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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's/Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It feels good to win obviously. The car turned red for this event with the arrival of McDonald's to complete the Lilly partnership. I'm very glad of that because it looked like the black car was a synonym of bad luck and now it's gone. When we decided to short fill and to use the set of tires we had we really put everything together and that worked well. I did a very great stint pushing as hard as possible. As Paul said, we were able to create a gap and after that the race was pretty much done."
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"This was a very long and very tough race to run. The pace was fast which made it very much more physical than usual, especially with all the bumps on the track. I'm happy for Team Player's. We had a good run and we come out of this race with an increase in our points lead. We were beaten out of our pits because Bourdais' team made a short fill and he pulled out a big lead. I couldn't catch him afterward. The last lap was exciting. I was going for Sebastien (Bourdais), then I saw Bruno(Junqueira) in my mirrors and all of the sudden I had to defend my position instead of attacking. At that point I was very tired. In fact, the last 15 laps were very demanding."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I knew I had one lap to try to pass Paul Tracy. I knew it was important for the championship but on the other hand, after 114 laps I didn't want to take everything out. I made a move on him in Turn 3 and out-braked him. I think Paul made a great maneuver in Turn 5 on the outside. I said, "Oh, there is one driver in the world that could do that, and that guy is Paul Tracy." But the end was good. It is important to stay consistent.
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Team Player's made some changes to the car prior to the race so that it would be easier on my wrist (he hurt it during Friday night's qualifying). Unfortunately, it made the car slower on the straights. Then, the right front wing skirt came lose when I hit a tire (around lap 70) and it made the car slower. All I was trying to do from that point on was to protect my position. It was difficult to resist with a slow car but we came through. This race was a little too long and we all feel the pain right now."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I'm very pleased with tonight's result. I took it really easy going into turn one on the first lap. You know this team hasn't made it past the first lap since back in 1998 so my focus was just to get through it and still be running, no matter what position I was in. I did lose a couple of positions but I was happy I made it through and I knew I had a good enough car to be able to make it up. The crew gave me tremendous pit stops and I had a very good duel with Jourdain out there. The car got better throughout the race and I have to say that my engineering team did a great job setting up the car for these conditions. On the last lap, Servia passed me on the restart but I was able to get him back in the next corner. I have to give him credit - he gave me room to get through and we raced hard and clean. It was a very tough race physically and mentally so I'm very pleased with our result."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I made a mistake on the first lap. Fortunately we made it back to the same position on the track. I had the best car on full tanks by far. This is where I passed everyone, but then when we lost the fuel weight I started to pick up understeer and we lost lap time. The Gigante crew gave me a great car all weekend and while we did lose some points to the leaders we still avoided what could have been a disaster after the first lap."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Sixth place is a little disappointing because the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team thought we had a shot at the podium today. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. I made a couple of mistakes and the rear brakes were locking so we lost some positions. Then I had a hard time passing back. We scored some points today, and that is good, but we still need to get to the next level if we are going to challenge for the championship."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I'm proud of the Rocketsports team because they gave me a very good car. I was trying to pass Carpentier at the start and I guess Dominguez didn't see me. We made contact in my front end and damaged the suspension. The car was very difficult to manage, especially turning right, after the tow-link was damaged. I came into the pits and my crew chief, Tom Howatt, even jumped on it to try and straighten it out, but it was damaged, so I did my best with it. The car was unbelievable though. Even with the broken tow-link dragging me down, we were fourth quickest at one point. Later in the race, I hoped to catch Servia and Jourdain, but couldn't get passed Papis, who was already lapped. That was very frustrating for me and other drivers who were blocked as well. Overall it was a good race. Without losing our ground, I think we could have had a top-four finish. The night race was a success and the stands were full. We are fortunate that everything went well. We learned a lot about how to use the lights at night. We can be prepared in the future when we run at night and face bad conditions. I would recommend more lights overall, but especially in the back section were it could be quite dark between turn seven and eight."