FINAL BRIDGESTONE POLE QUALIFYING DRIVER QUOTES Justin Wilson ...
FINAL BRIDGESTONE POLE QUALIFYING DRIVER QUOTES
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The car felt great. It's been working well all weekend. Just really pleased to have finally put that one lap together and make it count. I was just hoping for the clear lap to see what I could do. I thought maybe I could do a 4 or something like that. But this last lap really came together. The car gripped and turned the corner. Just got to thank my team, the whole crew on the CDW #9 car."
A.J. Allmendinger #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I think it's been a great weekend so far for the whole Forsythe Indeck team. Compared to the first two weekends I was with the team, this has been the most of a struggle, probably the most difficult track we've been to so far. The team has worked really hard. We've struggled at times, we've been good at times. We made a change for the Bridgestone reds. I think we just went over the top just a touch. The car has been close all weekend. It kind of brings me back to Portland where we were just close all weekend, got it exactly right for the race. My engineering staff has been amazing so far this year getting the car perfect for the race. Congratulations to Justin and the whole CDW team that just nipped me at the end. Carl keeps saying a RuSPORT 1-2. I'm just kidding, it's not a RuSPORT 1-2. But I'm pleased. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I think the McDonald's car was really back to business today, so it was really enjoyable to drive. First run could have been better timing. We got some traffic, had to back off, probably just like everybody else, and then the track got better for sure. Then on the second run, if I thought the first run was bad, it was a disaster because I did not even do a lap. The last one was looking pretty good. I was a 10th and a half ahead. Jan Heylen was trying to get out of the way of the quick cars, unfortunately he crossed the line in turn five just in front of me. I lost the rear of the car, then I had to take it easy on turn six. Still did an 8.37 or something like that. It's always disappointing when you feel you have the car to get the job done. I guess today there were probably three cars to be able to be on this pole. So, you know, good job to these two guys. We'll fight hard tomorrow anyway."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I'm not happy with our qualifying effort, I struggled the whole session just trying to find a gap, every time I started a fast lap somebody would slow down in front of me and I had to start all over again. We put the red tires on for the final stint but we just couldn't improve anymore, for some reason we just can't figure out how to make the car work on the reds and it's really been a problem for qualifying."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We knew this morning after practice that the car was good. We really wanted to qualify in the top-ten today because it's important for the start of the race. I'm very, very happy. The team did an excellent job. Before going out on my last stint we did a good change on the car and I was able to put it in P6. Starting sixth tomorrow, we will push hard to stay there and hopefully move up. We just have to remain calm tomorrow at the start and during the race because anything can happen at the first turn and in turn three."
Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am disappointed with the results today which is a good thing now because I don't want to accept anything out of the top three. It is harder to swallow now as I thought we would have been more competitive. I don't think we used our Bridgestone Reds to their full potential, and we must take this learning experience for the next races. I am confident that the team will give me a good car for tomorrow's race and I look forward to getting back on that podium. It's a long race and anything can happen."
Cristiano da Matta #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I'm a little a disappointed that we didn't get everything out of the car. I think we had a car that was good enough for the top five. But fortunately, we have 86 laps in tomorrow's race to get it back. I was hoping to make more gains from yesterday to today than we did , but we'll just keep working hard and try to find out what we need to do for tomorrow."
Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola -- "We made a big change for today but the car still wasn't much better. Since the beginning of the weekend we have been chasing the setup. I think we improved the car in a couple of turns but overall it still is not that good. We'll work hard to have a good race and score some points tomorrow."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Today's qualifying was really disappointing. We need more speed and that's very frustrating. We don't have grip and we are struggling. It's very difficult to find grip on the track and to find the right balance for the car. Tomorrow we need to do what we have been doing, just work hard and have a better result for the race."
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Today wasn't the greatest day. When we were on reds we had a better grip, but we sure didn't get the most out of the car. Also, the braking is the most difficult part on the track. After two main straights there is a lot of time to get the braking right. It's just one of those tracks where you have to get everything right, every little detail to get a good lap time. Coming here for the first time is really hard, because it's such a technical track to find the limit. Basically, every time I've gone out I've gotten quicker, but so has everyone else. Al the guys in front of me have been here two or three times, which makes it more difficult. Not a very good position for today, but we just have to think about where we are in the race and hopefully get a good result."
Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "When you're going 180 mph everything gets stressed and it's only natural that some things brake. We have to accept it and concentrate on our race pace, and pit strategy for tomorrow. This is definitely a track where experience counts. It's a tough track to learn, so I've spent a fair bit of time concentrating on getting the basics right and not pushing too hard, settling myself in at this demanding circuit. But I'm thriving in this environment -- it's the reality of racing at this level. It drives my determination and gives me a real focus, which just pushes me on and makes it very rewarding, wherever I start on the grid."
Tonis Kasemets #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I would like to thank the Rocketsports team for all their hard work and efforts. We ran a lot of laps today and stayed out of trouble so that made it a positive day for us. We are trying to find more speed in the #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports car. The session went as we had planned; I was working on my driving line and trying to brake deeper. That is where we gained some time, but there is still more work that needs to be done. We improved a little today, but not as much as we had hoped. We will keep doing what we did today for tomorrow and during the race, and I hope to just have a good, clean, safe race tomorrow afternoon."