CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Race day quoteboard

A.J. Allmendinger ...

A.J. Allmendinger #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I have got to thank the whole Forsythe team, everyone that was a part of it. They gave me absolutely a fantastic race car throughout the weekend. I thought last week's car in Portland was really good. This one topped that one. I tried to do as much as I could to not get the victory because I spun out in turn two. Oriol made a great start, dove under me. I thought I saw him twitch a little bit and I panicked because I didn't want to get clipped. More than anything, I threw it away and spun out. Fortunately enough, yellow came out. We were able to come in and fix the wing. From there it was just a dogfight. The first 20 laps was probably some of the worst 20 laps I've ever driven in my car. I think one time I went to go to the 'push to pass', I hit the hit speed limiter, so that doesn't go very fast. I think I tried to hit a couple people when they spun out. The first 20 laps, I had to settle myself back down and get going. The car was just absolutely brilliant, and the whole Forsythe team. I knew the crew is the best in the game so I knew I was going to make up a couple spots in the pits no matter what. If I could make some up on the track, I could at least get back in the top five. The way the yellows fell, it got me back in the lead, I was able to pull a huge gap because my car was so good. But so many times I thought I had the race won, a yellow would come out at the wrong time, I thought it was over for us. We'd get back in the lead, the yellow would come out again. The last 20 laps I was just saving as much fuel as I could because it was going to be close. Just thanks to Forsythe and the whole crew, especially my engineer Mike Cannon. He's the best in the game right now, just giving me absolute perfect race cars both weekends. Thanks to Red Bull and Bridgestone and Cosworth, everybody that's a part of this series, to make my dreams come true right now. Absolutely amazing."

Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola -- "Very exciting race today. Very good start from seventh. I was on the backstraight, and I felt someone hit my back when I was full throttle. Then I look in the mirror, I had no rear wing. I did turn three and four like a bit sideways, then the yellow came out. So, I would not at least lose a lot. Change a new wing, a few other parts of the car, then we were a lap down. Then after the next yellow, we were able to get back the lap down, were able to pass some people on the restart. The car wasn't too good, but we were able to go forward and pass a little bit of people that were not that fast. Saving fuel, doing different strategy of the leaders put me in the lead of the race. Sometimes I went like P9, sometimes P1 or P2. At the end of the race, was P2, so I'm quite happy to finish second. As I said, I raced the whole race with a race car with a lot of parts missing, so was really hard to drive, to keep it on the track. I was able to do it and finish. I'm quite happy for me and the whole Newman/Haas team. Did a great job. Not easy to change a rear wing in a few seconds like they did. The car was all right. So thanks a lot for the team. It was good. Start of the year, good qualifing, terrible results. I didn't have the best qualify, and had the best result. So I think that was a big boost for the team, put us in a better position in the championship. So I also can keep fighting for the points and for the wins on the next race."

Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "A little disappointing. I really felt the car was a winning car. Qualifying was good for us, but we still fell a little behind AJ. In the warm-up, I wasn't too happy. We changed a little bit the car. In the race, it was great. I had the great start. Take risk, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Today it worked. I was second out of the first turn. I passed AJ. After that, the car was on rails. I was actually saving a lot of fuel. That usually tells you have a good car underneath you. Was looking great. I thought, hey, it could be our race. I knew Sebastien was out. Tracy and AJ were having issues. You know, it's never an easy race to win, but it was looking really good for us. Then the first yellow came out. That was the worst moment for us. After that, the second yellow again came at the worst moment for us. It was looking difficult for a second out there. But the pit stop was good. We had a couple issues with the air jack that cost us a couple positions. Plus I didn't have radio communication today, so it was not the greatest day to not have a radio with all those yellows. I didn't really know what was going on, if I had enough fuel to race Justin. At the beginning, all I was doing is just doing the same as Justin was doing because I knew we had to start at the same lap on the beginning. Thought it was going to do what RuSPORT was doing. At the end, we got a little bonus at the last lap. I think we deserved the podium today."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It was a crazy race. The positive thing is that I was really impressed with the setup of the car. We are making baby steps and have definitely made some improvements. Every time we went out on a sticker set, which was our setup, it took a long time for our tires to come up, and once they did we were doing good lap time and we were able to pass and catch Oriol towards the end. The first seven to eight laps on the stint we were struggling. It may have been the tire pressure which would be the only thing that I would have changed. All in all I'm very proud of the team, they did a great job. We tried everything that we had. I don't think that we had really good luck because we were running first and there was one yellow flag that cost us the race. If that yellow flag hadn't come up we would have had the chance to come home with the win. Strategy played a huge part in the outcome of the race. Overall I'm very happy with the performance of the team. Now we just have to regroup. We are back in the game and in the championship."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing --HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It was frustrating today. We clawed back from an 11th place start to a high of third place. With one lap left, I tried to make the pass for second, and lost out at the end and have to settle for seventh. Still, we extended our lead in Roshfrans Rookie of the Year chase and keep showing that we have strong race pace. The CTE HVM crew gave me a great car and it was disappointing not to keep my podium spot, but it's done, we have to move on and we'll come back strong again in Toronto."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "The car was really good in the race. We were really lucky in the start. We got up into a good position. I was running with Servia and Wilson; having really good pit strategy. I was pushing hard to pass Dominguez and made a mistake, I used pushed to pass and curved too much speed into the chicane and came out the other side into the grass, it took the front wing off and put us a lap down. When we came out in the restart I got taken out by Philippe in turn three and four. I lost another position. That was it, the car felt very unstable after that. Overall we ran a good race and unfortunately ran into some bad luck in the end. Now we just have to focus on Toronto."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing --HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am really disappointed, but at the same time I am filled with enthusiasm for the future as I know that we're capable of great things. I think I proved to everybody that I am prepared to fight for podiums week in and week out. I hate to speak like that but this was my race. We had the fastest lap and the car was consistent all day but unfortunately, that is how racing goes sometimes. Nonetheless, we will come back strong for Toronto as I can't wait to race in Canada, eh!"

