CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: Race day quoteboard

Justin Wilson ...

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"It felt really good. The first stint was all about saving fuel and trying not to drop back too much. Obviously Sebastien changed his strategy, pitted a couple laps before everyone else. But, you know, we decided to go for a short fill, get past Paul, try and force the issue. That's what we were able to do. My car was working really well. You know, we just got quicker and quicker as laps went on. What else can I say? It was a fantastic day. Really got to thank my whole crew, did some fantastic pit stops, and my engineers who did a great job with the strategy and also with the car setup. I'm very pleased that we made this one happen, pulled this one off. It's great to do this for CDW Canada, as well.

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"It really felt like we had two races today. The first stint, the McDonald's car was awesome, I was feeling very comfortable. I could manage the tire wear, was really having great balance. That was on the red Bridgestone tires. You know, everything seemed to be quite in control. Then we put the blacks on, and I don't know whether it's the tire or it's the track that picks up more grip. We went out with brand-new tires, and for some reason we completely lost the ending. I wasn't really expecting that at all. We really suffered. We were suffering quite a huge understeer. Like the rear grip wasn't there either. I was sliding all over. Justin just ran me down. For some reason, the car kind of came back to life at the end of this second stint. I was getting to be a little hopeful again because I saw Justin spinning. We were going to go some three or four laps further. I wasn't looking bad at that point. Unfortunately, I don't know what happened with Alex. He nearly lost it coming into five, ran slow in six. When we got to seven, I was side by side with him. Just completely didn't see me, I guess. He turned and we had contact. I lost some four seconds on that lap. You know, came out of the pits after that a little behind Justin, but we would have stand a chance at that point. That's probably when we lost the race. You know, that's racing. But we just, in the meantime, got a little lucky not to break down right there, because that was quite a hard contact. After that, you know, I guess I could have tried a little harder to try and stay with Justin, but I was starting to be a little tired in the end. The car was still not completely there for me. It was probably safer to just hold on to second place and get the checkered flag, so that's what we did. We managed to get a podium finish out of it."

A.J. Allmendinger #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"It was a tough race, for sure. I was under the weather since yesterday. You know, really we had a third place car. The whole Forsythe Indeck team did a great job. We've been struggling since we got here. I think we kind of fell behind the track. We were quickest in the morning session on Friday. We kind of fell behind the track. It's been a tough weekend throughout with all different kinds of things. But the team fought hard. We got on the podium. Whether I was healthy or not, I think we probably would have had a third place car. I'm really pleased to be back on the podium. You know things are going right when you're kind of disappointed being third after four races with a team. You know, I'm pleased with it. I'm looking forward to San Jose now. Go back to a street course. I think we got those figured out fairly well."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"We had a good start, I kept up with Sebastien for a while but then had to let him go because we were having to save a lot of fuel. During the first pit stop Justin short fueled and got out ahead of us, I tried to keep up with him but we made a mistake with the tire pressures and they just took forever to come up, the car was bottoming out everywhere and it was very difficult to drive. I had a good battle with Oriol at the end. I'm disappointed because we should've been higher up the grid."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"I just want to thank my team again. If it weren't for them I wouldn't have had such a solid finish. We had a really good start, it was event free for me because there were no instances and then there were two yellows and restarts, which were fine. I saved a lot of fuel in the first stint and in the second stint we didn't have the pace that we wanted so we didn't really gain any positions the guys made a really good call on the second stop to come in just before a yellow which was ideal for us. Overall it was a good ending and I'm really happy with my position."

Andrew Ranger #27 Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"It wasn't an easy race, but I'm very happy with the final result. At the start I tried to save fuel and hoped for a yellow but that didn't happen so I ended up losing time to Nelson Philippe and Will Power. Overall everything went well, the pit stops were great, the team worked really hard and our result is good for the championship. It was a satisfying day."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"I think I've shown this weekend that I can race hard, fight back when the chips are down, and stick with it through the good times and the bad. It was a tough race, but ultimately rewarding. It's always made more difficult if you're not on the lead lap and on a different race strategy, but I learn from these experiences. Today we came away with valuable championship points as well. My congratulations go to my fellow Brit, Justin Wilson, for a great win."

Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"Our first stint went well, but then I started feeling bad to the stomach and I could barely hold on to the steering wheel because I felt bad. With that in mind it's good to finish tenth."

Tonis Kasemets #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"The race went ok in the beginning. Then I started to have shifting issues which caused me to go straight a little longer than I should. There were a few laps when I went too long into Turn One and that is how we went down 3 laps because I lost that time. It is good we were able to finish the race with the #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone in one piece. 11th place is not a bad result after starting 18th on the grid, but we will have to try to figure out how to get a better result in Road America. The best thing that we were able to get out of this weekend was a good car. I am happy with the car that we have set up, we gained a lot of knowledge which we can use in our future races together and continue to build on."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"It was a tough race. I needed one more corner to let Bourdais by because it's the tightest corner of the race track and if he would have waited one more corner I would have let him by at turn eight, but he decided to go in there and there is no room for two cars and boned me completely. We got out and I broke the front wing, destroyed the little race that we had. We also had bent tolling on the car and really that was it."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"We were having a fairly good race running sixth until my first pit stop when Legge spun out in front of me causing me to lose a bunch of time and lost me a position to Power. On the last re-start, I passed Power but he went wide and the rest of the field seemed to be all over the place, so I just lost it and hit the tire wall. I take full responsibility for the crash and I feel really bad for my team as they worked so hard this weekend. I know that we will bounce back at San Jose, which is one of my favorite tracks.

Nicky Pastorelli #8 Bavaria City Racing/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"Well I was not quite sure if we were going to make the race after my crash this morning. The #8 crew did an amazing job getting the #8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone back together and on the grid just in time to start the race this morning. We had a good start and we were able to avoid the first turn incident. The couple of laps that I was able to run were going very good, so the car seemed to be perfect for the race. However, for some reason I spun in the same exact spot I did this morning, and I am not sure why. We are going to look in to it and see if there was a reason behind it, because right now I am lost for words. It was a tough weekend for the whole #8 team, I would like to thank them again for all their hard work and hope to be able to give them a better result in the next race."

-ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Tonis Kasemets , Nicky Pastorelli , Dan Clarke