CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Post-race quotes

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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I am happy with our results today. The Newman/Haas team and McDonald's crew did an excellent job today. The McDonald's car was consistent and we were able to pull away. I knew that Bruno would have a shot to catch me at the end when he put on a set of the Alternate tires because those tires were so fast and I had the Primary tires on because I used up my Alternate Tires. However, we were able to pull it off. It is a good day and a good finish for the team."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The PacifiCare car was good throughout the whole race. We were just following Sebastien (Bourdais) most of the race. I got caught up in traffic, and Sebastien got a big gap from that. After our last pit stop, we put on a new set of the Alternate tires. The Alternate tires that Bridgestone provided us were real fast and had a lot of grip. I thought I would catch him in the end, however, I ran into more traffic and ran out of time. But we only finished a second behind Sebastien, so it was close. It was a good finish for the Newman/Haas team and good to retain the Championship lead. Now we will head to Cleveland.

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I feel good. It was a good finish, but not as good as we would have liked. The Indeck car was good. We started on qualifying tires, knowing the Newman/Haas team was starting on stickers. I thought it would be hard to stay even with them at the start. Our strategies were different, ours was to go longer then them, however, we got caught behind traffic and they were able to pull away from there on. I just chased and chased, thought I was closing in on them, but them I ran into more lapped cars that held me back. We had the speed in the car, just got hung up the whole time. I am happy to finish on the podium, now we are in a groove and hopefully we will be winning races soon."

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I feel we had a good race. We had a long battle with A.J. (Allmendinger), and were able to hold him off until the finish. The pace of our car was not what we had hoped for, but my crew gave me excellent stops, allowing me to finish 5th. All things considered, I am pleased overall."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We had the fourth best car today. I got jumped on the start a little bit by (Alex) Tag(liani), but I was able to pick him off thanks to a great pit stop from my guys. Justin (Wilson), that guy is tough to pass, but it was completely fair. We were way faster, but it's tough to pass here. He was good enough coming off the straight-way that I couldn't get a good run on him. That guy broke so deep. It was a fun to race him."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The balance of the car was perfect - the best it's been all weekend, but I had no grip and it felt like I was driving in the rain, it was so slick. This didn't make it very physically demanding, since I was sliding all around. We need to find the right combination of dampers to use with the new tires. We need to look at shocks that will give me more consistency with the grip, since I have more grip on the track when I start out with fresh tires and lots of fuel, but lose it (the grip) after a number of laps. The inconsistency with the push in the car was also confusing and needs attention."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "Well we ran about where we qualified the Gulfstream car yesterday, so it's no surprise. We came in a bit early for strategy and the guys gave me good, solid stops all day. Eighth place is all we could get out of the car today I guess. It's a top-10 result, but our goal is to be running at the top, period. We had a nice turnout today in Portland to complement the great weather."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I have mixed feelings coming away from this race because it was difficult for us. Our pit stops were right on all day long, but the start of the race really set the tone. In the Festival Curves I had to drop down through the gears and then finally into neutral because of the incident with Michel [Jourdain Jr.]. We started 11th, but I quickly found myself back in 15th after the first turn traffic jam. We just kept at it and started to really pick up the pace near the end, turning our fastest laps I think. Our goal was to run in the top 10, so this is a solid effort for NII Holdings [Nextel Mexico] and PKV Racing. "

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "That was the most difficult two hours of my racing career. We have been working all weekend trying to settle the rear of the car. After each stop the car was great, but after five laps or so, the rear-end would become extremely unstable. My crew did a fantastic job in the pits again today, they were doing their best to help me out, but I was lucky to finish the race, the car was extremely hard to drive. While we will spend a lot of time as a group trying to figure out what went wrong here, we have this one behind us now and we will head to Cleveland where I have had very good results, so I am looking forward."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I saw Mario (Dominguez) brake very, very early. I went on the outside and made the corner. Then, I got hit from behind so I don't know exactly what happened. From there, we continued to struggle. I had to run full fuel, had long runs on the tires, I got stuck behind slow cars coming out of the pits. Everything went wrong."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "There was little improvement in the car and our results all weekend. The car was loose from front to rear, and it was difficult to maintain any real speed. It's frustrating not to be able to find a solution, but we need to correct the set up of the car and race for better results for the balance of the season."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I had a good car here today and my best starting position so far at this track so I was really looking forward to the race. Unfortunately, I made a mistake coming on to the front straight on the re-start. I used the push-to-pass and with the extra boost I had too much wheel spin and I spun and hit the wall. I am very disappointed because I think I had a good shot at a strong finish here today. My crew worked really hard all weekend, they are the best, I will give them a great finish in Cleveland."

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