CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Friday drivers quoteboard

Gran Premio Telmex-Tecate Presented By Banamex Provisional Qualifying BRUNO JUNQUEIRA ( ...

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Provisional Qualifying

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I feel happy with today's result. It is important to get the pole, it is especially important to get the Championship point and be starting on the front row for the race on Sunday. The PacifiCare car was good this morning, so we did not make any changes for the afternoon. However, the car was not as good in the afternoon. We made some drastic changes and I went out pushing as hard as I could, making sure not to make any mistakes. This puts some pressure on Sebastien (Bourdais) for tomorrow. The car wasn't perfect today, so we will make changes to improve the car for tomorrow. We will try to work very hard to put it back on the pole tomorrow."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The McDonald's car is definitely looking very good. I think most of the front-runners have been running on the alternate tires that Bridgestone has brought along. They're definitely much faster. For the second run, definitely there is a lot left tomorrow. I knew it was going to be really hard to compete against Bruno, with the regular tires, and Bruno with the alternate tires, but I went for it. It was a very, very strong first run. I just laid the car very much on the edge, but didn't make it in the last turn at the end of the session; unfortunately I pushed to the limit."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I was pleased overall. First time here for myself and for the team. We've just been picking away a little bit during the practice session and during qualifying. I think there's still a lot left in myself and in the car. So overall, any time you can be in the Top 3 in this series, it's great. I think there's more tomorrow for us to have. As long as we continue the progress, I think we can be there."

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I was pleased with the result. There is no way to tell how much faster the track is going to get tomorrow with more rubber down on the track, but it feels good to be in the right ball park already on Friday. We spend a lot of time in the corners here, so the option tires make a big difference and we can carry the momentum all the way through the corners. I am pretty satisfied, but of course we are going to keep working to find more speed and try to improve tomorrow."

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The car was generally balanced, but lacking in grip - although with Bridgestone's option tire the grip definitely improved. The track is a bit bumpier than last year and I lost a bit of time with my downshift into turn 12 on my quick lap. And frankly I should have got my quick laps in earlier ... we'll do better tomorrow."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"This is a great day and a great start to the weekend for the Nextel crew in Mexico. The PKV guys did an outstanding job today. I can't say enough about how proud I am of them. The car they brought here was very well prepared, and we converted that into results today. Our best qualifying session of the season came today, and the conditions couldn't have been better. Here we are in Mexico City with a great start to the weekend and positive energy - we are looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of the weekend for sure."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

The Mexico City circuit can be very technical. We've used the last two sessions to make improvements to the No.8 Johnson Controls car to meet the demands of the track. We're headed in the right direction and I'm happy with the changes we've made so far. I couldn't be as aggressive as I wanted to be, but I know the car can be faster and plan to be very aggressive tomorrow.

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We improved a lot from this morning's session, but we still need to make some changes. This morning the Gigante car was really, really loose in the front and tires. This afternoon it was loose in the rear. We just need to find the balance. It is good that A.J. did really well, so we will compare set-ups and find a better car for tomorrow."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I just missed getting my best lap today ... nothing more to say really ... my engineers did a great job, but I came off at turn 4 on a hot lap and we had to come in and check over the car. I'm sure we will have everything together tomorrow, and we'll be better placed for the race."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"We improved a lot during the session over this morning, and got our best time a lot closer to the pole time, but we are not where we want to be yet," said Philippe. "We didn't get to run in the practice much at all because we had a small problem with the gears, but we got it all sorted out in time for the qualifying. I have had some good results racing in Mexico, so we will go back and study the data, and prepare to improve in the final qualifying tomorrow."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We thought we weren't so bad this morning in the practice session, to tell you the truth. The Gulfstream car was on pace, and we decided to move to Roberto's [Gonzalez] setup for the qualifying session. It obviously didn't turn out the way we thought it would, but we saved both sets of the alternate Bridgestone Potenza tires for the final session tomorrow. I think [Sebastien] Bourdais and I were the only ones to do that. We'll continue to work on the overall setup tonight, knowing that Roberto's car is fast, and the fact that we have the two sets of tires in our back pocket for Saturday."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We made some suspension changes from this morning to cope with the bumps in turns 12 and 14 and it was better, but I think we maybe did too much. I know I can make up time tomorrow on the back side of the track, from turns 9 through 12 ... into turn 12 the bump is a big one and you have to get on the breaks exactly as the car settles ... and the car felt loose through the Esses even though I was quicker there than this morning's practice. The track was getting quicker during the session too, so I'm confident we will be faster tomorrow."

GUY SMITH (#17 MicroChip Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

The Autodromo course is new to me and a great challenge to drive on. It's wide and sweeping in some areas and quite bumpy in others. I'm actually torn about driving it. I'm excited by it, but also disappointed with the qualifying session - it's not at all where I expected to qualify. I've learned a lot about the track and we're working to get the No.17 Rocketsports car just right. We'll focus on the data we collected today to be prepared for the next qualifying session and hope for a better starting position on Sunday.

-ccws-

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