The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Qualifying Driver Quoteboard August 14, 2004 SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...
The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver
Qualifying Driver Quoteboard
August 14, 2004
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am happy to be able to post a time in the 59 (second) mark, the McDonald's car was great and the team really did a fantastic job. Last year was a struggle for me here in Denver, so I have really been trying to improve myself. This track is much different from the other ones we race at, so it requires a different driving strategy. The car was fast out of the truck, so we have been really pleased this weekend. It will be a good race car for tomorrow."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I have really been struggling here. We did so well last, however it is a little different this time. Bridgestone has developed really good tires here that are softer, so it is a lot faster out there. We had a good set-up last year that we were trying to use again; however, it is no good here this year. We have made a lot of changes this weekend and the car is still not perfect. It was good to get the (qualifying) lap we did this afternoon. The PacifiCare car is ok, we'll put up a fight tomorrow."
PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"That is all we had. That lap Sebastien did, we just could not compete with that. We knew we had no chance to beat that time. Pat and I have a very similar car and it is good to be starting on the second row with him. We are optimistic for the race tomorrow. It is a difficult track and a very long race, so we will see what happens tomorrow."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
Patrick Carpentier ran second for a portion of today's qualifying session, though his final qualifying was fourth he was happy with his results. He had this to say about his efforts "It was good actually...we went out for qualifying and the car was very good, we were missing a little bit of grip but with just a few hundredths of a second more we would have been second in qualifying. Overall it was a good day." Carpentier will start in fourth position for tomorrows Third annual Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver.
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am very upset about what happened, things didn't go our way today. Our Ford-Cosworth engines have been strong all year, so it is especially disappointing for me today. We will work hard tomorrow, the team has done a fantastic job all weekend. I have a very good car and I really though I had a great shot at the pole position today, but unfortunately we never got the chance. I can't sit here and cry about it, I will just turn my focus and energy to a good race tomorrow."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a little disappointing today because we were faster in practice this morning. We thought the car was going to be really good on new tires, but we off a few tenths because of some understeer. If we'd had the car we from this morning, we would have been in the top five. So it's disappointing, but considering yesterday's performance, seventh is a big improvement."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It's been a tough weekend. My team and I are working very hard to get the understeer out of the car, but we are not there
yet. We will give it our best tomorrow, I will drive hard, I am sure my crew will give me another good strategy and I have all of the confidence in the world in my crew, I am sure my pit stops will be strong. The most important thing is for me to keep my nose clean all day and be there at the end."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am happy with my last lap of the session. I decided to let it all out, and managed to stay away from the walls. We are struggling to find the right setup on our Lola chassis, but are committed to continue working until race time tomorrow. Hopefully we will be able to make some positive adjustments before then and achieve a good result."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Typically the No. 8 Johnson Controls car does better on street courses and we're able to find the balance in the car that works. This weekend has been a particular struggle. We have the speed, but need better grip on the track. We don't have the bite we need to get through the turns without losing too much time braking. The Rocketsports team always pulls through tough situations and remains competitive, and that's what we plan to do heading into the Denver race tomorrow."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm just baffled right now. We expect to be running in the top group of contenders every session, but it just seems to be a mystery right now to us why the Gulfstream car isn't up to speed. Starting 12th will be a challenge to say the least. Hopefully we can come up with some answers tonight and move forward."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am really disappointed with where we will be starting the race tomorrow. I hope we can improve the car for the race because it's going to be a long one. I will need to be fast and smart to get the result we need. On the positive side, the last time we qualified around this position on the grid on a street-course, we ended up on the podium."
NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)
"This is my best qualifying result in Champ Cars, so I am very happy. Considering this is only my second day in the car, I feel we are making very quick progress. It feels great to be a part of Mi-Jack Conquest Racing! My engineer, Adam Schaechter is very good, and we communicate very well. And, of course, having Justin Wilson as my teammate is also a great learning opportunity for me."
GUY SMITH (#17 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We've made improvements to the car and we're going in the right direction. We didn't capitalize on our track time to show what the No. 17 Rocketsports car is capable of. The key for us is to keep working together and sorting out what we need out of the car on this course. This being my first time in Denver, and my first street course in a Champ Car really, is an added challenge to the Denver experience."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It's just another disappointing qualifying session for us again this weekend. I was pushing as hard as I could, fighting the car every lap. I was trying to find that perfect lap, but our rhythm kept getting interrupted by red flags. I was optimistic for this session because the changes we made in the Nextel car showed in the warm up. At the end of qualifying we changed springs and made some tire pressure adjustments, but they turned out to be the wrong changes I guess."