CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Saturday quoteboard

Justin Wilson ...

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "I wanted the point, and I wanted to prove my point as well. But at the same time, we had to still make sure we had a race car for tomorrow because there's times when you're sliding around and you can't see what's ahead of you. You don't want to do anything silly and run into the back of anyone or lift up too early and have someone run into the back of me. So just trying to pick my moments and put a good lap in when it was time."

Robert Doornbos #14 Minardi Team USACosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "Felt like home actually, in Holland. It was really wet, and I was pleasantly surprised. I think I can say the Bridgestone tires were extremely good for me the first two laps. It was also part our strategy basically being that first thing in the morning it was wet. We felt that the grip of the tire was there for two laps and then sort of decreased, so we decided to save all the tires for qualifying. And, yeah, it worked out well. Felt quite comfortable. Like Justin said as well, it's difficult to get a clear lap in and to see. The difference between the drivers is quite big. I almost hit a guy -- I pushed a guy over the timing line really because he was driving so slow in the chicane. So not the best lap, but good enough and a great motivation boost for the team and for myself for tomorrow."

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "I'm just a little disappointed I guess because this morning the car felt really good and we were already thinking the McDonald's team had a shot at the pole. As soon as we started qualifying it (the car) didn't seem to grip for us. Coming around the track and the grip never came in. I don't quite know what happened, so we just kind of tried different things and didn't get much out of it, so, trying a little harder I spun the car. We'll see tomorrow what the conditions are. But I think in the championship view it's still pretty good. I think starting third here is all right, and we'll see. It's going be to be a long and tough race tomorrow."

Alex Tagliani #8 LXN2 Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "Well I am very pleased with the RSPORTS team, they did a good job. This morning we ran on old tires in the rain, so we were a little concerned with our morning result, but at the same time we knew new tires were going to make a huge difference. This afternoon, I think we had a pretty good car. I think that we could have had both RSPORTS car on the front row because on our good lap we were already two tenths quicker then our 1:11.9 lap, but another driver was slowing down on the track and remained in the driving line which cost me that quick lap. So it is a shame, but fourth is not bad and I think that we have a good car in the rain. We just have to keep working and scoring some good points for the championship."

Tristan Gommendy #22The Pay By Touch MegaSpirea PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "It is a shame and I am very disappointed. The Pay By Tough MegaSpirea PKV Racing team prepared a very good car for the rain. We had the fast time and then I spun off and the car stalled. We thought I was in a safe place, but the red flag came out and that took away my fast lap. Fortunately, we are still starting fifth tomorrow so I am confident we can have a good race."

Simon Pagenaud #15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone - "We made a lot of improvements from this morning, the Aussie Vineyards car was much better this afternoon, but unfortunately the visibility was so bad that everyone had to back up to get a clear lap and we only got one clear lap in which was decent, but not as fast as it should have been, but that's part of racing. The car is improving and that is the most important part. The car is still very enjoyable to drive. We can improve the car tonight and hopefully be faster for tomorrow."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone - "We were really close today. We were just a few on hundredths off of a front row sport, but unfortunately got caught in traffic. The Team Australia guys have worked hard and gave me a good car that was right up there. We just need to go back tonight and hope for better weather tomorrow."

Graham Rahal #2 Medi|Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone - "It was nice to set the second fastest time in the session but it only works if you're the fastest in the wet and guarantee a front row start. It was so close -- I guess you could say I sneezed at the wrong time. I saw on the back straightaway that I was only less than one-tenth down from my fastest lap from this morning so I knew if I pushed harder I could make a little bit of that time up and I knew what the fastest lap was. I made the time up but I was two-hundredths short. That's how it goes. I think we have a good car in the wet but I don't know about the car in the dry. I'm pretty satisfied that we were quicker than Sebastien in the wet because he's pretty good in the rain. Wilson is a sure bet to be tough to beat but Doornbos is kind of a wild card; we don't know what he will be like tomorrow. To get to the front we have to have good strategy and save fuel which is going to be tough in this weather. The Medi | Zone crew is good and will help us get to the front but it's still going to be tough with all these other guys out there. We all know this track is challenging to pass on but we'll do our best."

"Speedy" Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone - "I'm very happy for Robert and the team that they were quickest today, and it's really good for Minardi Team USA. I know we are capable of producing similar results. This hasn't been the best weekend so far for me, but I'm trying to stay positive and look to tomorrow's race. I know that we are quick enough to be higher up on the grid, and tomorrow is what really matters. I think the weather is going to play a large factor; and the start as well. It's going to be a long race, but we always seem to have a good car come race day. There are a lot of factors that we will see playing out."

Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream PKV Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "Today was the same as yesterday except for the rain. The Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing car was good in the morning, but we didn't improve in the afternoon. We all the rain it was obviously going to be slower, but I thought we had a chance for the top spot in qualifying, which would have put us on the front row. We tried something with the setup in the afternoon that we thought would help and it didn't quite work out. We are not where we want to be and not where we expect to be on the starting grid, so we are going to have to do our best tomorrow and see what happens in the race."

Oriol Servia #7 Indeck Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "There was a huge amount of water on the track, I couldn't see anything. The cars were kicking up quite a bit of spray and it just seemed to stay up in the air so even if you tried to find yourself a gap it was hard to see, you got to the braking zones and you could barely see the markers. Traffic was also a big problem, everybody is trying to find a gap, every time you get going someone in front slows down so getting a clear lap was a challenge. Its going to be a crazy race tomorrow if the weather stays the same."

Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "We tweaked our rain setup quite a bit during the morning practice and qualifying. In the morning the car was good when the rain started coming down harder but once the rain stopped and the track started drying a little bit it was just all over the place. During qualifying the car was good for a couple of laps, and we managed to turn a decent time, but after the Bridgestone Tires started wearing the car started sliding a lot and wheel spinning. Obviously the rain hurt us because yesterday we didn't get a lot of running and didn't qualify well, and today we never got the chance to improve our times so now we'll just have to make up those spots in the race."

Bruno Junqueira Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone -- "It's hard to make the car go fast when the track is wet. We had some gear box problems that hurt our qualifying time yesterday and the rain hurt our chances to improve on it today. For about 15 minutes of qualifying the rain was coming down pretty heavy. When the track wasn't as wet we had a very competitive car. We will just have to wait and see if the weather is going to cooperate with us tomorrow."

Katherine Legge #11 Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone - "It definitely doesn't make any driver's job any easier when it is raining out. I think that we did a good job running the car in the rain today. It's been about a year since we had to run on the Bridgestone Potenza rain tires. With tomorrow's weather looking like it might be a carbon copy of today's weather, it's anybody's race to win tomorrow regardless of what position you start the race from."

-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 , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud , Dale Coyne , Dan Clarke
Teams Dale Coyne Racing