CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Race day quoteboard

Justin Wilson ...

Justin Wilson #9 CDW/RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Seems hard to believe that we've actually finally broken the duck. I'm very excited for RuSPORT. I'm very excited for myself. You know, I think this is something that's been on the cards for the last couple of races and we can move forward from here now. It's quite interesting, the couple laps, using 'push to pass' just to work out the braking points and the closing distance on Oriol down in turn three. The third lap, I decided "This is the one I'm going for." I managed to get a good run, closed right in on Oriol. You know, I was able to get down the inside. It was good, clean racing. I was very pleased and couldn't believe it when I came out in front, realized I then had the chance of taking it all the way to the end."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I feel good. I feel very happy. I didn't lie when I said that every session we are one step closer to the win. I mean, if it's just one more step, I guess must be next race (laughter). It's really good. I'm just looking at the fastest lap. I really see that Justin was really fast. I mean, he's a second clear of me. I knew he was faster than me in turn three. I was actually slow the whole race. Under braking and at the apex of turn three was like my weak point. It's not where you want to have a weak point around this track because is almost the only place to overtake."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"This is fantastic to get a podium result here in Toronto the team did a brilliant job for me today, their pit stops were perfect. We were a little high on tire pressures in my first stint and I had to use a bit too much of my "push to pass time to hold position. Justin got by me on one of the restarts but it actually went yellow before he made the pass but the officials let it stand. It was tough holding off the guys who still had "push to pass, but once they had used it up, I was able to keep right with AJ (Allmendinger) "I was right behind him when he touched the inside wall and crashed, so I was lucky to get away with that. I was even luckier that the race didn'tt go green again, because I picked up a puncture the next around from all the debris that was all over the track. The team keep giving me a fantastic car and I have to thank the Aussie Vineyards guys and Derrick and all the boys for the great job they are doing. We have had a couple of DNFs which really hurt us in the points, but apart from that, we have been remarkably consistent to move up to 7th."

Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Today was one of those days where the PKV Racing team just had to take what the race gave us. I think that a fourth place showing was about as good as we could expect. We were hoping to do better in qualifying, but all in all it was a pretty decent day for the Gulfstream side. We got some good points and tightened up the championship race a bit. I do feel bad for the Bell Micro/PKV side falling out early like they did. "

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"The McDonald's car was very, very good and it's a shame that we didn't get the result we were capable of again. The race started well; I did what I had to do and that was save fuel and still keep the lead. The car was good and I was pretty happy with how the race was going. I might have been able to work harder and save more fuel than I did because PT made the same as us so I might have been able to do better. The race was going alright and I was pulling a lead on him and it was looking good but before the pit stop I caught traffic and he caught back up to me. On the stop, I'm pretty sure they watched us fuel and then pulled when we did so he could try to get ahead of us. We got a run leaving the pits but he stayed there and I had to keep two wheels under the line and he stayed there too and we touched. He probably didn't realize that I was not going to be able to move to the left otherwise I would have been penalized. It was a racing incident but it was frustrating because this year when we seem to have a real chance to win the race but we don't. I didn't see the video but I think I was clearly in front because his front wing and my right rear tire touched. I was almost a car length ahead of him and my right rear tire hit his front wing and it cut my tire so I had to pit to replace it. We knew the right rear was down but the real problem was that I was coming back to the pits too fast and flat spotted the left front and didn't know it because the car was leaning toward the flat tire side but we only replaced the right rear. The left front tire was down to the cord and I had to run a full stint on it and go fast as well to catch up. I guess the incident hurt Paul more than us because he didn't get many points and we were able to salvage some. Every race is going to have to be approached one at a time. It's going to be a tough fight and now Justin is back in the race and anything can happen."

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I am relieved to come out of this weekend with a sixth place finish, despite the "lack of pace" that we faced this weekend. We had a good race, I drove a clean one and we had successful pit stops. I was able to make some passes out there this afternoon, so that was a positive. The team really worked hard this weekend, so it is good to finish in the top-ten. The main thing is that we were able to bring the car home in one piece. Now, off to Edmonton."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"It was a tough weekend for the Rocketsports team. We struggled to find the right set up all weekend. The first stint in the race killed us. Tire pressures were really high causing me to run about two seconds slower than the rest of the field. We had to pit early then had to come in for new tires to change the pressure. That helped a bit, but we made another tire pressure change later on in the race, which helped the car out a lot. Then I was involved in an incident with Nelson (Philippe) and got damage to the left side of the car on the side pod and the rear tow was out. The car got real nervous then at the end of the race with the rear tow broken, so we ended up seventh with luck. I am not real happy with this result, it mainly was luck -- but that was something I needed as well, lately. We have to find a way to get the car better and get back to where we started this season running in the top."

