The whole of Bill Riley's group of guys were just unbelievable. The car was so badly damaged that everyone thought we were done for the weekend and if anyone could have got the job done, these guys were it. Max (Angelelli) did his magic like he always does and we couldn't get a better team effort than we did from this group.
It means a lot for the championship. We could have been out of the race. That incident with the fire could have happened this morning. If it had happened this morning in warm-up instead of yesterday we'd be done. I really believe things happen for a reason. The championship is not over, but today we didn't lose too many points, and that's thanks to Max.
The only thing I could think about was the car and the bloody championship. It was a wake-up call, you know. You never think about these kinds of things. I haven't seen the car but if anybody can get it back together, these guys can. One consolation is that the race isn't until 5:30 tomorrow night. I think we'll be okay for the race.
This is going to be the first time we're racing solo. I would think that there will be fewer yellows. This was also the race we had our first win last year. In fact, it's also the place I clinched my first U.S. title in 1994. So this track has some previous success for me. I'm looking forward to going back.
Watkins Glen is always a favorite because there are true road race fans out here, ... We did plan to follow the No. 01, but we really thought Scott was going to get in the car. Then it turned out that it was the best decision that we made. For (Riley Technologies owner) Bill Riley and the guys today, that pit stop when Scott changed with Luis and Max came in for fuel and tires played a big role in the outcome of the race. A lot of credit needs to go to those guys.