Champ Car Sunday Quoteboard PAUL TRACY ( ...
Champ Car Sunday Quoteboard
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I have to really thank Team Player's. The job that they did this weekend, we went testing, and found some new things on the car to help the setup. We came here and right off the trailer, the car was fast. I put pole position on Friday, then made a mistake on Saturday in practice and slid over the curb and damaged the car. So that put us out of the running for Saturday's qualifying. But I felt we could have defended if we had the chance. You know, I guess that was a little bit of a silver lining because I think today the key for the race for me was the tires we had. We had a brand-new set of tires for every stint because we didn't run yesterday. You know, from about midway through every stint, I was saving the tires, then I could really turn it on and pull a gap out."
MICHEL JOURDAIN (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Just to finish in the podium, it's great. To finish on the podium in Mexico is unbelievable. The crowd is just so great. They support us so nicely. It's a great feeling."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's a very good day for this new team. It's a very small team at the moment. There's a lot of good things to come in the future. We had a decent car, I think consistent car, not the fastest, but consistent car all race long. We were running at a certain point in second place. We decided to do a full fuel fill. Some of the guys had a little quicker stop than us, and we dropped into fourth. Then Bruno spun, we took third, and we stayed third. I think it was just like a race where you had to do no mistakes and pay attention in other drivers before you that put some grass. It was really easy to slide off the track at some places. I think it's a good result for this young team. Hopefully a lot more to come."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a very good race. I am very happy with our finish. We hadn't had this result in a long time; we haven't finished a race in a long time. It was important for us to finish a race and, with Michel [Jourdain Jr.] second and me fourth, what better place to finish than here in Monterrey. Two Mexicans in the top four is really fantastic for our country."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm so disappointed not to put the PacifiCare car on the podium. For sure he had a third place and maybe even a second place finish but I was in Turn 6 and I locked up the rear tires and went off course. It is so disappointing. I was passing cars right and left. We should be on the podium."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think we worked hard all weekend to get a car that was well suited to my driving style. My way of driving is not perfect for this circuit because of the lack of grip. But the engineers gave me a good car to work with - very well balanced. I've said all along that the first couple of races would be difficult for us because of my driving style. But I think we'll be a lot more competitive as we move forward from Long Beach. We ran a consistent pace all day and made the most of it. I'm very pleased that we came away with some points today and moved up the championship race."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We should have been further up. The pace of the car was really good as we knew from qualifying. From qualifying 13th on the grid, you really can't expect too much though. To finish the race from where we were is a big achievement really and seventh was mega."
PATRICK LEMARIE (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We are a little disappointed, and we don't know what happened to the car - it just stopped and we lost a lap. We were able to get going again, and it's a shame the problem happened, because the car was very good for the rest of the race. We're making a lot of progress, and we keep getting better and better. We had good pit stops, and overall, I am very happy."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It was a good and a bad day for me. The first stint of the race was pretty decent; we ran tenth and had a good rhythm going. As the stint progressed my car went from drastic understeer to drastic oversteer. Our second stop was really long, I am not sure what happened with the clutch, it just sort of froze, it sort of felt like a loose brake pedal. We lost a lap there and from that point, I did everything I could to get myself in the points. The good side of the day was the fact that I have now run a complete race and I am and after all of the crazy things that happened I still managed to walk out of here with a point. I learned a lot this weekend, we were up and down. Yesterday was a decent day for us, being the fastest Reynard, but we know we still have a lot of work to do with the car, it was a dog on old tires, that is something we need to work before Long Beach for sure."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The team gave me a great car today and we were very fast. I heard after the race that we had the second fastest lap of the day. We came in early on the second round of pit stops to try to get off-sequence with the others. We knew we had to go for it, take some risks, in order to move up. When I went inside to pass Manning, I guess he didn't see me because he didn't give me any room. The contact wasn't much but it was enough to bounce me off the track and stall the car. The car wasn't damaged though because we put in some of our fastest laps of the day after that. Of course we wanted to do better but at least we finished the race."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "My race was ruined twice today by the same person. I rebounded from the first one, we went yellow, and Lavin took his time rather than hustling around, that is when I needed to make up my time. I should have never let myself be in that position in the first place. All of us behind him were held back. The second time did me in, he (Lavin) was slow on the back side of the track, so slow that I had to go into first and Manning punted me from the back. It's a shame, we had worked our way up to sixth, I was driving hard, the guys did a great job in the pits, and it all went to heck in a hand basket."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I'm happy for finishing the race, but I'm not very happy because I wasn't very consistent out there. I have to keep working hard on the consistency."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Everything went wrong from the start of the race. We had problems with the radio and when they called me in for the first stop under yellow, I didn't hear them. At that point the race was already compromised."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had a miscommunication in the pits that began our troubles today. We had decided on a strategy to follow the leaders before the race, but then things changed very quickly. These things happen in the race. I didn't see the leader stay out, but I didn't get any further instructions to change our original plan. So we stayed out. We still had a chance, but when the third yellow came out, we had to come in. That is when we lost our race because we had to go to the back of the pack. This is a track where it is almost impossible to pass cars, but I knew I had to or we were going to get lapped. So I took a chance. Passing one car I touched his front wheel and I got a little bit sideways. After that, the car wasn't working well and I just lost control. This was a very frustrating race, but the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team will continue to work hard. We know we have a fast car it is just a matter of putting all the elements together at one time. I am confident that we can do that at the next race in Long Beach."