Molson Indy Toronto -- Pre-Race Driver Quoteboard BRUNO JUNQUEIRA ( ...
Molson Indy Toronto -- Pre-Race Driver Quoteboard
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The PacifiCare team has finished second four times this season and have been in a position to win but it hasn't come yet. My goal is to win the championship with consistency but it would still be nice to win some races. I look forward to heading to Toronto, a track that I like a lot, and I hope we can get our first win of the season there.
Toronto is a very nice track. It's a good course that's very, very difficult. One of the nicest things is that we have so many fans there on race day and it is very exciting. This year we're going to have the Push to Pass button which will help make more passing - especially in Turn 3 on the back straight. It's a long, long straight with very hard braking -- you go from sixth gear to third gear. For sure with the Push to Pass button you'll be able to pass the guy in front of you. I like to race in Canada a lot. There are a lot of fans on race day at all three races in Canada. The people are very knowledgeable about racing and I'm happy to have a lot of people that support me there".
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It is good for the McDonald's team to win three of the five races this season and three of the past four. I hope we can continue the competitiveness at the Molson Indy Toronto as well. Toronto was a difficult race for me last year. The course is very tough and I was struggling to get comfortable in the car on the tire compound we used. Especially since it is a street course that has four or five different (types of) tarmac and you need to be able to set the car up for all of those different conditions. Also I didn't know what to expect from the race track.
I think the Push to Pass button will be powerful because the backstraight is very long in Toronto I think it will have a big effect. The straight part is not very long but the amount of time you are full throttle is pretty long so it's going to be a benefit. The only downside is that the track is pretty narrow and there is basically only one line. It's going to be interesting. I think we will see some interesting moves."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Rocketsports/Johnson Controls team is ready for Toronto and a summer of racing. We got back on the podium, where we belong, in Cleveland and are confident we have a fast car for the Toronto course. The Ford-Cosworth engine never lets us down, and Bridgestone always comes through with the performance of the Potenza tires and their track support. The team is working well and developing good setup and race strategies. We're communicating, trying new things and constantly learning. We had a fast car in Toronto in 2003 and have a lot of experience in Toronto. It's important for us to well here (in Toronto), as well Vancouver and Elkhart Lake, to catch up to the series' leaders in points. We plan to be consistent, just as the Newman/Haas team has been all season, and challenge the for a top finish in the championship. The Toronto Indy promises to be a great show for fans and good race for us."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Toronto is a perfect event, there is so much going on in every facet at the Toronto Indy, it's fantastic. The crowds are huge, the fans love racing, they are very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. When your car is good the track is a blast. When it's not, it is very challenging. I am confident we will have a good car and get back to the top-five in Toronto. I especially like tracks that require a hard, aggressive driving style and that is me, so I am looking forward to it!"
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Toronto is one of the best stops on the circuit. It is an amazing city, in fact I always like to go a little early and just spend time in the city. The track is tough, but a lot of fun. High speed straights with tight hair-pins and ever-changing track surfaces that includes bumps and manholes, so you really want to have a good handling car, it gives you the extra confidence to "hang it out" a bit more in areas that you definitely wouldn't otherwise. I had a good car in Long Beach and of the races that we have run this year, that track is the most similar, so I am sure we will do well in Toronto as well."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The car has been very fast as of late, and now I know we can compete with any of the teams in the Series. My best-ever qualifying effort (2nd in Cleveland) has given me great confidence going forward. I am looking forward to Toronto, where I expect to be very competitive."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Cleveland was a positive result for us, but we need to really focus on qualifying better. Starting 10th isn't going to cut it, and the team knows we need to raise the bar to get better results. We expect to be faster every race and hopefully we can continue to do that in Toronto this weekend."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm very excited to go to Toronto for the first time. I've heard great things about the Canadian fans and the downtown street circuit. I'm also excited about the seventh place result we were able to get in Cleveland. My PKV Racing team was fantastic again, and we're looking forward to taking advantage of the momentum we have right now."
NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Heading to the Toronto Molson Indy coming off a top-ten finish is a good feeling, but I'll be trying for better results. I like the Toronto track. It's fast and bumpy, and reminds me of the Rock Island street course in Illinois, where I won "King of the Street." I also enjoy the city of Toronto. It's fun and cool, with good people. Returning as a Champ Car driver to a city where the event is so popular and people are so enthusiastic is exciting."
ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)
"I equaled my best finish in Champ Car (13th) in Cleveland, and feel the team's hard work is beginning to show results. Our goal for Toronto is to continue improving, and finish somewhere in the top-10."