Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank Final Qualifying Session Quotes Paul Tracy ...
Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank Final Qualifying Session Quotes
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It's nice to get my third pole here in Cleveland. Unfortunately I started the session off by spinning at the last corner as I launched a lap, breaking a wing and flat-spotting the tires. Then while I was regrouping I got in Sebastien's way at Turn One. I didn't see him coming but balked him and that means a penalty that costs me my quick time in the session. So the mindset was for two fast laps since I was going to lose one. We decided to go out early again and had a bit of open track, so I was able to post two laps quick enough for pole. The Bridgestone tires were really impressive since my normal style is to go fast for a lap and then cool them off; but I had to crank out some consecutive laps and the red alternate tires really performed great."
Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, we had a good session. First run everything went pretty smooth. On the second run, there were just lots of cars in the racetrack, difficult to get a proper gap. I don't think I got everything out of what my car could have given me on the red alternate tires. I think on the black tires on the first run is where I did my time. So definitely there a little bit more left in the car."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it's good to be here. It's been a bit of a struggle. Finally made it to the top three. I think we really worked hard both days and made the McDonald's car work pretty well. I was fairly happy with the balance."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We're definitely in better shape than this morning and yesterday, we have made quite a few improvements to the car which is nice to see. The driving was cool, the car was perfect. I know I still have to work on some understeer. Overall the team did a good job for qualifying, it's my best qualifying in Champ Car -- I start 4th tomorrow. I look forward to a good race."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think we had a really good car and I am extremely happy about that. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time at the finish when the red flag came out -- I was on a flier which probably would have put me P2. But for the race tomorrow the car is really strong and I think we have a good shot at it. I am going to check out the new safety changes for the start for turn one in the morning but everybody will have to careful as always. Team Australia has a good shot at the podium tomorrow. Our boys have worked very hard all weekend and the does feel very strong."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was better in qualifying; we're improving every session. We're a little disappointed because we had three laps that would have been better but the red flags came out, which was probably the same for everyone. The pole was our plan but we had a little too much push which is good for the race so we think we'll have a good racecar. Newman/Haas Racing always has a good race car so we'll work to put the PacifiCare car in the front."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Paul's good luck was our bad luck. We had the car nice and balanced and I was just warming up the tires and looking for space on the track when the Red Flag came out for A.J.'s crash with about 4 minutes left. There wasn't enough time for them to clean up the accident so they threw the checkered flag and that was it. But we're starting in 7th so that's not too bad and I know we have a really good car. If we can make it through the first turn we should have a good day."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
Due to A.J. being taken to the MetroHealth Medical Center, no quotes are available at this time.
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We had good improvement today. I had a reasonable lap during qualifying during my first stint. I believe there are one or two tenths that I can improve myself out there. It was like we were playing a game of poker today, and we were unlucky. We had just put on the Bridgestone alternate tires for my second run this afternoon, but I had no chance to use them because of the red flag that came out when A.J. (Allmendinger) went into the tire barrier. It is a bit disappointing because I feel that we had a top-five car, but again, we just ran out of luck. That is how it goes though, and I am not too worried. We will work more on the car tonight and get it ready for the race. This is a race that you never know what will happen, especially during the start in Turn One, so we will wait and see and I am optimistic we will have a good car for the race tomorrow."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, again we are not were we wanted to be. The Cytomax Sport Drink car was feeling better this afternoon, but not completely stable for me in the rear. I am still experiencing a lot of push, as well. We will have to sit down tonight and see where we can improve the car. It is a shame that the Red Flag came out when it did, ending the session early, because I just headed out for my second stint on the Bridgestone Alternate Tires and thought I had a chance to improve my time, but we will never know. We will see what we can do for tomorrow, work on a good race strategy, and focus on getting our car up front."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "For sure the car had changed from loose to understeer. The first set of tires was fine, but unfortunately with the second set I didn't get to do one lap, because I got stuck in traffic. I know that's not the speed of the car, I know the car can go faster then that; we probably had a top 10 car. We have to work harder for the race."
Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car just got loose into Turn Four and I went off and hit a bump wrong; the car submarined a bit. The front wishbone was bent and it damaged the front wing. My guys worked really hard, but we just couldn't get the #9 back out. It's unfortunate because we were second-quick in the pre-qualifying practice. The thing to do now is really focus on getting a good race car so that we can make some progress during the race tomorrow. Cleveland, fortunately, lends itself to a few more opportunities for passing and making a move."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am really starting to come to grips with Cleveland now with its bumps and interesting corners. It was a bit of a struggle at first because I really didn't like how the car was over the bumps. The boys softened the car up for the qualifying session and it made a huge difference -- I liked it a lot. At the end I was actually up 7/10ths of a second on my fastest lap when the red flag came out. Everybody has their own story however; you can't worry about that -- just get yourself ready for tomorrow. I have a watched a lot of videos of races here so I know where I should place the car in the first turn to keep my nose out of trouble -- hopefully I can make a up a few spots -- there is always a bit of carnage down there."