Laguna Seca Provisional Qualfiying Driver Quotes - Friday, Sept. 5, 1997 ...

Laguna Seca Provisional Qualfiying Driver Quotes - Friday, Sept. 5, 1997

#19 MEMO GIDLEY (Lynx Racing) "The car is a rocket! It's exactly the way I want it. If we'd had one more lap, I'd have gone faster. Of course, the track and conditions will be completely different tomorrow afternoon, but here and now the car is perfect." (Peter Frey)

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#3 MICHAEL DAVID (PDR Enterprises-Water Joe/David Engineering & Mfg.) "We were going as hard as we could trying to leave something before the end of the year. We were pulling everything we could on this one. Last I heard before the red flag they said I was fifth. We didn't go faster, but hopefully we are still there in fifth. We'll try to improve for the morning and we'll be ready for the race."

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#85 STEVE KNAPP (P1 Racing-NTN Bearings/Miller Milling) "The car is pretty good but the back markers here are atrocious. You give yourself a gap to get a clean lap but you come up on another one a quarter of a lap later. They should tighten up the 120 percent rule to about 90 and get rid of some of these back markers."

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#35 DAVID POOK (B.D.J.S.-HYPE Energy Drink/Budweiser) "The car hooked up great. It really felt good, especially in the faster sections. We were fastest for about half the session and I really think we have the car to challenge for the pole. On one of the last laps, I tried to pass the C2 car of Pugliese in turn four. He slowed down way more than I expected and I had to spin the car in order not to drive over him. It was very disappointing because I had a good lap going. The speed differential between us and some of the C2 cars is really significant. We will go after the pole tomorrow. There is still more time out there."

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#10 MARK TAGUE (World Speed Motor Sport-Altec/Liaison Software Co.) "It's great to be at a track where I have some experience. I had some problems this morning, but the fix for that put a big push into the handling. At the end of the session, we either lost a gearbox or it got stuck between gears. Either way, we have some work to do tonight."

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#32 ALEX BARRON (Lynx Racing-Lynx Racing /Victory Circle Racing/Red Line Oil) "The car is really good, but the traffic is a real problem with so many cars on track. It was really difficult to get a clear lap. We'll spend some time over the computer tonight, and maybe make a few minor changes, but the track will be really different for the race and there's no point chasing tomorrow." (Peter Frey)

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#33 BERTRAND GODIN (Player's Forsythe Racing Team-Player's/Indeck) "The car was much better than this morning. I was a little too audacious in turn six. I was trying to pass someone, and I did two 360-degree spins. I completely ruined my tires. Then I went out on new tires and got a good time." (Francois Cartier)

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#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI (Player's Forsythe Racing-Player's/Indeck) "We tried adjustments to this morning's setup and went the wrong direction. We didn't even reach this morning's session speed. We're suffering from a lack of power and just can't be aggressive. The team will be working on adjustments with the information from both sessions, and we should be more competitive for the next qualifying session." (Francois Cartier)

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#50 KENNY WILDEN (P1 Racing-TrizecHahn/Slick 50) "The sessions started off very well. We were bringing our times down consistently. Unfortunately, near the end of the session, we lost our starter and fuel pressure, and our session was cut short." (Marie Campbell)

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#4 ANTHONY LAZZARO (Phillips Motorsports-Platinum Sound/BG Products/Budget) "The guys on the Platinum Sound Team did a great job in fixing the car up for qualifying. It was very bad in practice this morning. It's much closer now. Unfortunately, near the end, after the black flag, I was stuck in traffic and wasn't able to get a good clean lap. The other guys went faster, and we didn't even come close to going faster. We're a little disappointed about that, but at least we have something to work on for tomorrow's session."

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#29 CASE MONTGOMERY (Binder Racing-Microsoft/Wall Data/Tandem/Compaq) "The car is really hooked up, but I'm upset at myself because I brain faded in Turn 11 on my fast lap. Traffic was a nightmare and that's a shame because my car definitely has pole in it. I'm mostly mad at myself right now." (Pam Morey)

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#14 CHUCK WEST (World Speed Motorsports-Seagate/Red Line Oil/Martini Sunglasses/Harvest Group/Uniseal) "That session was a little better. We made some wholesale changes from the first session. I'm amazed at how much the track changed from when we tested here in January. We were very fast then, but found that a lot of information lost value in the months between. We'll be dialing the car in tonight and give it our best tomorrow morning." (Pam Morey)

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#36 MIKE CONTE (World Speed Motorsports-Microsoft Internet Explorer) "I got my goal of three laps before tomorrow's final qualifying. We know that the car doesn't leak, so at least we got a chance to shake the car down. The guys did a great job at getting me out there." (Conte joined the session with eight minutes remaining after the team repaired mechanical problems that occurred in the morning practice.) (Pam Morey)

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#97 BILL TICHENOR (World Speed Motorsports-Heftel Broadcasting/Comp USA) "The guys worked hard to get the car out. They never even had a chance to put it on the setup pad. We used the session for a leak test and passed that. At least we got a time in and I'll have confidence in the car for tomorrow morning. We found what needs fixing, so we'll be busy tonight." (Pam Morey)

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