CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Friday qualifying quoteboard

A.J. Allmendinger ...

A.J. Allmendinger #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The Forsythe Indeck team gave me a good start to start with today. I think from last year when both P.T. and Mario were really quick here, gave us a good starting point. We just kept working on it. The session was a bit difficult initially. Really only got to put one lap in ever because when I got going, Paul had his accident, I just got my tires up to temp and did my one lap. We went back out there and got a chance on the reds and really just waited too long to try to get them up to temperature. I was very fortunate to get one good lap in and really go out there and able to get the pole."

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It's been obviously a quite busy session with a lot of red flags. When we got a chance to get going, it really was a time to only do one run, very short first run, and then a second one. That was kind of gambling because obviously then if you get a red flag on your second run, you're really looking stupid and you didn't even put a lap together. We just try to play it safe, especially if it rains tomorrow, which is like a 20, 30 percent chance. We'll see. The McDonald's car was pretty good. Unfortunately caught Dan Clarke in a better lap. We'll see tomorrow if we can have better fortune. So far pretty happy with the car, just a little tuning here and there. Hopefully tomorrow we can put things together."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I'm very happy. Last weekend was really unfortunate for us because I think we had a podium finish. The car was really good. We couldn't show really the speed in second qualifying because we didn't made it. We crashed in the pre-qualifying. When we repaired stuff, we kind of glued stuff together. It kind of needs overnight to take a set. We also have our PR doing the stickers on the car as well, so that takes a long time. But, no, I'm very happy. The guys really worked hard at the shop in the last two weeks. You know, a lot of traveling from San Jose, a lot of traveling to come here. There was not much days left for them to repair the car, so it was like night and day. To start the first day here in the top three, I think it's a good boost, good for the morale of the team."

Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola -- "On my ideal lap I might have been able to get P2 (position two) or P3 but I made some small mistakes and lost some time. We're going to keep working to improve the car and try to better our position tomorrow. It's great to be back in Denver."

Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "The Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team was not able to match the top-five performance that we have been doing and that we did this morning. At this track, because of the altitude you have less downforce and that affects the tires, so it is a strange combination that is different than anywhere else we race. The Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team just missed a little bit with the setup this qualifying session. We didn't find the right setup for the conditions, so we didn't get the best out of the car. However, I am confident that the team knows what needs to be done to make the car better for final qualifying tomorrow."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The Aussie Vineyards car felt a lot better on new tires. It was really hard to get a good lap because there were so many red flags. For the first day it's alright, I'll get good think about it overnight and have a look at Alex's data. I will obviously go faster tomorrow because I will know the track a lot better and the car will be better as well."

Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was very slippery out there, and it was difficult in the beginning to get a lap in because everybody was spinning and causing reds, but at the end, I was able to put one quick lap in and it was good enough for ninth. I'm happy with that, we just have to keep on working and try to maintain our position tomorrow."

Andrew Ranger #27 MSR Houston Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was hard to get a good momentum going at the start of the qualifying session because of all the red flags. I did three laps and had to come in because of a red flag, then, I went back out but only put in one lap before the red came out again. Finally at the end we were able to get a series of laps in and I ended the session in tenth. I'm always aiming for a top-ten in qualifying so I have to be satisfied with today's result but we will try to do better tomorrow."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing --HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I just can't push the car. We definitely have plenty of homework to do tonight; we have to figure out why we have so much understeer. Nevertheless, I am confident we will get it done. I hope that it stay's dry tomorrow and we can get a good run it. The understeer is the only issue I have, other than that the car is good so we just need to figure that out."

Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Overall I think it was a quite positive qualifying session for the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team. For once things seemed to according to plan. We didn't use the red (alternate) tires, we saved them for tomorrow, so hopefully it won't rain. I think we can be a few tenths faster, especially with the red tires, and since the grid is so tight right now, the aim is to be inside the top-10 after tomorrow's final qualifying."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It's not going as well as we would have liked at this stage of the weekend. We're struggling at the moment, there is just something missing. I know we'll get on top of it and we will be bouncing back tomorrow. The track is quite bumpy with lots of concrete, and tight, not dissimilar to Toronto, and it is low on grip. The grip levels are not helping us at this stage either, but I'm still feeling confident that by Sunday we'll have it sorted and will be out there fighting."

Nicky Pastorelli #8 Curacao/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "This was our worst qualifying session this year. We have to sit down and try to work on improving the #8 Curacao/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone tonight with the hopes of finding more speed tomorrow. We have made some small improvements today, so we are going in the right direction, but it is not good enough yet. We will see how things go tomorrow and hopefully improve our overall qualifying position."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It's a shame, we have a pretty good car and we didn't get to show it today. I was coming into Turn 5 and there was a car in the run off, I came into the corner and I was only a few inches off the line but this track gets really slippery of line so the rear just went. The car was pretty quick on old tires so I'm sure that tomorrow when we put the stickers on we'll be right up there fighting for the Pole Position.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Katherine Legge , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Nicky Pastorelli , Daniel Clarke