CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Post-race quoteboard

Sebastien Bourdais ...

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"It was pretty even for the first five laps of the stint with Justin, but his tires went off quicker than ours. We were just catching him after that, 8/10ths of a second a lap. That was pretty impressive. Then when I got to the second pit stop, I looked at Craig, and I was like, Boy, I can smell blood here coming. We did catch him and pass him. I knew I had a pretty small window to get it done because he was coming out of the pits and struggling a little bit. I was already on hot tires since I pitted earlier with the short fill on the first stop. We just got it done. From there it was just a pull-away game because I had to pull about four or five seconds' advantage on him to be able to sustain the lead. We did just that. We just seemed pretty clear after a while, the McDonald's car was superior and we were just able to maintain the advantage. Pretty sweet win. No. 100 for the team. Just very, very honored to be a part of this."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"The start went well. He got a slightly better get-away off the line. I got a little too much wheel spin. I was just watching him alongside. When he braked, I braked. Made it pretty simple. I was on the inside. Got through. First stint was working really well. Just cruising really. Very comfortable with the car. It felt really nice to drive. Then the second stint I was expecting to pick up the pace. It never happened. I was a little bit surprised at that. But, you know, ultimately weren't quite quick enough. Sebastien just slowly ate into my lead and eventually after the second pit stop he managed to get by me. Pleased to get on the podium. I think everyone on the #9 CDW car did a great job all weekend. I'm really proud of them. Hopefully we can be up there and challenging for the win at Cleveland. In the meantime we'll be working on getting our car down to weight because we know we're giving away a lot of lap time and it only gets worse when we fill the tank. We got some work to do to make sure that we're competitive in the race situation. But at least we know qualifying is a lot better."

Robert Doornbos #14 Minardi Team USACosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"It was just how I expected it to be really. I mean, the start, there was such a big fuss about it approaching the weekend. I think we proved just that you can make normal starts without any hassle as long as you are just relaxed. I think the procedure went very well with Champ Car. I thought I had a better start than Justin. I proved it because I was alongside him. Then I just got a bit too excited with a miss-shift so the advantage was gone. But all credit to Justin. He braked late. You don't win or lose the race in the first turn. Yeah, it was quite clean. I came out second. Then I immediately felt that definitely the red tires were not working for my car, struggling with oversteer. Just saw the gap growing and growing. Very frustrating moment. Justin was just cruising away. I was just trying to keep second place, which was quite easy in those conditions, but I could definitely not push harder. So I was just waiting for the first pit stop to come. Then on the black tires, the car was a lot more easy to drive. The guys did a good job with the pit stops, very consistent. So, yeah, up to my third podium in four races. Obviously, it's great. It's good for the team. We proved today that if we want to win races or challenge these guys, Sebastien or Justin, we need to improve the car more. For the next jump to make, we have now two weeks, hopefully the guys can work hard and in Cleveland we can be even stronger."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"We obviously got a pretty good start off the line. I think a couple of people were bogged down, so that helped. From then on it was just trying to keep Sebastian behind, which we did successfully. After that the radio went down and that basically cost us the podium, because we didn't really know to save fuel or what to do. Now we just have to get on that, but a part from that it was a great race and a good battle in the start. I just have to thank the Team Australia guys, they did a fantastic job and I wouldn't have been able to battle if it weren't for them. Now we just need to keep the pace up and go for it in Cleveland."

Alex Tagliani #8 LXN2 Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"It was a decent day for us because finishing fifth is not that bad. I think there is a couple of little improvements that we need to make here and there just to make our runs a little more consistent and I think when we can do that, we will be much more ahead. Like today, I think that we probably had a third-place car, but we did not save as much fuel as we needed to during the first stint and we had to pit a lap earlier so that threw things off. All in all, there is so much competition in the series that the only way you can get better then where you finish is doing every thing perfect, and I do not think that we did everything perfect this afternoon. I think it is still a decent result with all that considering, and we are able to maintain our fourth place spot in the championship standings. There are some very good races for us coming up - Cleveland, Tremblant, Toronto - which we have big hopes to finish on top."

Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"I am very pleased with our finish today, we finally had a clean race without any bad luck, and I'm really glad for the whole team. We played to our strengths today; pit stops, and race strategy, and we got a good result out of it. The most important thing is that we scored good points, and we're not even at our strongest yet. The team morale is much higher after today, and we have to keep up the momentum."

