PRE-RACE QUOTES Sebastien Bourdais ...
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (1st, 145 points)
"The McDonald's team has managed to win the Toronto race once. It's not an easy place to find success. It's one of the tracks where it's really easy to make mistakes and lose the handling of the car. Last year in Toronto we just didn't seem to be able to put it together. Forsythe seemed to have a little bit better pace than we did. It was just the 'Forsythe Show' and we were happy to settle for third. The year before we had a pretty good car but Paul was our match and on the pit stop we made contact and he broke his front wing and I damaged my right rear. It was a long way around on three wheels for sure. Domination is a very easy word to say but difficult, if not impossible, to make happen. To make it happen always looks much easier on the outside than it is from the inside. We had tough start in Las Vegas, then got three wins, had a DNF in Cleveland and a second place in Mont Tremblant. There have definitely been challenges along the way, even when we won. We just have to keep working at it and try to get it right every weekend. We will take them one at a time like we always have."
Robert Doornbos #14 Minardi Team USACosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (2nd, 145 points)
"We are going into Toronto with as much confidence as ever. After our first race win, we hope to continue to show our competitiveness in Toronto and back-up the victory in Mont-Tremblant. I think it's going to be a very close race for the Championship from this point on, and we as a team have to keep on our toes if we want to keep winning. As the season continues, we are getting stronger and stronger and I think that will be very clear once again in Toronto."
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (3rd, 131 points)
"Well we are continuing our championship charge and I'm looking very forward to going back to a street circuit, and what better place than to go racing in Toronto. The Aussie Vineyards cars have been very strong on these types of circuits and I've been very competitive on them as well. Unfortunately we've run into some bad luck the past couple of races but it's starting to pick back up in Canada and Toronto was where our luck started to turn around last year. Now we are aiming to finish ahead of Sebastian and Robert and hopefully collect another win and to continue getting points and of course to continue leading the Canadian Triple Crown."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (4th, 113 points)
"It is exciting to be back here in Toronto. I have always done well here and hope to continue that. The Toronto track has a mix of high and low speed corners with some elevation changes, which makes it an interesting street-course to run on. It is going to be good to be back racing on a street course, as all of our recent races and testing have been on permanent road courses. We were having a good run during our last street course race in Houston and then we had some bad luck. So, hopefully we will come away successful with the #9 CDW car in Toronto this weekend."
Alex Tagliani #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (5th, 112 points)
"We did not have the results that were we hoping for in Mont-Tremblant, so I hope we can pick up our momentum from the beginning of the season and have a good result here in Toronto. It will be very important, not only for the team, but for our Canadian sponsors that are supporting me this year within the Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program. Toronto is a very challenging course, which is what I love about it. It will be nice to return to a street-course venue, after running on a few road courses during our last couple of races. It is always exciting for me to race in Canada. As a driver, it is great to compete in front of an energetic crowd like the only the Toronto event draws. I look forward to the weekend and hopefully we can bring home a podium finish and move up in the championship standings. It is my goal to be in the top three when we leave the Canadian races, so it will be important for us to have a good result this weekend."
Simon Pagenaud #15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (6th, 97 points)
"This will be another big race for us this weekend in Toronto and another race to collect points for the Canadian Triple Crown. I'm really looking forward to going back, it's a great city and great area. The track is very interesting. We struggled a little bit in Atlantics there last year, but came away with a great result and we took the lead in the championship, so I have very good memories. With the result we had last weekend with Champ Car, I really think we will have a good weekend and everything is starting to go really smoothly and the team is working great together. We've a good shot and I can't wait to get back and give the fans a good race and drive close to the wall."
Oriol Servia #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (7th, 91 points)
"Toronto is a very important race for the Forsythe Team, mainly because it is Tracy's home race, but also because we need to turn around the momentum from last weekend and there is no better place to do that than in Toronto. We all have high hopes for this weekend, I've had good runs there and I've always been strong so we are looking forward to a good result on Sunday."
Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (8th, 91 points)
"Last year in Toronto I got a good start and made it through the first corner which often doesn't happen. But then at the end of the back straight, which in Toronto is usually the place where things happen, I was looking in my mirrors and I could tell that I was clear and that no one was within a couple of car lengths. Then I turned into the corner and got hit in the center of the car, which broke all the suspension. The guy that hit me was Raphael Matos so I went up to him after the race and asked what happened and he said he figured it was his only shot at getting me because it's tough to pass there. We had a great car, we had the field covered but that is an example of the wild moments the track produces. It was disappointing but I love the track and can't wait to race my Medi | Zone Champ Car there. I think the Houston street race went well for us. We finished second so that bodes well for us in Toronto. I think we struggled in some of the other events but we are building steam here and the Medi | Zone side has come together as a team and I think it's only a matter of time before the results will equal the effort and potential."
Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (9th, 88 points)
"From talking with the other drivers, Toronto is a good track to race. It has a combination of fast and slow corners, which means that getting the setup right is the most important thing. The Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing team has improved the setup of the car on the street circuits since the beginning of the season. We are not where we want to be, but it just a matter of time and hopefully this weekend will be our time. We have been competitive and had a chance at a couple of podium finishes this year, but, except for Cleveland, we have just had some problems that kept us out of the top-three. I think the Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing team can have a good race this weekend in Toronto and put up the kind of result we know we are capable of having."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (10th, 74 points)
"It's great to be back in Toronto, I'm taking a few days to spend with my family and just relax before the race this weekend. Obviously this is a very important race for me, It's great to come back to my home city and feel the support from all the Canadian fans who are very knowledgeable in this sport. I also really enjoy the track, I've had a lot of success here in the past and I'm really looking forward to turning things around after a disappointing weekend in Mont Tremblant. Our cars are getting much better but we just haven't really had the chance to show it, hopefully we can put on a good show for everybody this weekend."
Tristan Gommendy #22 Pay by Touch-Megaspirea Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (11th, 74 points)
"The Pay By Touch MegaSpirea team had a strange weekend in Mont Tremblant. It was very exciting to be the just the second PKV driver to win a pole and the first to do it on a road course. It was good for the team because it showed that we have improved the car and that the hard work is giving results. Unfortunately, in the race, it was not meant to be. Now that we have won a pole we know we have a chance to do it every weekend. We just have to keep working hard. Keep improving the car and we can challenge for the pole and then go for the win in Toronto."
Bruno Junqueira #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (12th, 70 points)
"Last week in Mont-Tremblant was especially tough for the team and me. Once again I was able to move up six spots in the first few laps of the race only to suffer something breaking on the car. I just feel bad because the team gave me a great car on race day only to see me go out of the race right away. I have had some good success at the Grand Prix of Toronto so I'm very confident for a good finish going into this week's race. There is nothing that I would like more than to have another Toronto podium finish this weekend."
Katherine Legge #11 Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (14th, 56 points)
"I felt like I was very competitive in the Mont-Tremblant race last weekend. I was finally able to break my streak of three DNF's and finish a race, which felt really good. I was especially happy to finish on the lead lap. And at one point of the race I was sitting in fifth place until the rain came, which hurt me a bit because the track became slick. This is only my second Champ Car start at Toronto, but I like this track a lot because it is a great course to drive. My goal this weekend is to do better than my 14th place finish last year at Toronto."
"Speedy" Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (15th, 55 points)
"I'm really looking forward to Toronto, and going for a race win. Despite our end result, we had a good weekend at Mont-Tremblant and the crew has the energy and the speed and we are still building off the momentum that we have been developing since Portland. We're on the verge of having some great races, and hopefully Toronto will be one of them."
Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (19th, 18 points)
"I really enjoy the Grand Prix of Toronto street course circuit, it is amazing to have it right in the heart of the city. Last year I had contact early in the race with Katherine causing a yellow flag and later was forced to retire with a technical problem. Because of this, I wasn't able to finish the event however this time I'm looking forward to a better outcome. Everyone on the Conquest Team has been working really hard and every time we go on track, the car is running better. I'd really like to have a strong result this weekend for these guys and have all of the team's hard work start to pay off."