CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Sunday quoteboard

Sebastien Bourdais ...

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone --"I guess it was a little frustrating from the inside. Every time a yellow would come out, it's like, okay, well, do it again. It happened quite a few times. As I said, the McDonald's car was just awesome today. There really wasn't much we could hope for any better than that. We just stayed focused and hang on there. It was perfect from the very beginning to the end. I think the lap time we set during the race speaks for itself. The car was just great. I was able to just pull away every time there was a yellow flag. It was just a little bit of a shame for Bruno really because he did a great job, he had a great drive all weekend, for him to come back, to come and crash like that at the start, it's really a shame. I'm sure he'll bounce back and be strong."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Obviously the race went pretty well. The CDW crew has been working hard all weekend to get the car competitive and to get it ready. We've made quite a few changes chasing the setup. I just want to thank them for putting all the effort in and making sure we can be here on the podium. The race itself went pretty smoothly. I managed to get through the first corner. I looked in my mirror coming out of the first corner, I could see someone hit Bruno, he was flying through the air, collected AJ. Quite disappointed that AJ had a disappointing race. I'm sure he's going to bounce back pretty strong at the next one.

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I anticipated the start a little bit. I went left to go between Mario and the wall. There was no room. I had to lift. Then went back towards the middle. PT was already in the middle. I was following him. He was probably the best guy to follow. Then I got to turn one, and I said, "Uh-oh, he's not the best guy to follow." When I saw that Oriol was on the outside, everybody was going on the outside, I just overbraked and just went over the curb and caught the inside. I think it was the best way to go. At the exit of turn one, AJ was almost over the fence. It was pretty bad. We were very lucky that we came out clean. I think there's a little more depth in our team. We have two new engineers. One came from RuSPORT last year, the other one came from Forsythe. There's definitely more experience on board. I think we'll get more consistent in our results this year because of that."

Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I'm really happy. The car wasn't perfect but I was able to keep the car on course and fight with some of the drivers out there. It wasn't easy but we had some excellent pit stops, the Mi-Jack Conquest team did a great job and with the way the weekend started finishing sixth is great."

Katherine Legge #20 Optium -- PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We achieved what we needed to achieve, we finished the race and finished well but I'm a racer and you always want to do better. I made some mistakes but overall I have to be pleased. I think for me, the record is great but the less of a female novelty that this thing becomes, the better. I'm just trying to be a race car driver and do what these guys do."

Antonio Pizzonia #8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Well I am pretty disappointed. Things were going well, when I was challenging (Cristiano) da Matta, I down shifted the gears too fast, the rear wheels locked and I stalled. It was unfortunate because the team did such a great job to get me into the fifth spot and we were running well out there this afternoon. The #8 Rotax/Rocketsports car was good today. When I was running behind Tagliani and the other leaders, I felt that it was as fast, if not faster, than the times they were running. However, it was hard to tell because I was trying to save fuel, so I was not pushing the car as hard as it could have potentially went. Overall, this was a good weekend; I learned a lot and had some fun out there doing so. The Rocketsports team did a great job for me; they helped me out all weekend and did a great job during the race."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am quite happy because the team did a really good job. We managed to create balance in the car that made it a pleasure to drive. We made a few mistakes, which cost us more time than we could afford. However, we managed to get some points. This was my first Champ Car race and has acquired me much experience this weekend alone. I am looking forward to using the experience for a good race in Houston, and I am extremely happy to be a part of this series."

Charles Zwolsman #34 Tide-Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I'm disappointed with the way the race finished for me, but I was hurting all weekend with my wrists and it made this race pretty difficult physically. I was fighting hard but near the end I hit the wall and that put an end to my race."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "We learned a lot today and over the course of the weekend. I made a few mistakes and damaged the gearbox on my pit stop. It's very unfortunate because we were running very good. I started in 15th and got up to seventh in the first 40 laps of the race. I was able to keep up with the cars in front. The car was running good. My day ended in the back of a cop car with Jimmy Vasser, which is far from what I expected. When I got out of my car, he was sitting at the turn three lemonade stand and invited me over to join him in drinks. We then persuaded one of Long Beach's finest policemen to give us a ride back to the paddock. We were a little surprised when he had us in the back of the police car. But we appreciated the ride. None the less we will take what we learned to Houston to have a good race."

A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSport Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a great weekend overall, up until the race itself. I felt my engineers and I worked really well together, and I couldn't ask for much more than that. But at the same time, the race was obviously disappointing, and there's not much more I can say about it. I don't think the crash was my fault...that's just turn one at Long Beach, and it can happen in turn one at any Champ Car track. I want to thank my whole RuSPORT team, everyone at Red Bull & CDW, and everyone who supported us. I think we have a lot to build on for the rest of the season."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Katherine Legge , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Dan Clarke