Molson Indy Toronto - Friday Quoteboard Provisional Qualifying PAUL TRACY ( ...
Molson Indy Toronto - Friday Quoteboard
PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We had a good car all day. During the first run of qualifying, we posted a good time. We came in and made a change that hurt the balance of the car. We also ran into traffic, so I didn't get as good of a run the second time out as I would have liked. We'll have a faster car tomorrow and the track should be even faster, so I hope to improve our time and stay on the pole for the race."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I mean, the PacifiCare car today was good. The first qualifying run, I got a really good lap. Just three hundredths behind Tracy. Second qualifying run, unfortunately I got a little bit of traffic. I thought I could go maybe a tenth faster than I did on the first one. But that's okay, I think. Tracy didn't improve, as well, just Sebastien. Was a very close qualifying run. I think the way it's looking, it's going to be a very exciting race. For sure Tracy and Sebastien, being the main rivals, I don't count Carpentier out, and Justin Wilson, as well. It's been very close. Try to improve the PacifiCare car tomorrow. Try to improve the start position."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Well, I'm just a bit disappointed, because three thousandths, you take something out of the car, even a very small piece of something, and it's enough. But at the end of the day, the McDonald's car is in the first row, so that's pretty good. It's going to take a faster time tomorrow. We're going to work on that."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We made some minor changes to the car between the morning practice session and qualifying, which seemed to work well for us. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team has given me a very good car, and I feel we are in good shape for the rest of the weekend."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I have been saying to everyone that I've never met people as committed to winning as this RuSPORT team. The Gigante car is really good. We have a chance to improve a few things for tomorrow. We've been struggling with provisional qualifying all season, but we're only four tenths off the pole today and it's nice to be so close to the top early in the weekend. During the week, I told (his wife) Nora that I was really confident and looking forward to the Toronto race. I'm looking forward to a strong finish this weekend."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
We're okay with the time we have but want a few more tenths, which are in reach. The car is okay, but it needs more bite. It feels abrupt and it's difficult to find grip with the surface changes. We expect to be quicker and need a good position on the grid, which is important on the Toronto track. I think you can make moves on the back straight, but it's tough to pass here. We have good people on board, on the team and we'll adjust the new dampers to what we need tomorrow. The Rocketsports engineers are looking at the data, but there's a tight margin and we need to catch up.
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We started out on the wrong track this morning. My crew applied a completely new set-up this afternoon for qualifying and the changes made a tremendous difference. I didn't improve on my second run in qualifying and I am not satisfied with my position, but I am optimistic because we know what we need to fix for tomorrow and it is minor. We are only .4 seconds off the pole, so there is a lot of room to improve but I know we are on the right track."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Well the car seems to be ok. There are a lot of things to improve but the baseline set-up of the car is good. With a little work tonight I am confident we should be able to shoot for a top-five finish tomorrow."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We're working hard to move the car forward. We're just a tick behind where we should be, up there with the frontrunners. We'll make some changes and hopefully pick up some time in tomorrow's session."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The car is just really not where we need it to be. Everything we throw at it doesn't seem to make much of an improvement, so we're a bit lost at the moment. There's just no grip in the car. Hopefully, we can get something from (teammate) Michel (Jourdain Jr.) because he had a good qualifying run. Near the end of the session, I had to go off in the escape road and the Safety Team turned me around, but that didn't hurt the lap or the session. The speed we posted is about as fast as the car's capable of today. (Chief Race Engineer) David (Brown) and the guys have been in this position before and always managed to come up with a fix so, we'll come back tomorrow and challenge for the front."
MARIO HABERFELD (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)
"In the practice session the car had some oversteer, but we got it under control for qualifying this afternoon. I think we should be more competitive tomorrow, and I am hopeful of a better qualifying session."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I've been struggling with the set up and the balance of the car all day, really. This morning the car seemed a bit too low. We made some changes to adjust for that and the car responded quite well. The only problem is that we picked up about a tenth of a second, while the rest of the field gained more ground. I'm confident we'll get the balance right tomorrow and improve."
ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The car had some understeer, but we were able to make it better throughout the session. Other than that, we also opted to be conservative with the tires, and try to get better results tomorrow."