Molson Indy Toronto First Qualifying Session Quotes Paul Tracy ...
Molson Indy Toronto First Qualifying Session Quotes
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"We got a clear lap early in the session and laid down a good time. We added a bit more front grip for the second stint but I couldn't get a clear run on the second set of Bridgestones. The track was pretty crowded and everybody just kept backing up, backing up, trying to find clear space but it just had a ripple effect all the way around the track. But we're where we want to be and we'll keep working on things for tomorrow. The #3 Mountain Grand Lodge/Avalanche Bay car is quick this weekend so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"It's always an interesting qualifying here in Toronto. We have a good car and it seems a lot like last year. On Friday PT (Paul Tracy) was fastest and we were second quick and then on Saturday I took the pole so hopefully we can do that again. Traffic was dense on the track and we didn't get the best out of the McDonald's car today."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"This is a fantastic result for us and our first time with a top three finish in qualifying for Team Australia. Derrick has done a brilliant job in marshalling our boys together we have been improving all the time. We haven't all known each other for a long time, but the way the team is maturing is very impressive -- I am very proud of everybody Getting a clear lap out there was pretty tough. On my first run I came up on Sebastien (Bourdais) who was still coming up to speed. On the second run I locked a brake at one stage which probably cost me a 10th of a second, but that wouldn't have gained me another spot. It is fantastic to get a result like this with the Aussie Vineyards team here in Canada. Gaining two more spots tomorrow will be a challenge, because for our team this is our first year with the Lola and we really spend the first day gathering our data and information about the car and the track. The guys will pour over that info tonight and see if we can make some further improvements tomorrow."
Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"I think the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team had a pretty good result today in provisional qualifying. We are in the top-five, which is a good for the first day. The PKV Racing team still has some work to do. We are a good half a second behind the leaders, so we have to find at least a part of that tomorrow. Jimmy (teammate Jimmy Vasser) and I will sit down with the PKV Racing engineers and go over the data and I am confident that we can find some more speed for final qualifying."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"The car was pretty good although it wasn't putting the power down as well as I would like. We had a good lap on our first stint and were looking forward to a top spot since we were fastest during the last practice. We made some adjustments to plant the rear end better and tried to go out a bit early to get some clear track but we didn't go early enough and the track became like rush hour when everybody else came out. There was just no space on the track to launch a lap. I'm pretty happy though because the #7 Indeck car is good, the Bridgestone tires are holding up well and we should be strong tomorrow."
"The PKV Racing team had a good provisional qualifying session today. The Bell Micro car is fourth and the Gulfstream car sixth on the provisional grid, which is one of our best performances in qualifying on a street circuit in quite some time. The thing I am most pleased about is that we are showing some consistency and running near the sharp end of the grid. Obviously, we still have some more work to do, but it is a lot easier to try and make small changes or fine tune a car than to have to start all over because you are lost."
Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"We did make some improvements over this morning's practice session, but we've got a bit of work yet to do. It's the same issue we've been struggling with-the overall balance of the car and a bit more grip. So we know the areas we need to work on, so we'll get on with it."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"The session didn't go well at all. We've gear some rear grip issues with the car and just overall, we need to make some big improvements. So I'm going to look to tomorrow's session for a better result."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"We had a puncture since the beginning of qualifying and didn't know it. Our plan was to run only one set of Bridgestone tires in qualifying so we would have three sets for tomorrow and we realized we had a puncture too late in the session to get the most out of another set if we changed our plan. The PacifiCare car was good in the first session but we had a fuel pump problem and didn't run much. It was weird; I was locking the right front and I couldn't figure out why and it was because I had a puncture in the left front. My head was like 'What's going on?' Now your mind doesn't know how the car would have been, so it's hard to say what to do to improve the car. That's why, at the end of the session we almost put on the other set of tires just so we could see how the car was but we only had four minutes left. We'll try again tomorrow. "
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"I think we are much better than this morning. I'm not really happy with my performance, I know I had a lit bit more but unfortunately I didn't get my perfect lap. I had a lot of understeer, we have to work on that for tomorrow's qualifying. In the other hand, considering that we only used one set of tires, we are not too bad. It's looking good for tomorrow and the race. There has been a pretty big crowd today, so I can't wait to see the grandstands packed for the race. It should be fun weekend for the fans!"
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"The car was not very good today, with a lot of oversteer that I have to work with my team. It was not just one or two corners, it was everywhere. I try different things, but it didn't work, it was weird and I lost a lot of time. I have to go back to our truck, meet with the engineers. We need to find out what caused the oversteer problems and I hope for better things tomorrow."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"We have a lot of work to do, we are off the pace and we need to figure out why. The major struggle today was lack of grip. The car was not getting around the corners and I was experiencing a lot of understeer. During the afternoon, it felt that we have made some improvements with the car. The Cytomax Sport Drink car was turning better and the understeer was less, but that was not good enough. We have to work hard tonight to overcome this struggle and hopefully be on the right track tomorrow."
Marcus Marshal #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"For me the car was so much better in qualifying than practice. We made a big change after the 10 minute warm-up practice and it improved greatly in the actual qualifying session. I was digging harder and harder and unfortunately I hit a bit of traffic in the wrong spot which cost me a couple of tenths which would have moved me up a little bit. I also learned how hard to push coming onto the start finish straight, because I slapped the wall quite hard. I hit it fairly square so it didn't do any damage. I really love the track here, you can build a great rhythm which is sometimes hard to do on a street circuit. We will keep working and studying data tonight, but overall Team Australia has had a pretty good day."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Obviously, this is very frustrating, our luck never changes -- it is always bad. Today, it was important for me to get as much track time as possible, since I have never driven at this track. This morning, my session ended a bit early because of problems in the gear box of the DHL Global Mail car. The Rocketsports crew did an amazing job getting that fixed by the afternoon for me to go out and try again. Then during the afternoon session, I was entering a turn and my rear brakes locked up, causing me to spin. Since the red flag came out, I was penalized and only got to run four laps during the warm-up part of qualifying. I immediately went out to make up for lost time when provisional qualifying began, but after a couple of laps, I found myself sidelined again, with a lost value spring. Hopefully our luck will change for tomorrow, but I am running out of time to get familiar with the track."