CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Thurday quotes


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

"We caught a good lap and got lucky. Unfortunately, we haven't had much good track time because every time we have decided to go out (on to the track) the red flag came out. We had that happen in the morning, and again in the afternoon during qualifying. The McDonald's car is very good and I feel I can get more out of it. I didn't feel like that was the best lap I could do, so I know I can get more out of the car. I think tomorrow, as long as the track stays in the same shape and not as many red flags come out, we will be able to get the car going even faster tomorrow.

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

"I feel good, the car is good. I didn't really have a good run this afternoon. I came in and put on new tires. When I went out I just ran into traffic and had to wait. I finally got in a good lap, but the tires weren't as good by that point, so it was a bit frustrating. However, we were only a tenth off of Sebastien, so we'll try to get it tomorrow."

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

"I am feeling fine. The PacifiCare car and team did a great job today. I want to thank them for all of their hard work this afternoon trying to repair my car from the incident this morning. They did an excellent job and we came back real strong. We had a little too much oversteer, but other than that, the car was strong. We are ready to make a good run tomorrow."

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

"The team has done a fantastic job preparing for this event, my car was excellent. We should have been on pole or at the very least in the top three. Unfortunately, Sebastian (Bourdais) ruined my fastest lap, he backed off right in front of me at the approach to three and that was it. I am looking forward to tomorrow we'll have a good run in final qualifying."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"Obviously we're close with sixth (place); we're within four tenths of pole. The car was best at the end of the session, but it's far from perfect. I know where we're losing (speed) though, which is good. It's not like at Portland where I did my fast lap and knew that it was all the car had. So, we have room to improve and we have an idea of how to make the car faster. This track is completely different now than from driving an Atlantic car last year. The biggest difference is they repaved the back straight away and it's just really slick. If you're off line a little bit, you have a hard time missing the wall. Once you get off the concrete patch that's in Turn 8 onto back straight away where there's new pavement it's really slippery. The track is still rough though, but now I have to hold on to a 1500-pound Champ Car with 800 horsepower."

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

"This is by far the fastest car we've had all year on a Thursday. [On slowing with seconds remaining in the session] We were running a light fuel load to pick up some speed and just ran out and had to pull off near Turn 5. But the Gulfstream car is fast and I'm optimistic about tomorrow's session because the last lap we had was at least two tenths quicker and would have put us in the top three."

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am pleased with our results. The car felt very good today, and it kept improving throughout the qualifying session. We were conservative with the tires, which should benefit is tomorrow. For tomorrow's session, I expect to be competitive again, and improve on my (8th) position of today."

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

"The Johnson Controls has given me a good car and it feels great out there. I could've had a great lap on a fresh set of Bridgestone tires, but was blocked when Patrick (Carpentier) ran out of fuel ahead of me, while he was on a flyer. I'm a little disappointed at losing the opportunity and will have to aim to get my best results in tomorrow's qualifying session."

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

"I really struggled with the traffic out there today. My guys tried to find me a gap, but we just didn't get it in time. The good news is we have a car that is much better than p.10 and we will nail it tomorrow that is when it counts."

MARIO HABERFELD (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"I am satisfied with the way my weekend is going so far. We have been improving since the first practice, and have improved our understeer problem. Since my races have been much better than my qualifying sessions, if we can qualify in the top-10 this could be our best weekend of the season."

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

"The No. 17 LeasePlan Lola is different from anything I've run all year. We're trying a lot of new equipment and the car feels a lot smoother. I feel more confident about the car's handling and was consistently faster each lap 0x2022 I wish I'd had this stuff sooner in the season. I'll learn more about the changes we made to the car and hope for better results tomorrow."

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

"I've been struggling with the setup of the car all day0x2022 looking for the right balance mainly. It's tough because the back end is stepping out and I lose a lot of time in the corners. It's a bit frustrating of course, but Jimmy's car is fast so we can use that information to help us progress going into tomorrow's final round of qualifying."

ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"The car had some severe understeer today. We made some changes, but at that point, the tires were already worn. We changed the tires, but we couldn't improve on our times despite that. Hopefully, we will be able to make some positive changes overnight, and be more competitive tomorrow."


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