Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Post Race Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...
Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Post Race Quotes
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It felt very good. I think I was in the preferred position; I just tried to stay there. Although a few guys out of sync definitely didn't make it easy because it was so difficult. I mean, we were saving fuel. Obviously, the guys who were out of sync were not. It was really difficult because if you were trying to pass the guy, you definitely had to pass him, and it felt really difficult. I also had PT behind me waiting to get the best advantage of the smallest mistakes I was going to make. So I just elected to try and be safe, keep saving fuel, and wait for my turn to take the lead back and more importantly, not to make any mistakes. I think it was the key of the race, the key of the day. I'm very happy for the McDonald's crew. I think they did an awesome job."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The start was a little bit strung out. My goal was to try to get by Oriol at the start. It was pretty much a single-file start. Really just had to sit in behind Oriol and try to save more fuel than him. Sebastien got away a little bit from Oriol. He was a little bit quicker than he was. Our two stops were identical. We came in and out the same. Really from there out, there was really no way to get around Sebastien on the track. He made a very, very small mistake at the hairpin and locked up. There was really no way to get by. Really I just had to hope for a mistake or come home in second. It was a great event. The buzz in the city was great. Having it right here in the downtown is fantastic. Obviously the track needs to make improvements. But the city is behind the event 110%. Those improvements will come."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It went well. Obviously, as close as we were yesterday to the pole, I had real hopes to get P1 in the race, especially after the performance in warm-up where the car felt so great. In a way I knew it was going to be a race of was going to win whoever made no mistakes. That was my approach. The first part of the race I think the three of us were just trying to save as much fuel as possible. But with the yellow coming, I don't think it made much difference. I think Paul short fueled more than we did, that's how he got me in the pits. The way the yellows came, he didn't need the fuel extra I put in. So he finished second, I finished third. I think we had a very similar speed. Another podium feels great for the PacifiCare car to be up there. We are looking really strong for the next race in Denver."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW/RuSport Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This wasn't our best track, but we got out of it almost all that we could. The track is so tight and so slippery with virtually no place to overtake. My Intel guys did fantastic pit stops and that gave us a position on each of the stops and that's where you really had to make the moves. A lot of today was about bringing the car home in one piece, and we did that for another top-five finish."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We had a good run going. It's too bad Justin Wilson got by us on the last pit stop. We thought he might not have enough fuel to finish but the long yellow after Cristiano da Matta hit the wall helped him out. At the end Oriol Servia seemed to have a problem and was holding everybody up, but it's impossible to pass so there was nothing anybody could do. But it was a good event and the fans were incredible. Hopefully they'll tweak the track a little for next year and it will be another great event, but my hat is off to the promoter and the city for a terrific job."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Wow, what a race. It was more physical for the car than the drivers, that is for sure. We started out well today, seventh was not a bad place to be on the grid. We had a good race, the main goal was to stay clean -- and that is exactly what we were able to accomplish this afternoon. We were a little slow in the pits today, causing us to lose two spots during one of our stops. That was because when I was coming in, my brake pedal fell to the floor and I had problems stopping. But I am proud that we finished, and I was able to match my best result of my rookie season, obtaining valuable points for the rookie-of-the-year battle and the championship. I want to thank my Rocketsports crew, who did an amazing job today to get me out there this afternoon after my morning warm up incident. They are just terrific and this is for them."
Ronnie Bremer #19 American Medical Response/Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a good race for me but it is sad that I screwed up in qualifying and started at the back. Leading laps again as a rookie is a good thing and seventh is a reasonable finish. I'm happy with the finish, not satisfied but happy. We got an extra point for leading a lap and for most improved positions which puts me into second in the rookie standings."
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am happy to finish the race in eighth because I think it is a turnaround and the turn around I was hoping for. After this finish I am optimistic for the rest of the season. Unfortunately one of the corner workers reported I was leaking oil and the officials black flagged and that destroyed my race. It was the car in front of me that was leaking oil and I knew that but I didn't know why they called me in so I couldn't explain. At the end of the day our race was spoiled by an error in call which was annoying. It takes such an effort and expense to run well in this series, we were seventh and got sent to the back In the end though we gained a lot this weekend and I m looking forward to the rest of the season."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We scored some points and that was the main objective. To finish where we did after starting almost last, and then having another bent pushrod, it was amazing to finish where we did. I think the race was even tougher on the car than I was expecting. I'm happy for the Team Australia organization which is working very hard to help us realize our goal of finishing in the top five of the points for the season. With 6 races to go I think we have a strong finish ahead of us. We should be good at Denver and Montreal and that is our focus right now."
Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PVK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a grind out there today, but I wanted to hang in there and a get some championship points for the Gulfstream/PKV Racing Taylor Woodrow car. I had a couple of left rear suspension push rod failures and the last time it happened we just figured we weren't going to gain any more positions, so we called it a day. It is unfortunate because, being a native of Morgan Hill I really wanted to finish this race in front of all the local fans. The inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose was a great event. The organizers did a fantastic job. I am really impressed with all the fans, the atmosphere and all the excitement here in San Jose. It was a great day for a race here in San Jose. The weather was fantastic and the fans were tremendous."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a really tough weekend for the entire team. It's a pretty tough one to take considering how hard everyone has been working. We got some points but it was disappointing not to finish the race for our new sponsors VISA. I'm sure we all learnt more again this weekend and we will give them something to cheer about over the last six races. I never really got the setup right this weekend and that made things pretty hard. Bring on Denver."
Rodolfo Lavin #55 Corona/HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am happy and frustrated at the same time -- we had a good start and I was seventh on our first start. Unfortunately we had a fueling problem and we lost positions then when we went back on track I had contact with another driver and spun and stalled in the hairpin and lost a lap. I was trying to get my lap back and was pushing really hard I had just set the fastest lap of the race and I brushed the wall. It bent the rear suspension and that was it for us. I think we had a good weekend and I can't wait to get to Denver."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The guys did a fantastic job of getting the car ready to race after this mornings practice. Unfortunately, problems before the race forced us to take the green flag from the rear. I set a good pace and past a car and picked up a few positions then the suspension failed going over the tracks. We fixed the Cytomax car in the pits and went out to pick up a few more position by attrition but the same problem we had at the beginning of the race ended our day early."
AJ Allmendinger #10 Western Union/RuSport Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "To say I'm disappointed is a huge understatement. To say that I'm tired of making those kind of mistakes is a huge understatement. I've clearly got to fix the problem, but I'm not sure how to just yet, because these results are not acceptable. I know I can dive the car fast-I qualified well, but I've got work to do. I really wanted to win this one for everyone here in San Jose, so I'm sorry I didn't bring it home."