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

"We were hoping today would be the day we would have a result to clinch the championship. We weren't really thinking about that, we just wanted to win the race. It was just a great car. Panther Racing has given me a great car every time I've gone out on the track all year. I was just able to take advantage of it."

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

"It was awful. It was terrible. The motor wasn't pulling at all. We couldn't pull anywhere near the gears that some of these guys are pulling. That made us change our whole setup last night, because we thought we just had the setup wrong with the things that we had done to make the car work better this weekend. So, we ended up with a bad car in the race. We had a lot of understeer in Turns 1 and 2, and I tried to fix that, but that gave me a lot of oversteer in Turns 3 and 4. It's a shame for everyone in the Western Union Speed Team. Now were really going to have to fight to keep second place in the points. "

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

"It was great. That was my first race in the Infiniti Pro Series cars. I learned a lot. I learned not to let that front pack get away. It was good tight racing and next time we'll come back and maybe take a little more downforce out of the car. All in all, it was a great time."

THIAGO MEDEIROS (No. 36 Genoa Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"The race was good. There was a lot of wind. It makes a lot of difference here. I was trying to keep the pace like the leaders, but I couldn't keep the pace with them. I was shifting every lap in the front and the back straightaway because the winds here make a lot of difference. I was just trying to find the best place to run. I did a lot of consistent laps. I thought we had a good result. I'm happy. Third place is a good result for the championship. We'll just keep working hard for the next race at Texas."

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

"There wasn't much side-by-side racing here today. The wind really made it hard. Mark (Taylor) was pushing in Turns 1 and 2. I was pushing. I think everyone behind me was pushing. Being in second place was a disadvantage because he was able to take a little bit more air off my wing, and we were already having problems pushing. If I ever could have gotten in front of him I think he would have had the same problem I did. That is the nature of the race. I'll take second place. Mark did a good job. He has locked up the championship."

MATT BEARDSLEY (No. 12 Land Tile Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"The race went real well considering we started last. When that yellow hit, I thought we might be able to go all the way to the front. We just started picking up a big push and in the draft, I'd hit the rev-limiter in the front straightaway for about the last third of the straightaway. Then I got a huge push coming off of Turn 2. On the last couple of laps, I really had to lift. Other than that, it was a great, great race."

G.J. MENNEN (No. 25 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone):

"It was a good race for us. We've struggled a little bit all year, but now we've turned things around. A top-five finish is quite a step for us, so we're hoping to roll into Texas and come out with a good result there."

 

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