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DATE News (chronologically)
07/20/08
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"She came to my team and our pit box in a very bad way with bad words. If you come in a nice way, perfect, we can talk. If you come in a bad way, you are going to find my bad side. I don't like drama, and I told her, 'Go away, you are not welcome.' I don't like the show she likes in every race weekend. She can push the guys because they cannot do anything to her, but she cannot push me. We meet on equal condition (as women), and I know what kind of character I have. I know if somebody pushes me and finds my bad side they are going to get a problem." Milka Duno, IndyCar driver, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, commenting on Danica Patrick confronting her after practice for the Mid-Ohio race

"Finally, something went our way. This is great. What a weekend for Team Penske. It just feels so good to get this win. It's been a rough couple of weeks in the lead-up to here and this one's sweet for sure. There was one point where we fell back in the pack, staying out a bit too long on the (rain tires). I was thinking to myself, 'I know it can be done. I know with Roger calling my strategy, we'll get up the front. If we win this, it's going to be awesome.' And here we are." Ryan Briscoe, IndyCar driver, Team Penske, winner of Mid-Ohio race

“I nailed it this afternoon. When the team told me I had to build a 23-second gap in just seven laps, I knew I had to drive over the limit – and I did. But I knew we had the best car this weekend and felt comfortable pushing hard to make up the gap. In the final stint, I had to work for today’s win. When the Safety Car came out, I questioned whether I should pit but I trusted the team to make the best decision on strategy. It didn’t quite work out, but I knew we had the pace in the car to keep pushing and want to say a big thank you to Heikki, who realized I was quicker I was able to slipstream past Felipe and then thought my work was done, then I had to do it all again to get past Nelson. But I made a couple of textbook moves to get past them both. Everybody in this team has worked so hard to make this victory happen. We mustn’t grow complacent but must feel assured that our efforts are being rewarded. We couldn’t have asked for more today.” Lewis Hamilton, F1 driver, McLaren Mercedes, winner of German GP

"This is not really a circuit for us and that makes this a sweet one. The whole team was perfect. Over the off-season we did some good testing with Michelin and made some good steps. We were really good on the street circuits as well. The combination we have is on the top level - a good tire and a good car." Marco Werner, Grand-Am driver, Audi Sport North America, winner with teammate Lucas Luhr of Mid-Ohio race

"All the alarms were on today - the oil temp, water temp - and you just had to ignore it all.  Everything was overheating, including the drivers. We just took it to the checkered flag. This is a big win for us as a team. We've only finished once on the podium at Barber since 2004." Scott Pruett, Grand-Am driver, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, winner with teammate Memo Rojas, Daytona Prototype, Mid-Ohio race

"I stopped [competing in F1] because I didn't want my friend Felipe Massa to be unemployed. I would have had no problem going up against Kimi Raikkonen." Michael Schumacher, retired Formula 1 driver, 7 times World Champion

“Paul’s [Tracy] pretty laid back, but I’m sure that’ll change. One thing I did tell him is that if he gets into a fight in pitlane, this time he’d better be sure and win it.” Derrick Walker, team owner, Walker Racing

"I don't think we have to be in it [NASCAR]. You look at all the options for marketing money and decide where do you get the most leverage out of the money that you spend. I view NASCAR as being primarily motorsports entertainment. There are 75 million NASCAR fans who buy a lot of American products. They're pretty loyal to brands and drivers they root for, so [NASCAR] is a huge opportunity to reach that fan who buys our product. We're going to spend our marketing money on what we think is the best. Right now, that's motorsports. I think there is a view that the sport could do just fine without manufacturers. I'm not agreeing with them, but they might be right. If conditions got to the point where we felt the expense to be here and be competent, [if] more money was being spent than returned - especially if there's a competing marketing initiative that would give you a better return - we'd be hard pressed to keep spending money [in NASCAR]. We review the budgets every year in NASCAR [and other series]. We look at the leverage we're getting and decide: Is this something we want to keep doing, or is there a better way to spend our money?" For decades, a theme among manufacturers in racing was 'win on Sunday, sell on Monday.' " Davis thinks such loyalty is waning. "But it's still pretty strong." Dan Davis, Ford's Director of Racing Technology, who is retiring August 1.

"These areas [racing] have not gone without a certain level of scrutiny, and there will be modifications and changes in our promotional footprint in all of those areas." Troy Clarke, President, GM North America

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