CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Saturday quoteboard

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Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "All I hope for is just to have a clean race. I truly believe the car should be good enough. This McDonald's car has been good enough the whole weekend. There's no reason not to see it good tomorrow. I guess the weather conditions are going to play a big game for us. Apparently it might rain all night and possibly tomorrow showers. So we'll see what happens. But we're not the slowest guy out there in the rain conditions. If it has to be rain, then be it. But definitely under dry conditions the car feels very good."

Oriol Servia (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I saw there was only one minute left. They told me, "Last lap." It's one of those that every corner you see a 10th better, a 10th better. You just want to finish. You don't want a red. I was lucky, as I said, to put a lap together. Nothing spectacular because Sebastien was obviously still two and a half 10ths faster, I think. But it's quite good starting second. It's a good position for tomorrow."

Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think qualifying was pretty good. We went out slightly earlier than some people and got a good time in, so I was quite pleased with that, and then slowly started to slip back down the order, which is kind of the normal situation as qualifying works out, everyone gets quicker towards the end. The race is a different thing. We've just got to be smart, make sure we have a good first lap, you know, see how the race pans out. It's going to be a very long, tough race. Anything can happen."

Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We just couldn't find the grip we needed this afternoon when the track got hotter. We went out early again to get some clear track and I put in a good lap in the first stint, but when we went back out the speed just wasn't there. The balance was ok, just not enough overall grip. We'll see if we can't come up with some changes tonight that will improve things, but we're chasing the setup right now and we only have the warmup tomorrow to try things out. It sounds like we might get some rain tonight, so maybe that will work in our favor."

Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am a little disappointed but top six is a good place to start although we were expecting a little more. Myself and the Aussie Vineyards team just couldn't get the last little bit of speed out of the Lola. We had a brake problem in the practice session before qualifying which lost a bit of time and the radio also wasn't working properly, but the guys did a brilliant job as always to tackle those issues quickly. Obviously our aim is to grab a spot on the podium tomorrow -- it would be great to do that in my home town. I consider myself very lucky to be able to race in Champ Car and even luckier that there are three Canadian races and one here right at home for me."

Mario Dominguez (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We seem to have an overall grip problem. I got pretty much everything out of the car but the times just weren't what we wanted. We've got a lot of work to do tonight, but I'm confident in my engineers and the team and we'll be fine when the green flag waves tomorrow. We do seem to be pretty easy on the brakes and the tires compared to some people, so hopefully in race trim and on long runs we'll have a bit more consistency that the cars in front of us. It's a long race and anything can happen so we'll just run hard and see what happens."

Cristiano da Matta (#21 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a disappointing qualifying session for the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team. We did not make any progress from the morning practice session to final qualifying. I am starting on the fourth row, so it is not like I am at the back of the grid. We can race from the fourth row, it is harder, but we can do it. However, the PKV Racing team needs to go over all the data and see what we can come up with to make the cars better for the race."

Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am disappointed with today's qualifying. The Gulfstream/PKV Racing team made progress in every session this weekend until final qualifying. I guess we did not make as much progress as I though we had going into qualifying. It isn't anything I can put my finger on right now. Cristiano (da Matta) and I are just going to have to sit down with the PKV Racing engineers, analyze the data and see what improvements we can make for race. If we can make some improvements and have good pit stops I believe we can have a good race tomorrow."

Timo Glock (#8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It is very difficult to figure out what the problem is. The DHL Global Mail car is not in bad shape, it has good balance and all. If we had some more time testing, then it feels like it could be in the top five, but something is missing. Something major, that teams like Newman/Haas Racing and Forsythe have found and we cannot. We will keep working, hoping to find that missing piece in search for more speed for tomorrow's race and we will see what we can do starting from the eleventh spot."

Rodolfo Lavin (#55 HVM Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car is feels really good. I felt we could go much quicker than our results show. When I did the 82.2 second lap, I though there was much more in the car. I thought I could easily do an 81.5 second-lap or even maybe an 81 second-lap. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get a clear lap. I kept catching up to Jimmy (Vasser) and I would back off to create a gap, but he was doing the same to get himself a gap, so our ability was wasted and we never got the chance to prove it today. It's a long race tomorrow and I am looking forward to staying clean and bringing home another top-five result for my sponsor Corona and the HVM team."

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#31 Red Paw Systems Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The whole team has been struggling here in Montreal this weekend. Both cars are out of the top ten. But considering what we went through yesterday, 13th is not a bad start, we can work our way from that position. It is going to be a long race, so we will have to be smart to be in there at the end."

Andrew Ranger (#27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "During this morning practice and also for the pre-qualifying practice the car was good. Then during qualifying, for some reason, the car had a lot of push. I will sit down with the engineers and see how we can fix the problem. Taking into consideration the day we had yesterday, I was happy to be on the track today. Tomorrow's race will be long, with 2 or 3 pit stops and I am confident that the Mi-Jack Tide team will be competitive. Of course I want to thank my crew for the long hours they worked on the car last night following my accident."

Bjorn Wirdheim (#4 HVM Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I don't know what we are going to do to find more speed. If I try to drive the car faster, I end up braking too late and take the corner too wide. It's disappointing, but we'll do our best tomorrow."

Marcus Marshall (#5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "There is a lot more rubber down and the times began to tumble today but I didn't get enough speed out of the Aussie Vineyards car as I would have liked. I felt I drove a lot better today and put in some good laps, but that isn't represented on the time sheet. I was a second and a half quicker in today's qualifying but we needed some more speed. As the grip levels have gone up it has changed the car quite a bit which has made it quite hard to put a lap together. We will be looking to make some big changes for the race because the grip levels will continue to rise. I was trying to drive around the understeer problem in qualifying by braking late into the corner and carrying to the braking to the apex, but that then caused it to oversteer because it was unsettled under brakes."

-ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Rodolfo Lavin , Bjorn Wirdheim , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Cristiano da Matta
Teams HVM Racing