, and we'll improve for tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll run in the front of the pack in this race and then test at Texas and go from there." (About racing in home state of California): "It's good to be back. I've got a lot of family and friends here. I've got about 25-30 people coming. It's good to race in your hometown."

ED CARPENTER (No. 18 Metabolife Ultra Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"We had two completely different runs. The weather conditions really changed a lot out here, and it made us come with a completely different approach. As a rookie, I learned a lot about how a track can change. My first race, two weeks ago at Chicago, we didn't really encounter anything like this, so it has been a good learning day. We learned a lot about how much it can change and what we can do to fight that. Everything we did in the morning session, we pretty much threw away in the second session just because the track was so different. With the heat coming up so much, the track loses a lot of grip. The cars need twice as much downforce with this heat. It is unbelievable."

ALEX BARRON (No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"Our second practice session today was definitely better than our first. Track conditions changed since the wind picked up a lot, but we were able to have a pretty good run. We worked on our race setup mostly today, but tomorrow morning we'll focus more on our qualifying setup. We gained a lot of good information when we tested here last week, so we're hoping it will pay off in qualifying tomorrow."

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone):

"Everything is going pretty good. The wind picked up a little bit, just like we though it would, but we didn't lose that much speed, so we're pretty happy with that. We're just working on the race car, and we'll see what we have for tomorrow in qualifying. It's going to be quite a showdown in the race, because it's looks like all the top five in points are right up there."

GIL DE FERRAN (No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone):

"We've been working on race setup all day. We've got a lot of work to do, and we got some good pointers there toward the end of the day that should give us a direction to start tomorrow."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone):

"It was a good day. We basically worked on the race car most of the day. The times are kind of useless to look at because some people got a draft. I got a draft, and it doesn't matter that much. We're looking very strong. (About the difference between the morning and afternoon): "Wind. It was the only big change. The car was running smooth in the morning, and then in the afternoon, we had some little issues, but nothing that we won't have time tomorrow to fix."

BRYAN HERTA (No. 27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"It was a difficult day for us all around. This morning was a setback, and we just haven't found a setup that I'm happy with yet. We're going to take a good look at Dan (Wheldon) and Tony's (Kanaan) notes, then Allen (McDonald, race engineer) and I will sit down and get the Archipelago/Motorola car running better tomorrow."

ROGER YASUKAWA (No. 55 Panasonic ARTA Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"Basically, to be racing in your hometown is always a good feeling. I actually grew up in Ontario. I lived here from when I was born until I was six years old, so I would really call this my hometown. Other than that, my Panasonic/ARTA crew did a great job today preparing the car. Usually, we concentrate a lot on the race setup, and today we spent a little bit of time on the qualifying setup, and it turned out to be really quick. We'll be qualifying a little bit earlier tomorrow, but I think it will still be hot like today, so we're fairly happy with that. Overall, I think we should work a little more with the race setup, but once we get to (race-day) warmup, we should have a pretty good car. We've been very strong on the superspeedway tracks lately. For me, winning the Rookie of the Year title is going to be the biggest thing. I'm going to try to be ahead of Dan (Wheldon) throughout the sessions and the race, which isn't going to be easy. We're working 100 percent to do that."

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone):

"I bet everyone did a lap time with a tow, I just got a better one. I'm happy. I think we made good improvements since last week when we came here to test. I'm pleased with the balance of the car. We worked a lot on race setup today, so I wasn't concerned about speed, but the speed was still there. It doesn't matter where you qualify. This is going to be a tight race. It doesn't matter where you start. Concentrate on race setup and see what happens on Sunday. I'm not even worried about tomorrow in qualifying at all. I just want to be up front, obviously, to try and stay out of trouble."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota/Firestone):

"We did race setup in the second session. It seemed pretty good, but as Tony (Kanaan) said, on these circuits, a (fast) lap is pretty easy to get with a big tow. Guys get a lap at 224 (mph) and then the next one is 221. I think we're looking pretty good for qualifying. We had a few problems today with our race setup. The car wasn't too good in traffic." (About qualifying): "Obviously, you want to qualify in the front, but as Tony (Kanaan) said, it doesn't matter if you start last, you can probably be at the front in five laps if you have a good race car. The key is to have a solid race car, and we have some work to do there. Team Target will be fine. We still have a lot of track time left to make it better. We need to have a good finish this weekend to stay in the championship."

 

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