The Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.Com Saturday Quoteboard 1. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ ( ...
The Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.Com Saturday Quoteboard
1. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We took a new approach with our team the last few weeks and its really started to pay off for us. We found a good balance on the car. I wanted to take the last turn flat but I had to lift slightly. Other than that it was a good lap and it puts me in position for a good race tomorrow."
2. BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "This morning the PacifiCare car was really good. We were the fastest in the session and I knew we had a car good enough to be on pole. I was really confident I could repeat yesterday's performance. I didn't push on the first and second laps and I knew I had to push a little more on the last lap. Maybe I pushed too hard on the last lap. I'm disappointed because we had a car good enough to be on pole and we really needed that point for the championship."
3. ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm disappointed to be just .036 seconds off the pole. It seems like we've been very close to winning the pole lately. I was fastest Saturday in Denver but we haven't gotten it yet. We're happy with the result and hope to follow it up with a good race tomorrow."
4. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's/Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Something was not right with the car. It was good but we couldn't put in a faster lap. We just weren't quick enough. Maybe I didn't take enough risks. It's tough to get the tires up to temperature and get in to rhythm in three laps. It will be a tough race tomorrow, let's see if we can get a good result for the McDonald's/Lilly car. There are a lot of executives flying in for the race and it would be good to give them a good result."
5. PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I spun on the last corner of my fast lap and it hurt any chances I had for the pole. The car is better than Friday. Team Player's made the right adjustments to improve it. Starting fifth is not bad here, but it's going to be a tricky race. It's easy to crash here as we saw today in qualifying. The track is still quite bumpy and for the race it's going to be hot and slippery."
6. MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante/Office Depot Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Today's run in the Gigante car was pretty good, but not great. I went out on the first lap and the car had so much push I made an adjustment to the front bar, but with the change the car went so loose that I went back to full stiff with the bar and then the car was much better. The car wasn't very easy to drive today and with only three timed laps you have to get it right or you will be in trouble. Getting the right set-up is critical for a course like this. We are starting sixth which isn't the best but it could be a lot worse. We will have our work cut out for us tomorrow. With the heat and the weather like it is it will be a physically demanding race, which means people will get tired and make mistakes. We just have to be ready to take advantage of the mistakes made by the cars ahead of us and avoid making mistakes ourselves."
7. ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am quite happy with the progress the team has made on the Herdez Competition car. Today the conditions were better to drive. On the last lap the tire pressure rose on the rear tires, and as I went into the fountain and at the top of the hill I got a little sideways. I really like this track, it is really challenging and I like challenges."
8. MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Conditions are very hot, but better than yesterday. I feel like we may need to play around with the tire pressure a bit more. The last lap of my qualifying run was a little slower than the previous ones. Overall, I am happy with the behavior of the car. We will have a good day tomorrow starting in the top eight."
9. TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Obviously it was a better result today. For the 2nd time we have the fastest Reynard and we've qualified in the top 10 for two straight races. We made a big improvement over yesterday. It wasn't a perfect lap, I mad a few mistakes, but improved at the end a lot. It's really important to start in the top 10 here because it's so difficult to overtake."
10. ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car is fast and capable of better than tenth on the grid. We're trying to improve the grip on the track by focusing on shocks, dampers and springs. The car's performance on street courses is often unpredictable. We were fine in Long Beach, Toronto and Vancouver, but are struggling a little this weekend. We know what we have to work on and what improvements to make for tomorrow's race."
12. DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "From my point of view that was really the first and only time that I've driven it flat out. The car was pretty good in the wet yesterday as evidenced by our second fastest speed. Every time in the dry though, we've had problem. I clipped the wall in qualifying yesterday and only got two laps. This morning we had a problem with the gearbox. It's quite a fun little track to drive and if they can keep working on the bump in the last corner, it'd be perfect. I'm very excited about the possibility of rain tomorrow especially since we didn't qualify to our best potential. There was a lot more speed to come. Plus, being English, I'd really be pleased to have a wet race."
13. MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The lap was a good one, but we were the first one out and the track is more slippery early. We're paying for yesterday's mistake and unfortunately we'll pay tomorrow as well. The car's not bad and should be good for the race."
15. MIKA SALO (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I didn't get that much time on track in this morning's practice because I broke a diff [erential] The guys did a great job replacing it, and I made it back out for a few minutes before the end of the session. Then in qualifying I clipped the wall on the first lap and broke some suspension. It's a shame because we have a great car this weekend. Tomorrow will be very hard and we will have to do our best to make up some spots on track and in the pits."
16. RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The Corona car was definitely improved for this afternoon's qualifying session. Yesterday we went into a dry qualifying session after it had rained all morning, but today we had a very productive morning in similar weather conditions. I had a much better sense of the track this afternoon about how hard I could push the car, where the braking zones were and how much that bump (in the last corner) would upset the rear of the car. It's going to be a challenging race tomorrow starting from 16th, but we've seen a lot of contact over the weekend. With a clean race and quick stops from my Corona crew, hopefully we can get into a points-paying position."
18. PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I hit the engine switch on my first fast lap so I was looking to improve my time on the second one when I hit the wall in corner 4. I was pushing too much. I felt a little pain on my left leg, like it was numb but it went away. It was a hard hit. I'm quite a way down on the grid so it's going to be a difficult race. I'm going to do everything I can to move up the field, but I'm going to need a bit of luck because it's difficult to pass here."