Trois-Rivieres Post-Race Driver Quotes

DRIVER QUOTES - Trois- Rivieres, Que., Canada ...

DRIVER QUOTES - Trois- Rivieres, Que., Canada

#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI (Player's Forsythe Racing Team-Player’s/Indeck) "This was a team result. The crew worked so hard and we had so many small mechanical problems. They worked all night and all weekend to resolve the problems. We started the race with another battery to make sure we would be able to finish the 50-laps. The brake problems I had during the race were helped by the caution periods. With all the oil at the end, the track was very slippery and very dangerous. The yellow hurt me in Toronto but helped me today."

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#43 JOAO BARBOSA (RDS Motorsport-Toyota of Portugal/Sega/Caetano Buses) "It was a very tough race. It was a fantastic race for me. I could move up through the field very quickly. When I saw Barron try the inside on top of the oil, I couldn't believe it. I took the outside line and passed him. I knew the yellow would show up sooner or later and that helped me a lot."

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#50 KENNY WILDEN (P1 Racing-TrizecHahn/Slick 50) "It was my most competitive run of the year, other than Montreal. We were able to run with the leaders and have very competitive times. I was waiting to make a move on Lazzaro at the end. I felt I could have gotten him eventually and with one lap. We just lost the brakes completely on the back straight. It was lucky I braked early for a back marker because the brakes just weren't there. The next two laps I tried to cool the brakes down and braked earlier. That's when everyone got by me. I was pushing it under braking, but I really had to back off some."

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#32 ALEX BARRON (Lynx Racing-Victory Circle Racing/Red Line Oil)) "It was a colorful race. The ‘yellows’ killed us, and we ran out of ‘green’ too soon. I’d like to say that I was saving something for Tagliani in the last few laps, but the truth is my car was oversteering and it was all I could do to keep pressure on him. It was a long hard race, and Alex did a great job. But, Mid-Ohio is next and we’ve got a killer setup for that track." (Peter Frey)

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#19 MEMO GIDLEY (Lynx Racing) "Unfortunately, all I had was a fifth place car today, but I finished and we’re still one-two in the points. The track conditions changed quite a bit during the race, and my handling seemed to be changing in the other direction. We have a full day of testing on Thursday before Mid-Ohio, and I’m planning on spending every minute of it figuring out how to go as fast as I can." (Peter Frey)

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#35 DAVID POOK (B.D.J.S.-HYPE Energy Drink/Budweiser) "It was a real disappointment for both myself and the team. We were really looking for a good result to keep our momentum going. When I started, the tires spun, but the car stopped pulling. The engine was still revving, so the problem was either the gearbox or a half shaft. We’ll have to focus on Mid-Ohio next weekend, knowing that we had a great car this weekend." (Julie Jalbert)

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#14 CHUCK WEST (World Speed Motorsports-Red Line Oil/Martini Sunglasses/Harvest Group) "I got a decent start, but I had to get out of the throttle in turn one to avoid Case (Montgomery). That cost me a couple of spots. The traffic was a mess. The C2 cars are going at what seems to be half throttle. With the way the car was all weekend, tenth position is okay. We had no damage, but the battery light came on around lap 42. I tried to keep the car in a high gear to reduce the draw on the battery, and we just made it to the end. It konked out completely as I entered ‘pit in’ on the cool down lap. When I was trying to pass by Michael David, I felt a little nudge. That might have been Jeret Schroeder. At the beginning of the race, I could hang with the guys at the front, but then, two backmarkers got between my car and Knapp’s, and then I was just running around by myself. On the restart, I made a mistake in turn one and Case got around. Case and I were driving identical cars. We were both totally on the edge and turning the same times, chasing each other. Everything my car was doing, I could watch in front of me and see Case’s car do the same thing. Actually, it was kind of funny. I felt sorry for David Pook. He did a great job and didn’t even get to the first turn. That makes my day look a lot better." (Pam Morey)

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#96 JERET SCHROEDER (P.P.I.-MCI Racing) "Michael David and I were following Chuck West. Michael passed him on the left and got in front of him, and I had room on the right, so I tried to pass him on the right. He moved over to the right, I swung back over to the left to go around him. He moved to the left to try and repass Michael and I was there, and he ran into me, and sent me straight into the air. Instantly, I got a bad headache and my previous neck and back injuries from my IRL crash in Phoenix came back. I’m pretty sore right now."

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#26 DAVID CUTLER (Binder Racing-Microsoft/Wall Data/Tandem/Compaq) "I was making a pass in turn one, and I pulled up beside a car. We started going around the corner, and the other car started to squeeze me into the wall, and I tried to back out of the pass, and this guy cut in front of me, and I couldn’t slow down enough to stop from hitting his right rear tire with my left front."

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#33 BERTRAND GODIN (Player’s Forsythe Racing-Player’s/Indeck) "Right at the beginning of the race, I felt the brake pedal becoming very loose, and I didn’t want to say anything at first, but then when the other cars started gaining on me and passing me, I advised the team, and was told to come in and have the brakes checked. I came in, we checked them. We couldn’t tell if the problem was in front or in back. We didn’t want to miss a turn, so I went back out. I was still having brake problems, so I pitted a second time. The team bled the brakes, I went back out, and it was a little better, but near the end, the brakes were really going on me. I did try to gain back as many positions as I could, but I just didn’t have the car to do it with this weekend."

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#71 JOAQUIN DeSOTO (Weld Motorsports-Canvas by Deneba Software) "My crew worked really hard at putting the car back together and we managed to finish the race, and ended up in 14th position, which is pretty good for us. We were trying to be conservative and finish, and it worked out really well. The track was bumpy, but it had been that way all weekend. We won the C2, and that’s a great result."

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#95 CHRIS SMITH (P.P.I.-MCI) "I did much better than the last race. We really struggled in Toronto. We’ve made some progress. All we need to do now is make the same amount of progress for Mid-Ohio, so that we can be where we need to be. I feel much more comfortable with the team. I have a new engineer Walter Preston and we’re making good progress. I was running sixth (position) for a while, and then I had a run-in with Memo Gidley and bent the left front corner a little about halfway through the race, and after that I had some handling problems, big understeer. If it hadn’t been for that, I could have run a spot or two higher."

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#4 ANTHONY LAZZARO (Phillips Motorsports-Platinum Sound/BG Products/Budget) "It’s always good to finish, especially after the accident in Toronto. This is a much better result. It’s unfortunate that I had bad results in the last two races, because otherwise, we’d be in pretty good shape in the points. We struggled all weekend with a front end grip problem and slow speed corners, and we never resolved it, and it caused a lack of speed. I got caught in traffic a few times and that slowed me down. I almost lost the car in the oil spill; unfortunately, Pierre Phillips never told me about the oil. He only told me afterwards. It’s too bad it finished under yellow because I would have liked to have raced at the end."

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Jeret Schroeder