Cart Champ Car Friday Quoteboard SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...
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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's/Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Yesterday during these conditions we had a very good car and we worked a lot on the setup which achieved something very good. I didn't put a lap together after five laps. We had a red and things were not going so great. The second run I started pretty late in the session. I was a bit scared when Patrick [Carpentier] spun but obviously we didn't have a big problem and I was able to get quick laps at the end."
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Team Player's did what it had to do on the first day of qualifying and we will start on the front row. We were careful not to abuse our tires and so far it worked well to our advantage this season. We will start the race with sticker tires while most of the rest will be using tires with seven or eight laps on them. The track was quite slippery tonight and I spun out causing a red flag situation. It's too bad because I was on a quick lap. That took away our best time of the night so I needed two good laps to stay on top. We opted to save our second set of tires."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I pushed as hard as I could and that's all she had. On the last lap I was at the limit and did not make a mistake. I actually pushed so hard that I went off a couple of times but fortunately I did not kill the engine. When I went off the second time (on his first stint), my left hand got caught in the steering and I thought I had sprained it. We waited quite a while in the pits before going out again (25 minutes). Team Player's made a few changes and it worked as I posted second time in this session. This is the longest race of the season so far and this track is quite bumpy. It's going to be a tough one because we will have to deal with shadows on the track. We have to make it through corner one at the start of the race and I think we should be able to score some valuable points."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team is in a good starting position for the race tomorrow. Beginning on Thursday we were quick and we just kept making the car better. We tried something this morning that didn't really work, so we went back to where we were yesterday and the car worked well tonight in qualifying. You are always hoping for the pole and we thought we had a chance at the pole, but it just didn't work out for us. The whole Visteon/Patrick Racing Team deserves a pole position, but we deserve a win too, so that is our goal for tomorrow."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The car was good on the first set of tires but we made a change and it got worse so we didn't improve much and dropped from second to fifth in the last minute of the session. We should be okay for the race because we will work on improving the balance of the car in the morning warmup. A top five start is okay here but we were hoping to put the PacifiCare car closer to the front in qualifying."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Sixth, obviously we wanted to do better, but we are starting in the third row which is good. The thing is you never know if being inside or outside here is an advantage because of depending where the crash is. You just never know. We have a good car and we are very fast on old tires, which is very important here. I like running at night a lot so I think we are in pretty good shape for tomorrow."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It was an interesting session...sort of unpredictable. We made some changes to the ride height and wings and didn't know where they'd take us. The car was not as quick as I had hoped, but we'll have to work harder to figure out where we can get more speed for tomorrow night. Visibility on the track was better than last night. I know the CART and track officials stayed until 4 am to make changes and it was easier to see the track now that it's been painted in different sections. Sometimes it's still hard to see other cars and the lights need to shine from above rather then across the track and in our eyes."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Well, we didn't have any problem with traffic tonight! As a matter of fact, I think all the drivers were very polite out there - especially Tagliani, Papis and Jourdain. I had a great car for this qualifying session - really, it's been good since the two sessions last night. I honestly l think we had a shot at grid position in the top three but I made a mistake in the last corner of my last timed lap. I was up 2/10ths of a second at that point so I'm sure if I hadn't made that error we could have been right up there. My engineers and my crew have given me a great car though so I'm confident we'll be able to make it up in the race."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I think we did really well today. This weekend I've just been in recovery mode from the virus I had. The team has really been helping me get better and better. We have been working really hard and the car has been improving. The Herdez Competition team is just giving me everything I need and they are being very patient. Cleveland is a track that I've done well at in the past and a top 10 qualifying spot is good. Tomorrow I expect to be better physically so things are looking up."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"I left something on the table for sure tonight, I never quite put together the perfect lap. We have a good car and I am definitely looking forward to tomorrow. What an awesome crowd we had here tonight, they gave American Spirit a ton of support."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"We made some good changes to the car for qualifying. On one of my two fastest laps, Moreno cost me two tenths of a second which would have helped a lot, it definitely would have put me further up the grid. On my fastest lap, I was pushing it maybe too hard and I almost spun in turn one. The good news is there is definitely more in the car and I look forward to using that tomorrow night, it is going to be a great show for sure."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"I think we were definitely happier today. We improved 5 positions from yesterday. We're right there with the top Reynards. The car was 2 seconds off to start the weekend and now we're only 3/10 back from the fastest Reynard. I think we'll have a good race. The weekend was really bad to start, but we've made some good improvements. I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow. We need to finish safely and score some more points."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"We got down to a 59.2 earlier in the weekend and basically we haven't gone any faster. I'm slightly disappointed in that. It's just very tough coming to a race track that we haven't tested on. I thought we had a really good car. During testing earlier in the week (at Mid-Ohio) we had the RAC Walker Racing car working really well and we were second fastest in this afternoon's practice session, but the 59.1 I posted in qualifying was just the fastest the car was going to go."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The car hasn't really been to my liking all weekend. We have been better on old tires than actually new tires, so it's been a bit of a struggle this weekend. We just need to find something better for the car. It is not absorbing the bumps well and it is not letting me drive comfortably. That is really affecting me a lot, and I am not getting a good lap time. I felt I didn't have anything there to really be able to push the car to get a better time."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"My fastest lap from the second run I should have done on the first run and been a little bit quicker on the second run. There was a lot of traffic on the first outing though and it really slowed me down. The Corona car was way better from this morning. We went back to the set-up we had yesterday and the car was just much better. Tomorrow is a very long race, 115 laps, and the weather is going to be like this -- warm and sticky, so at least we know we have a good car for these conditions."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"Apparently the improvements we made during the day didn't work to night with the cooler temperatures. The car just didn't fee the same. We bottomed out a lot, which was upsetting the car. Overall, the feel was not as good, which surprised us. We were even slower than we were earlier in the weekend. It's a shame."
MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"There's really not a lot to say, we are still obviously struggling with the car. We made some big changes since yesterday that did not work. Tomorrow we will have to focus on putting together a solid race strategy and concentrate on making good pit stops and doing whatever we can do to improve our position. I am driving as hard as I can, and the team is putting all their effort into it. But like I said, we are basically starting over, and it will take a bit of time to put everything together."