Centrix financial Grand Prix of Denver Saturday Quoteboard BRUNO JUNQUEIRA ( ...
Centrix financial Grand Prix of Denver Saturday Quoteboard
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I don't think it was really to be here after not going out today. I think the only other guy out there that could have beaten me was Adrian [Fernandez], but we were both penalized when the rains came. I wanted to try it and get another championship point, but the rain didn't let us go out unfortunately. We didn't even start the engine. I hope we can have a good race tomorrow and Oriol [Servia] will stay a car length away from me."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I'm actually a little bit upset it rained. I went out when the track was good. We improved from ninth to second today so it's a good result and a good step forward. I think it's very slippery out there, we know that from the last 10 laps or so from last year's race. We'll see about the start, but we need to be consistent and strong and maybe we'll get that first win."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly/McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I was seventh yesterday, sitting in P3 today. I think Newman/Haas Racing has done a great job putting me here. Track position will be key tomorrow so I'm please with this result. The single car qualifying is definitely the way to do it here. I'd like to see the 10 minute warmup added back into the session to get some heat in the tires, but there is always room for a few improvements."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I came out onto the main straight in front of the pits [on my second lap] and I wasn't sure if it was raining or not. I started to brake and there was water everywhere. On the back part of the track it was not raining so that completely took me by surprise. Obviously, that cost us any opportunity to go for pole. The car has been very fast all weekend. We didn't run on new tires this morning, and we felt we had a shot at it [the pole]. Unfortunately, we will never be able to prove it. Just bad luck."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It definitely feels nice to perform so well. We've been strong all weekend; the car has been going good since we arrived. I was a little concerned about tire pressure with such short qualifying laps, but my engineer did a good job on the tire pressures. Instead of one good lap yesterday, I was able to push hard for two laps today. We had a better balanced car. I'm really happy for everyone; the team and myself. Now all we have to do is finish!"
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"At least I saved the rear wing this time when I spun. So far this weekend, between Paul and I, we've damaged four rear wings. I went a bit left off-line going into corner 1 and went over a damp spot and started to slide. I kept my foot on the throttle and saved the car. It was my fault but I was lucky not to hit any of the walls. There are plenty of possibilities to spin on this track and we must avoid them. The one positive for this type of qualifying is that there is a different mix of drivers in the top-10 than has been the case lately. It has really shuffled the cards. This will make the race much more interesting, especially for the fans. For the race, I will have to be patient at first and then when things settle after the first lap, take whatever comes."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was a pretty good effort with a 62.0 (second lap). We had a lot of problems this morning and we ended up cutting our practice session short. We think there was a problem with the differential, but we won't know for sure until we send it off to be tested. We put everything back to where we were yesterday, so we didn't quite know what to except for this qualifying run. It's good to be up in P7, on the inside for the first corner. It's back to being a quick car, so that's good for the race tomorrow."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The car was good yesterday; good balance, hot tires. Today we couldn't get the tire pressure up which gave us a bit of understeer. We should be fine for the race tomorrow."
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I knew I had a good run, but I just lost it. The tires were too cold. With this type of qualifying, you have no choice but to push it to the limit. I don't think that one-car qualifying on a road course is fair for everyone. So I don't agree with it. Track conditions change a lot from one car to another, especially with the type of weather we had today. I spun and lost my best chance at the pole but fair being fair, it rained on Bruno. Team Player's is aiming for the most points possible. It will be a very interesting battle."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante/Centrix Financial Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Our qualifying time improved today, but so did everyone else so the end result is we are still tenth. The changing conditions made it very difficult today. When I went out for my laps there was still a bit of moisture on the track, but when I got out of the car the conditions were a lot dryer. The car was extremely loose. Maybe it was the track or maybe that changes we made for qualifying just weren't enough. The only thing that went our way is 'PT' [Paul Tracy] spun and will start right next to us on the fifth row. In the big picture of the championship Paul is whom we are racing against so we didn't lose ground to the championship leader."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We're happier with the car today. It's running much better with the improvements made since yesterday. It's tough to find and test the right set up and have to work so quickly. The guys have done a great job and even made some changes since the morning practice session, which have led us in the right direction. I would have preferred to qualify better than 11th, but I'm positive about the race and I'll have to work hard to get ahead in the grid. It'll be a challenge though and it should be a good race for Denver fans. Single car qualifying is working well on this track because it's quite tight and drivers are able to get their laps in without any problems or blocking. The downside is being at the mercy of the weather when it's your turn to go out. It was sprinkling and a little slippery when I went out, which hurt us a bit, but we had to deal with whatever we got."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"We thought we knew what was wrong last night, we made the changes that should have worked and it didn't. We have tried just about everything on the set-up from one end of the spectrum to the other and absolutely nothing helped. We are going to take a good look at the entire car top to bottom and see what is going on."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"We broke the driveshaft this morning and lost another practice session. The single car qualifying does not include a ten-minute warm-up, so again today, we approached qualifying with very little testing time. The good news is our tire situation for the race is very good. Since we have lost so much time in the practice sessions this weekend we have a lot of fresh rubber, that should help me fight my way to the front tomorrow."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We just can't seem to catch a break. The car's pretty good but the track was damp while I was out there. Then it started drying and then it started raining... so what do you do? It's difficult to pass here so we'll just have to try to stay clean in the race and do the best we can."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The track was damp during my qualifying run, which made it quite slippery. The cooler temperatures have left us chasing the set-up on the Corona car. It was much better yesterday. Today, the car is pushing too much and has a lot of wheel spin. Hopefully the weather and the track conditions will be better for us tomorrow in the race."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Basically I'm still working to get more confident on this track. The car is good but I'm still not able to get the most out of the tires when they aren't fully up to temperature. The crash yesterday morning put us behind but we just have to accept that at the moment. We're not doing so badly given the amount of knowledge I have about this track. We have a good car so we'll just have to be patient tomorrow and make the best of it."
MIKA SALO (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The weather didn't help us out much today. It was raining harder at the beginning of qualifying when I went out than it was in the middle. With better conditions, I could have gone quite a bit quicker. We will have to work tomorrow to improve our position on the race track. I am confident that the car is good, and I will do my best."