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PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"A fantastic and historic day for Team Player's. Finishing 1-2 feels really great, especially heading to Montreal, where we'll try to make it 3-for-3 in Canada. It was an extremely tough race. I was going as quick as I could in mid-stint and Patrick just kept catching up to me. Fortunately, we were able to turn it up a bit and build a lead after the last pit because Patrick really had a fast car out there. The thing I was most concerned about during the race was making sure that I didn't get tangled up with back markers. I lost about 5 or 6 seconds at point behind Tiago (Monteiro) and that cut into the lead, but other than that everything went absolutely perfect. Team Player's gave me a terrific car and the pits stops were flawless."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"This was a fun race and it's a fantastic finish. I decided to go all out like Montoya. I pushed at the start and it almost worked. When I went by Bourdais, I asked Player's Team to get me one also but they did better with a fantastic pit stop to put me in second place. My car was fast today. What a great race car. Paul also had a perfect car. It's one thing to get close to someone but it's another to try and pass him. It feels real good going into Montreal."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It feels awesome to be up here on the podium and I'm proud of our team. I very happy with the way things worked today. The team did a great job in the pits, and all weekend. They did the job in the truck and I did the job on the track."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The car at the start of the race was really good. I don't think we were as fast as Jimmy [Vasser] or Paul [Tracy], but we had a strong car. It was a long race and sure we got some points, but Paul won so we lost big time [in the championship] to him. We climbed to third on the start and the guys did a fantastic job on the pit stop and we came out second behind Paul. On the second pit stop when we were ready to go Adrian came into the pits and we lost a couple of seconds and that killed us and we lost a couple of positions to Patrick [Carpentier] and [Ryan] Hunter-Reay. It is very difficult to pass here unless you car is perfect and someone makes a mistake. We made a mistake on the last pit stop when we put a new right front on with a used set and that threw the balance off and we lost a lot of ground to the leaders. Even after the yellow I couldn't get close enough to move up and we finished fourth. Fourth place is good but it is really disappointing when Paul keeps winning the pole and winning races. It is too bad because I really wanted to finish on the podium for the Team Rahal fans and the guys who work in the shop and came to this race. We came close but we just couldn't get there today. Hopefully this is the last race this season we miss the podium."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It was a tough race. I was a bit dry because the water bottle in my car didn't work but the team did a good job to get me water during the pit stops. We started third but the race has not been a big success for us. We set the second fastest lap of the race but I couldn't pass because I had too much understeer. The car was good at the start but then it started to push more and more. At the start the steering wheel was very heavy but we had no grip. It didn't improve much after that. It was just an okay race for us but it is good to get points for a fifth place finish."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Sometime it's our day to have every aspect of the car work and come together and other times, we just do the best we can and learn from the experience. We are so aggressive as a team and like those podium finishes. Today was still good for us because we finished better than we started and we learned a lot. We still need to figure out the set up for this track to make it more consistent. The car felt well balanced and I was fastest when it was heavy and full of fuel. It was too loose in traffic because of the marbles and it was vibrating through the straightaway. I was able to gain time in some sections of the track, like in Turn One, where I could catch up to Bourdais. In other sections, like Turn Six, I was sliding and had to back off. Overall, I'm satisfied with a good finish and a good weekend."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I think seventh place is an excellent result after what happened in the race. I was pushed out by another competitor two times at the start. I was beside him and he never really gave me any room. I lost several positions. We had a great pit stop and my car was working really well when we took the lead. Because of the [pit stop] sequence we were on, the last set of tires had too many laps on them and the car was really a handful at the end of the race. I was a little bit concerned after the last pit stop because apparently [Darren] Manning was catching me pretty quick. I just focused on staying in front of him on the part of the track where he was quicker. It was a very difficult race and the steering became very heavy at the end so I was just glad the race was over. It was a good team effort - great pit stops, good calls and a reasonably good car. I think we had a top-six car but, unfortunately, the start didn't help me. I was happy to finish the race."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"Considering how bad the balance was in the race, finishing eighth from 13th, we've got to be pleased really. We picked up some more championship points. The points race right around me, from sixth to tenth, really tightened up. When we're struggling that's what you've got to think about picking up as many points as you can without lose too many to those around you, and that's what we did."
MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am happy to get another top-10 finish for PK Racing. It was a tough race, and we fought hard until the very end. After the last yellow, I tried my best to get by the cars in front of me, but I ran out of laps to pass [Darren] Manning and [Adrian] Fernandez. The car is running good, and the team did a good job."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"I think it was ok. The car had better balance during the race. I was always fighting with Manning and Papis. I had another top-10 finish which is good. Hopefully we will qualify better in Montreal."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was frustrating; so many things happened. We had a good car and ran a strong race. We led 10 laps holding off Paul Tracy. I am very proud of the team and everybody. Again we had a first lap incident, like Elkhart Lake. Some drivers seem to think they can win a race on the first lap; it's ridiculous. We had a punctured tire and had to come back and start over. We pushed hard all race and had some good laps. We led several laps, but weren't rewarded in the end, but it's good for the future and it gives us confidence."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"I'm very happy with today's effort, and not just because I got one (championship) point, but because the performance from the Corona car was incredible at the end of the race. We were running fast, consistent laps with the leaders. The car was just great. It's a shame that I stalled the engine in my first pit stop; we were running second. Adrian Fernandez was on the same pit stop strategy, so without the stall, we maybe could have finished just behind him in eighth place."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Servia just hit me. He wasn't even side by side and then he hit my rear tire. It is very frustrating and it was also too early in the race for him to try that. We had to replace the front wing and were two laps down when we returned to the track. We were just hoping to salvage some points from other cars dropping out but we didn't get any. It is a long championship but unfortunately the 23 points I gained last week, I lost this week."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The car was good except for in a few corners. We only made minor wing changes on the first two stops. I really think we had one of the best cars out there and we were lining up for a good finish to the race. On the way into the pits for my last stop something happened. We don't know what it was yet but we just lost power. We will have to wait and see what we can find when the car comes back at the end of the race."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"You need to take advantage of any opportunity, especially at Mid-Ohio. Bruno (Junqueira) had a bad exit in Turn #1 and I had a good run on him. He was sitting on the right, playing a little bit and then, when I was committed he closed the door. The new rules say that you are supposed to run your racing line. It is a shame because it is a long race and the Visteon/Patrick Racing car was running good. I had already passed one car on the start and I was hoping to end up on the podium with all the Visteon guests here today."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The car started to get overstear as I came up on turn nine. That corner has a hill and as I came up on the top of the hill the car broke loose and I just couldn't get it back. I am just sorry for the team, everyone worked so hard this weekend. It's too bad because we had a great car in warm up."