CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Sunday quoteboard

1. RYAN HUNTER-REAY ( ...

1. RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It feels great to be up here with a win although it probably hasn't sunk in yet. It was a crazy day for sure. I had moved my brake bias when the rains came and didn't change it back after it stopped and that led to me getting sideways a few times but I was able to keep the car out in front once we got there and get my first win. I've led before late in the race in Atlantics, so that wasn't new, but it was a challenge."

2. DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I made the pass for second, and tried to go after Ryan but we couldn't catch him. The rain helped me early on and we were able to make up quite a few positions in the wet. Being from England, running in the rain is just something that you learn. That put us in position and we were able to get a good result."

3. JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It wasn't the greatest charge of my life but after everything we have been through this year and the bad luck we've had, it was nice to have a race like today when everything came together for us. It was great for our team because they have really worked very hard all year and they deserve something good to happen to them."

4. MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante/Office Depot Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Chris Kneifel (Race Director) specifically told us in the drivers meeting that CART would do everything possible to keep the pits open during the pit windows if there was any yellow on track. When they closed the pits I thought I would arrive in Turn 1 and see the biggest crash on earth, but when I got there all I found were two cars who had just stalled. Closing the pits cost me a chance to win this race. It was the same story at Miami. They were handing out penalties all day and then they decide to penalize me in an entirely different manner. I raced hard today and I passed everyone clean and earned the lead on track and then they go and close the pits on me and cost us another chance to win."

5. PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I felt miserable all day because of the flu and I'm happy it's over. It's a great day for Paul and I'm happy for him. But what a crazy race with people going off all over the place, all the time. When Bruno went off, I was 25 feet away. On the previous lap, he closed the door on me and we touched slightly because I was trying to avoid him. On the following lap, I was not even close. I guess he looked in his mirror to see if I was behind him and braked a little too late. The team had a good run today and with some luck we could have won the race, but there was a bigger picture and the championship was more important today."

6. GUALTER SALLES (#19 Alpina Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very happy with this sixth place. This is my favorite race of the year and the car was running good. I had to push hard to keep Dominguez and Tagliani behind in the last five laps. Now we go with high spirits to Fontana."

7. ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We had the car and strategy to win. The Rocketsports team did a great job all weekend. The spin in turn one with 16 laps to go cost me some positions. I was looking for better than seventh, but another top ten finish is good for the team."

9. GEOFF BOSS (#11 Cross Pens Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a frustrating day for us. We had a wastegate problem right from the first lap which really handicapped my power. On the straights the guys around me just drove right on by with their full power. The real shame was that we had really improved the car for the race, but without power there is nothing you can do. Great pit stops by the guys all day kept us on the lead lap, then it was just a matter of surviving the carnage. I'll take my ninth place with the motor the way it was!"

10. MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "That was lot of work today! With everything that happened, I would have been happy with where we crossed the finish line in seventh! But rules are rules so we take our penalty. At least we finished and brought home a couple of points."

11. MIKA SALO (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Wow. It was a really hard day today. I was really excited when it started to rain, because I like to drive in the rain. After the restart, I just spun on my own. It was too bad, because I felt confident that I had a good chance to win this one. I was working my way up through the field when Lavin got into me and I had to pit for a nose change. Then, after I went back out and made up several more positions, I got caught up in Junqueira's accident. I broke a front wishbone, but the guys did a great job changing it in the pits and I was able to go back out and get a couple of points for the team."

12. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was unfortunate today because we had a really good car. I think we had car to win. The start of the race was bad. Sebastien [Bourdais] was slowing down everyone way too much and it was too dangerous on this type of track. I wasn't very impressed. After that, it was a rollercoaster of disasters. First the rain with the hail. It was very hard to keep the car on the track under those conditions. After the race was restarted, my car was very fast in the dry and I was pushing hard. Unfortunately the inside line was still wet so it was very risky to take a chance and, with all the yellows, it was very hard to get into a rhythm. When I spun on the restart [Lap 40], I was trying to get close to Michel [Jourdain] to try to pass him. Coming into the corner, I must have touched a wet spot and that spun me around. It wasn't a mistake in terms of braking late or anything. Unfortunately this has been our year - up and down. We had a fast car here; we had a fast car in Miami and we couldn't win it. It's unfortunate because we have had fast cars. We still don't have the consistency but we have the ingredients. Today was my mistake. It has just been an up and down year in that respect."

13. PAUL TRACY (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I don't know how to feel right now. I went through a roller coaster of emotions today. To start with, there was the first corner incident and I was just disgusted. I though, well, we are not going to get any points today so we will have to set our minds for the next race. And then, I see Bruno (Junqueira) off and I could not believe it. I radioed in and asked them what happened and they told me I was champion. If God wanted to test me today, he did. I went through a whole range of emotions. The team never quit. It was important to finish the race no matter what. This shows the character of the team. But I'll take it anyway I can."

14. MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I think its good we finished. We were running 8th and had a not so good pit stop right before the rain, which put us back to 11th. Then we worked our way back up to 8th when I spun and dropped us back to around 11th again. I guess we were running 9th or so, just in front of Manning, when the car stopped. I don't know, we had to come in and change the ECU. It's a shame, because if it wasn't for the stopping, we were in front of Manning who finished 2nd."

15. BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "This result is very frustrating. When I was going to stop they had just closed the pits and that ruined my chance to win. I could have come out third and still had a chance to pass for the win. The yellow and closed pits helped the guys that ended up finishing up front. On the lap before I crashed, Carpentier hit me. On the next lap I'm not sure if I locked up the wheels and lost control of the car on water. I tried my best. I had no rear grip earlier and dropped from the lead to third when I couldn't hold off Michel. Adrian was so close to him that he was able to get by me as well. Before the rain it looked like we could win the event. When Paul dropped to the back it looked like we would still have a chance at the championship. It's very frustrating but the PacifiCare team tried their best. I'm okay but my arm and ribs are sore."

16. ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's very disappointing - things like this just shouldn't happen. I know Paul (Tracy) is fighting for the championship but he should be more careful. He hit me twice - and it would have been three times if I hadn't avoided him the first time through the chicane. I'm really disappointed for the Herdez Competition team - we had a really good car in the dry conditions - we had the quickest car on the track before the rain came. I feel confident we could have had a good finish if we could have continued."

17. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I don't know if he [Tracy] was going to make the chicane. I still had half a car on the way. I bent the tie rod. I don't know why Paul took such a big chance. The car would pull to the right under braking and snap when I put the power down. It wasn't as big when the track was dry but it was when it began to rain. The contact with Paul ultimately led to the crash because it was too hard to control the car in the wet. The result of the race eliminated our chance to finish third in the championship and that makes the outcome even more disappointing."

18. TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "After all the hard work, it's a shame. We struggled all weekend, but we were still hoping to finish in a good position. It's a long race and anything can happen. Again at the start from 3rd to 4th, dog to dog, the gearbox broke. This is the second time this has happened to us at the start. Obviously we're disappointed, but now we go back to work and get ready for Fontana next weekend."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Chris Kneifel , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing