CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Saturday qualifying quoteboard

Justin Wilson ...

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

"Everything came together. The car was feeling great. We made some improvements right before the qualifying itself. You know, the team has done a great job this weekend. It's not been easy circumstances, but they've worked hard. The engineers have done a great job. Just very pleased with the progress we've made. As you said, it came together. The car was flowing, could get up to speed, and could get back to full throttle very early. It's all great. As soon as I crossed the line, I knew it was a good lap. I wasn't sure how good it was until I got out of the car and I saw Sebastien hadn't beat it. I knew there was some oil down, I got it on my lap. I slipped through turn three quite bad, but still managed to gain time through there. I thank the team and also Bridgestone. The tires worked fantastic. The alternate tires were very good. This is definitely going to be one of the most cherished trophies I have because today was quite emotional. Under the circumstances, with all the rumors flying around, and also with what happened in Australia, it just feels good to come out on top."

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

"Well, I thought we would be sitting in the middle, to be honest, after the first run. The McDonald's car felt really, really well-balanced. I was very happy. We made a change to kind of keep up with the track conditions, anticipate the understeer which was going to build up. Just went for the second run, the car picked up quite a bit of understeer, nothing I could do. Turn three from the get-go for us. That was just too much. So I'm a little disappointed. Congratulations to Justin. He's done a good job. Hopefully I can give him a good run tomorrow."

Bruno Junqueira #2 Hole in the Wall Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola/Bridgestone

"It was a good run today. I think my Newman/Haas car is pretty good here. It has been fast for all the days. In qualifying on the first run, I made a mistake on my second lap. I thought that was the last lap. I was going to do three laps. But I was still P2, very close to Sebastien. I thought I had a shot for the pole. On the red tires, my car built up a little too much understeer. I don't think I could have done much better. I lost my really good lap, like almost 4/10th faster, and I got Tagliani, 25.0, maybe very close to Sebastien, but I think a couple 10ths behind Justin, so well done to Justin. Tomorrow for the race, I'm very excited. I think my car is good. I like this track a lot. I like this crowd here in Mexico City, it's always very good. So I hope I can put a good show here tomorrow. I like the track and have had some good results here. I remember when I was on the pole here that the people that started on the second row were ahead before the braking point to Turn 1 so I hope I can have a good start and get a good finish. I have won a race each year I have been in Champ Car and there is still one I can win so I hope I can do it and continue the streak."

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

"It was a good result, although we lost our way a little bit with the set-up for qualifying. We went backwards a little bit and did not improve on yesterday's time. We will have a good think about the car we need for tomorrow and hopefully we can sort it all out in the tomorrow morning's warm-up. I should not be too worried about the Rookie of the Year, but Dan Clarke is starting right behind me and we know what he is capable of. While saying that I am not expecting anything stupid from him. I think he is a fair driver. I think it will be sensible to be conservative to a point, collect the points and make sure we finish the race. If a podium opportunity presents itself we have to make sure we take it. I am probably a little bit disappointed because yesterday we had a car good enough for pole. We would have been happy with a second row starting spot a couple of months ago, but our performance in the last round in Australia has really lifted the expectations. If we had the chance to re-do today's session we would certainly improve on where we are. Now it's all about the race car for tomorrow."

Ryan Briscoe #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"It's a fantastic fourth place finish for today's final qualifying session. I feel that I'm still getting all the sections together and there is definitely still room to do better. I'm really happy with our performance and this being the second race for the RuSPORT / Western Union / Elektra team we're really gelling and working well together. I'm just having a great time here in Mexico City it is a fantastic track and a great team. Hopefully we'll have a good result here at Sunday's race."

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

"I'm much happier with how today went, especially with how it ended. We went as hard as we could on the alternate red Bridgestone tires, because we haven't had the ideal car this weekend. But today I was able to get some real experience on the track, and put in some good laps. Over the course of the day, we've made a lot of changes to the car. It's incredible the amount of hard work that the team has put in, especially today. The red tires really helped improve the grip of the car. Some of the faster corners on the track are really bumpy, and the car can become difficult to control at times. It was important to me to put in a quick lap, so I just kept my foot nailed down and kept gritting my teeth the whole way. I'm enjoying this event so far, because I feel really motivated to push very hard...the track is fast and furious, and the fans are out in force and very excited. I feel like I'm giving the crowd their money's worth. During yesterday's visit to the Adulam orphanage, the kids gave us all of their prayers, so I feel really motivated, and I hope to put on a good show for everyone tomorrow."

Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

In a way I am happy because the last three laps of qualifying today was the best the Gulfstream -- PKV Racing car has felt all weekend. It was just on the last lap I could not put it together. I started the last lap slow, slower than my best lap. Then I got it so the lap was better, finally, at the end I lost it again. It is a really fine line on this track between over driving and being a too slow and I couldn't find that line today. The car was .3 faster than we showed, but that is still .9 off the pole. Overall, we made up some ground today and I am confident we can have a good race tomorrow."

