Patrick Carpentier took second place just 6.382 seconds behind the winner in his hometown race in Montreal, his 20th career podium and third of 2004 after a difficult start to the weekend and a determined and solid race. "I'm really happy! ...
Patrick Carpentier took second place just 6.382 seconds behind the winner in his hometown race in Montreal, his 20th career podium and third of 2004 after a difficult start to the weekend and a determined and solid race.
"I'm really happy! Friday was bad with not being able to qualify, but we did have all new 'sticker' tires for the race, and the car was fast. I starter on my harder Bridgestone tires and was hoping to use the faster 'red' option tires later in the race. On the start, I tried to make a pass on the outside, but Alex hit Paul [Tracy] ... Paul went across the grass and hot AJ and looked like he was spinning towards me -- so I slowed down to avoid a contact and lost a place to Tagliani."
"The race went pretty well -- hard, and my crew was great in the pit stops. My last stop was very short to get me back out on the track as soon as possible, but I had to watch the fuel, so I couldn't really chase Bruno too hard and I was sure I had to keep Mario behind me. We've had our share of bad luck this year, so I'll take this second place in Montreal and be very happy -- Thank you!"
Paul Tracy was finished in fourth place after a first corner incident in which he was contacted by Tagliani and which damaged the front suspension so badly as to make the steering uneven and unpredictable.
"Tagliani had me off on the first corner and my front suspension was badly damaged ... it was driveable and we decided to drive it rather than lose laps in the pits changing the front. It was crazy, the steering was wild one way but not the other and it was a really physical race! I just did the best I could. We didn't make any mistakes on the track and the team did great in the pits, so I guess this was a great result in the circumstances and I have to be pleased with a fourth place finish for the championship battle."
Having started 11th after set up problems in practice and qualifying, Rodolfo Lavin tried a strategy to make up places during the race that needed another yellow for it be successful. That wasn't to be, and Rodolfo finished 11th overall.
"We pitted early and tried a risky strategy to make up places ... but the yellow we needed never came ... it just didn't work out. We had learnt from Pat's set up and were okay for the race; we had decent lap times, and I hoped we could move forward through our plan of saving fuel and jumping up the field if a yellow came out. We just have to qualify stronger next time."