GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 38 Service Central Honda): "Tough day for the Service Central guys. We worked our way up there in the start, and the car felt pretty good, initially. Then it started to get really loose. I feel bad for the Service Central guys. They worked really hard, but we just didn't have it today. We just didn't have quite enough. I feel bad for the NTB/Service Central guys. The guys worked hard. We worked hard all month. If you had asked me coming into today that our car would handle the way it did, I would have never said, 'Yes.' But it did. It was a handful. I'm just glad it's in one piece.
It was very loose all day. I just didn't expect it. That's not at all what I thought we would have had going into it. I haven't had that at all, yet, this month. Unfortunately, we just didn't have enough straight-line speed, either. I don't know what else to say. It was a frustrating day. We really had high expectations, high hopes to run up there with our teammates. It just didn't work out."
RYAN BRISCOE (No. 2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet): "I had a pretty good car. I was driving a lot in traffic. We were probably running a bit less downforce than the Ganassi cars. But man, they were fast. They were fast. It was good. I had a good race car that second-to-the-last one (pit stop.) I made a few positions and certainly got ourselves back in the game. It was a long and hot day. It was pretty tiring out there. I'm a bit upset. I really wanted to win this, and we had a good shot at it. Hopefully, we can come back next year and try again."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was a very good car – a comfortable car. But, unfortunately, going to the next phase, I couldn't do it, especially on the restarts. First we chose the wrong lane, or second, it would never get the draft. It was very weird. We tried high downforce. We tried low downforce. Certainly it was not what I was expecting. I knew I had a good car but not on that pace. It was a pace that I wasn't very happy with. The team did a great job. It was another top-10. Hopefully, in the points, it didn't hurt us much. Congrats to Ganassi – one and two. Dario is a three-time winner now, so he joined the club. I'm happy for them."
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 17 Team AFS Chevrolet): "We were running a pretty strong race. We had an amazing car. We made very little adjustments in the early stops. From then on, we tried to push leaders. We got a drive-through penalty and tried to stay positive. It was an amazing job by the AFS crew, but in the end we had a mechanical failure. We tried to fix it, but we couldn't find the problem. So we called it a day."
JUSTIN WILSON (No. 18 Sonny's BBQ Honda): "I think it was a good day. The No. 18 car was fantastic! I was really enjoying driving it. We had some great stops and some great restarts. I just seemed to get jumped on the green on that last one and got shuffled around. It's disappointing but it's just racing, We'll keep trying and try to be in the right position for the next one."
ORIOL SERVIA (No. 22 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet): "We got a flat spot on our first stint and I was like, 'Wow, a lap down already'. Usually, you get a chance to get your lap back and it didn't happen until the last pit stop. We were last, but on the lead lap. I knew it was our chance. Every restart, we moved forward. It was like non-stop. If there was one more restart, I think we would have had something for the win. But, I'm not complaining. Basically last to fourth. I'm super happy. We never gave up. We had a couple of issues. We knew we could do it together. We finished second in the pit stop competition and showed that we have nothing to fear from the big teams. We showed that again on the restarts. I'm extremely proud of all of us."
TONY KANAAN (No. 11 GEICO/Mouser Electronics KVRT Chevrolet): "To lose the race this way, battling until the end … it's not a loss. I had a lot of fun. I mean, the first thing I did when I passed the five cars on the restart, I looked at the grandstands because I wanted to see the people. They were all up and cheering for me. During the yellow flag, I can see it. People were screaming. It's awesome. I love this place. I can't thank enough the Hulman-George family and everybody. What a great way, what a great race to honor Dan Wheldon today."
(About friends of Dan Wheldon finishing in top three. Was it ironic?): "Not at all. I think that shows what friendship is all about. We separated the men from the kids today in this race. Like I said, it was an awesome way."
(About last lap): "On the last lap, I was trying to set up Scott. I knew I was a sitting duck on that restart, and then I see Taku going on the inside of Dario, and I know Dario. I thought, 'Either they're both going to crash, and I'm going to have to pass Dixon for the win, or Dario's going to win.' And Dario won."
(About message to Franchitti when passing him for the lead): "Tell my teammate – I call Dario teammate – we'll do it like old times. He knew exactly what I was doing. We'll play it really well, and we'll play it on the last lap. And that's what we did." (About tributes to Dan Wheldon): "We've got to thank the fans. What a hot day, and the stands were packed. I can't thank then enough. I made sure to look up on lap 26 and 77 to see all of those people in white glasses. It was awesome. It was a great day. I think it was a great day."
CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda): "All day long, we had fun. There was dicing. A lot of times this race, you ride around for 100 laps. Not today. Everybody was on it. It felt like I had just done 200 qualifying laps. It's brilliant. I give a lot of credit to the Novo-Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew. The car was rock-solid all day. I could save fuel in the draft while running 217 (mph) behind guys. It gave us that shot. When the yellow came out, we didn't have to get a wave around. We were up front. We stayed up front. The car delivered when I needed it. I didn't quite deliver. I need another year or two to work on the restarts, but I've learned the lessons. Next year will be even better."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet): "We had a good car. We were just taking our time, saving fuel. We were behind the Ganassi cars and ready to do battle later on. We had a really bad vibration with one of the tires earlier. And then, something happened with the CV joint on the back. It came off. All the grease came out. We're lucky we didn't crash."
ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): "It was a weird day for us. Rubens blocked me one time, and I hit him and bent our front wing. We had to change the wing, and then we had to go back to the original wing at the end. The front wing failed all day for us. We kept trimming out rear wing because we weren't able to adjust the front wing. I had nearly spun out a couple of times before I finally do it. It was fun to go from 11th to third there. But I was racing for a win, and I just spun out. I feel badly for our Fuzzy's crew, but they worked hard last week to get a car prepared in a day for qualifying.
If the Dallara part had worked, I think had a real chance to win the race. The washer on the wing failed early in the race, and we just get it to work. I felt like I was in the battle to win the race. It was where I thought I should be late in the race. We had a great team effort from the team all month. They rallied to get us back in the race after the qualifying crash, and they had great stops today. It was nice to get the car upfront for Fuzzy's and everyone involved in the car. I thought we had a real chance today. When I got to the front, I just my foot in it to try to win the '500.' But it just wasn't meant to be."
ANA BEATRIZ (No. 25 Team Ipiranga Chevrolet): "It was challenging. We came to this race really not knowing what the setup felt like. I had to trust in my teammates, so it was difficult. But the car felt good, a little bit stuck. We took some downforce off, and right about then I got together with Ed (Carpenter). He didn't give me any space. I don't think I had much angle, and I lost the rear exiting Turn 1. It was very fast, very sudden. It was very unfortunate. But in a positive way, I was lucky I could go back on track. We lost some laps, but we were able to finish the race, and that's the most important thing. I'd like to thank Andretti Autosport for their effort today."