MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 10th - "We are definitely on the right track with the car. As I said yesterday, we still don't know our setups that well yet because we have changed a lot of things. We decided to take a ...
MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 10th - "We are definitely on the right track with the car. As I said yesterday, we still don't know our setups that well yet because we have changed a lot of things. We decided to take a different direction with the setup which is very different from what Team Rahal use to run. But, we should be a factor tomorrow. We just need to find that last little bit. Now we know that we are sticking with this setup and we can focus on developing it." WHERE DO YOU FEEL YOUR BEST CHANCE TO MAKE UP POSITIONS DURING THE RACE TOMORROW WILL BE? "I think the first couple of turns are going to be crucial. Getting a good run on people is important. The tires are really soft. Its tough to keep the car under you."
BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 11th - "I lost my telemetry during the session which was a bit of a nuisance. During the session, we made a change but we failed to improve out time. After we put the second set of tires on we just couldn't find any more speed. We just missed a little on the setup." HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO BE A PIT STRATEGY RACE TOMORROW? "Attrition and pit strategy is going to be name of the game tomorrow. But I think we can get the car to the point where we can pass some people tomorrow. If we are going to get up front we are going to have to pass some people."
MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 8th - "I screwed up on my first run at the pole. We decided to make a big change to the setup and again, like Friday, we went the wrong way. Starting eighth is going to be tough tomorrow. This is a tight track where you really have to set up your passes. We are going to really have to work hard tomorrow."
ROBERTO MORENO -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 5th - "I am very happy with the team. They did a great job. We posted a solid time today with only a little bit of seat time in the car. It's a testament to the guys who work on the car. On one of my quick laps I got a bit sideways which cost us some time so I just decided to bring the car in after that. I am still getting use to the car because it is a much different mechanical and aerodynamic package than the Reynard. Today was a good day, and I hope we can have an even better day tomorrow."
JAN MAGNUSSEN -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 22nd - "The time we put up did not really show the improvements we made. Every time the car was supposed to be there we ran into traffic on the track. Our qualifying time looks a lot worse than it actually is. I am just really angry with the way things have been going. Nothing seems to be going our way this weekend." BECAUSE YOU ARE STARTING SO FAR BACK, WHAT KIND OF STRATEGY ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE TO EMPLOY TO GET TO THE FRONT? "We are just going to have to stay with it all day, continue to work on the car, and take advantages of the opportunities we get. It's going to be tough though."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR -19- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 23rd - "The car was a bit better than it was yesterday and even this morning, but, not quite as good as we needed it to be. It was very loose in the corners which is what cause me to crash. I am very disappointed."
MEMO GIDLEY -71- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 24th - "We changed motors before the session and we had to scramble to get the O-rings for the radiators connected. That cost us a little time. As for the session, we are getting better and better each time we go out. This weekend is a steep learning curve for us and for me. I am still learning with the team and I have not raced on this track before either."