CART Champ Car Sunday Quoteboard PAUL TRACY ( ...
CART Champ Car Sunday Quoteboard
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think I'm just relieved because we've had a good car all weekend and we feel that we could challenge to do it, but you have to sit there and wait and wait. And when I heard the time that Sebastien did on the last warm-up lap, I thought he's going to go in 36s without too much trouble, and then had some trouble. But, you know, ultimately we didn't have to go out and overextend ourselves and use the tires hard. I was able to just scrub the tire for the race. So I'm very happy to be on the pole."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Actually it's a bit between satisfaction and frustration because I did my best lap time in the third lap. I was probably going to be quicker in the fourth. I was much, much quicker in turn one, because I had to up shift earlier and try to hold the steering wheel with my hand, but basically there was no way to do it, so I just lost the steering wheel. I just had to recover and just come back to the pit."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Today the morning didn't go well. We made some changes overnight. The car wasn't good this morning. We made a lot of change for qualifying. It was a little bit better, but still not as good a car as I had yesterday. Today was a little bit hotter, and that made a little bit of difference. Third is not what I would expect, but is a good starting place, better than other races that I had this year. Let's see if we can make some pressure on Paul Tracy and Sebastien."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The 33X, our back-up car, is doing it for us this weekend. We made some improvements to the car to gain more downforce, which would have been good to have yesterday. We are happy with better results and third quickest today. The warmer track, with more grip, also made a great difference. It has been difficult to control ourselves, not to put too much downforce in the car because we still have Germany to think about, but the Johnson Controls team feels good about the race and happy things are going as planned. Of course our goal is to finish first and we know how good third place feels, but a top-five finish would be okay too."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We improved from yesterday -- not much, four-tenths. We still have a lot of push in the car, something that we haven't been able to battle. I think the car is an improvement from yesterday. It's a long day tomorrow but I think we have a good shot. I think sixth is a good spot because you can pass on the outside of Paddock [Turn One]. We have been consistently in these [qualifying] positions the past few races and I know we can get a good result from here. Right now it is a matter of thinking about the race. It is going to be a lot of laps and pit stops are going to be crucial especially because the pits are very tight, very narrow. There are a lot of possible mistakes that can happen so we have to be very careful there. Strategy is going to be very important because passing is going to be difficult, but some cars will go off and that will be the opportunity. Still, it is going to be difficult. Pit strategy is going to be important and fuel mileage is going to be extremely important."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We made a lot of improvements to the car and of course, I'm learning to drive the track a little better too. We made a couple of little changes but they made a big difference. I think I didn't do such a great job on the last corner of my last lap so maybe we could have done a little better. We're close though - just a little fine-tuning to do. Even though this track is small, it's tough to learn the limits of it. I followed Darren Manning around the track a little bit yesterday because he has so much experience here, he knows where to go. There are very specific lines here to go fast and a lot of little tricks. It takes a very particular driving style to get it right here!"
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I lost all the telemetry on my dashboard, so I didn't know what lap times I was doing at all. The car was a lot better balanced than yesterday. I was really, really happy with it. There's not much more time coming out of it, let's put it that way. I think we lost a little bit to the Lolas in this warmer weather. I'll be eighth on the grid. Hopefully we can get a few guys on the start. I know I can overtake in these cars and I know where to overtake here as well."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The rear was too low. It's not a good result. I thought we could improve our times today but we made some changes and I ended it up with too much push. We also had a boost problem but the main thing was the understeer. There was not enough front wing. The warmer weather was a factor because it changed the aerodynamic balance of the car. Because we are starting ninth, Team Player's will work on a different race strategy than Paul's. The weather could also be a factor."
MICHEL JOURDAIN (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We mage the Gigante car a little better than yesterday, but it wasn't as good as what I would have liked. Tomorrow will be a very tough race, especially if we get the weather that is being forecasted. The warmer conditions gave us a little trouble today with our setup. The tire temps came up very quickly and we didn't need the extra laps that would have been helpful yesterday. This isn't where we wanted to start but now we have to make the best of it. Tomorrow will be a long race and with the rule changes there will be a number of strategies that the teams can utilize."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The problem we had on the car yesterday was a fueling system problem but it is all fixed now. This is a brand new car for this weekend, never been run before, so these things will happen. I have a very good crew though and they found and fixed it, no problem. We're improving every time we go out and the car is much better today than yesterday. We had a good run in qualifying and, more importantly, I have a great race car for tomorrow. It's going to be very consistent during the runs. With the new rules here, we'll be working on new strategies for the race. We'll have to work to conserve fuel when we can and it will be very important to time the pit stops differently from the other teams because the pits are quite small."
ALEX YOONG (#11 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am pleased for my Dale Coyne Racing team to move up a place to 13th on the grid. Thanks to the boys who have done a good job to improve the car from this morning's practice. I had a good clean lap and felt that I've got the most out of the car during the qualifying. The only regret is my decision to run used tires for the qualifying thinking that it will get up to optimum operating temperature within the 4 qualifying laps better than new tires. If I'm given another chance I wouldn't do that again as running on new tires could have meant a bigger jump up the grid from yesterday's qualies, maybe into the top 10. Tomorrow's race is going to be very challenging for all of us. It's definitely going to be a tough race...both physically and mentally as well. We aim to keep our nose clean and hope to run a race strategy that works well for us and score some points."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It's been a rough weekend. We were pretty lost going into the session; we have tried a ton of changes. We decided to throw some pretty drastic changes to the car for qualifying thinking there is a chance they might work, but they had the dead opposite reaction then what we were looking for. I had a misfire in qualifying on one of my quick laps, that didn't do us any good either. The car was so loose coming out of that last corner that I nearly lost it; I just couldn't get the power down at all."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We are really struggling here and the truth is, it is a shot in the dark for tomorrow. We will test a few more things in warm-up and then give it our best in the race, but it's not going to be easy. For the American Spirit team to be in the back of the pack all weekend, it is obvious we are having some pretty serious technical issues, this just isn't where we are supposed to be."
PATRICK LEMARIE (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We made good progress between yesterday and today and are understanding some things about the car a lot better. We had a problem running the new tires, and we had too much power oversteer. That's mostly the reason we didn't improve on yesterday's time. However, the setup is a lot better, so we're going to have a great race tomorrow."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I was on a faster lap when I made a little mistake going into Turn 6 which cost me three or four tenth right there. The Corona car was definitely much better for me today though. We ran through a series of changes on the chassis this morning and it paid off for us in qualifying. We finally found more grip. I have a good car for the race tomorrow though."