Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Presented by Pacificare Qualifying Round 1 Quotes Paul Tracy ...
Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Presented by Pacificare Qualifying Round 1 Quotes
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a good run. I'm very happy for the team. It's our first 1, 2 this year. Really, the first qualifying set of tires, I got a good first lap. You know, I thought that there was a little bit more and was able to improve on it all the way around the track. Then came in at the end of that first run. I told my engineer, Eric (Zeto), I said, "That was a really good lap. I pretty much got everything just about right without really any small mistakes." Made a small adjustment on the shocks, went back out. We were close, but, again, there was traffic, as well. You know, then the red came out. I had a good lap going and the red came out at the end. We were happy to see that."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, first of all, I'm really happy to be part of the 1, 2 qualifying effort today for Forsythe Racing and Paul is on the pole. The qualifying was not as good as you'd think. You know, I'm in second position, but I was struggling a lot with the car in some corners, then I got a little traffic at the end. I put in my best lap time with the first set of tires. But that's the usual thing with these kind of tracks, you get a lot of traffic because the tracks are so small, a bit narrow, so it's hard to pass. But quite happy with being in second. It's my best qualifying of the year so far, so I'm very happy with that."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it was very good to restart the weekend the way we finished it last year. Obviously, things didn't go the same way for the qualifying session. The McDonald's car was really good this morning. We did I think 60.3 I think with 25 laps on the Bridgestone tires. Just couldn't even match it with the two new sets we put. The second set during the qualifying was ruined by traffic. We just couldn't put a lap together. It was quite light in the session. But, you know, first run was just all I got. I was just really surprised. The team was kind of disappointed. Definitely can see the grip is not there any more. We'll just investigate if the dampers broke or something, try and do better tomorrow, if the weather is letting us do it."
AJ Allmendinger #10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm pleased with the progress the Western Union crew made from this morning's practice to qualifying today. We have a lot more to improve for tomorrow's final qualifying and for the race, but we know where to go from here. We struggled with the balance of the car and in certain corners we had different problems than others; we're struggling with some entry speed and understeer. I'm not thrilled with p-4, but I'm confident that we can build on that for tomorrow."
Justin Wilson #9 Intel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Today was okay, not too bad overall. A.J. and I are competitive and we definitely have something solid to work with here. We need to polish it up a bit overnight, but I'm pretty confident that we can improve for tomorrow and move both the Intel and Western Union cars further up the grid."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It is a real funny track, in the sense that there is little grip and it feels like you are driving on a wet track. When I went out for my first laps during the morning practice session, I felt like I was driving on ice. I then found a rhythm and a good line to drive around this course, so I am feeling comfortable. We are working slowly, and we are making good progress. It is good to be in the top ten on the first day out, and especially good to be the top rookie of the day. It may rain tomorrow, so we will have to wait and see because that could change everything, but overall I am happy with our achievement today."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Traffic wasn't as much of an issue for us in qualifying as being slow. We aren't sure why we lost some speed from the morning session but the PacifiCare team is going to work hard overnight and try to improve in final qualifying. I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow because ninth place isn't where we want to start."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are struggling a little bit right now and the car really isn't good under brakes. The stability of the car isn't as nice as I would like. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it is certainly not impossible to bridge the gap. Team Australia has been in this position before and we have bounced back with a good result. Some of the other teams have a lot of experience with the Lola at this track and they been on the mark to start with, but the grip levels here take some getting used to. There is no grip on the concrete sections of the course -- and concrete makes up a large part of the lap. We have a couple of ideas that we can try tomorrow which I am confident will make a difference."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a bit of a disappointment this afternoon considering that we were running solidly in the top ten during this morning's practice session. I finished the session ninth, and my teammate, Timo (Glock), finished tenth. I lost overall grip in qualifying this afternoon that we had in the morning. What we had during the practice session felt right, but I am not sure where it went, so we need to find out where it is missing from. Once we get it all back together, I guarantee we will qualify in the top ten tomorrow. We should have been in the top ten today, there is no doubt about that."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We started pretty good this morning when the track was green with no grip, but with more grip the car was getting more difficult to drive, so it is a little bit frustrating. We are not where we want to be, and what can I say? I was pushing in this qualifying session but the car was very unforgiving, is loose, push, loose, push. We are going to have to sit down, see the data and go over what we have done. It is not very satisfying, actually is very disappointing. We have to find something because the car isn't there and my teammate doesn't seem to be doing better than I am doing. We will work and there is always tomorrow, hopefully we can do it better then."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a tough day. This morning we tried some stuff from our latest test in order to develop the car a little bit more, we tried to do something new but was not right for this track, but maybe for another track could be very good. Qualifying was almost like my first practice because I tried everything, the car was not there, so I need to work a little bit with the engineers. We had a lot of problems, but I think I just need to work a little bit harder."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "A very challenging day for Team Australia. Both Tag and I have found it is pretty tough to try to squeeze a lap out of the car here at Denver. The grip levels are very low and we just haven't put our finger on making good mechanical grip with the Lola just yet. So having no grip from the track surface, and a lack of mechanical grip as well -- really adds up to a very sideways day. I have been using a lot of opposite lock -- I reckon the car has looked like it was on a World Rally Championship stage. Team Australia is doing their best and we have already made some improvement, but there is more required. I lost my fastest lap bringing out the red flag at the end, but I was only 7/10ths behind Tag at that stage. I feel I am getting faster every week and if I was that close to him at a lot of races this year, I would have been in the top ten."