CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Race quotes


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"This was probably the easiest race of my short Champ Car career. There was the pileup in Turn One at the start of the race, all I could see was smoke, I aimed for the apex, then realized there was no one around me. The McDonald's car was good all weekend and my team did a great job giving me a good car. It is a great sensation to be back here in Cleveland and win for the second time at this event and the second time this season."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a difficult weekend. The PacifiCare car was good at the start of the weekend but then I crashed. We had a good qualifying session during the first day, but not as good of one during final qualifying because of traffic. I knew Sebastien (Bourdais) had a good car, and so did Paul (Tracy), so my goal this weekend was to finish on the podium. It was a difficult race trying to pass people and gain positions making sure that I made no contact and did not crash while I was passing. I kept a good pace during the race and it is good to keep the lead in the Championship. We've been consistent and the approach to every weekend is to win. That win will come eventually; I look forward to heading to Toronto, a track that I like a lot, to get my first win of the season."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We had a quick car and had the expectation to race without any incidents. However, that did not happen, when I was heading into the first turn, I went into first gear to make the turn and locked my breaks. That is when Justin (Wilson) clipped me and we went to the back of the field. I was on the P2P button most of the time trying hard to gain time. We had a good strategy, short filled during pit stops, and ran by myself as much as I could to catch up. This is a great finish for me and my Rocketsports team as we head to Toronto."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I'm obviously a little disappointed that we basically went back to dead last in the first turn. The Gulfstream car was pretty strong and we did the best we could today. Tagliani and Servia were in front of me on a different fuel strategy, so we were pretty much a steady fifth for the majority of the race. I'm proud of my guys for the great stops we had today and glad we were able to continue to move forward as a team. "

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The most important thing is that we once again met our goal of finishing in the top 10. This is our best result yet, but it could have been better. On the third restart I spun because I got in some dirty air from the car in front of me. I also lost a position on the last stop because I was trying to get the car in the proper gear. So with all things considered, we could have run as high as sixth. I'm so pleased with the progress the PKV team is making, and my guys did a fantastic job for me today. The Bridgestone tires were outstanding as well. The durability really showed on this demanding circuit."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am glad that we finished in the top-ten because we had a real tough race. The car was very difficult to drive and with the way it was handling I am just happy we finished. Everybody gave their best effort and that is what counts so we will go to Toronto and give it our best shot."

ROBERTO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I saw the accident happening on the outside line, so I headed down the right side and passed a lot of cars. After the restart I was feeling good about my chances for the race - my car felt good all weekend and it was bad we started so far back, so this was a good chance for me. The car felt great and I was putting in good times every lap. In the end I finished 9th - not what I wanted, but after starting 15th it was better than nothing. The car was good all weekend and I felt really comfortable - I'm learning so much and am feeling much smoother in my driving."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The No.17 Lola was the best it's been all season. The LeasePlan crew gave me a good car for the Cleveland race and did a great job on the pit stops. We did well and again showed that we're capable of top-ten finishes. "

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We started out with a great car, I had a good start and I was passing cars. I passed Oriol (Servia) and he tried to get past me and we touched while racing side by side. That's how racing goes, but we were racing hard, I enjoyed it. Unfortunately we ended up losing a lap. I couldn't get the car started so I kept recycling the ECU and it finally started. Also during that incident the front wing broke but I didn't know it at the time. I knew that something was wrong and I called it over the radio because the handling of the car was all of a sudden just impossible it had horrible oversteer. I drove it like that for quite a while, and at one point I brushed the wall. I guess from seeing it on television they determined my front wing was badly broken. The car was still difficult to drive, the rear tow link was bent from brushing the wall, but with my new nose and a bent tow link, we set our best lap, so we were definitely determined. It was tough race, not just for me, but my guys definitely worked overtime in the pits as well and they did a great job."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The first corner here is always 'interesting' ... I was on my brakes at the normal place when I saw Tagliani go flashing by and then the accident. After the restart I was chasing Bourdais and had a good chance for a really strong finish, but my engine started losing power and a few laps later it just went [lap 20] - that's very unusual indeed, the Ford engines are so strong ... I don't know what happened. This weekend was a time for us to get a lot of points, but we'll have to wait for Toronto now."

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I was clear into the first corner - 2 to 3 car lengths ahead, and I braked at the same point I do for qualifying and turned in ... it was my corner. Then Tagliani goes by at a hundred miles an hour, way too fast into the corner where there was no opportunity, and Wilson had nowhere to go so took me out. I had the best car all weekend, and this was a great opportunity to score maximum points. It's very frustrating."


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