Rockingham 500 Friday "Quoteboard" KENNY BRACK ( ...
Rockingham 500 Friday "Quoteboard"
KENNY BRACK (#12 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): "Team Target did a fantastic job today. Running on this track is like playing a video game. It's fun, but there's no reset button here. You have to be careful that you don't make a mistake. It's a fast, tight oval with four different corners. I'm very happy with winning my first pole with Team Target. This is my fifth oval race with this team and we are starting to jell as a team."
MICHAEL ANDRETTI (#39 Motorola Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "Team Motorola did a very good job, along with help from Team KOOL Green. We just tweaked the car here and there throughout the whole session. I just closed my eyes and held it down and here we are." (On the mood here compared to last year) "It was hard to really focus on this event last year. I think we all just really wanted to get home last year."
CRISTIANO DA MATTA (#6 Havoline Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm happy overall. Since the start of the day, the car was running very well. The car is much better than what we had here last year. I don't think I had the speed to beat Kenny [Brack]. But for the race I think I have a car that will be consistent until the end. It will be important to have a car like that in order to run with him [Brack] to the end."
DARIO FRANCHITTI (#27 Team Green Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car had some oversteer and when I turned into Turn One on my second timed lap I just didn't turn it in enough, I slid up the track a bit and then I had to back off. On the first lap I was flat all the way around and in this morning's practice I was able to build momentum to get a quicker time and that was what I was trying to do here but it didn't go our way. Team KOOL Green unloaded off the truck, or the airplane as the case may be, with a good setup and I was able to work on a race setup this morning and hopefully I'll be able to show that tomorrow. It's great to be racing in the UK, the sun is shining and we're looking forward to a great day tomorrow."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#4 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car was perfect. I was flat out all the way around. It was all that it had. I probably had a little too much downforce. You have to balance between being gas on the straights and being fast in the corners. We need to keep having strong finishes to stay in the hunt for the championship."
PAUL TRACY (#26 Team Green Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "We made some changes after this morning that made the car a little bit loose. I went flat-out the whole way around and it felt quick, but the car was sliding in Turns Three and Four and scrubbing some speed off. The KOOL car was a little bit on edge but I think we'll be fine for the race. We might look at making some changes to the aerodynamics but the key tomorrow is going to be being able to maneuver in traffic, and without any downforce it makes it tough so we have to think about that, too."
TONY KANAAN (#10 Pioneer/WorldCom Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think we're pretty satisfied with our qualifying time, all things considered. We had a very good run at the beginning of practice this morning, but then we ran into some problems with our primary car and had to go to the back-up, which worked pretty well for a while, too, even though all our good stuff was on the primary car. We made some changes in our setup to allow for the change in the weather this afternoon, and we did the best we could. I knew we didn't have enough to get the pole, but I do honestly feel we have a good race car. It's going to be a very, very competitive race. The wing configuration we're running her compared to last year makes this track really, really fast and fun to drive. So I think you're going to see some more action here tomorrow compared to last year. Obviously, we'd much rather be starting up front so we can avoid some of the 'action,' if you know what I mean. But we have a solid race setup, a good oval car, I think."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The car was stuck and I was flat out all the way around. I thought we were slow on the track. I don't know where it was coming from but we need to look at the data and see what happened. To me the car was good enough to go two or three miles an hour faster and still be flat but by ourselves we just weren't running fast enough. We cannot take more drag out of the car - we're completely trimmed out - but we didn't have enough speed. I don't know what it is ... it's not the car that's for sure. This car would go five miles an hour faster and I would still be fast because I have a lot of grip. By ourselves I think we needed a bit more power but it's too late now."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "My warm up laps were slow and I knew we had some kind of problem. On my first qualifying lap, we had an electric problem and the engine overheated. On the second lap the pop off valve opened between corners 1 and 2 and we lost all the revs. The set ups are very good, we just didn't have a chance to post a good time. We should be good tomorrow."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car felt good. It was well balanced. I was flat all the way around the track. I don't think we could have gotten any more out of the car. This is a speedway track and we had one of our qualifying engines in the other car. For some reason, that car did not feel as good as our spare car and we decided to switch. It's a long race tomorrow and hopefully we will be in contention at the end. It is great to be back in England, especially under sunny skies which is great for the fans."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (#11 Lilly Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car was better in qualifying than it was this morning. There was still too much push but the majority of the lap I was wide open except for a small lift coming out of Turn Four. We changed a lot of things before qualifying and the changes helped a lot, but not enough. We could have still been more neutral. The car felt slow. I don't know it it was the difference with not having the turbulence of running in the middle of the zoo in the draft. I was maxed out. Don't think I wasn't trying to go faster."
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The Shell car feels really good. We have all the down force we can take off the car and the car is working pretty good. I am virtually flat the whole way around so I guess we got everything that we have. Tomorrow is a long race and grid position is important but we will take what we can get and go from there. We were just a tick slower than we were in the morning practice, which is the case for just about everyone without a draft. We will take what we can get and start wherever we end up. We have a decent race setup car we are just struggling on top-end speed."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon Toyota/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The Visteon/Patrick Racing car was perfect in our second qualifying attempt. The first time out the car was a little too loose so we came in and made a couple of small adjustments. During my second run I was flat (accelerator pedal all the way down) all the way around the track. The car was very nice, perfect, we just didn't have enough speed."
SHINJI NAKANO (#52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "I had a little too much understeer in the car, and I had a problem and lost time in Turn Four. I had a lot of push and had to lift a little bit. We had a problem with the primary car during practice and had to switch to the back-up car. The car felt good this morning on full tanks so I think I have a good car for the race tomorrow."
SCOTT DIXON (#44 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): "We struggled this morning in practice. We missed on the setup a little bit and tried to get it better in qualifying. It was a little better but not much. The car had a lot of understeer that we tried to correct. We've had solid race cars this year and I think we'll be good in the race."
DARREN MANNING (#19 RAC Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was really good to be out there. We were running with good tires, low fuel and in a car that I can really push now. We made some good changes to the car since practice, although we weren't able to test them until now because of our restricted run this morning. We broke a gear and had an uphill battle. It was a bit of a blind run as a result but I'm pleased with how everything felt."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Dona Maria Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "This is a very demanding track... very particular in the way you need to drive it with the four distinct corners. We were making pretty good progress during this morning's practice session but for some reason we just weren't as fast during qualifying this afternoon. We'll keep working at it with the goal of having a good car for the race tomorrow."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Today has been a long and frustrating day. We struggled this morning with several problems in practice and that limited our running. The problem with a two-day event is if you get behind with so little track time it is tough to catch up and unfortunately some of the problems carried over to the afternoon and qualifying. I felt we were going to do better but the car was quite loose so I had to lift through Turns 3 and 4 or I would have spun. Hopefully we will have a good car for tomorrow's race and we can pass some people and stay on the lead lap and score some points."