CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Post-event quoteboard


BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I think Cleveland is a good track for the PacifiCare team. We finished third last year and it was a very close race between Sebastien, Tracy and myself. Maybe we can improve the car a little bit this year and get a win. The track in Cleveland is very different because we race on the airport runways. It's very, very wide, fast and bumpy. It's a unique race track and I enjoy racing there. It's a good track to pass. It's a long race because it's always very hot there. It's hard to get a fast lap there because it is very precise and very wide. Plus it's very bumpy and that makes it difficult. What happens in Turn 1 in Cleveland is because the track is very wide going into Turn 1 and you can drive a lot of different lines especially on the start. A lot of people think 'Oh I can pass another one and another one' and that's why it generates some crashes. This season is going good I thing the PacifiCare car has been strong at every race track and we have been able to put together consistent finishes and that will be important at the end of the year."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"For sure when McDonald's came on board in Cleveland it was a big deal for us and to win in our first race with them was great. I had never raced on an airport before so I was pretty happy because we started fast straight out of the truck. I was able to learn fast and got the pole position and then we had a great race with Paul Tracy and won. It was a great weekend for Newman/Haas and hopefully we can repeat this year. It was very, very nice to finally win in the United States. It was a good feeling because we were struggling a lot at the beginning of the season and we should have won before then. It looked like the results were refusing to come at that point. After winning two races in Europe, finally it came to us in the U.S and I was really happy for myself and the team because of the hard times we had before we finally got the win in the Cleveland.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am looking forward to going back to Cleveland where I have had much success. Last year as a Rookie, I finished top Reynard and then pole to victory in Atlantic. Cleveland is a track where it is all about nailing the set-up and I am confident the team is on top of it. We sorted out our mechanical issues from Portland and I can think of nothing better than winning on the Fourth of July weekend. Cleveland is like a track out of a video game, it has the most notorious first corner on our schedule, it also has a good mix of high speed and low speed corners with lots of room to pass. It is a great race every year and I expect this year to be just as good."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We had a good car in Cleveland last year, we finished in the top five and I expect to do well this year. Cleveland is a great track for the drivers, since it is wide open without the walls; it really gives us the opportunity to "hang it out." There really is no limit at Cleveland; it is wide and fast with a couple of tough corners and a bit bumpy, a lot of fun."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We're looking forward to the Cleveland race and especially the airport racetrack. It's a great place to race and we feel confident we'll do well there. The Cleveland race is the start to many great summer races and it is important for us to do well and score many points to put us in good standing for the rest of the season. The team has been working really hard and we're working on our consistency. We need to capitalize on our strengths and make up for some lost ground from some weaker finishes earlier this season. I'm hoping for a quick car and good results. We'll see on Saturday night in Cleveland!"

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I had been working a lot this past week in a fitness center in Arizona, trying to get in the best shape possible for the most physically demanding race of the season here in Cleveland. The team is getting better and better with every race and I am pretty confident that we will continue improving. I think we are getting to a point where we will be able to win races and considering that we made a huge jump since the first race in Long Beach until now, I don't know how big our improvement this time will be, but I hope we can give our fans another surprise."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Cleveland has always been a great track for the fans, and a favorite of the drivers. Fans can see the entire track from the grandstand, which is a great amenity for a temporary circuit. PKV Racing has been making some significant gains as far as performance goes, and I'm optimistic because the team is continually getting better. We're looking forward to improving on the results we've had so far this season in Cleveland."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I've always wanted to race here at Cleveland. It's a special place to me because I watched this race for years, hoping to one day race here. It's a very unique circuit with wide straights and lots of passing opportunities. You can use many lines and the fans get a great view of the action. The PKV team is getting better every race. Our guys seem to get better every weekend and I can't thank them enough for the effort so far. I think we showed in Portland that we are capable of running toward the front after Jimmy and I paced the Saturday practice session, and we qualified sixth overall on Friday. We are focused on moving up the grid, and we hope to make some big strides in Cleveland."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Cleveland track is a lot of fun. It's spacious with high-speed corners and lots of growing momentum. The middle section of the track in particular, is non-stop action. The driver needs to be "right there" the whole way for this race. It's intense to drive and I hope it's just as fun and entertaining to watch for the Cleveland fans."


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