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

"We definitely made some improvements today. Yesterday we didn't have the chance to try the Bridgestone red tires, so today was brand new for us. When we tried them on the first run we were better and then we realized that the car needed some more. We tried to improve it on the second run we improved by a tenth, but it wasn't enough. The car in one of corners got a little bit nervous on me, I had to come off of the throttle and I lost about two-tenths of a second and then I lost another two along the straightaway. The Aussie Vineyards car is definitely competitive enough to be in the top three. Today we had the time on the table, but I'm really happy, we made a lot of gains and we will fight to get on the podium tomorrow."

David Martinez #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"Well it's great to be in the top ten in my first ever race but in a way it's a little disappointing because I think we could've been quicker. This morning we were inside the top 7 and we definitely had the speed to maybe even break the top 5 today. On my fast lap I came into Turn 3 and saw a yellow flag but I kept pushing, unfortunately somebody had sprayed some oil on the track and when I hit it the car got really loose and I lost almost three tenths. The Telmex car has been great all weekend and it just keeps getting faster with every adjustment we make, I'm also getting faster with every lap so I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow because I think we are going to be very strong."

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

"It's been a difficult day and I'm losing quite a bit of time in the last two S-curves. I can't seem to carry any speed through that part of the track, because every time I do, I feel like I'm going to put the car into the wall. So, I'm not happy, but it's a long race tomorrow, but I know the team will work hard and we'll have something up our sleeves for the race. It's just unfortunate that qualifying ended the way it did."

Mario Dominguez #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"We did not qualify as well as I had hoped for, but the main thing is that the #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle car is ready to go for the race tomorrow. We made some changes throughout the day that showed improvement, so I feel that we should have a good race car for tomorrow. I think that we will be able to turn a not so positive qualifying position into a good race finish for all the fans and my sponsors Pemex, GICSA, Del Valle, Banca Mitel, Telmex, and Bridgestone.

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

"We improved the car quite a bit. We had a good car on the red tires on the last outing. Unfortunately we had a big lock up in the very first quick lap on my last stint and seeing that these tires only give two quick laps it kind of killed our chances of getting a better lap. The times are pretty close and a top-ten was possible so I am a bit disappointed that I messed up that lap. I look forward to tomorrow to see if I could make up some places. The race should be interesting. With the tires going off fairly quickly, it's going to be a matter of which car has the best set-up and puts the least amount of pressure on the tires."

Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"It was a very positive qualifying session for the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team. Our qualifying position isn't fantastic, but I think we have a very good race car. We could have easily been inside the top-10 had I not just pushed too hard. I was telling myself as I was going around not to push too hard, but I just over drove. So, that is my bad, but at least I recognize what I did wrong. Like I said, I think we have a pretty good race car, so I feel positive about tomorrow."

Buddy Rice #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"Overall it was on OK day. The car has been pretty good all weekend and during our first stint in qualifying with the black tires we were very fast. For our second stint we decided to put on the Red Bridgestone Potenzas and we just couldn't get the most speed out of them. I really thought that I was going to be able to go much faster with the softer tires but we just didn't improve as much as we hoped and that dropped us back a bit. We should have a pretty good car for the race, and the Forsythe Team is the best in the business when it comes to pit stops so I think it will be a good race for us."

Antonio Pizzonia #18 Lexington Energy Services Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"I am disappointed with our results today. We have been struggling with the #18 Lexington Energy Services car all weekend. We just can't seem to get the balance right. We made a lot of changes last night and throughout the day, but the car is still not where we would like it to be. This is a disappointing result for the team because I know that we all wanted to qualify better, especially with this being the last race of the season. We will just go out there tomorrow and make the most of what we have, and see where it goes from there. Hopefully we can have a clean race and finish higher up then where we will start tomorrow. We will do our best, as a good result would be great for the team and our sponsor Lexington Energy Services."

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

"There's not much to say. The car felt good but looking at our place on the starting grid, I guess the speed just wasn't there. It's definitely not the way I wanted to end the last qualifying session of the season but to look on the bright side of it, each time this season that I started far I managed to finish in the top-ten. Hopefully I can do the same tomorrow and end the season on a high."

Jan Heylen #11 The Meurmans Car Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"I am really disappointed the gear box broke during qualifying because this morning we found something and I thought we were going to be really good in this session. I was out on the red Bridgestone Tires for the first time in qualifying and was looking forward to turning in some good laps and the gearbox broke at the end of the straight as I was going through the gears. Hopefully tomorrow it will be fixed and we can have a good race."

Andreas Wirth #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

"I was not slowest in today's session that is the key. I never really got a perfect lap, there was always a few little mistakes in them. On one of my best laps there was a car coming out of the pits that ruined it. I am still learning how to utilize the red Bridgestone Tires to their full extent. We need to work on our set up for tomorrow, because it seems that the car goes away the longer we run. We have to run like we did in Australia, finish the race and are strong in the end. The fans here are great, they are not quite as crazy as the Australians, but they are great race fans."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Katherine Legge , Buddy Rice , Ryan Briscoe , David Martinez , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Jan Heylen , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Andreas Wirth , Dan Clarke
Teams Conquest Racing