CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Ford Racing Friday qualifying quotes

Jimmy Vasser eighth in provisional qualifying in Denver TEAM RAHAL'S JIMMY VASSER FASTEST OF THE FORDS IN DENVER - Team Rahal driver Jimmy Vasser was the fastest of the Ford-powered entrants during provisional qualifying in Denver, lapping the...

Jimmy Vasser eighth in provisional qualifying in Denver

TEAM RAHAL'S JIMMY VASSER FASTEST OF THE FORDS IN DENVER - Team Rahal driver Jimmy Vasser was the fastest of the Ford-powered entrants during provisional qualifying in Denver, lapping the 1.622-mile temporary street course in 1 minute, 3.204 seconds. Adrian Fernandez captured the provisional pole with his lap of 1 minute, 2.073 seconds, while Christian Fittipaldi qualified second (1:02.440) and Tony Kanaan qualified third (1:02.454).

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 8th

"We're sliding around. The car isn't terrible but we've got to find some overall grip. There are some other cars out there that are quite a bit quicker and they must've found a way to get some more overall grip. I don't think the car is bad and I think we should probably be in the top five or six. We didn't get a chance to run on our last set of tires but I don't really have any other complaints than that. We've just got to come up with some overall grip. The car's balance is kind of push to loose but I think everybody is fighting the same kind of thing."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 15th

"We only gained about tenth (of a second) from this morning but we should gain a lot more tomorrow when the track has some more grip. We lost a lot of grip this afternoon and the car is sliding around a lot more than it was this morning and I don't know why. We've just got to go back and see what we can do to improve for tomorrow. We seemed to be good off the truck this morning but we just can't seem to go any faster."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford)

Provisionally Qualified 16th - "It's very, very rough and we're trying all sorts of combinations of shocks and springs and it makes quite a bit of difference. We're able to get a little more side bite but then we're not getting any straightforward traction. The rear of the car needs to be little bit more stiffer for us to have good traction but then side bite gets a lot worse because over the bumps the car is very stiff and it's difficult to keep it off the wall. So we're really struggling right now to find the combination that's right for the car."

ARE YOU AND PATRICK (CARPENTIER) SHARING DATA? "Right here at this track, pardon the expression, but this is really a 'Mickey Mouse' track to me. I don't think we're fighting any balance; oversteer or understeer right now, we're just trying to have a car that's good under braking, is able to go through the corner and accelerate again. Yes, I think we're going to have cars that are very similar and something that will work for him will work for me. This is not the kind of track where you're trying to find the perfect front balance or the perfect front grip and rear grip because we're not at that stage yet."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 18th

"This track is very bumpy and our car is very slow right now. We don't have a good car for this kind of track and the engineers really have their work cut out for them. This has got to be one of the bumpiest tracks I've ever been to, it's not really a track suitable for Champ Cars because it's so small and it's even worse for the Reynards. It's so bumpy out there that I can't even distinguish the difference between the asphalt and the concrete and obviously we don't have the right setup. I've done some motorcross events before and it wasn't as bumpy as this is!" (laughing)

-ford-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Tony Kanaan