CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: Pre-race quoteboard

Robert Doornbos ...

Robert Doornbos #14 Minardi Team USACosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (1st, 164 points)

"I've heard a lot of good things about Edmonton from other drivers, who say it's a very fast and physically demanding circuit, so this sounds good to me! I'm very much looking forward to racing again, as we are now in the lead of the Championship, and this is a big motivation for everybody on the team. We need to keep working hard to make sure we have a strong and competitive weekend in Edmonton, and for the rest of the season as well."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (2nd, 162 points)

"I feel very confident going to Edmonton. It's definitely the type of circuit that suits my style, but this year that has meant absolutely nothing. We will go there and do the best job that we can and fight for the championship. At tracks where we thought we would be strong we haven't been, but that adds to the unique style of Champ Car and the kind of racing fans like to see, anything can happen. For me, this is a track that I do really enjoy and Edmonton was the start of some really good results for me and I look forward to it. The goal is to get another pole position, put a whole weekend together of good racing and qualifying, and to bring home the Canadian Triple Crown trophy."

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (3rd, 161 points)

"It seems like every year it's a three man battle and it looks that way again with Doornbos, Power and myself. It is tight and intense and will probably go this way until the end. A lot of things can happen but that's what the championship fight looks to be shaping up as. The McDonald's team will keep on plugging away and doing our job and hopefully we'll manage to get it done. Our strength has been to try to keep the same intensity throughout the whole race season and not being particularly better at one event than the other, just always being there. Obviously we've had our share of DNF's this season which isn't ideal. We would like to not have any in the second part of the season. We can't really afford anymore DNF's. We'll see what happens and hopefully we'll have a better second half of the season. The McDonald's car was really awesome with really good handling to start with last year in the first stint but when we put on the standard Bridgestone tires the balance of the race car went away from us. I just watched Justin (Wilson) disappear from us in the distance."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (4th, 138 points)

"The whole Edmonton track is unique; it is a lot like a big go-kart track with permanent corners like a traditional road circuit. It has lots of quick transitions with short straightaways and high corner speeds. Because it is run on airport runways, there are several pavement changes and bumps in the corners. Over the past two years, there has been a great turnout with excited racing fans. After a successful and victorious year in 2006, the entire #9 CDW/RSPORTS team and I are looking forward to our return to Edmonton and hopefully we will have another solid performance."

Alex Tagliani #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (5th, 127 points)

"It is good to be going into Edmonton sitting in second for the last race of the Canadian Triple Crown. We had little issues in our first two races in Canada with the #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program car, but I think that we realized what our issues were and that we are ready to have a good race this weekend in Edmonton. Hopefully we do not make any mistakes or the same problems that we were having in the past. I think that we should be able to have two competitive RSPORTS cars and hopefully we can walk away from this weekend with the Canadian Triple Crown title. The goal is to just score as many points as we can, as our overall goal is to finish in the Champ Car championship in the top three. We are sitting fifth in the points, and we are not trailing far behind from the leaders, so I think that our goal is attainable. We just have to have some good results in these next couple races, and I think Edmonton is a good place for that to happen. My engineer, Chris Lerch, has been working very hard to improve the car, so we will get out there and fight hard again this weekend. We have had an up and down season, thus far, so something has to change so that we will have our chance to shine in 2007."

Simon Pagenaud #15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (6th, 120 points)

"Going back to Edmonton brings back a lot of good memories for me. I earned my first win in the U.S. and in Atlantics there last year and I'm delighted to go back. It's a great crowd and I always love racing in Canada. Edmonton is a very fast, technical track and my Team Australia crew has given me a great Aussie Vineyards car. Hopefully I can bring home a podium finish this weekend and write our names on the Canadian Triple Crown trophy. We have a great advantage because we are leading the Triple Crown and hopefully we can bring that honor home as well."

Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (7th, 116 points)

"The Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing team has had some good results in the last three races, which have moved us up in the standings. We have definitely improved the car, especially on the street circuits, and I think our results show it. We are not where we want to be or expect to be. We have some podium finishes, but have not won yet. Edmonton will be the half way point in the season, so we cannot relax. We have to keep working hard, keep improving and keep putting up good results. I am looking forward to racing in Edmonton. It is another airport street circuit like Cleveland where we finished on the podium. Hopefully, we can improve on that result this weekend."

