Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by US Bank Sunday Quoteboard Paul Tracy ...
Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by US Bank Sunday Quoteboard
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"That was a crazy race. There was so much going on and so many people out of sequence on their pit stops that it was hard to stay on top of the situation, but the team did a great job and we timed our pit stops really well. It was too bad Cristiano tangled with somebody but we were in a strong position anyway and he was going to have to stop before me, so I thought we had a good chance to win even if he hadn't crashed. It feels great to win here in Cleveland with Mountain Grand Lodge and Avalanche Bay joining our team this weekend, and we're on a pretty good roll heading into my hometown race in Toronto."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I thought it went fairly well. You know, the drivers had a bit of an error yesterday - I guess you'd call it an error trying to knock myself out actually. But, you know, I figured if they moved the wall a little bit in turn eight, we'd be a lot quicker through there. Doesn't move when you hit it."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"It's easy to see what was going on out there with the PacifiCare team, they are such a great team, they really make a difference. The new rules, they really make it easy for you, you know. Just when the weekend start, they work ahead a lot. It's just a pleasure to do what you're doing, you know. They make it easy. And, again, PacifiCare car on the podium, that's what we want. We have to have first win very soon, but we take the podium so far. We make the points grow fast."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"We got a bit of a tough call at our first pit stop when the officials put me back behind Oriol and AJ. They said I was behind at the blend line but I was pretty sure I was in front. "At the last restart we went with a strategy to try to save fuel and in the end we probably needed on more lap of yellow to make it to the finish on one less stop. "The yellow never came and we had to up the pace to try to chase them down but it didn't work out for us. "It was a great call by the guys because with a bit of luck we could have won the race. "But we came away with a bunch of points and I am really proud of how hard the guys worked. "The chemistry in this team is really starting to come together and I can't wait for the next race in Toronto."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Unfortunately the McDonald's team wasn't able to win three in a row here. We were behind Tracy and da Matta and were saving more fuel and at some point I was going to go one lap longer than they were but the gap was starting to be too big between me and them so we changed our strategy to try and catch up which I pretty much did. We were coming back, going a bit faster and there was a good race going on. We were running hard and the yellow came out and then Cristiano dove into the pits. At that moment I knew we lost a potential win and the best we could do was get a podium because of the advantage he had. We were still looking good for a podium finish and I was really happy with that. Of course I was disappointed that we couldn't do the same strategy but that was a decision that had to be taken within five seconds and we didn't make it so after that we were working hard on fuel strategy. When I was second behind Paul (Tracy) I'm not sure if I could have gone one more lap than him but when Cristiano got together with (Marcus) Marshall everyone pitted under yellow. My race was still going well but on the pit stop Oriol passed me at the end of the pits just before blend out. Champ Car had us reverse the order and put him in front of me. On the restart, Tagliani was getting closer to me and was either going to run into the back of me or pass me so at the breaking of Turn 1 I opened up the line and he went by. I tried to get the position back many times after that but couldn't; I was really frustrated. It seems like this year things aren't going our way as much and we are fighting very hard. It's going to turn around; I don't know when but it will."
Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"The Gulfstream/PKV Racing result wasn't bad today. We decided to go off sequence early and the strategy started to play into us. We had an opportunity at the end after the last stop, but we didn't run the lap times we needed to run, so we fell back a bit. But, at least we picked up some decent points in the championship race. Mostly, I just feel real bad for Cristiano and the Bell Mirco side today. They had a repeat in the works, a back-to-back in the works and it got away from them. I feel bad for those guys."
Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"This was definitely a tough race, but I just kept battling. I had a couple of incidents on the track, but my team did a great job and my engineer Todd (Malloy) kept us in the race. I got my lap back and then just focused on putting together fast and mistake-free laps. Everyone's effort paid off and we brought home our fourth top-ten finish and earned another championship points for most cars passed. All of that keeps us right there in the overall standings, so I'm pleased we finished the weekend on a better note."
