MARK TAYLOR (No. 4 Fulmar Panther Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"It was really good. This morning the wind and the heat really changed the track. It put a lot of push into the car. We were a little bit worried about it, so we were a bit conservative for qualifying. I bet we could've gone a little bit quicker. It's one of those things. At this point in the year, you don't want to end up making a mistake and end up in the back of the field. I'm going to go out every race and enjoy it."

(About his season): "Once I got the deal done with Panther, I knew that they would give me a great car. I felt confident that I could go out on the ovals and learn very quickly, and that's what we were able to do. We were able to go out in the first two races and win them. Once you've got a good platform like that, the confidence grows. You never know quite how successful you'll be at the beginning of the year. I think everyone was hoping that we'd win five or six races in the year, but being able to actually do it is an achievement for the team as well as myself. To be able to have a car that has run every lap is unbelievable that we haven't had any problems so far. It was a new car for them at the beginning of this year. It just shows how much work they've put into it."

JEFF SIMMONS (No. 20 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"The track has slowed down a lot from this morning. It's almost a second slower. When we went out for the second practice there was a lot of understeer, especially in Turn 2, but we got rid of that. The car is not bad right now. It's hard to get the gearing right. We actually changed quite a bit in the gearing today. I still don't think we hit it quite right. If you drop a little too low in the revs in the corner, then it never gets up to the powerband down the straightaway."

CORY WITHERILL (No. 92 WSA Healthcare Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"I think it went all right, for the most part. It felt like the car was kind of slow at the beginning of the first session. Then, in the second session, we tried to make our car faster for qualifying today. We kind of have a good idea of a good setup for the car for the race."

ARIE LUYENDYK JR. (No. 5 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"The car's a lot better than the last practice session. That session was pretty bad for us. We couldn't even go flat through (Turns) 1 and 2. We just lacked a lot of speed in the corner, and we had to use the whole racetrack. When I got the pole in Michigan, I just ran the bottom, and the car was really free. Here we had a lot of push in the corner, and I used the weightjacker a lot. Through (Turns) 3 and 4, the car was a lot better than Turns 1 and 2, where it seemed to push a lot. We just didn't have the speed."

TAYLOR FLETCHER (No. 9 Olive Crest Foundation/SSM Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"It's about as close as it gets to a home track. Most of them are a couple of hours away. It's nice, because I have a lot of family and friends here. We've been talking to a few sponsors here over the last few years, so I was able to bring a couple of these people out here today and tomorrow. That's going to be a real benefit to me in my career, as well as give them an opportunity to see what it's all about."

BRAD POLLARD (No. 99 Natural Golf/Sam Schmidt Mtrspts. Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"There was a big headwind going down the backstretch, but a great tailwind coming down the front. The car was planted. The Sam Schmidt team put together one of the best cars in the field. He (Sam Schmidt) gave me the pleasure of driving one of these today. I'm learning a little bit more every time I go."

GARY PETERSON (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"This is great, but it's a lot of pressure though. I have a lot of friends and a lot of sponsors here and this is a great facility. It's a great track. I'm really glad to be here."

ED CARPENTER (No. 14 Futaba/Delphi/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"We came into this race third in the points championship. Mark (Taylor) has had a pretty dominant year, a year everyone dreams about. If it's a close call, he usually gets the breaks. It's just been one of those kind of years. Mark and I have been duking it out by the thousandth (of a second). He's got four poles, and I've got three. He's obviously got a lot more wins than me. I've tried to beat him quite a few times and just came up very short. Hopefully, I'll get a couple of the breaks these last two races and steal some of his steam."

 

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