CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Pre-race quoteboard

Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Presented by Pacificare Pre Race Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...

Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Presented by Pacificare Pre Race Quotes

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "For me it was obviously a great race in Denver last year for the McDonald's team. It was a huge performance, the best drive I think I have ever done. We had a small incident at the race in the beginning and we had to restart from the very tail of the pack and passed pretty much everybody on the track, not in the pits. I just had to make it happen on the race track, not in the pits. Ten cars, one-by-one on the race track to come and win the race. Push to Pass was everything last year for me here. I never could have overcome that big of an incident at the start without Push to Pass. Everybody said that it was impossible to pass in Denver and we made it happen. Hopefully we won't have to use it this year."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Denver is a very well run event with an interesting track. Last year, the race was pretty action-packed and I expect this year to be the same. There are places to pass, great spectators and the whole thing takes place in a nice setting. Last year we had a good run but Sebastien took the win. I'm planning on returning the favor this year and putting the #3 car up front."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think we are going to be very, very competitive in Denver. The PacifiCare car won there the year I was on the podium in 2003 and we had a great battle. Last year the PacifiCare finished on the podium again so there is no reason why I can't put the PacifiCare car on the podium again this year; hopefully on the top step of the podium. With the high altitude, there is less pressure on the car which means less downforce and they don't have as much grip as at other tracks. The Newman/Haas team has shown that they can put a good car together in Denver and I think we are in good shape for that track; I really believe we have a good chance to do well. I think it's very important to have a good race in Denver but, like every other race, there are the same amount of points given at the end of the day. It's probably one of PacifiCare's most important markets and there are a lot of people from PacifiCare coming to the race so I am hoping to put on a good show for them and hopefully end up on the top of the podium."

Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I quite like the Denver circuit. I think I've made more passes there than any other track we run on. This year the Forsythe team has a great street circuit car and I'm looking forward to a good event. The fans are great, and I hear that the tickets have been selling even faster this year so it should be another fantastic event. The team had a good run at the last event in San Jose and we're looking forward to having both Forsythe cars on the podium this week."

Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PVK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "San Jose was a tough weekend for the PKV Racing team. The track was hard on the cars and it was, basically, a home race for both the team and me. That meant we had a lot of things that we needed to do away from the track. I am looking forward to going to Denver and really focusing on racing. The promoters at Denver have done a great job with the race. The circuit has really improved over the last couple of years and is now one of the best we race on. There is more passing, so the racing is better and, certainly, attendance is way up. I haven't had a lot of success in Denver, but the PKV Racing team has been developing our street circuit setup, so this weekend will be a good gauge of the progress we are making."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It seems like years ago that I made my debut -- I am actually pretty surprised it has been 100 races already. I have never had good cars at Denver previously but I am extremely confident we will be strong this week -- the car has been really good ever since Portland. We have had a bit of a run of little things going astray including the broken suspension pushrod issues at San Jose. But the team has been working very hard and we have lots of improvements coming along all the time. Team Australia has been playing catch-up with the Lola all year, but Derrick and the guys have done a fantastic job and I am confident we should figure in the top five for the rest of the year. Denver is always a challenge because it is such a low grip surface. A lot of the track is concrete so it takes a long while to build up some rubber on the surface."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Coming off a good run in San Jose, we now head to Denver, which appears to be a similar course to the one we just raced on. I was running in top five most of the weekend, so I am confident we can start off strong this weekend. I am excited to race there, as I hear it is a good race and the fans are great supporters. I will head out on Friday and get a feel for the track and we will go from there. We have what it takes to be running up front, what we are lacking is pure luck. I don't know what else we can do; something always happens that hinders our potential. I could collect all the lucky charms in the world, but I don't think it will make a difference. I just hope things can go our way and we can make it on top of the podium this weekend in Denver."

Cristiano Da Matta #21 Bell Micro/PVK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PKV Racing team just finished a test in Fontana and I think we have found a few things that will help our street circuit setup. We have been fast on some tracks, but on the street circuits we are still developing the cars, so I am looking forward to seeing how much we have improved. I only raced at Denver the first year, in 2002, and finished third. The track was very bumpy that first year. From what I have heard from the other drivers they have done a very good job of smoothing out the bumps and I hear that the big corner at the end of the back straight away is much tighter, which means it will be a good passing area. I am looking forward to going to Denver and trying to get the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team back on the podium."

Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "With six races left to the season, it's really time for us to make a move and close the gap in the rookie race and climb our way back into the top 10 in the championship standings. After all the adversity we've faced recently, our main goal this weekend is to make it to the finish line and pick up as many points as possible. Hopefully, we can improve our performance in qualifying and avoid having to fight our way through the field during the race, something that is always tricky on a street course. The other motivation for wanting to post a strong result is the fact the next race is in Montreal and I'd very much like to come home on a high note."

Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I've watched the race on television and I have also found a computer game that I can use to learn the track. Therefore, as a Rookie in the series, I have a much better idea about the Denver circuit than I have any of the other circuits we have raced on this year. Mario (Dominguez) had a very good weekend there last year with HVM so the team obviously has a good set-up. I am really happy with the developments we have made so far this year on the street courses so I am looking forward to carrying our momentum from San Jose to Denver."

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "San Jose we showed that we can run in the top of the field, but when it came down to qualifying and the race, we just didn't have things go our way. I know that the Rocketsports team is capable of getting better results then we have been, and we proved that in San Jose. Now we head to Denver, a similar course to San Jose, with a gain of knowledge that should put us in a good position for this weekend. Denver is a great place to visit. The promoters of this race do such a wonderful job and the circuit has such a great racing atmosphere. The fans are terrific, they all come out to support us, so I hope that we can put on a good show for them and I hope that I will be on the podium at the end of the weekend."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Denver is one of my favorite places to race because the layout is very technical and the event itself is really fun. I have great memories from there as it was my first race with Mi-Jack Conquest last year and we came away with a lot of speed even though we were racing with a Reynard chassis. This year we have a strong street race car and we keep having great weekend after great weekend and we are definitely on a high. The team and I really look forward to keeping the momentum up and getting that result we've all wanted. In San Jose we learned that we had what it took to be up there so our goal is to be in the top 5 again this weekend."

Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This will be another new track for me and from what I hear, it certainly isn't a high grip surface at Denver. The Aussie Vineyards squad has been working very hard since San Jose -- we had a tough weekend last round and Denver will be a great place for us to bounce back. The San Jose race was a great event, brilliant atmosphere, but we just had a really tough weekend coping with the bumps. Tag and I have had a chance to fly down to Australia between races and get a few laps under our belt in the V8 Supercar we will drive in the two big endurance races in Australia later this year. Craig Gore owns a V8 Supercar team back home and Tag and I are going to team up for the big races at Sandown and Bathurst. It is certainly dramatically different from the Team Australia Champ Car. I have done plenty of laps in them before but it was an entirely new experience for Tag. I have been learning a lot from Tag all year, but this time around with the V8, he was asking me all the questions -- that was quite a change."

Rodolfo Lavin #55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very happy to return to the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. This is one of the events I always look forward to and every year it seems better than the year before. Denver is a good track, a bit bumpy in some places but it is going to be a good race for everyone. San Jose was my first race of the year and my first with the HVM team and I was very impressed with them. We had a good car there, there is a little room for improvement, especially from me since it was my first time back in the car for several months and we also had a little bad luck. However, if we have the same car in Denver that we had in San Jose I think we can run in the top six or top seven and I am ready for that."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Rodolfo Lavin , Bjorn Wirdheim , Nelson Philippe , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock