CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Post-race quoteboard

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BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It feels really good. The weekend started out pretty hard for us; Friday we had the gearbox problem and almost did not get to qualify, Saturday we almost had the pole. I was trying to save fuel during the race and I was getting good fuel mileage. The PacifiCare crew did an amazing job today because all of my stops were real good. I was just pushing hard to gain time on Sebastien (Bourdais) before heading into the pits, the crew did what they do best and I got out past Sebastien. Then I took the lead when Tracy made a mistake. The PacifiCare car was very good. I just pushed very hard and ran every lap hard to try and pull away from Sebastien. The track is very fun to drive and this is such a great result for the team."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a pretty good result. Not exactly the one we wanted because we wanted to finish in front of Bruno (Junqueira). The McDonald's car and crew did well today. I was really fast in Turn 4 and thought I had the chance to get around Paul (Tracy) for the lead. I could tell that he was struggling on his braking, then he made a small mistake, and I decided to go for it. I couldn't brake when I wanted to, so we were driving side by side and I just couldn't get by with a clean move, so I backed off. But we made it on the podium, I am happy at the end of the day with that result."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am happy for the team and happy with the result of the race. We were trying to save fuel, but then the pit strategy changed and we had to push hard and go as fast as we could at the end. I am very proud of my team and how we have been working together this season. It is a good result for them and gives us good momentum heading into Mexico City. That will be a big race for us. We had great pit stops and a great car, which is what got us here today."

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am very disappointed. I had the race handled, but then I locked up the brakes and stalled the engine, which dropped us back to fourth place. The #1 Indeck Forsythe Championship Racing team did an outstanding job all weekend and we should have capped it off with a win, so I am a little frustrated right now. Overall, I happy with the way the weekend went, but I certainly think we had a car that could have won the race. Most of all I am sad for Patrick."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I'm very happy with Rookie of the Year, I mean with contenders like Justin Wilson it's a pretty great thing to achieve. It was one of our goals at the start of the season and we got it. I have to say I'm disappointed with the race a little though. We had a great car and, unfortunately, our strategy just didn't work the way we hoped it would. Overall I'm good with the weekend as a whole. Surfer's Paradise is a really tough street-course and I came here never seeing it and qualified in the top-five and finished with a strong result. More importantly, I hope Pat (Carpentier) is okay because that's what really matters right now."

DAVID BESNARD (#15 WPS Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"When I spun on the first lap, I was a bit surprised. I just got caught out, but our team did a great job of keeping me settled down and allowing me to get back to business. I really felt comfortable in the car, every lap I felt better and better. I am sure I will look back at this tomorrow and think about how much fun it was, but for now, I would have liked to have finished a little higher."

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The result doesn't really match the effort the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing guys put in this weekend. The car was good and I was able to push all the way. We were well situated to make a big jump in the order late in the race thanks to our pit strategy, but the yellow at the end of the race erased that advantage, and we had to settle for eighth at the end. I had some problems with lapped traffic during the race, and it unfortunately cost me a few positions, but we'll take the finish and the points and prepare for Mexico and try and finish the season on a high note."

GUY SMITH (#17 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

It's a great feeling to have the No. 17 Rocketsports car finish in the top ten again. My crew did a great job with the pit stops and car was the best it's been all weekend. It took a while for it (the car) to reach its potential, but we made progress and improved our times and performance in the race and as the weekend advanced, even despite loosing Friday to shifting issues, which the crew solved. I was a little conservative to start with, as this course was new to me and notorious for incidents. The strong finish is a good boost heading into the season finale in Mexico City.

NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"The car was good everywhere, particularly at the beginning of each of my stints. I had enough speed to make some passes on the track, and that really boosted my confidence during the race. The guys once again did a great job in the pits and my engineer called a great race, but we just got unlucky with that last yellow flag, as we'd been running in seventh so that cost us. The result wasn't what we wanted, but its another top ten for me and we know we are strong and that we will be very competitive again heading down to Mexico."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We weren't that bad, I think it was more of a case where we were held up in traffic most of the day. We ran a decent pace, keeping our nose clean and trying to run a solid race. The timing of our last stop really hurt us because of the yellow flag that flew right after we left pit lane. My guys did an outstanding job, giving me great stops all day. So now it's onto Mexico City where I hope our luck will change, and we can bring home a good result in my home country."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"[On the final incident that brought out the yellow flag] I just left the pits and was coming out from my final stop, and had some sand on my tires on the out lap. [Patrick] Carpentier made a move on me and came around, but shot across my nose to the left and into the wall. I checked up and managed to stay behind, but it looked as though he didn't have any brakes. After contacting the wall, he looked like a missile going down the track. From there he went out of my view -- I just hope everything's alright."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a really bad race for me. I made a huge mistake, hit the wall and lost my front wing. I came into the pits and we changed the wing, but some carbon fiber got stuck under the pedals, so I had to come in again. From that point on the #3 Corona Forsythe Championship Racing just tried to fight its way back through the field as best we could. Basically the only good thing about today is that Patrick is okay."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

It was a bit of a wild start to the race for the No.8 Johnson Controls car and a shame to have been put out because of a race incident. We lost valuable points, and a strong finish was important for the Johnson Controls team to maintain out top-five position in the championship battle. We've been fortunate to have consistent finishes all season, so we need to take the good with the bad. We'll do our best in Mexico City for a positive end to the season.

-ccws-

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