Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Post Qualifying Quotes
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it's not been an easy session for us. A damper failure in 15 minutes so we couldn't go right away. I got a bit too excited and made one mistake, collected myself and made it happen, but barely. There aren't so many corners. It's obviously quite tight out there, so it's very difficult to make a difference. But I'm very happy for the McDonald's car. Just a pretty good job from the whole team. Put it on the front row, it means a lot. It means the team is working really hard. And we're both benefitting the hard work. So hopefully we keep up like that, have a long day tomorrow and a great show for the fans."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "You know, qualifying, it's 1.4 miles, all those cars out there. It's just hard to get a good lap. I had three, four laps I was 3/10ths under and you find traffic. I was never doing it on purpose and I had cars in front. I always thought I didn't -- I was close enough to you. But obviously it's the way it's goes in 1.4 miles. I always try to be fair. It's just the nature of the game. You know, again, 6/100ths behind my teammate, it's very close, it's getting closer every weekend, which makes me happy. But also, you know, he's always just a little bit faster, just enough. Congratulations to him."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Today is a lot easier than yesterday. Obviously, yesterday was, you know, much narrower and tighter. You know, there was only a handful of cars able to do it flat yesterday, which really made a big difference in lap time. But if anything had gone wrong or you made a mistake on the entry, the consequences were huge. They're going to work on it again tonight and try to make it even better for tomorrow."
AJ Allmendinger #10 Western Union/RuSport Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm fairly pleased. Our goal was to be in the top five and fourth puts us there. I think the car was quicker than that, but fourth is a decent place to start for tomorrow. The CDW guys have been working really hard and we didn't start with a great car, but I think now we've got a solid race car for Sunday. I do have to say it's great to see all the fans out here in my hometown. I'm proud to be out here this weekend representing San Jose."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The team made a lot of improvements and the car was much better today so I'm pretty happy. Unfortunately we had a couple of even quicker laps going but on a course this tight traffic is always going to be an issue and I got held up a couple of times. But the car is much better over the bumps and on the brakes so I'm looking forward to the race. With some good pit stops we should be able to contend for a podium finish."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: I'm very happy for the team, they truly deserve this. It's my best qualifying effort so far, and I'm happy because all the hard work I've been doing lately on my self is finally showing on the results. First half of the season I did some good stuff, but I knew I had to work more and try to get all the elements in my mind to work well. My engineer Don Bricker is doing a great job and it's rewarding to work with him. Tomorrow I know I will have some good pit stops with the Wellbox Mi-Jack Conquest crew, they work fast," said Philippe. "For the race I will be starting on 3rd row and hopefully we will stay out of trouble, we have a car for top 5 and maybe a podium. I have 100% confidence on my team."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It is just the way our luck continues to go, it is really a shame. The DHL Global Mail car was just as good as it was yesterday, if not better, but I never had the chance to really tell. At the start of the qualifying session things were looking very good. I was a 100% sure that we were going to be the quickest behind the Newman/Haas Racing cars. However the red flags, and a mistake on my part, caused us to be slower today. We lost like three minutes fixing a toe link that broke in the rear -- that could have cost us the lap we needed to be in the top three. Seventh is not a bad place to start, as it is always good to start in the top ten, it is just a shame that we knew we had a good car that we couldn't have gotten it higher up in the starting grid. I want to thank my team, they are doing an excellent job this weekend, and I hope to pay them back with a podium finish at the end."
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am happy with today's qualifying. They have changed the track quite a lot, which gave us something new to learn today and required us to make changes to the setup. We worked through the day today and got it sorted. I did enough laps through the practice and warm up today that I was confident in the car for qualifying. I did my fastest lap time on my second set of tires and I also was able to do a complete run on that set of tires, so I was really happy to get a time in because I knew there would be a lot of red flags throughout the session. I am pleased to be eighth and I am looking forward to a good race result and the opportunity to score some points."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW/RuSport Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We've just been struggling all weekend here. We've slowly been making improvements, but they're not quick enough for what is needed. We're all going to go back and try and get a good car for tomorrow and really make the most of it for Intel on Sunday."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was pretty good. The track was very bumpy, and one time I hit hard a big bump and as a result it cut the oil line. It was oil all over and it cut the engine of my car. The guys did a good job to fix the problem and get my car back on track quickly. Going into corner 6, I was carrying a lot of speed trying to make up the time, and unfortunately the car did not take it and we hit the wall. It's not where I wanted to start, but we should still have a good race tomorrow."
Rodolfo Lavin #55 Corona/HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We made some changes last night that didn't really suit the new layout of the track, the chicane changes. However, my car was much better from this morning to this afternoon, we improved it a lot. We did a lot of work on the brakes and I did a much better job today in qualifying. I think there is still a half a second in the car. Unfortunately, there was lots of traffic in my last stint and I was unable to set a faster lap. I was seven-tenths quicker in the first stint and then the red flag came out, but that is the same for everyone. I am very happy to be here, this team works hard, but they work hard together and I am confident I will achieve good results this season for HVM and my sponsor Corona"
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-
Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It is amazing that I ran 21 laps, and did not post a quicker time. I just couldn't seem to get a clear lap. When I did, I kept locking up the brakes. The Cytomax Sport Drink car did not seem to be bad today; I think if we could have gotten a good lap in then the car would be sitting 7th, a result similar to yesterday. We are definitely not happy with our starting position, but we will make the best of it and develop a race strategy to get us back to where we were yesterday."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The result today is disappointing. We are going to start at the back and it's going to be a long day, but anything is possible. We will just need to be patient during the race and hopefully push our way forward. The new chicane that has been put in today is better for safety, but not necessarily for reliability. They are talking about making more changes overnight, so we will see what they will do. Street tracks like this are always a work in progress, especially at an inaugural race. There was another great crowd today and that can only be good for the series, especially coming off the success of Edmonton two weeks ago."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It has been a tough day for the entire Team Australia operation. I guess when you are running a new chassis like the Lola for the first time there is going to be a race track where we really struggle and this seems to be it. Everyone is working as hard as they can. At the end of the day you want to be as fast as you can in qualifying, but I don't think starting from where we are will be a massively bad thing. This circuit is going to be tough on cars and drivers and we just need to pick our way through any drama that may occur."