Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Banks First Qualifying Session Quotes Cristiano da Matta ...
Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Banks First Qualifying Session Quotes
Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very happy with the way things are going. We made some really good changes at the team and we are progressing each weekend and getting better and better. We have a car that will allow us to be strong. We have a lot of momentum right now and we need to stay in front of it throughout this weekend."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was quick on the Reds (soft-alternate Bridgestone tires) and we should have had the pole. On my next to last lap I had just cooled down my tires and brakes and had clear track so I was laying down a quick one, but I came into the back chicane and found one of the corner-marking tires had been kicked out onto the track. I clipped it with my front wing and broke it, so that was that. A bit unfortunate, but we'll be back tomorrow with a strong car and see what we can do."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We had a little understeer on the first stint but the crew made some adjustments and it was perfect when I came back out on the soft Bridgestone tires. I was on a really quick lap at the end when I came up on Jimmy (Vasser) who was going slowly in the middle of the track. I had to slow down and thought I might get one last lap but then the Red Flag came out and that ended the session. But the car is very good so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We were really, really close but one-tenth of a second difference puts you P4 (position four); that's how competitive the series is now. We stuck to our plan and only ran the standard tires so maybe there is more on the table for tomorrow. Da Matta and (Paul) Tracy used the alternate tires so maybe we can gain some time there. On my fastest lap I made a small mistake in Turn 8 and then on the next lap I made a mistake in the chicane. The McDonald's car was really, really close but everybody just stepped up."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We changed the PacifiCare car a little bit for the second run but I wasn't able to put a lap together. The car feels good but we are still farther off than I would like to be. I'm confident we can get it together tomorrow and move closer to the front."
Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm seriously disappointed. We need to get the car better overall to contend for the pole, but we're better than P-8. One of the other cars was on the outside into Turn 6 and I was on the racing line and much faster, but then he cut down on me and I had to spin to avoid a crash. So this was not the session we wanted, but we'll get to work on it for tomorrow."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "In practice we had oversteer and now in qualifying we had understeer, so we're searching for that one balance. The red hurt us a bit because I was three-tenths up on that lap and I could have gotten a bit more than that. So I think really we're two or three-tenths off the pole. I think it's in the car, but we definitely need to get the balance better and I need to learn to get the car around the track a little better too."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are having a better start to the weekend compared to Portland. We got unlucky this afternoon with timing because of (Justin) Wilson's spin. I was running two and a half tenths quicker on that last lap up to Turn 5, until I had to slow down in Turn 6 because that is where he was stalled. But the good thing is that it is still early. We are a bit off the pace, but if we keep working like we did today we will be faster tomorrow. I think that my Rocketsports crew did a great job and we are on the right track for tomorrow."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Since this morning, there has been a huge improvement on the Cytomax Sport Drink car. We used the information that Rocketsports engineer David Watson had, and completely changed both Rocketsports cars this morning, improving them both quite a bit this afternoon. The guys did a tremendous job turning the car around so quickly in between morning practice and provisional qualifying. The only issue that we still have to deal with is understeer. We still have a lot of work to do tonight in order to prepare for tomorrow. I am optimistic because the guys that went out on the Bridgestone Option Tires were even faster this afternoon, and we did not run on the Reds this afternoon. So I think we will be in pretty good shape."
Ronnie Bremer #55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am a bit disappointed of course; we are certainly not where we expect to be. We expected more but I am a bit slow in places, where I am the issue, not the car. It looks like it is an easy circuit, but the high-speed corners are certainly challenging to perfect in a Champ Car. I think there is four-tenths still left in me. There are a couple of place on the track where I think we might be able to improve the car a little bit, so we'll have a few changes to make in the car, the combination of both will make us quite a bit quicker tomorrow as long as we make it happen."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "For qualifying I lost a lot of time in the pits, because we had to work on the car that was a bit loose. Finally, I got in the track, did a couple laps -- but it was taking a lot of time to get the tires proper pressure. Then on my last lap I touched the wall tires with the car rear wing and it damage a little -- so the time was not that good. But I told my engineer that I'm happy with the car and we only used one set of tires."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "For qualifying we used only our red set of tires to save for tomorrow, almost everybody used two sets. We only went out at the end; high temperatures have made it tough. The car is not bad, but I'm still struggling a bit because is still loose. Everyone at our team is pushing hard to get further improvements on the car. We have to keep working on that for tomorrow. But overall I am happy with the car and looking forward to qualifying tomorrow. My foot still hurts a little but I can manage that. "
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I quite like the circuit because it has a fast layout. It is as difficult as people were telling me because it is so wide, but I am confident that I have a pretty good hang of it now. We have not been able to settle the rear of the car; we must get a lot more stability into the rear of the car for me to be able to use the tires completely. We are really suffering trying to find rear grip and until we find it, it will continue to hold us back, so we will put our heads together tonight and make sure we get it sorted for tomorrow."