Patrick Carpentier qualifies eighth for the Inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver. JOURDAIN WITH SECOND-BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT OF THE SEASON - Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier qualified eighth for the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver...
Patrick Carpentier qualifies eighth for the Inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver.
JOURDAIN WITH SECOND-BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT OF THE SEASON - Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier qualified eighth for the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver by lapping the 1.622-mile temporary street circuit in 1 minute, 2.181 seconds. Bruno Junquiera claimed pole position with his effort of 1 minute, 1.703 seconds, while provisional polesitter Adrian Fernandez qualified second and Shinji Nakano qualified third. Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain, Jr., qualified 10th with a lap of 1 minute, 2.244 seconds, equaling his best starting position of the season that he established in Long Beach.
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 8th
"This is the slipperiest track I've ever seen in my life ... the bumpiest, slipperiest and slowest. It's not my best track, I'll be honest with you, and it's very difficult. But the team did a good job improving the car from yesterday. We found three seconds since yesterday and the last lap we had a shot at P-3 - we were already three-tenths faster - but I ran out of fuel on the last corner so I had to come into the pits."
WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PASSING AREAS? "Passing areas? I'm just struggling to see where I'm going on the track so don't ask me to pass. I tried to pass a guy down the back straight and I almost hit the wall because there's a bump on the inside. I don't know if the guys tried it but there's a bump on the inside and my car just went up in the air. The passing is going to be at the end of the back straight in Turn Five but it's going to be tough because it's so bumpy."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Qualified 10th
"We improved a lot from yesterday and I think we tried some new things today that were much, much better. We spent a lot of time working on the brakes and they improved a lot and this is my second best start of the season and that's good. Tomorrow I'm 120 percent sure that there's going to be a problem on the first lap so hopefully we'll steer clear of any trouble. It's a very long race and the heat really effects the engines and the brakes, so it's going to be very hard."
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Qualified 11th
"We tried some things today and they didn't work out the way we had hoped. We made an improvement over what we had yesterday but it wasn't enough. It's going to be a long, hot race tomorrow and hopefully we can figure out a way to move towards the front and avoid what's probably going to happen on the first lap."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 12th
"We had a bad day. The car was bad and there's nothing else to say about it. We're having trouble with our setup and we didn't come up with a good car."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford) - Qualified 16th
"Our biggest problem right now is that we didn't get much practice time today because we lost an engine in the morning session. There was a lot of stuff that we wanted to try out this morning but we just didn't get the opportunity. I think we have a decent setup for the race tomorrow even though we haven't had a chance to work on a lot of things. Unlike some of the other tracks we've been to this year I think there are some good places to pass, especially in Turn Five, so I think we'll have a good chance to move up tomorrow and score a strong result."