Tristan Gommendy #22The Pay By Touch MegaSpirea PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"The biggest thing in the race was I got behind Dalziel, Junqueira and Servia, who were slower and I lost a lot of time before my third pit stop. If it were not for that The Pay By Touch MegaSpirea PKV Racing team would have finished fifth. The main thing was that in qualifying we improved the car. On Friday when the track was dry we were fifth and on Saturday when it was wet we had the fastest car. So, we continue to work hard and improve the car. Also, I think I have improved my driving and that is a good thing. So, we will see what happens at the next race in Cleveland."

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"The start was difficult for me; I had a bad start anyway. I'll have to look at a reply to see how exciting it was but from my side of things it wasn't that great. Apart from that the race was going well but once we caught up to 'stupid Dan,' which is what I'm going to call him from now on, he just drove me off the road and that was that. Then we tried to take a different approach in order to make up some positions then I messed up behind Will Power so it was just a tough day and I'm happy it's over. I think we'll have a good shot again at Cleveland but I said that this week too. We just need to make sure we start up front where we belong. We missed it this weekend but toward the end we started to get it but unfortunately it was a too much, too late. We'll get better."

Simon Pagenaud #15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"Our launch in the start was pretty good and then bloody Dan Clarke made a bonsai move again, as usual, and I saw that he was too fast going in and I didn't have any choice I had to shortcut the chicane or he would nail me and basically that ruined my race. The good point is that the car was fantastic, ballistic on the tires again. We had the second fastest lap of the race, it was really good. The problem is we need to be up front for the first race. I'm very happy, really enjoyed the race, great fuel save, we are really improving. I just can't wait for Cleveland."

Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"The race today was not really all that uneventful for us, I ran pretty much the whole race by myself. I had a small battle with (Simon) Pagenaud but he ended up getting around me on a pit stop exchange. The standing start went well for us, I got away off the line pretty good with not too much wheelspin and we picked up four positions on the first lap and we were inside the top ten, I ended up spinning in the infield and that put us at the back of the field. We had to go on an alternate strategy by pitting way earlier than everyone else and running on clean air. But our car wasn't really fast enough to capitalize on being in clean air, after fire or six laps the tires just went away. We really just struggled; we were able to get a top ten out of it at least."

Oriol Servia #7 Indeck Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"It was just one of those weekends that things just don't go your way and you just can't seem to get ahead of the game. We came here with a slight disadvantage because we didn't test here, but also we didn't help ourselves you know, we were just basically behind the 8-ball. We didn't do any big mistakes but we didn't do anything spectacular either. I had a very good start out of the box and going into the braking I picked up a few positions, then when I turned in there was a big mess in front of me, people locking wheels, a car on my right moved and I had to go through the cones and I lost many positions. Then the front wing broke and we had to change it, we are not sure what happened, but we fell to the back. After that at the beginning of the stints we had a good car but toward the end we started hurting the Bridgestone tires and lost quite a bit of speed. I think the standing starts were very good, I liked it, it was a different thing and everybody had a lot of doubts about it but nobody stalled. They still need to improve the system a little bit but I hope we do more. I also hope we still do some rolling starts, it would be good to have a combination of both throughout the season."

Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"The Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing team I had to pit early on every stint and because of that we fell all the way back in the field and that killed us. We got stuck behind the other guys and you couldn't really overtake on this track. At the end we were down on the pace, but mainly the problem was that I had to pit earlier than everyone else."

Bruno Junqueira Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone "We don't exactly know what happened. But for some reason my car went from good to pretty bad after my last pit stop. I lost my telemetry and I couldn't communicate on the radio with the pit, which was very frustrating. It was like driving blind out there today. I was disappointed with our finish, but I will be ready for our next race in Cleveland."

Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"Overall, I'm happy with how the race went. It is unfortunate what happened at the end and up until the last two laps, I think the entire team did a great job. We didn't necessarily have the fastest lap in the field but I think we were one of the most consistent cars out there. It would have been nice to finish the race but that's racing and things happen. I was a little concerned with how the race would be physically for me after eight months off but I feel good. I think it's a good start for the Conquest Team and I'm happy with what we were able to accomplish this weekend."

Katherine Legge #11 Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"These things sometimes happen when you try to be aggressive. The sad thing about it was, I had a pretty good car today that at times was running times slightly faster than the leaders. All you can do is shake this off and move on. I'm already looking forward to Cleveland."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Katherine Legge , Neel Jani , Tristan Gommendy , Jan Heylen , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud , Dale Coyne , Dan Clarke
Teams Dale Coyne Racing