Quotes of the past week

STEVE JOHNSON, President and CEO, Champ Car World Series
"We cannot live in the past because it will kill us. As we continue to move forward the pain for some will be too much to handle. We will make mistakes and step back every once in a while. That happens when you are in a turnaround situation." (Commenting on Champ Car's future and continued effort to rebuild the series)

CHIP GANASSI, IRL team owner, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
"I've said all along we need to make a plan, work our plan, come together as one series and get on down the road. This thing can be very, very big. Roger [Penske] and I would like to see it that way." (Answering a question at the IRL race at Homestead-Miami Speedway about the direction of Indy car competition over the course of the next couple of years)

KYLE BUSCH, NASCAR driver, Hendrick Motorsports
"I'm still not a very big fan of these things. I can't stand to drive them. They suck." (Commenting on the Car of Tomorrow after winning the race at Bristol Motor Speedway in the COT's debut)

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
The Car (of Tomorrow) doesn't have the same handling characteristics as the old cars, so we really have to learn as we go along. It's weird: they drive the same when you're going straight, but I was so loose sometimes that I'd get disoriented. I mean, they are only a few inches bigger than the old cars, but I couldn't get my bearings when I was sideways. It was like 'hey – just a second ago I was following a car with a wing on the back, and now it's gone…' I guess we'll all keep learning together."

"The 07 (C. Bowyer) beat the door in around turn three and four like he was trying to put me in the grave. So, I had to bang him back." (Talking to his crew chief during the race)

MARCO ANDRETTI, IRL Driver, Andretti Green Racing
“I’m not sure what was wrong, but it was undriveable and I’ve never been so scared in an IndyCar in my life. My engineer thinks we just missed on the setup and I feel like something broke, but it was bad news whatever it was." (The 20-year-old third generation driver had been lapped three times before his team opted to stop.)

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