Andrew Ranger #27 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I could have had a really good start but I went to the outside and when I came to go to the inside, Tracy pushed me over and I went through the grass to avoid him but I ended up spinning. I lost a lap there and then later on in the final chicane I pushed to hard and spun again and that cost me two more laps. It's too bad because instead of finishing eleventh, we could have finished sixth or seventh but it was my mistake and I won't do it again."

Tonis Kasemets #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "This was a learning experience. We were able to learn during the race when we were not running in the lead, so we were able to get to know the good with the bad, and the bad with the good. We have definitely found a lead for the #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports car and a direction that we need to go, so that is something positive that came out of this weekend. We will keep plugging along as we prepare for the next race in Toronto. I would like to thank the Rocketsports team for a great job today, we had a lot of pit stops and stuff going on, but they worked hard to keep me in the race and we were able to finish another race together."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was very disappointing, really. I think we had a good car. We were saving fuel, and it was going to come down to who could make the mileage at the end and finish without making that last pit stop. I had just gotten the message that we could make it and nobody else could, so it was looking good. But unfortunately, something broke in the front of the car, and stopped the steering from working. So, I'm very disappointed, because I thought we could have put the CDW #9 car on top of the podium today."

Cristiano da Matta #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It's obviously disappointing to lose so many laps right from the beginning. It seemed like we had a decent race car, so it makes me feel even more frustrated. Even though we didn't have a good starting position, the way the race went, it could have been an easy race to score some points, and we just missed a good opportunity. Going into turn three on the first lap, I had gotten past the mess from the earlier crash, and I had to go onto the brakes suddenly to avoid hitting Katherine Legge, who was trying to avoid something ahead of her, I think. When I did that, I spun the car. So, I turned the car around and went onto the throttle to get out of there, and the throttle cable just broke. It was a tough day."

Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -"I got a good start and I wanted to pass some people on the inside but there was another car that went over to the right where I was coming with speed and I had to go over the grass. After that the car felt a little bit funny and had some understeer. At the mid-point I realized that something was going to break on the car, probably caused by when I went off track. We were still on the lead lap and running for good points but unfortunately it did break at the end and that was it, it's too bad because we probably could have finished in the top-five."

Nicky Pastorelli #8 Curacao/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Well we had a good start. Lots happened during the first lap, but we got through it all with no problems. I made a little mistake in the hairpin on cold tires and lost one position, but it was pretty minor. We were running faster that the two cars in front of us at that time, so I figured that I was going to be able to make up for it. I tried to overtake Paul Tracy for a position but that did not go over well. I don't know what he did, but he just went into me and our day was over in the #8 Curacao/Rocketsports car. It was a shame, the car was handling very well during the few laps that I did this afternoon. Hopefully our luck changes as we head to Toronto for the next race."

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I was slowly fading away as the pressure (from the bottom of Tracy's race car) was increasing. Maybe his tire hit me when he came up but it was the bottom of his car that was on top of my head. I probably lost a little consciousness because by the time the whole thing stopped I didn't know if it was a dream or where I was, what happened. I couldn't put everything together. For example I don't remember (assistant team manager) Kenny (Siwieck) calling me three times or answering him. At some point I started coming out of it and saw people running toward the car. I don't know what happened; I haven't seen the video so I can't comment too much. I know I didn't change my line but don't know how Tracy got on my head. That's what can happen when you race wheel to wheel. I got turned around and the next thing I knew was that there was a car on top of my head. He missed the rollbar and was pushing me down into the cockpit; I was the shock absorber for him. I must have started losing consciousness then because the next thing I remember was being stopped in the grass and people coming at me. The design of the cars really helped me because your head is not sticking out much. If it was Nigel's car (that he drove prior to the race morning warmup) from 10 years ago I would have been in trouble."

-ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Katherine Legge , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Tonis Kasemets , Nicky Pastorelli , Cristiano da Matta , Dan Clarke