Will Power ...
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"It feels really good. This is the first of a long marathon 'cause, you know, we really want to win this championship. But I lost the start to Paul. I was a bit worried about it because we were on the dusty side. You know, I was sort of expecting to get wheel spin, and he got me there. Then, like he said, he made a bit of a mistake in the chicane. I got a good run on him with 'push to pass', passed him. He pretty much pressured me all the way to the pit stop, especially at the end when my tires went off. I struggled with the rear tires. I expected him to come out behind me. But I think he had a bit of a problem in the pits. After that, I mean, I was pretty much alone. I caught Katherine Legge for a while, she held me up. But after that, it was a pretty cruisy race really. We had a good car. It handled well all day. The only issue I had was a really long brake pedal at the end of the race. But we had an 18-second lead, so we just brought it home and brought Derrick Walker his second win since '99. It's his birthday. So a pole and a win, I think that's a pretty good present for him."
Robert Doornbos #14 Muermans/Jumbo Supermarkten/Media Mall Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"I really enjoyed it. A great start to the weekend. Already yesterday to have qualified in the top three, we couldn't have dreamed of a better start really. Was a bit worried this morning because it's a different routine that you have than in European racing with these rolling starts. At the end of the day, I thought it was more like a safety car start. It did cut me out a little bit in turn one when I saw Junqueira with I think a smoked wheel coming on the inside. I thought, I want to have a long afternoon, so I let him go. I got him back in the end. It took me a couple of laps. It was quite tough on these red tires. We had no idea how long they would last. The pit stops went well. A very long one, the second one, because we had a different strategy. Then I had to save fuel, which is also a new thing for me because he kept telling me, You have to save more fuel, more fuel. I was like, I'm racing, what do you want me to do Valet parking or something? I'm so pleased for everybody, especially for my sponsors here, they come all the way from Holland. It's been a long winter. Really a good decision to go racing in Champ Car."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"It went really well. Obviously, to lead the beginning of the race, I made a good start, was able to get by Will on the start. We spent a lot of the first part of the race under yellow. Then once we got going, I made a small mistake, hit the curb, the chicane, bounced up high off the ground. Will really capitalized off that, drafted up on me. I got a slow entry onto the straightaway. Really couldn't put up much of a fight about it. Really, I just sat in behind him saving fuel. Came to the first stop glued to the back of him. We came in and did our first pit stop. The car didn't take any fuel for us. We spent 15 seconds and ended up getting like four laps of fuel. So that was a bit frustrating. We came back out and chased, then had to come straight back in and take fuel again. That really took the fight out of the race I think for Will. I think we could have put a lot of pressure on him. Obviously, by then we were 45, 50 seconds behind him after doing another stop. We just had to fight, push hard all day, continue to catch people up, get by them. It was a good day for the Forsythe team and Monster Energy."
Alex Tagliani #8 LXN2 Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"I am very happy with our overall results this first race. The LXN2 guys did a fantastic job for me all weekend and I want to thank them for all their hard work. We had little issues throughout the race, but we were able to finish in one piece. We came in early for our first pit stop, but that strategy ended up blocking us for a better finish as we had to stop three times, while others only made two stops. We definitely had a P2 car, we could have beaten (Paul) Tracy on strategy and Robert Doornbos on speed. But we will take a fourth place finish; it is a great way to start the season. Our goal is to win the Championship, and what is important is that we obtain as many points as we can. We have started out the season on a positive note and I think that this will be a great season for the entire RSPORTS team."
Tristan Gommendy #22 Pay By Touch-Megaspiera Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"First of all it was a very, very long race. An hour and 45 minutes is incredible long. The length of the race is new for me, the refueling is new. But, I knew from the beginning the main thing was to stay on the track. Jimmy (Vasser) told me before the race that if I finished the race I would place in the top-five and he was right. This was a fantastic day for me. Champ Car is fantastic, my engineer and crew are fantastic and it was fantastic to finish in the top-five in my first Champ Car race. It is a dream for me to be here. I am really happy for everybody, the team, the sponsors, Pay By Touch and MegaSpirea, and I just want to thank Mr. Kalkhoven for giving me this opportunity."
Katherine Legge #11 Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"I am very happy with a sixth place finish, especially it being my first with Dale Coyne Racing. The tires seemed to go off quick today. Overall it is a good start to the season."
Bruno Junqueira #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"Everyone did a good job today. I know we can be on pace next week at Long Beach."
