"Before, if you qualified eighth or ninth on the first day, that was a pretty solid run," said Mike Hull, Ganassi's managing director. "You'd say 'This is gravy' and watch to see where everyone ended the day. Now, what do you do? Are you going to withdraw your time and go again? I think you are."
"What it needs is 60 or 70 cars, that's what always made Indy what it was," said Tony Stewart. "If the changes make it exciting for the fans, then it's a good thing. If it's just another gimmick, I'm not sure it will help. But at least they're willing to try."
"It will be interesting to see," said Ganassi, who qualified five times for the race as a driver. "I think the new format has the ability to use up a lot of engines."
"Now, if you're in the eight, nine, 10 or 11 spot, you have to hope you don't get bumped," Manning said. "But you're still going to have to keep going out and be ready to requalify. It's going to be exciting."
Panoz, Dallara and of course Firestone have their cash registers ready, Ca-Ching. Ca-Ching. Ca-Ching. 12 attempts. Imagine that! Quotes from AP article.