Oriol Servia #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (8th, 102 points)

"Well it's definitely been frustrating for us lately, we've found a lot of speed in the car but everything has just been working against us and we haven't been able to capitalize on it. Toronto started out great for us, we were leading comfortably and I think we gave everybody a small taste of what we can do, but the rain really hurt us there. I expect to be fighting for the top positions in Edmonton, the Forsythe car is getting better and better and I have no doubt that a podium or a win is just around the corner."

Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (9th, 101 points)

"Edmonton was a good event overall for us last year. It's always fun going to a place that has a huge crowd which Edmonton does for sure. For me last year it was a little difficult because we could never be the quickest but certainly this year with the Medi | Zone team we have been making huge strides and I hope we continue that in Edmonton and be right up front. Toronto was a setback for us but we are going to put that behind us and try to be up front again in Edmonton. The biggest challenge the Edmonton track presents is that it is very physical. For any of the drivers in a long distance race, it will really wear you out. It wasn't so bad in the Atlantic race but this one will be a lot longer and more difficult. With pit stops and such in the Champ Car race, you should get a 20 second break every once in a while though. I feel physically fit enough. So far this year I have been able to handle a heavier steering effort than Sebastien or most of the other drivers so I feel pretty happy with my physical training. I think this team as a whole, both the Medi | Zone side and the McDonald's side, will perform well like we have at most of the tracks so far this year."

Ryan Dalziel #28 Pacific Coast Motorsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (11th, 86 points)

"I am definitely looking forward to going to Edmonton, from what I've heard it is a good event. I am planning to build on last week's momentum and we are looking for a clean race in the Edmonton SUN car. I've always run well at Cleveland, form what I've heard it is similar to Cleveland but harder so I am up looking forward to the challenge. I think it is going to be hot and I am sure it is going to be a very physical track so hopefully we will have a good car that always makes it easier. I've heard there is a large Scottish contingency up in Edmonton, so I will be looking forward to their support this weekend!"

Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (12th, 81 points)

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend at Edmonton. I've had a few days to relax and spend some time with my family and try to forget about what's happened in the last two races, luck definitely hasn't been on our side. The month of July definitely hasn't gone our way but there is still one round left in the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown and we are going to do whatever it takes to get a good result there and try to pick up some momentum. The airport circuit at Edmonton is definitely an entertaining one, it is extremely quick and very physically demanding for the drivers, the fans are in for a good show."

Tristan Gommendy #22 Pay by Touch-Megaspirea Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (13th, 80 points)

"The last three races have been disappointing for the Pay By Touch MegaSpirea team. Except for Mont-Tremblant, where we won the pole, we have not qualified where we should and in the races we have had some unfortunate incidents. Every team goes through a period like this during the season. We just have to keep working hard and things will go our way. We need to focus on one race at a time beginning this weekend in Edmonton."

"Speedy" Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (14th, 64 points)

"We've come so close to having some great results in the past few races that confidence is high in the team that we can do well. Now I've had over a week back in Indianapolis to train hard and address any issues, I feel relaxed, prepared and ready to hit the ground running in Edmonton."

Alex Figge #29 Pacific Coast Motorsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (16th, 42 points)

"I am excited to head up North to Edmonton, I've never been there and always wanted to go. I love racing on the airport circuits, they are fast and challenging and give the fans a great show. I've heard about the West Edmonton Mall several times, I think our biggest challenge this weekend will be keeping my teammate Ryan Dalziel, the serious shopper that he is on the track and out of the mall!"

Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (18th, 26 points)

"The team and I have been working hard to qualify well and we have shown that we can be very competitive in the field despite the fact that I have not yet finished a race this season," said Heylen. "Edmonton is similar to Cleveland since they are both on airport property and that is really 'my style' of track. Edmonton is a great circuit and like any street course, will be a unique challenge for all of the competitors. I am looking forward to repeating my top-ten qualifying that I had in Toronto and using that position to have a strong finish this weekend."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Alex Figge , Neel Jani , Tristan Gommendy , Jan Heylen , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud , Dan Clarke