Alex Sperafico #55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Since it was the my first race, and I didn't have a very good starting position, I think we all did a good job today. It was my goal to finish the race no matter what, I just wanted to make sure I was running at the end. I think perhaps I was a little too cautions at times, but I was just making sure I didn't make any mistakes. The car was good and I was just trying to keep a comfortable pace and not make any mistakes, it was challenging at times because there was a lot going on out there at the end. The HVM team is fantastic they did a great job and it gives me a lot of confidence knowing I have a team like them behind me. This is the first race I have run in almost a year and my best result so far in my Champ Car career, so I am happy. I know I will continue to improve as I get more time in a good car and I continue to work with my team and we get more experience together."

A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"It was a real good day up until the crash. The car kept getting better and I think we had the fastest car in the race. Oriol was slower than me but I couldn't get past him. I was pushing so hard, but I just couldn't get a clear run at him. I'm really happy for Justin and my RuSPORT team for our first win, but I should have been right there with him."

Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Things got off to a bad start when I got a flat tire right at the green flag. I had to pit and fell to the back of the pack so we were just working hard to get up into the points. I passed a lot of cars and was up to 7th place with not many laps to go when A.J. Allmendinger crashed around a blind corner and I came around with no place to go and hit him pretty hard. I looked in my mirror and could see he was ok so that was a big relief, but with Paul going out also it was really a tough day for the Forsythe team."

Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Obviously I am very disappointed, but kind of pleased the car showed some good speed today. My first top ten was there for the taking today, but I suppose I am learning that not all the guys out there are necessarily going to leave you racing room."

"Every other top series I have run, most guys give you that."

"I had nowhere to go when Philippe spun and I feel really bad for the guys because they worked really hard to give me a really strong car for the race."

"Luckily, the damage wasn't too bad, but it was enough to put me out of the race."

"I was behind the eight ball a little after tapping the wall on Friday, but we had kept out of trouble in the race and my first top ten was there for the taking."

"We now have to set our sights on Edmonton - I am sure that result is just around the corner."

Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I was careful in the first and third corners on the start, I wanted to make sure I got through safely without losing any positions and I knew I would have a lot of speed throughout the race. I was able to keep a very competitive race pace and I was able to gain two positions and keep up with Sebastien, things were going well. The team gave me great stops today, we were running strongly in the top ten until the first safety car situation. During that caution period, I think I got some dirt on my front wheels, and I was going through turn eight with massive understeer when the car wouldn't turn and I touch the tire barrier. I am really disappointed for the team and for the fans who I represented on my car today with the charity drive, I certainly wanted to give them a better result."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"That was a tough day. The car was good and we decided to short-fill on the first stop to see if we could get by Sebastien. The plan looked like it was going to work but Sebastien came past me after we crossed the pit exit line and chopped across my nose, breaking my left front wing off and giving himself a flat. I was pretty worried but the handling was manageable and I was able to post some good times without burning up the front tires. We decided that it wasn't going to be worthwhile to take the time to change the nose so we were just going to pit for fuel and tires on the final stop and see if we could hold them off. Unfortunately I ran out of fuel just as I was about to pit. A yellow flag came out and the pits closed just as I was about to come in so I stayed on track hoping I could nurse it around one more lap but it died about two seconds after I made my choice. Just a bad day for the team."

Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"It was very confusing at the start of the race and I had a bad start, losing one place. The Bell Micro/PKV Racing car was stuck behind Andrew Ranger for most of the race, so during the first stint I was trying to save fuel. On the second stint, Ranger started to pick up the pace and I just followed him. We were turning good lap times and starting to move up a little. Then Ricardo Sperafico came out of the pits and hit me in the right rear wheel. I didn't even see him. He was on cold tires and I am sure he did not mean to hit me. It is very disappointing because this is two weeks in a row that we didn't get any points--that is not good for the championship race. "

-ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ricardo Sperafico , Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Bjorn Wirdheim , Alex Sperafico , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Cristiano da Matta