CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Pre-race quoteboard

Molson Indy Montreal Pre-Race Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...

Molson Indy Montreal Pre-Race Quotes

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "There aren't many fast corners but the top speed is pretty high in Montreal because the straights are extremely long. The track is extremely hard on the brakes because there is more braking, curbing and getting out of the corners, all of which make it challenging. The fans have supported me pretty well in Montreal although I am not from Canada and I appreciate that. The first year in Montreal was kind of difficult. We had an engine that was down on horsepower so we struggled the whole weekend but it was going better for the race but we didn't finish because of a differential failure. Last year the race was going very well, the McDonald's car was fast. We had the pole position and we kind of ran away with the race until an unfortunate event with A.J. took me out of contention. It was a tough race but we were right there so we're just going to come back and try to do the same and hopefully we won't have the bad luck we had the last couple of years."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Montreal is going to be another great event. The track is nice, the city is awesome and the fans are great. I'm looking forward to a good race after hitting the wall in Denver two weeks ago, and I really want to win again in Canada. I've won in Toronto, I've won in Vancouver, now I want to win in Montreal in front of my fellow Canadians."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I had a great race in Montreal in 2003. We were very fast all weekend; I qualified second and ran first for a big part of the race before I got passed by my good friend Jourdain in a move that almost cost our friendship because it wasn't a very legal move but he won the race. We were second and still really strong so I 'm really looking forward to returning to Montreal again with the PacifiCare team that won the race last year. I was strong there and Newman/Haas Racing was strong there so, together, I think we will be good as well. We go to so many different types of race tracks in Champ Car; it's a good thing, its fun. You need very different setups for each type of track and I believe we are going to be strong in Montreal. We struggled a little bit in Denver but the Montreal course is similar to Edmonton and we were strong there so I hope we can qualify well and earn a good finish. There is going to be competition for sure but I think we're going to be up there. You need a fast car because the straights are longer but you need a really solid car because there are hard-braking zones and good chicanes. You just need a good car everywhere but especially being good under braking in Montreal is a big thing."

Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Montreal is one of my favorite cities and the track is excellent. Traction can be an issue since the pavement always seems to be slippery there, but Bridgestone will bring a great tire as usual and it should be good. We have to make sure we have good mechanical grip since we run low downforce in order to go fast down the long straights, and the brakes have to be really good because there are so many hard braking zones that can overheat them. It's going to be a great weekend in Quebec and I'm looking forward to following up my 2nd place finish in Denver with a win in Montreal."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This weekend and of course the Gold Coast are the two weekends I have been waiting for all year. I am lucky because I get two 'home' races every year. Denver didn't go well for us at the start but I am very confident Team Australia will be very competitive in Montreal. The amount of support I get there every year is amazing. That is a lot of pressure, but I will be out to do my very best. Two years ago we had the pole, led most of the race but it didn't work out for me at the finish. This time around we will be out to make amends. Another podium is obviously well in our sights, but it would be brilliant to take a win in Montreal for the Aussie Vineyards team. If we can pull that off, I am sure the celebrations will go on for a couple of days. Like every race this year, the team hasn't been to Montreal with the Lola before but we have been doing a lot of homework to ensure we are as competitive as we can be straight off the truck."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am really excited about returning to Montreal, and running at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve again. This is the only track that I have an advantage, despite my rookie status, because I competed here last year running for Jordan in Formula One. It will be really interesting to see the difference between a Champ Car and a Formula One car on the same track because I have this reference. That is a good opportunity for us because we can plan our weekend completely different in terms of tires and track time. After our weekend in Denver, I think we are on the way back in the top five, so I hope for the team that we can take home a good result after this weekend. My wish is for the Rocketsports team to finish on the podium, mostly for my mechanics because they have been doing such an outstanding job this year. I will give everything for these guys and maybe we will find our luck back. I am feeling pretty confident about this race because last year I had a great weekend in my first F1 race, so I hope that luck continues and I have a great finish in my first Champ Car race here."

Ronnie Bremer #19 American Medical Response/Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am excited to return to Montreal. The circuit is very nice and I am looking forward to going back there in a Champ Car and see how that feels. The chicanes are quite challenging, but in a good way and I can't wait to try them in a Champ Car. I am definitely looking for another strong weekend so we can take the lead in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year Championship and position ourselves even stronger in the top-ten in the championship."

Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "As you can imagine, I've had this race circled on my calendar from the moment I joined Mi-Jack Conquest Racing. Coming back to race in Montreal as a driver in the Champ Car World Series is an incredible feeling. Winning here in the Fran-Am series in 2003 certainly counts among the most memorable moments of my open-wheel career. Of course, there is always a little bit more pressure in competing in your hometown, in front of your family, friends and sponsors, but I believe I can channel all that positive energy and use it to my advantage. With five events left, we are focused on the task at hand, which is to collect as many points as possible in the hopes of winning the Rookie-of-the-Year title and finishing in the top-10 in the overall standings."

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Red Paw Systems Inc. /Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am really looking forward to Montreal because we will finally be back racing on a natural road course. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a circuit that I really love, it provides a unique and fun challenge to the driver and the Canadian fans are always great to race in front of. They are so enthusiastic about open-wheel racing, which makes it fun for us drivers because we want to put on a good show for them. I did not have very good results here in the past, but I am looking to change that this year with my Rocketsports team. We have been working real hard all year; I think this could be our break. This will be my third time racing at this venue, as well as Rocketsports. They came close to obtaining a win here from pole in 2003 with Alex Tagliani, so I know that the team is capable of running fast on this circuit. We will see what we can do together to get a fast car and be a top competitor this weekend."

Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Montreal is the only track that we visit this year that I have raced on before. I was there last year with Jaguar for the Formula One race and I did the Friday practice. It is a track that I quite like and I have been really looking forward to this event for two reasons. The first, obviously because I already know the circuit and will not have to learn on Friday like I have had to at all of the other events this year. Second, because the HVM team had a very good car in Montreal last year and nearly won the race. From what I understand we will use pretty much the same setup as we used in Denver where we had a really good car. I am confident that if we get everything right in Montreal, we will get the result that we were capable of in Denver. The Montreal circuit has some really long straights and heavy braking zones. Last year, most of the work I did was on brakes, we were working to get them to last the whole race. I don't expect to have the same problem in Champ Car because the car is quite different but it is something we will have to look after. Montreal is more like a normal racing circuit although it still has a street circuit feel to it because in most places there is not a lot of run off area and the walls are very close to the track so you still have to be very careful when driving on the limit. That being said, I like the layout and I really enjoy the challenge of the margin with the wall, it should be a good weekend for us."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Montreal is a great place to race for many reasons--the fans are great, and of course it's an amazing track layout. Racing in Andrew's hometown where everybody speaks French is the closest thing to a home race for me. I am very motivated to do well in this race because after chasing two top 5 results in the past two races, I am very hungry to actually finish there. The team continues to be motivated and we will get there."

Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I can't wait to get to Montreal this week. I have seen the Formula One race and the Champ Car event on television and it looks like an awesome track. I am looking forward to getting away from the street scene and racing a top road course like Montreal. Alex is pretty confident he has some good set-up ideas for us for in Montreal which will be great. Apparently it is a high grip circuit and I really like that type of track. Alex has been showing a lot of on-board video footage from Montreal and telling me a lot about the track, so I am really looking forward to getting out there and trying it myself. There will be a lot of attention for Alex this week with the local media and I will get a chance to learn from him how to handle all that -- I am sure we are going to be swamped this week with TV cameras and reporters. The situation will be similar for me when Team Australia runs at Surfers Paradise."

Rodolfo Lavin #55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I like the circuit and Montreal is a great city. The track has a very long straight, we will hit 180 or more so that is very exciting. The track can be a bit slippery, especially in the braking zones and when getting the power down exiting the hairpin. It is important to be gentle with the throttle, but you need to get a good exit out of that hairpin because it leads you to the straight, which is the best passing zone. I am very happy to be returning to Montreal, we had a good result in Denver and we look forward to carrying the momentum and improve our results. HVM had a very good car there last year and I am sure we will this year as well. I am looking forward to a strong result for my team HVM, and my sponsor Corona."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Gilles Villeneuve , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Rodolfo Lavin , Bjorn Wirdheim , Nelson Philippe , Ronnie Bremer , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Dale Coyne
Teams Conquest Racing , Dale Coyne Racing