Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Provisional Qualifying Friday Quoteboard SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...
Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am just trying to do the best and I am keeping consistency. On the first set of tires, I ran into traffic. Then the Red Flag came out. On the second set I was going fast and slow. I was catching Nelson (Philippe) and trying not to bump into him from behind. So I basically had two laps to go and I sacrificed one lap to build a gap and make sure that my tires were up to temperature. Then I just ran hard on the last lap. Had a clean, fast run, and posted the time we did. The McDonald's car is very good and it is good to secure a front row start."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am not as happy as I could be with Sebastien (Bourdais) beating me on that last lap. The Herdez team has given me a great car. I really like this track and it is so fun to drive. It is very challenging, so it makes every session interesting. We will try again tomorrow, we at least know we have a fast car."
PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am extremely frustrated that the Red Flag came out with the spin from Ryan. He turned himself around and continued, so I am not sure why the Red was thrown. The cars are all out trying to get a good run and I lost my opportunity with new tires when that happened. We will just try and regroup and hope to have better luck tomorrow."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"If I didn't brush the wall the lap would have been good enough for pole at the time. I brushed the wall in Turn 3 and bent the suspension on the PacifiCare car. Four of the turns are different this year and we are working to adapt the car set-up for the changes. I think I had a car to fight with Sebastien and Mario. Unfortunately, I made a mistake and couldn't go out for my second run. It's very easy to make a mistake here."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm sure sixth doesn't feel good to everybody on the team, but I'm happy with it considering our previous qualifying efforts on the street circuits. The PKV guys are continually building momentum, and that's what we're looking for in the Gulfstream car week in and week out. The race organizers and Centrix have done a wonderful job with this track. The changes they made from last year have really made this into a quality street course."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The car is definitely better compared to the car we had this morning. I think we will continue on the path we're on now and make some minor improvements for tomorrow. I think we'll be quicker for Saturday. Although it wasn't as drastic as the last two race weekends, we did have to work around red flags again today, so that hurt a little. We also had to use the same tires for the last two stints because of the timing of the last red flag, so we know we can gain some time there tomorrow too. I have to say that the track is a lot better this year; it's a lot smoother and the turns are better. Centrix did a great job in improving the circuit so the fans can see better racing here Sunday."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Denver streets are a challenge. They're slick and I need the grip of the Bridgestone Potenza tires to work with the setup of the car. The car is fast, capable of a top-five qualifying position. The team, my engineer Brian Ma, and I are working to get more consistent steering while braking at different areas in the track. I want to get the most power and speed out of the power of the car, but we need to work on the balance of the car. We'll take what we learned today and get back at it tomorrow."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Today was a difficult day. We had a poor morning practice, but were able to make significant improvements before qualifying. We were able to improve the balance, but still have quite a bit of work to do before tomorrow in order to have the car the way we want it."
GUY SMITH (#17 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We had a good session and have made progress today since morning Practice. The Champ Car learning curve continues and this is quite a place to learn. The Denver course is a tricky circuit to hustle a Champ Car around. The No.17 car had good balance and performance. We'll continue to tweak and make is better. I have significant gains to make and plan to move forward from a driver's standpoint. My aim is for a top-ten qualifying position. I'll do the best job I can, hope to qualify well and run a clean race. The team is growing and coming together noticeably well, and we're in good shape for the Denver weekend."
NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)
"I am very excited about the opportunity to drive for Mi-Jack Conquest Racing. It feels awesome to be here! As for my first outing with the team, we are taking today almost as a test day. I felt good out there, and I really believe I can get a good result with the Reynard this weekend."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Nextel car struggled on newer tires for some reason, so we'll try to look at the data and come up with some answers for tomorrow. We also suffered some braking problems and had to come in and bleed them. After that was resolved, I got caught up in traffic on my two fastest laps. It's all very frustrating."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Well qualifying was clearly not what we had planned today, to say the least. We were pretty happy with the #10 Western Union car in practice this morning; running third quick was heading us in the right direction. Unfortunately I just got loose heading into Turn 5 on my warm-up lap to put together my first qualifying run. There wasn't any serious damage, but it was enough to keep us from getting back out there today. We learned we can run in the top group here, so I'm going to concentrate on getting in right for tomorrow."