CART Champ Car Monday Quoteboard SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...
CART Champ Car Monday Quoteboard
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am very pleased about the win and especially to do it here in Europe where I won my first race. We should have won a couple earlier in the year and had troubles, so this is very satisfying for me and the team."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I was saving fuel for most of the day and just hoping that the pit stops fell my way. I am pleased about moving up in the points but it isn't that I wanted to see something bad happen to Paul [Tracy]. I am closer now but I know that if I want to win the championship I am going to have to pull a few wins out of the bag."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The team has worked very hard for this and I am very pleased with how things went today. This is probably more satisfying for me than the win in Australia because myself and the team had to earn it by running hard all day."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had a good race today. I am happy and excited that we scored our first real points. It feels good to have a top-five result after what has happened to us the first three races. Hopefully, this we get us started on a string of good results. Today, the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team began to show what we are capable of doing in the races. We have had some bad luck this year, but today we didn't make any major problems and the car ran very well. This should provide us with some momentum going into the next race. The Visteon/Patrick Racing car was competitive all weekend. The engineering staff and crew did a fantastic job preparing the car for this race and I am really looking forward to going to Germany and racing on the oval."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "There was a little misunderstanding with the team for my first pit stop. They started to talk to me and unfortunately the signal cut and I thought they were calling me to follow the others into the pits. We could have done three or four more laps and it might have made a difference at the finish. At the end of the race, the brakes were fading so there was no way I was going to make a move on anyone. Finishing fifth will never be my goal but when you look at the type of weekend I've had, I'll take it. Things are coming around though. We were quickest in morning practice. The season is still young and a lot of things can happen."
MICHEL JOURDAIN (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a very long day out there. Most of the day I was focused on my fuel mileage as I was trying to save fuel. For some reason I had a problem where I would either save too much fuel and not go fast enough or I would go too fast and not save enough fuel. We went into the race focused on doing the race in two stops. It was hard for me to split the difference. Pretty much my day was focused on saving fuel."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's a great result for the Herdez Competition team. We played two different strategies on the two cars. We were betting on no yellows - and if that had happened maybe we would have finished 3rd or 4th too. But I'm very glad for my teammate Mario Dominguez finishing third. We are improving as a team every race. For a team that has just expanded to two cars this year, the consistency we are showing is great. For me personally, I've finished three of the first four in the points - and would have finished in Long Beach had I not come around the corner and found someone stopped mid-track! This consistency will definitely pay off at the end of the year!"
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I had a good run today and was consistent through the whole race. We qualified in the top five and were running with the front pack through most of the race. It felt especially good to be out front for a while. Our strategy was to be consistent and try to gain an advantage over other cars that would pit after us by pitting on the yellow flag. This hurt us in the end because of a hose problem which cost us 13 seconds in the pits and put me out behind the cars in the lead. The plan would have worked without the problem in the pit, but at least we are aware of it and know we need to work on our pit stops. There's definitely a European feel to this race and English fans are real fanatics. The Brands Hatch course is similar to an oval and it's tight so there's little passing. A longer track may have been a better show, but I think the English fans are happy we're here and it was a challenging race."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The team improved the car all weekend, and it was a good result to finish in the top ten again. The car was quite difficult on Saturday, but we made steady improvement throughout the weekend. For a young team, this is a positive result, and I'm pleased we are showing some consistency. The race, as the other drivers have noted, was a fuel mileage contest, and not as exciting as it might have been. It was very important to make only two stops, and we had to think fuel conservation all the way through. The guys gave me very good stops, and I think we did about as well as we could, given where we started and how the race developed."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We had to do three pit stops so I was able to run flat-out more than some of the other guys. It was really great to see such a large crowd here today, I think that a lot of fans saw what the Champ Cars can do today and hopefully we will be back next year."
PATRICK LEMARIE (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We had a strong race. We knew after warmup that the car was much better than in qualifying. We just have to be quicker on Friday and Saturday to be in a good position on the grid so that when we have a good race like today, it shows. We did well, with a good strategy and good pit stops, so we're happy and we're making progress."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was not a good day. I had a great start and something happened when I was going into Paddock [Turn One]. I almost lost it and almost went into the sand. That cost us a few positions. I tried to push and tried to make some passes but it was very difficult to pass. Our pit stops were not great and our fuel mileage was absolutely terrible. I don't know what happened but I think we had a problem with our fuel tank. Obviously, at the beginning this was a problem for me in trying to catch up with the other guys. Backmarkers were a problem today. It was difficult. With Ryan [Hunter-Reay], he let some guys go and when I was behind him he was blocking and blocking to the point that unfortunately I hit him and broke the front wing. I had to come in and we lost two laps there. He came to apologize after the race and I appreciate his professionalism. At the end, it was just a matter of staying there. I think we had a car to finish in the top three but unfortunately not everything was there for us. Even at the first restart, Alex Tagliani almost took me out, but not on purpose. He got loose and I almost went off myself. Then I had contact with Michel when we were fighting for position. He also came down after the race to apologize. Just a tough day. Nothing really worked for us but a point is good and it may work for the end of the year."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It was a good experience. I leaned a lot, we all learned a lot. It was tough; I had to fight all weekend with a car that did not suit me which was frustrating. I kept pushing hard and had some good times, but couldn't pass. I tried not to get overtaken. This is my rookie year and we had a difficult weekend, but that is expected your first year. As we said at the beginning of the year, our goal is to finish races and that's what we did today. It's good for the team that we finished the race safely. Now it's that time to start thinking about the next race."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We were making some good lap times on the track and making good progress. The Corona car was pretty good on the second set of tires. The car was pushing a little bit on the first set of tires, but it was much better on the second and third sets. Feeling pretty good on the track; it's a very tiring track though. It keeps you very busy. I am happy to finish the race. Now we have to work on qualifying in the next races."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We made some crazy changes to the set-up last night which actually helped the car a lot. My car in warm up was by far the best car I have had all weekend. I had a good start, I passed Montiero; I was trying to protect my position at Druids and he passed two cars around the outside. The car was horrible on cold tires, but once we got some temperature in the tires it was pretty good. We had a good pace going most of the race, I am not sure what happened with Fernandez, he hit my right rear, and it punctured my tire so we had to make an extra stop. It was a tough weekend for us, it would have been nice to leave with some points."
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We had issues with the gearbox during the race. Sometime it was shifting by itself. Three or four laps before the car caught fire, I heard noise and the car started to smoke a bit. When I was rolling down the hill, I had no gearbox. Otherwise, the car was running good. I'm fairly good with saving fuel, but some drivers seem to be able to make more laps than I. Team Player's will look into this. It's never good to give away points like this. Now we don't have a cushion. This DNF is very costly. It's disappointing to have a failure like that."
ALEX YOONG (#11 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I was right up there with Moreno in 11th, with Jourdain some distance behind when I locked up going into Druids...got onto the dirty stuff and sailed off in slow motion into the tires. That was it. The car felt good before and after the first pit stop. I'm obviously very disappointed and feel sorry for the Dale Coyne boys as they had worked hard for us and we had a good fuel strategy. But I have to put that behind me now and look ahead to EuroSpeedway Lausitz next week which will be my first oval race."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It was a horrible weekend and I am glad it's over. They made some changes to Ryan's car that really helped him in warm up. The applied the changes to my car between warm up and the grid. It was a bit of a thrash. The car felt really happy on the pace laps then I noticed my front tire was turned in and I knew I had a problem. Turns out we had a mechanical issue with the left front suspension and it ended our day. We'll pull up our socks and prepare for a good weekend at Germany."