Andrew Ranger # 27 Mi-Jack/Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone
"The car was fantastic. At the start I was fighting for position with Tagliani and that was a lot of fun. But when the first yellow came and I had to come to the pits because I needed fuel, that was terrible for me, because the pits where close, so I had to restart from the back. I moved up again, but later I was without radio, so I could not tell the guys that I needed more front wing. Justin pass me at the end, it was nothing more I could do. Well, still a good result, I sure did my best."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"We just did not have the luck today or thus far in the season for that matter. We keep running into these problems, with yellows, cars spinning in front of me, etc. We had a good race car today as we were continually running fast laps throughout the afternoon. We changed our pit strategy at the beginning when I went off course after trying to get around (Tarso) Marques, a run through the grass that did not do major damage to the car, but put us off in terms of race strategy. Things were going well, in terms of the new strategy, but then we were just cursed by more bad luck. The DHL Global Mail car was good at the beginning of the race, but I was experiencing braking problems in the rear of the car, as they were getting too hot, towards the end and struggling with the car a bit. It is a shame that we just can't find the luck that we need, it has to happen at some point, but at least we can go home with a top-ten finish and get ready for the next race in a few weeks."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I could have got a top ten today, but the spin I had really dented those chances. I was up to 8th place and going through the corner exactly the same as I had done every other lap, but it lost traction and I ended up in the grass. "I lost a bunch of time getting back on the road and it took about five laps to get all the junk off my tires. I was actually being fairly conservative at the time when I spun -- maybe I should have kept attacking. "The flat tire then put me out of contention, but I do feel really good about the day. I was able to get pretty racey out there and I am sure a top ten finish is just around the corner. "It was really hot out there and I know I need to keep working on my fitness to maintain consistency in those conditions, but overall I am pretty happy."
Nelson Philippe # 34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone
" Tough race, it was hard on the foot, I tried not to think about it, but it was difficult. The car was not great for the race and on one of the restarts it really ruined my race, I was behind A.J. Allmendinger in traffic, I could not be waved by the pace car and I lost a lap there. Later, I try to pass Marshall, he closed on me and it ripped my wing so I had to pit again. It's not where I wanted to be, but let's move on. Toronto I will be fine and the team did god there last year, we should be fine."
Cristiano Da Matta #21 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I am very disappointed for the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team. Obviously, we had a chance to gain in the championship if the race had kept going the way it was. We were running strong and running away from the rest of the field. There were two lapped cars in front of me and one was making room for the other. They were side-by-side going into the corner when I came up to them and lost the air on my front wing. The car just pushed a little too hard and I hit one of them. It was just one of those stupid racing incidents. It can happen to anyone, unfortunately, it happened to me today. The PKV Racing team should be happy because we had a very good performance this weekend up until the end, but now it is very disappointing for everyone on the team. We just need to keep doing what we and put a couple more performances like we have been having together then we will be right in middle of the championship race."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"Unfortunately, I had "one of those days". We started pretty well and the car was fast, but we were being held up by some of the cars in front of us. We decided to roll the dice and pit early, hoping that I would have some clear track when I came back out. When I came back on the track I was with Justin Wilson who was on a similar strategy. At one point we got side by side and although I left him plenty of room he got into the side of my car and spun me out, causing a flat tire.
"I lost a lap and my race was pretty much over unless I could quickly get by a bunch of slower cars. I got along side Ronnie Bremer and we tangled, breaking my front suspension. It's frustrating because we had a car that was good enough for the podium all weekend but sometimes racing luck is a bit cruel. The good thing is that the #7 Indeck car is really fast this year and I know our day will come. This team is too strong for us not to have our luck change soon. Now we're on our way to Toronto for one of the best events on the calendar with lots of knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans. I like the track and our car is good on the street circuits so it should be great."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Briggs & Stratton Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I had a good pass going into Turn One, getting around two or three cars, but then one of those cars turned in on me, leaving me with no where to go. It is unfortunate, but it's a Cleveland Turn One deal, sometimes its bites, sometimes it helps, there is really nothing you can do about it. The Rocketsports guys did a really good job this weekend giving me a good car for today's race. We found a big improvement this morning during warm-up and we were really optimistic for this afternoon's event. It is a shame that we did not get the chance to run the race, but with the changes we made on the car set up this weekend and this morning, we can use for future tracks and just move on."