Driver Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The McDonald's car was really good right off. This morning we were very happy with the way things went, just pretty much started where we left it. You know, it wasn't perfect, but it was a very solid baseline, so we didn't really bother, we just let the track coming to us. Then this afternoon, it really felt like we made some improvements and were running strong. You know, we did two laps on the first run; the red came out. We just saved the tires and said, Okay, will be a good set for the race. And then left the pits again for the second run on the standard Bridgestone tires. I was on a good gap. I didn't have a big margin in front of Paul. I went pretty quick on the first couple of laps. Just made a big mistake and hit the wall really hard in turn four. From there on, I was pretty sure that it was going to be a very average qualifying. When I came down a few times to turn one, you know, I locked wheels and got sideways, and probably the crossweight was all wrong. Still, the lap time came at the end, which I was very surprised to see the classification."
Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It went pretty well. Obviously, not enough to get the pole, but pretty happy. It looks like definitely we're on the right path. The car felt good in the morning. The first set of tires, just on my fourth lap I got the red, then I went out again, wasn't the best for the tires. Then we put the reds. I went quite fast. I honestly think I was going to do very similar on the blacks. As Justin says, I don't think there's a big lap time difference between the two compounds this weekend. But very happy to be at the front row right now. Hopefully we can do that a little better tomorrow. Just do the same as last year."
Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I'm very disappointed because I could fight for pole but I got traffic. On the first set of tires I was only 1/10th of a second behind Sebastien. On the second set of tires I got traffic but still was able to improve my time although possibly not as much as if I didn't have traffic. I made a small mistake in Turn 1 and had to go through the chicane and they took my lap away but it wasn't the lap I went through the chicane on, it was the previous one. They initially listed me in fourth place but then moved me into third when they took away the correct lap. It was good to be able to fight for the pole. We will work hard to keep improving the car and fight for it again tomorrow."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It's been not too bad. We had a few problems this morning, so we didn't do many laps. The car seemed pretty quick. Same again in qualifying. We were pretty quick. So just need to find a bit more yet to get on that front row. Hopefully we can get there tomorrow."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Well it was an average day, the car is good but we still need to get a little more speed out of it. We are struggling in the braking zones, we need to be able to go a little deeper and carry more speed into the corner. This track always gets faster as it rubbers up so tomorrow the grip will be better. We'll keep working on the setup of the car during morning practice, I think we'll have a good shot tomorrow."
Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing --HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The car felt good but, unfortunately, I got blocked by Katherine Legge. We had a car to be in third position but we just could not get a clean lap. I hope the weather stays good for tomorrow so we can start the race where we belong. The team did an awesome job as always and the great was great."
Andrew Ranger #27 Wal-Mart Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I'm very satisfied with today's result, especially since we accomplished it without using the Bridgestone reds. The team like usual is working extremely hard and it is paying dividends. The car is really good but somehow today we kept losing a lot of time in the hairpin so we have to solve that before the final round of qualifying. Tomorrow will be another day with the track having more rubber down and more grip, and I hope to do as well if not better tomorrow."
Antonio Pizzonia #18 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone-- "I am happy to be back in the Champ Car. It is taking a little time to get used to driving it again and driving a racecar overall because Long Beach was the last time I was in a racecar. Therefore, I know that there is more to come from me and the #18 Rocketsports car. It is interesting driving here in a Champ Car. It was three years ago when I drove here in a Formula One car, but I can immediately see differences between the two cars. It is a completely different driving line, so I have to attach the track in a different way than what I know. So that is something else I have to get used to, along with braking and reading the marks on the track. Overall, I am happy to have finished 8th today in provisional qualifying, we are on the right track and I expect we can do even better tomorrow."
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We are back to my kind of circuit. I really enjoyed it out there. It was a lot of fun. It's a road circuit so it was a lot smoother. It was a great session for us with it being the first day having ever been to the circuit. We only used one set of tires in qualifying so we will have more new rubber to run when the track is more gripped up and we will have two red sets to run in qualifying tomorrow, which will help more. I think there is a little more time out of me and the goal for tomorrow is to get a little bit more out of the tires for qualifying."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The track is quite slippery right now. In fact I was surprised in how slippery it really was. There is something we can try to gain a little more grip overall. We need to just think overnight and I know that we can get the car more competitive and better on the grid for tomorrow."
Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I had a little spin in turn two which caused my fastest lap to be taken away. I think we had a good car before that. Then we made a change that didn't work as well as we would have liked but I'm still confident for tomorrow. The car is good and our position in this session doesn't show where we really stand. The track has improved from this morning, it was very slippery, but it is getting better and better. By race day it should be good."
Nicky Pastorelli #8 Curacao/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "This morning we started out good and I was able to learn the track pretty quickly to feel comfortable. This afternoon we started having some problems and things started to go in the wrong direction. We will work on improving the car and solving those issues tonight and I feel that we can go out tomorrow and have an even better day."
A.J. Allmendinger #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Well I guess I can't say much because I didn't get to do any running. The Forsythe Team gave me a great car this morning and I'm very confident that we would've been right up there today. We had an engine problem coming out of the pits, Champ Car rules don't allow us to use our back up car in this situation and there was no way to fix the car in time so we had to call it a day."