CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: HVM Saturday report

HVM ROOKIES WIRDHEIM AND BREMER SHINE IN LONG BEACH BJORN WIRDHEIM - ...

HVM ROOKIES WIRDHEIM AND BREMER SHINE IN LONG BEACH

BJORN WIRDHEIM - #4 HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola

Bjorn on final qualifying: "For sure 13th is not where I wanted to end be. With the field as tight as it is, you must get everything out of the car, especially the tires. Today there was

more for me to find in the tires and I did not maximize them. We made a change between the qualifying warm up and the qualifying session that did not suit the softer tires. So we made a little mistake, but that is the way it is sometimes. I have learned a lot the last two days and it is incredible how tight the field is. I am looking forward to my first Champ Car race tomorrow. It will be important for me to keep it clean and have good pitstops."

RONNIE BREMER - #55 HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola

Ronnie on final qualifying: "We had a little problem with the differential this morning and unfortunately it was a bit of a problem toward the end of the session this afternoon as well. I made a small mistake on the exit of turn ten on my last lap, which combined with the differential problem kept us from improving at the end. I am happy though, ninth isn't too bad for my first weekend in a Champ Car, I think I've surprised some people. My Bridgestone Alternate tires were great, I picked up a lot of time with them when I used them in qualifying, I am looking forward to them in the race tomorrow. The speed is unbelievable compared to the Atlantic car. Having so much speed I am learning I must be careful with no traction control, my foot is the traction control."

-hvm-

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