G.I. JOE'S PRESENTS THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND POST RACE QUOTES Cristiano da Matta, ...
G.I. JOE'S PRESENTS THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND POST RACE QUOTES
Cristiano da Matta, #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It feels really good. Obviously, it's not like a normal win. A normal win feels great, but this being so far away from the winner's circle for so long, and also with a new team that we've been working together not for so long, so it feels even better than a normal win."
Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm still very happy both for my Mc Donald's team and for Cristiano, because I think it's been a long time. He's a good guy. He went through a lot of political crap. It's good to see him back at the top. It's a good day for open-wheel racing, I think, much better than Indy, for sure. You know, what can I say? Really happy to be there. We still have the lead on the championship. Although we don't feel so great, we finished strong, and that's what it takes to win the championship."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I had a lot of problems with some of the lapped cars; especially Sperafico gave me a lot of problems. Three times I came up on him; it took me a long time to get by him before he'd move over. Sebastien got a run on me on the front straight. We had a nice clean dice down in the first corner. I really thought that was the race for the lead. I had no idea that da Matta was that far out. I didn't think he'd get far enough out on us to make up the difference that it was going to take. I mean, all in all, a half decent day. Moved us up in the points. Collect another trophy. So we'll go away with a smile."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was good. It was both quick and consistent which is what we always shoot for but don't always achieve. I'm pretty happy because if Cristiano didn't get lucky on his pit strategy we would have had a podium finish. But once again we were strong and competitive, so I think we'll just continue to improve as the season goes on."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We just didn't have the balance right on the car at all. Really, fifth is a lucky fifth for as bad as the car was in my opinion. I really feel bad for Justin because he had this race won-he was just so hooked up. I feel bad for the team because that should've been RuSPORT's first win too."
Andrew Ranger #27 Mi-Jack/Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a pretty long race, very physical. I was fighting all the time. I started 7th and finished 7th - it is good for the points and I was the fastest rookie and that's makes me happy. It was a shame that I stalled on my pit stop and that cost me some time, but I continued to fight to the end. I am looking forward to racing at Cleveland now and I know the team will be strong there again."
Ronnie Bremer #55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was definitely the most physically demanding race I have ever run. I was very sore before the race from my accident yesterday and typically during the race your adrenaline kicks in, so you don't feel the pain too much. That wasn't the case today; the pain in my chest from the seatbelts from my accident yesterday made it a very challenging and exhausting race for me. It was the longest race of my life, like getting beat up for two hours. My team played a huge role in getting my through, they were on the radio almost every lap, supporting me and encouraging me. The biggest problem was in the breaking zones, that is where the pressure made the pain especially intense. For this reason, I am happy to score a top-ten finish. The car was good; I don't think I was able to get everything out of it today because of my situation. The Glycomax energy drink made a big difference for me today. I am a little disappointed because I think we could have done a better job today if I was not injured, but we still walked away with some very valuable points and I will be ready for Cleveland. Big thanks to the Champ Car medical team, they took good care of me all weekend, it's great to know they're there."
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We knew this morning that our race pace would be very good. I had a good start and went outside the first chicane and picked up several positions. I was going for two more positions and using my power-to-pass and the pitlane speed limiter kicked in. I did it again to make sure I pushed the correct button and the same thing happened. That is when I realized the power-to-pass button was programmed the same as the pitlane speed limiter. I radioed the team and after a couple of laps, radioed me back and told me the problem was resolved, so I worked as hard as I could to get the positions back that I lost initially, and then of course to move toward the front. We had the pace to run with the leaders and I am disappointed with the way it turned out because we had the pace to finish in the top-six. I was quite a lot quicker than everyone I overtook so it was just a matter of getting up front. My pit-crew did a fantastic job today."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Obviously we have been struggling all weekend with the changing track and trying to find the right set up. The #8 DHL Global Mail car just never got there, in terms of what we needed to have a really competitive car. It is a shame because we anticipated a solid weekend, but I guess to finish in the top-ten is not a bad result. We finished with the car in one piece and now we will head to Cleveland and start all over again."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox-Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I tripped before the race, I strained my ankle and that made my race more difficult. I hope we had a better starting position, it's difficult to pass and it's a very long race. I'm happy that I was able to finish the race and now I have to rest my foot and get ready for Cleveland."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Briggs & Stratton Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone "Well it was the same story today as it was for the whole weekend, a struggle. During the first laps of the race this afternoon, the car was very loose on the back end and had a lot of push. I was trying my best to keep the car on the track. I did all that I could in the car to make changes and when we pitted the crew made some changes on the tire pressures and front wing, but it did not make that much of a difference, the car was just that off. It has been a tough weekend, we knew we would have issues with the weather, as we do every time we visit Portland because of its location, now we will go forward with this and head to Cleveland in search of a good result."
Marcus Marshall #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "That is one of the toughest days I have had. There is just so much to learn and we are doing it on the run. We made a good change overnight and the car was good in the warm-up, but I seemed to fight with the car for most of the race. I need to have a look at what I did and what we did as a team if I am to punch my way forward. I am happy to finish another race and score some points, but 14th is not where I want to be."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Australia Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was really, really good. I thought we could put it on the podium like we did in Milwaukee and get two in a row. We started 12th and moved into fifth place and were in a position to try and keep moving forward but unfortunately something broke on the car. We think it was the left drive shaft. The car kept pulling to the side when I put the power down. We made some progress and I'm looking forward to Cleveland."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think it is pretty sad for the team. To qualify fourth was very pleasing and we started pretty good. I could feel the loss of power and was trying to nurse it back to the pits when the engine let go. The frustrating thing is the amount of points we certainly could have scored today - and deserved to score. Now we have to fight our way back and while that is not always a great position to be in we have the guys in the team who are prepared to put in the work."
Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone "I'm really disappointed and in a bit of a state of disbelief, really. The car was fantastic and everything was going to plan; I was really almost in a cruise mode. The car was so good in fact that the walk back to pits was harder on me than driving the car. The good thing is that we've showed all weekend long that RuSPORT can do this and be competitive. We'll make those same opportunities going forward."