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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am obviously really happy with our results today. The Newman/Haas Racing crew has been absolutely terrific. I really wanted to win at this track this year because we were so close last year. The McDonald's car was great all weekend, I really couldn't have asked for more. It was challenging with all the rule changes, but we did our best. It was the right fit here at this track, and I really love this track. It was a good feeling to win in front such a big crowd.
It is nice to be the Championship leader at this time, however, it is still way too early. The main goal is to stay in the top five and keep consistency throughout the season. It is definitely a great start getting on the podium at the first race, and a win here. It is even better having a 1-2 finish here for Newman/Hass."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
The PacifiCare car and the Newman/Haas crew did a great job this weekend. It was a great result, finishing 1-2 on the podium with Sebastien. It was a good race. Everyone had different pit strategies, which made it interesting and a bit of a challenge. It was a close race between me and Sebastien, thanks to a great effort from both of the Newman/Haas squads. The Bridgestone tires were really good. I maintained a clean race, keeping all four tires on the track. I am happy with the results. It is great to obtain these points."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am so happy, I have the best team in the world. Thanks to a great Herdez car and a hard working team, we have a podium finish. I made a mistake at the beginning of the race, which put me at the back of the field. However, the Herdez crew developed a great strategy, and I don't know how they did it, but I got to the front. Thanks to them, I am here. I am so happy to be a part of this outstanding team and this series.
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Rocketsports/Johnson Controls team pulled together today for one of our best races, by far. Despite the problems we had getting qualified close to the front of the grid, the team gave me a great car, a podium car, and we worked together to develop a good strategy. We communicated throughout the race to make it happen and we gained enough positions for an excellent finish.
It's easy to re-evaluate strategy and say "should've" after the race, but we've worked hard for a just over a year and have learned a lot. Now that experience will begin to pay off."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a pretty difficult race, a bit hot. We were very slow in the first stint, the rear tires went away. The car was bouncing and sliding all over the place. It was a real hassle. I guess Paul (Tracy) had a similar problem because he couldn't get by me. But a few others drove past like I was standing still--which I was. In the end I nearly spun off. I was just trying everything possible and came out of the last corner and lost the back end. Paul came up the outside, then heading into the next corner I half lost it and he got by and a few others, I think. Basically it was a disaster in the first part of the race. After that the car was pretty good. The next set of tires were back up to what we knew and we were quick again. I made a few overtaking maneuvers trying to get back up the order, but I was too bad during the first stint to really do anything in the race."
PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We changed a number of things on the car because the car had no grip all weekend. But it was still not a good handling car. It was a handful. We made a bad call on our pit strategy too. I pitted early so I would be able to run faster on my own but when I came out I was behind several cars. I should have stayed out."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a very difficult start to the race for us. I was fighting the car a little, and I got caught up in an incident and went off course to avoid contact. From there I was just pushing really hard and fighting for position. [Rodolfo] Lavin got into me when he got to the inside, and that sent me off course again. I pushed and pushed from there and continued to reduce the gap. At the end, the others made mistakes, which we fully took advantage of. Our goal in Monterrey was a top-10 result and we got it. Thanks to everyone including the team and my sponsor Nextel. Today was a great day in my hometown."
NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The No 17 Lola was perfect for the race, and it/we escaped damage after making contact twice on the track. We were lucky to get away without problems and we didn't let that interfere with our plans. I stayed with it and kept focused on what I needed to do. I was able to pass when I saw the opportunity --and I took each of them. The LeasePlan crew was excellent and got me out if the pits in great time.
I was a little put-off at having to start so far back on the grid, but the crew came through, the car was great and we got the job done. I'm pleased with a great race here in Monterrey."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a long day under these very hot conditions, especially with starting in the back. I think the gears were too long and that's why I got passed in the beginning. The car got a lot better with the second set of tires and I was running strong lap times. The rear tires were pretty good, but we had so many yellows that the tires would cool down and not work again. At the end, I crashed with Ryan (Hunter-Reay) going for 8th. It broke the suspension, but luckily I was able to hang on for 11th place."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"(On the incident that sent him from eighth to 12th) PT [Paul Tracy] completely screwed up. Last lap, last turn. He just can't give it up. He should be the one out, not me."
ORIOL SERVIA (#11 yokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am a bit disappointed because we had worked hard and showed some speed in the warm-up. The car was decent, but since Long Beach we have had some gearbox issues that we are not able to find--maybe mileage is the problem in our gearbox. It is tough in the race because you have to be very precise. At the same time, if you want to keep the pace that the other drivers are running I have to push every lap like it is qualifying. Finally, on one lap I had too many things to do and I just lost it in the chicane. It is a shame because we needed some points, and some prize money would be nice. So we will see. We still have a lot of time to improve and the reality is that we are definitely improving. Milwaukee will be good for us. I was second there last year so I am hoping to be competitive there.
ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)
"I have to say I am sorry to the team. They did a very good job on Friday, but qualifying was kind of difficult for us. Today, in the race, the car was good and I was able to keep with the pace. Unfortunately, at the end, I let some cars pass me just before the last pit stop and I picked up some dirt coming into the pits. I almost hit the pit wall on the entry and picked up some more dirt, but I just forgot about that, so when I arrived at the pit box I had no grip. I was just trying to stop, but I went straight through. There was just no excuse for that and I apologize to the team."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The early part of the race went really well for me. The track was really slippery, so I was just letting the group ahead of me hurt themselves which was letting me gain position. Eventually I started struggling with rear grip again and the guys behind started catching me. Coming into the pits, I knew we needed a good stop to gain some positions on pit lane. As soon as I turned the car toward the pit lane, the car got loose, started sliding and didn't stop until it hit the pit wall. The contact broke something in the rear so, to add insult to injury, the car caught fire down the back straight away."