Alex Figge #29 Imperial Bank Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"I feel great and am happy to have my first race under my belt. It was an interesting way to get into the top-ten but I'll take it and I was glad to be there at the end and get the points. I lost some gears about half way through the race and I think I was in every run-off at some point. You start to get used to the problem where you can almost predict when it is going to happen and you just run with it but it sure makes it tough to get into a rhythm. My goal was to finish my first Champ Car race and I did that, to finish eighth in the Imperial Capital Bank car was great and I am happy this one is in the books and we can continue our progress. This was a terrific event, certainly a weekend I will never forget!"
Mario Dominguez #7 Telmex/Cabi Developers Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"Well today definitely didn't go as we hoped. During the first laps we managed to pick up a few positions and the Telmex/Cabi Developers car was running great, our first pit stop was good and I was pretty confident that we were headed towards the front. Unfortunately during our second stint we had a problem with the rear suspension and had to come in to replace one of the parts which completely took us out of contention. We came back out a bunch of laps down and just wanted to finish the race to get some points, then we had another problem with the front wing and had to come in to fix that So overall a very frustrating day, we still managed a top ten so that's a plus. We just have to move on to Long Beach and keep working hard."
Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"The Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing car was handling good. All the problems we experienced in qualifying were gone. It was a good race car. I think it was a podium car. We were just unlucky. I had some sort of mechanical problem. We are not 100% sure what it is yet, but the crew is going to take the car apart and we will figure it out. In the end it was a fight which could have ended good for us except for some bad luck."
Ryan Dalziel #28 Pacific Coast Motorsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"Finishing 11th is a bit of a tough pill to swallow because the Ironclad car was running really strong before our gearbox problem. I had a lot of confidence in the car, it was good fun. It was a good decision to get back out there after they fixed the car because with everything that happened today we were able to get an extra two positions out of it and the championship points can be crucial. So I have mixed emotions, we had a top five car today, but our goal of course was to finish our first race and the team did that on both sides today so were happy for that."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"We've had the worst weekend I can even remember. Just about anything that could go wrong went wrong for the McDonald's team. The first day we had a mechanical issue and the second day I messed up. Today we got bad luck again with two flat tires and still managed to be a contender and got into third. We had one tire that went down after the first restart and the second one later. We got a flat tire and brought it in under yellow twice. The second one could have been caused by someone's wing. I was racing close with Justin so that could possibly be the reason. I'm not sure if we had a third puncture and brushed the wall and the tire went down. I've got no idea what happened in the tunnel because you don't see anything; it's completely pitch black. It was a complete surprise. I felt the brush which is usually no big deal but from there on the race was basically over for us because both right tires were down and I had to make a full lap on them to pit and lost too much time. I don't know why I hit because I didn't think I was close. I guess I just drifted a little to the right and just clipped it. I made a mistake. We went back out and were at the back of the lead lap. Then the lethal mistake with the car was in Turn 4 and made it to Turn 10 until they told me to park it so it wouldn't get damaged further. I stayed with the car until the race was over."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"It was a tough day. It's really disappointing that we weren't able to go the distance in the #9 CDW/RSPORTS car. We'll have to go away and study what happened. But even before the problem we just weren't where we wanted to be today. We've got some work to do to get back on the pace."
Dan Clarke #4 Ticketmaster/Synapse Power/The Australian Pink Floyd Show Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"Congratulations to Robert and Minardi Team USA on a fantastic start to the season! No more mistakes from me now. We just need to capitalize on what we've learned this weekend and I think we've done well to catch up, with such little running before today. It was frustrating to watch the race after my retirement as I know we had the car to match the rest of them and I reckon I could have given Robert a run for his money too. So it's off to Long Beach now, where we'll just keep pushing on."
Matt Halliday #42 42 Below Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"I came in knowing I had a lot to learn for my first Champ Car race but unfortunately at the start there was an accident. The car in front of me was Rahal and when he crashed and hit the wall, everyone sort of crowded me and I had no where to go and I hit the wall quite hard. I am looking forward to moving to the next race in Long Beach."
Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"The start was bad; we weren't packed up. Dan (Clarke) came smoking by me and had to be in sixth gear, flat out already. He got in so hot. I dodged him but when you're out that far there isn't anything you can do. He figured he would either hit Neel Jani or shoot across the track and when he shot across the track he squeezed me into the dirt and at that point its impossible to steer. It's been tough all weekend for the Medi | Zone team. We have to put this behind us and move on to Long Beach. Hopefully we'll qualify up higher where the guys that know what they are doing are."