CHAMP CAR GENERAC GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 1st)
"I don't know, to be honest with you. I'm actually very surprised it was that quick because it was very, very far from being easy out there. The car was good. It's really very on the edge. I've had much easier cars to drive not going quite as fast. So I guess maybe it's the key, the best car to drive. No, the conditions were pretty tricky. It feels like the rubber that everybody's trying to lay down on the racetrack is actually not staying. There seems to be some incompatibility on the racetrack. With the zillion cars that went around the racetrack, there should be a load of rubber. There's actually nothing. Every time we go out, it's like green track. We lay out our own rubber, which when we come back to it, it's gone. So somebody is picking it up. We don't know who that is, but it does seem to make the track conditions quite complicated to follow and to read. We were very surprised with the performance this morning, and it was pretty much the same thing, back to square one in the 15 minutes. It's challenging, but in the meantime it's the same thing for everybody so we'll try and make the best of it."
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 2nd)
"I think everyone was a little bit confused with their cars because the different compounds of rubber from all the category of cars that's here. I went out in prequalifying, I thought the car felt really weird. Didn't really know what to do with it. I didn't make many changes. I just went out, tried to put together the best lap possible. The last session, I sort of worked out where we'd gone wrong. I think we'll be stronger tomorrow."
Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 3rd)
"It's getting better and better slowly. I think today we counted the last five races together. If we would have started the championship then, I would have been second, behind Robert six points, two points in front of Sebastien, so that looks okay. But today, after this morning's practice session was really bad. I was 2.4 seconds behind Sebastien or behind pole. I was a little bit worried. This afternoon we improved the car quite a bit. I'm actually surprised I'm still third actually because I didn't feel that comfortable. I was sliding around. I had one or two little mistakes. But I wasn't too happy because I got quite a bit of understeer. But, I mean, one second? I don't think we can find one second. I don't know what he did on this lap. Will is in our reach. But we need to work for tomorrow, improve the car, get rid of that understeer, and then maybe I can move up to second position. But I'm not too sure about tomorrow because it could be hotter, because the session is 2 to 3 o'clock. So maybe the track is slower."
Dan Clarke #4 Team Minardi USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 4th)
"We would have been P3 today, but I made a mistake in the carousel on the last lap. I am, however, quite satisfied with this session today, quite happy with that. We took it easy this morning, but we knew we had the pace. The car kept getting better and better during qualifying, and we just ticked away at it until the end. I'm a bit bummed not to go to the press conference, but it's only Friday; tomorrow is when it counts. The guys did a good job getting all the gravel out of the car in time for my first stint, and I think today's result is a good pick-me-up for tonight."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 5th)
"I am a little disappointed with our result this afternoon. I was experiencing some understeer on the #9 CDW car, which got worse as the session went on. I was fairly pleased with the car until I saw the times. So, I am not exactly sure what is going on, but I do know that we need to find some more speed. We just need to work a little harder tonight to hopefully improve our position on the grid during tomorrow's final qualifying session."
Ryan Dalziel #28 Pacific Coast Motorsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 6th)
"I am really pleased with our result today. Who knew 14 days after surgery I would earn my best qualifying finish ever! The car feels good, we had a good test here and I think that helped us get off to a good start. I feel great and am so happy to be back in my car!"
Robert Doornbos #14 Team Minardi USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 7th)
"With the schedule being different this weekend, and our qualifying session much later than usual, we thought it would be cooler this evening, and we could run less downforce. This plan back-fired on us though, and it was really tricky out there. I was driving the car on the limit, but not getting the optimal lap times. Tomorrow is what counts, though, and I'm sure we'll have it sorted for then."
Simon Pagenaud #15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 8th)
"It was a tough session for us today. I don't really know at the moment because I haven't analyzed what happened yet, but on the first set of tires I was three seconds off, which is kind of a joke, because I just wasn't able to drive the Aussie Vineyards car. I think we had an issue on one set of tires, but I'm not certain, and when we put the other set on the car was fine. We still need to improve it and we still have lots of work to do to improve it for tomorrow. We'll work hard and be back up there tomorrow."
Alex Tagliani #8 RSPORTS Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 9th)
"Obviously our results today are not what we wanted. We are a little bit disappointed because this morning the #8 RSPORTS car was doing very well, but we barely improved our time this afternoon. Apparently we found that there was some moisture in the tires and we had a huge pressure build up. That caused a little bit of lack of grip on the car, so I don't think that we were able to benefit on the grip of the tire as much as we could of this afternoon. Our car is definitely a couple of tenths quicker, probably in the top three without that issue. I think that we need to get it done tomorrow and that we have the car capable of doing it."
Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 11th)
"The session wasn't too bad for the Medi | Zone team. Three-tenths of a second would put us third. It's close other than Sebastien's time. I think we were on the wrong end of the lap. The track was definitely getting quicker. We put the reds on and I don't think it was the way to go and it hurt us a bit. I don't think we're too far off though. We need to find some speed but we'll be there tomorrow."
Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 13th)
"I think that this is the biggest disappointment in qualifying so far this year. We were very confident that we were going to do well here but a couple of small things went wrong during the session. I feel sorry for the team because everyone has been working to prepare for this weekend but in the end it just didn't come together today. Tomorrow is another day in which I'm sure we will do better but it does put a lot of pressure on us. We started with a pretty strong practice session and the warm up wasn't bad, we had a few problems with the gears and the paddle shift wasn't working properly but we were able to get it fixed. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get our lap times down so we'll just have to work on getting a better position tomorrow."
Alex Figge #29 Pacific Coast Motorsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 16th)
"Great job to Ryan and his team! We made some progress today as well. I am looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow and continuing our developments. I just love it here, this is a phenomenal place and just so much fun!"