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"Considering where we were after Lap 7 (dropping to 15th), it's great that we were able to bring the RAC Walker Racing car home for another top-ten finish. There was a problem at the beginning of the race, perhaps with the ECU, and I had to cycle the ECU a couple of times. Finally on the first or second stop, it all came back so we were able to start working our way forward again. We were really good at the beginning and end of the stints, but in the middle when everyone was up to speed and not running out of tires, we were struggling a little for pace."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"I'm quite happy with the way things went today. The best thing is we are learning a lot. We had a miscalculation on fuel and that cost us a position, but other than that all was fine. I had a lot of fun out there tonight, it was great racing with Manning, Fernandez and Jimmy we stuck a good couple of passes in there. At the end of the day we were the top Reynard again and had the fourth fastest race lap, so that pleases me."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It wasn't a good day. Obviously qualifying didn't help us. The car was quick at some stages and not so quick at others. We made some changes and the car was better. We made a strategy pit stop and short-filled but unfortunately it didn't work out. It was a very physical race and I was pushing hard. I was having some problems seeing because my visor was very dirty. I went through my visor strips very quickly. I didn't have a clean visor for probably the last 40 laps. It is unfortunate we didn't gain more points today, but at least we finished." (On the incident with Sebastien Bourdais) "I don't know what happened with Sebastien. I let him by. I was not fighting for anything and I just lifted to let him by. I don't know if he didn't expect me to lift or whatever. He touched me with his left rear and I spun. We were lucky that both of us got away with it."
MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We had a fantastic start. We were fighting from the very beginning and learned a lot today. I'm glad we finished the race. We've got a good direction for running the car in the future. I think we'll be in the Top 5 soon, if we can keep making progress. I'm glad to get one point for the team. It means a lot to us. We fought hard in the pits and out. It doesn't seem like a lot...one point...but it is the beginning of our castle of success."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The Corona car was running really strong at the end of the race. We were out of sequence, but we were running with the top-five most of the time. But at the beginning, on the second and third sets of tires, the car was just horrible, just bouncing all over the place, on every bump. While I was struggling with the car, I just put the left rear off between Turns 6 and 7 and spun (Lap 56). I lost a couple laps there. The fourth and fifth sets of Bridgestones were just fantastic though and we started to post good lap times."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was a difficult day. We lost 3rd gear at the start and with 1/3 of the race left, we lost 4th and 5th gear as well. Our goal was to cross the finish line safely and to hopefully score a point or two. We finished the race in 15th, so unfortunately we didn't score the points we were hoping for. Now we'll look toward Toronto and hopefully have better luck there."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"My wrist is a little sore from my battle with Moreno. I might have been a bit ambitious there, but I figured he know I was there. Just as much my fault as anyone's, it is a shame because I think it might have knocked the front out a little bit. It was an aggressive race but it was a lot of fun. We had to use tires that had 27 laps on them for the last stint, I was trying to catch Tag and I just lost it. Just about everything that could happen did, we had one bad stop, a tire went down, I made a mistake, but it was good fun and my guys rallied after the first stop and gave me quick stops the rest of the night. It was a full house out there tonight and everyone of them were on their feet, it was awesome coming across the front straight at the end of the race. "
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I have no idea what happened because I haven't seen the replay yet. When I went by the Start/Finish line, I thought Jimmy (Vasser) was too far back to try to pass me in Turn 1. I was on my own line, minding my own business and then next thing I know, boom, I get hit in the right rear. I've been sick all week and the CART Medical team did a great job in helping be well enough to start the race tonight. And my team gave me a great car to drive. We had an awesome start - I went down the very tight inside line on turn one and got a clean run through, picking up three spots on the first lap. I'm really sorry for the team because they put in a great effort for me - I wish I had been able to bring home a result for them.."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was an eventful weekend. Obviously it's really a shame. To not be able to start was painful. The crew put the car back together and we were ready to go, so that makes it harder to accept. The CART doctors know what they're doing, so if they say it's better for my health to sit this one out, then it's better. We were ready to go and in the car, but it's better to miss this one race than to take a chance and possibly miss the rest of the season. We'll get our revenge in Toronto. Dr. Olvey said that it shouldn't take very long for me to get back. If this had happened yesterday, there's a 90% chance that I would have been okay for today. We'll do another test on Tuesday or Wednesday, but it shouldn't be a problem."