Ford-Cosworth powers four to top-10 finishers in Vancouver Notes: MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR., REGISTERS NINTH TOP-10 FINISH IN 10 RACES - Ford-Cosworth powered four drivers to top-10 finishes in today's Molson Indy Vancouver, led by Michel Jourdain's...
Ford-Cosworth powers four to top-10 finishers in Vancouver
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR., REGISTERS NINTH TOP-10 FINISH IN 10 RACES - Ford-Cosworth powered four drivers to top-10 finishes in today's Molson Indy Vancouver, led by Michel Jourdain's fourth-place result. Jourdain has now finished 10th or better in nine of the 10 races thus far this season and is the only driver in the series to have scored championship points in every event. Dario Franchitti captured the race victory, followed by teammate Paul Tracy and Tony Kanaan. Patrick Carpentier finished fifth, but spun late in the race and caused an incident that claimed teammate Alex Tagliani (seventh), Adrian Fernandez (eighth) and Bruno Junquiera (ninth).
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Finished 4th - "It was a very long day. I made a mistake trying to get my tires up to temperature before the start and then they penalized me for running over an air hose on my pit stop. But the team gave me a great car, it was great all day and we were very fast. It's good to get a strong result and we just need to keep it up and continue scoring points. We need to qualify better, but the team is doing a good job."
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING ABOUT WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL ON THE PACE LAP? "I knew the car wasn't hurt very bad, but it was just a matter of time before they were going to give the green flag and I was hoping were going to have enough time to change the nose. On cold tires it's critical to get them as hot as possible because the only time you can pass here is on the restarts."
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU ALMOST HAD TONY (KANAAN) ON THE LAST RESTART. "He was very, very slow on cold tires, but I was on the outside and there was a lot of marbles. I just needed a little bit more space to make it."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Finished 5th - "I'm very happy. At the beginning of the race we didn't know what the car was going to be like and we had different pit strategies, which really worked out well. (Alex) "Tag" (Tagliani) let me by on the back straight because our car seemed to be faster during the race and we made up some ground. And when we came back out from the pits we were fourth, so I'm very happy. The team is always good on strategy and Ford-Cosworth did another fantastic job and everything worked out for us."
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END? "I learned the hard way that you cannot take that corner flat out on cold tires." <smirking> I was really lucky I must admit. I wanted to get in front of Michel Jourdain, Jr. a little bit but I was having some problems with my back end by getting really loose. I tried to go flat out through there on cold tires and it didn't work very well."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Finished 7th - "I'm alright, but it's very disappointing because the car was good all weekend long. It took us two pit stops to find the right tire pressure and make the right wing change before we were fast. I was catching (Michel) Jourdain (Jr.) and Pat (Carpentier) almost a second a lap and then Pat lost the car on the back straightaway and everybody slowed down. Adrian (Fernandez) hit me from behind really hard and that was it, our race was done."
A REMARKABLE PIECE OF DRIVING TO REMAIN SOMEWHAT IN CONTROL. "I was just a passenger at the time because the rear tire was crooked and the front tire was ripped off the car. It was just the time to brake and I had no more brakes working either."
TWO YEARS IN A ROW WITH BAD LUCK ON THIS TRACK. "I'm disappointed because we had a car that could've been in the top four at this stage of the race and I don't know what happened with our tire pressures or our wings. It was terrible. And then when we finally end up with a car that was decent Pat lost his car on the back straight and we had a problem. It was very disappointing but that's the race."
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Finished 17th - "The rears locked on me and you can probably tell me more from watching the TV. It was more my problem than anybody else's because I spun on my own. I got off the brakes to let it hook back up again and the car swapped ends on me."
DID YOU HAVE BRAKES PROBLEMS EARLIER? "I didn't have the chance to test them. The only thing I can think of is that we didn't get one timed lap this morning and maybe the brakes didn't come in good enough and the rears locked up. I really don't know what to say except that it's a terrible, terrible thing."
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET A BREAK? "Well, this stuff is really my problem and my fault, but we didn't' have a very good day today in the warm-up. I don't know. It's just unfortunate for the team. All the guys were ready to go and we're out in the first turn again."