CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Pre-event quoteboard

Champ Car Pre-Race Quotes Grand Prix of Denver Sponsored by Bridgestone Sebastien Bourdais ...

Champ Car Pre-Race Quotes Grand Prix of Denver Sponsored by Bridgestone

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I'm sure the McDonald's team will be competitive again in Denver but are we going to be able to win for the third time there? I can't be sure. It's about as good as it gets in racing; you can always try but you'll never be sure of the result. In line with what we've been doing so far on street courses we should be good but who knows, we might struggle during the weekend. We had a great streak of wins to start the season with; four out of four. Everyone was saying we were going to run the table but I said 'If you say that you don't know racing.' Sure enough I was right. We've been very competitive, we won four races and finished on the podium three other times before we won again. We only had one DNF but that was really enough to bring the other drivers back in the (title) race so it's all about finishing and making sure you don't make any mistakes. You win when you can and finish on the podium when you can. If it's a top-five, it's a top-five and it's still pretty good."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"Denver is meant to be an exciting race for us, since it's our home race. But under the circumstances, everyone here at RuSPORT just wants to get through the weekend. We'll concentrate on the race and do the best job we can, but at the same time, we'll be thinking about Cristiano."

A.J. Allmendinger #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"Denver has been my home for the last few years so it's always really exciting to be able to race through the streets here. I know that the Forsythe Team is going to give me a great car and we really need to get our momentum back so we can close the gap to Sebastien. It's been a rough week for the whole Champ Car community, we are all worried about Cristiano and praying for him, it will be great to be able to back in my Champ Car and forget about everything else."

Mario Dominguez #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I am shocked because of what happened to Cristiano. He is not only an important part of the Champ Car community, but he also is my friend and a great human being. He is one of the most charismatic persons I have ever met. He is always in a great mood and he is always very positive and optimistic towards life in general, so knowing him I am pretty confident that soon he will be back with us doing what he likes the must: racing; meanwhile I want to dedicate this race in Denver to him and his family. This one is for you Cristiano!"

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"Last year we had a pretty disappointing race here, we were leading and then it all went wrong when I hit the wall and that pretty much turned things around for my season. Hopefully this year we can turns things around here but for the best. We've been pretty quick lately so if we can qualify up front and think we have a pretty good chance to take our first win of the season, it'd would be great to be able to win one for Cristiano."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"The whole team is really anxious to get to Denver this year. The team has a good car from previous years and I enjoy the circuit so it should be a good weekend for us. We had another good test at Road America last week and it has given the team even more confidence as we continue to look for another podium finish this season. With only a handful of races left this year, we need to concentrate on the points battle. Earning all the points we can get will be of paramount importance. I am very saddened by what happened to Cristiano last week and it will be tough to not have one of my best friends out there on the track. I know he is slowly recovering with his family at his side and my thoughts go out to them and the whole RuSPORT organization."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"At the moment I'm thinking of my little friend Kiki (da Matta), it feels weird because just a couple of weeks ago in Edmonton we were celebrating his 100th Champ Car start, and now he's in this condition. I wish him and his family the best and hope he gets back to 100% soon. Last year we had a pretty good run in Denver. We qualified well, sixth position, but unfortunately it ended up being a nasty race for us, because da Matta flew in on the inside and I got taken out. It was really disappointing because we were two tenths of a second from third. Needless to say, I'm really excited to go back and see the end of the race. The whole team is really pumped and ready to go. Denver is an important race for us to catch back up in the points."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"First I want to say that my thoughts are with da Matta, his family and the whole RuSPORT team. He is a very talented driver and good person and I'm wishing him a safe and quick recovery. We'll miss him this weekend. I've seen the Denver circuit up close before because I was a spectator there last year and really enjoyed the event, so I'm even more excited that I get to be a part of it this year. It was a lot of fun and the promoters put on a really good show. The track is very similar to San Jose, it's a normal street course, you have to have good braking and good power down and there's not very fast corners. There are two really good passing opportunities. I'm really excited to get to race on it this year and learning more after my first session."

Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola
"I like Denver a lot. For the first two years of the race, I won and in 2004 I finished third so I have a pretty good record there. It's a track that gave me a lot of success. It's a very difficult track and it's at a high altitude and there is not much grip but it's a nice street course. I like to race in Denver. It's a big city in the US and they have good race fans there and the race is very well promoted, especially the last two years so there is a lot of activity in addition to the race. The city stops and goes to watch the race; it's a pretty big deal. For myself as a driver I love it because I've had great results there. I've had a difficult season so far. I usually fight for the championship and we are not near there now. Denver marks the point in the season where there are five races to go in the championship and I have won at each of those last five tracks except Mexico City where I finished second so I am looking forward to good races and I hope we can get great results and maybe win some."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I'm feeling very positive about Denver. Although we didn't get to the chequered flag in San Jose, we had a good run, so we need to go one better and get to the end, running as strongly as we did there. If we can do that, there's no reason why we can't get enough points to get back into the thick of the rookie title hunt -- certainly a top five finish is possible. Testing at Road America last week also helps; it gives me valuable seat time which I'm using to keep developing the car with the team, this will make a difference as I head into Denver which is another new circuit for me."

Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"The Atlantic race in Denver last year was pretty exciting, there was a lot of overtaking and I hope that the Champ Car race this year will be the same! I really like the track, I think it's great. The team has been doing a great job and we're on a good streak of top-ten finishes so we want to keep that momentum going throughout the weekend in Denver. I would also like to wish Cristiano (da Matta) and his family a lot of strength and hope that he gets back as soon as possible because he puts a smile on everybody's face when he is around."

Nicky Pastorelli #8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"This is another new track for me, so I will see how it goes. The one thing that is different about this venue is the high altitude. That will put less downforce on the #8 Rocketsports car, which will make it more interesting to race this weekend. I am heading out a day early so that my body can get accumulated to the difference in elevation, so I will be working out and running to help that situation and get prepared for driving the car on Friday. I look forward to trying out the venue, as it appears to be a great track. I enjoy driving on street-course style racecourses because it is still something new to me and I really enjoy the challenge. We had a good car and a good result in San Jose; I hope that we can build on that momentum to have an even better weekend in Denver."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Nelson Philippe , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Nicky Pastorelli , Daniel Clarke