Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Presented by Pacificare Qualifying Round 2 Quotes Paul Tracy ...
Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Presented by Pacificare Qualifying Round 2 Quotes
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I did a good lap on the sixth lap and came in, everything was looking good, so that allowed us to sit and wait. Sebastien decided to go out straight again. I guess he thought that he could get a better time, decided not to wait. So that allowed us to sit and wait and watch his run. The time didn't come. Then it was, decide whether to go out or not. Mario was making a big play. Obviously, he was close in the time. We sat there and talked about it for a minute or two. I just said to the crew, "You know what, I'd be kicking myself if I sat here and lost the pole." So we went out and gave it another lap. We did a good lap, but then the red came out on my final lap. It all played out for us. "
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The whole day went pretty well. We made a big, big change comparing to yesterday. There was absolutely no damage to the car, and we couldn't understand why we went so much slower with the new tires yesterday. So we worked really hard yesterday night with the McDonald's crew, got a big chunk of the offset between PT and myself out of the way. You know, we thought we had it right, and then the more the track picks up rubber, the bigger the problem is. We came to understeer a bit too much, can't get the best out of the Bridgestone tires, so it's a real shame. There's no grip out there, we can't use it. We end up going faster with a significant amount of laps on the tires. So I guess there's some good in it and some bad. The bad was today; the good should be tomorrow. "
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It went well. We definitely pushed hard out there all the time. It's not easy to be fast in this track. You really have to be on the edge. The track is very slippery. It's fun, fun to drive on the edge like this. At the very end, I thought I had enough to get Sebastien off the second place. I really wanted the 1-2 for Forsythe, but I lost it on the last corner - the last two corners actually. But I'm quite happy with third, as well. I think it's a very good starting position. It puts me in a good place for tomorrow's race. "
Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PVK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a good qualifying session for the Gulfstream/PKV Racing team. We made a lot of gains and worked hard to find the magic that is the setup. The car was much better this qualifying session and I am very happy with the PKV Racing engineering crew. We also got some help with the setup from Cristiano (teammate Cristiano da Matta). The thing is that we need to come to races on Friday more in the ballpark, but the race is tomorrow and that is what counts."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am very happy because this is my best ever starting position here in Denver. The team did a brilliant job in the past 24 hours because we were really struggling yesterday. We definitely improved the car quite a bit today -- especially under brakes. It will make a big difference for our plan to move up in the championship to start in the top ten. I am only two points from being in the top five, so that is certainly our target. There is still a little bit more pace in the car. I was up two tenths of a second on my last run, but we overshot the tire pressure and I ran up the escape road. Another two tenths would have put me in the top four. I am very proud of what the guys at Team Australia did and I am really looking forward to the race tomorrow. I expect there is going to be a lot of attrition at this track and hopefully I will be able to stay out of trouble."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We didn't improve as we thought we were going to. We just cannot get the PacifiCare car set-up for me here. We're struggling a little bit to cure the understeer. I'm not worried about starting in eighth place because the PacifiCare car is always good in the race and we have good pit stops. I can still have a good race but you always want to qualify well. Sebastien showed that it was possible to pass here last year so starting in eighth place is not the end of the world."
Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell Micro/PVK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bell Micro/PKV Racing team struggled in qualifying today. We have a lot of work to do before the race, but the good thing is that Jimmy's (teammate Jimmy Vasser) car is quick, so I know that the PKV Racing engineering staff has a good idea of which direction to go with the setup. To be honest, I am just looking forward to finishing the race tomorrow and getting some championship points."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "With wet conditions this morning, the track had no grip. This afternoon the track was better, but pretty much it was the same as it was yesterday afternoon. We just had another unlucky day. We lost one set of sticker tires on Friday when I spun out, so we had to run our first stint this afternoon on old tires. During those first laps of qualifying, I posted my fastest time of the afternoon and I was sitting P6. Then we came in and put new tires on for the last stint. As I headed out and started to get those tires up to temperature, the red flag came out. That just seems to be the way things go for us, and I am sure other drivers as well, but it is so frustrating. Then if it is not the red flag, it is traffic, and we just couldn't improve our time. It is like the team just can't get a break during qualifying. So we will start P10 and see what we can do tomorrow during the race."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was a little bit faster than yesterday and this morning. The team tried to give me a good car to start with, but yesterday was not very good. At my meeting with the engineers I asked for a big change, something extreme because the car was so weird. .. I tried to give the engineers a good feedback and it was still difficult to drive. We made the changes and definitely the car was much better for qualifying. We qualify 11th, which is much better than 17th or 18th. And I am very happy about that. I know that my team worked very hard, the engineer worked hard, we all worked hard. I am very happy with the results; I am more comfortable in the track because now I can really feel the car. If you go to the track and you don't feel comfortable in the middle of the wall it can be very, very scary. We will be fine for tomorrow."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I was running P12 at the time, with about a minute and a half to go in the qualifying session. During that time, I was on my last qualifying lap and AJ (Allmendinger) went off into the runoff area in front of me. I had to brake early because of this, causing me to carry more speed into Turn 5 and the rear end came around on me. It is a shame, because we lost our fastest lap time because I brought out a red flag, which dropped us from 12th to 17th on the starting grip for tomorrow's race."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Losing my fastest lap two days in a row is pretty disappointing but unfortunately I made a mistake and backed it into the tires. We bent the suspension a little and had a puncture so that ended my day. We made a change part way through the session which really improved the car, but we didn't get to make an impact on the timing screen. We have had a tough weekend so far, but to be honest I expected that was going to happen from time to time in my rookie year. It is a tough learning experience and today I learned the hard way. However, tomorrow I think the car will be OK in race conditions and although traditionally this race hasn't had a lot of yellows, the level and intensity of the competition this year may bring out a few more this year."