Champ Car Saturday Quoteboard SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...
Champ Car Saturday Quoteboard
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "After the practice sessions, we were pretty happy this morning, but it's always hard to imagine that you can do such a lap during qualifying. Yesterday, it was really difficult to handle the car. The team did a fantastic job. The car today was really good. I really thank a lot to Newman/Haas Racing because I feel we did a great job this weekend. We'll see tomorrow. I mean, it's such a big surprise all the time to be so much on the pace. I just can hope it will be like this all season long."
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think it's frustrating at Team Player's because we had a spin this morning, and I spun into the curbs, damaged the bottom of the tub on my car, punched a hole through the bottom. We weren't able to repair the car. We would have had to have taken out the spare car for qualifying. That would delete our time from yesterday. The only logical choice was to sit out."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very excited for the guys on the Johnson Control team because they worked really hard before the first race, in between St. Pete and this race, I know that they worked really hard to make sure that we have a backup car for this race. It's just a good boost for everyone on this team. Qualifying went pretty well. The first set of tires, I had a problem on the back straightaway. We didn't have the time at that stage for qualifying. Later on we put on our second set. We went out and had a good time going on."
MICHEL JOURDAIN (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "On my first set of tires I went off and broke the front wing. I ran over a piece of it and had a flat tire. Fortunately, I already had a fast lap time in because when we changed the front wing, the car wasn't quite as good. We were making progress and the car was quite good. It is always our goal to qualify in the top five and this is two straight races that we have done so. The top five is where you want to be to start the race. Cristiano [da Matta] won by starting here fifth last year. I think we can win tomorrow but I know it will be a very long and hard race."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We improved the car from yesterday; we just need to make it better for the race. The rear of the car is the part that bothers me the most but we improved a little from yesterday and I think we have a better race car which is the most important part to be able to get to the next level. I am pretty confident. Hopefully everything will go the way we all want it and we will have a good race. Sixth place is not a bad position to start."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car is pretty good. Our qualifying strategy didn't work out exactly as we had planned though. Looking back, it looks like we should have stopped for a fresh set of tires. Still, eighth is a good starting position and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The car was a lot easier to lean on today, so the adjustments we made last night were definitely an improvement. It is an accomplishment to be the fastest Reynard in my second race. It is actually a huge accomplishment considering where we were yesterday. We were pretty confused this time yesterday. Good job to my crew, they have had a tough 24 hours and they have done a great job."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I'm very pleased to be where we are today. We were struggling in the morning session. As a team, we decided to take a big risk on changing the car for qualifying. It worked out very well. We made a big gain, especially in mechanical grip. I pushed very hard and am pleased with my result, and very grateful for the hard work of the team. As it turned out, we were the second fastest Reynard, I think, and only a couple of thousandths of a second from the fastest. This shows me we got almost all we could out the car. In the race tomorrow, I'm looking forward to a solid event, where we run all day and finish well. I'm feeling good about our chances to accomplish our goals in the race tomorrow."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Unfortunately, we continued to struggle today. Although we were able to improve the car, it wasn't enough. Overall grip is still not where we need it to be, and I had both understeer and oversteer problems as well. We'll continue to work on the car, and we think we have a direction to improve it for the race. I'm hopeful we will make some gains and be competitive tomorrow."
PATRICK LEMARIE (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We have improved the car a lot since yesterday morning. Unfortunately, I went straight in turn nine on my quickest lap and went through the grass. The car is getting better every day, and we are expecting a good result tomorrow!"
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The car was good. We were fifth fastest in the practice session going into qualifying. We'd gone a direction after morning practice and went even more that direction for qualifying because it was a good change and the car went faster. The lap I was on when I lost third gear probably would have been a low 77. The fastest lap is generally on the third flying lap so I guess that set of tires would have put me in the 75s, which could have put me in the top three."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We had a plan for qualifying that we would run the entire 15 laps in one stint. But the tire pressures got a bit out of control and we had to come in to correct that. So because of the tire pressures we basically threw our strategy away. We have made the car a lot better - just not good enough yet."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It was a huge to have had to give up that session. It turns out that something punctured the oil pump on the spare car during the qualifying warm-up, and this morning I damaged my tub, but were not sure how. It was a shame because the car felt a lot better in the warm-up, I think I could have turned some pretty quick laps this afternoon, I am really disappointed. I am going to have my work cut out for me tomorrow, but I started last in St. Pete and finished sixth, so I will be okay."
ALEX YOONG (#11 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am very pleased with where we are at right now. I have no experience with a track with such little grip, but as the track comes in I feel more comfortable in the car."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The first part of qualifying was pretty good. We were making consistent laps going a little bit faster every time. The second part, the last five laps, we made some changes to the chassis and basically went the wrong way. We'll go back tomorrow and try to make a safe race. Tomorrow I hope we finish the race and get some points."
JOEL CAMATHIAS (#19 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I feel I am trying hard to go fast but we lacked some speed in qualifying. I hope for more points tomorrow to follow up our top ten finish at St. Petersburg."