Grand Prix of Denver Sponsored by Bridgestone Driver Quotes A.J. Allmendinger ...
Grand Prix of Denver Sponsored by Bridgestone Driver Quotes
A.J. Allmendinger #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I think a lot of people were struggling on the red tires. We just all weekend never really got our car to really work with the tires. So the first stint, I was pretty confident. Sebastien started on the new set of blacks. First 10, 12 laps, I was hanging right with him. We were easily pulling away from everybody else. All of a sudden within a lap, two laps, the tires just went to junk and we were struggling. I was running like 64's at the end. Just a great call by Michael Canon, the whole engineering staff at Forsythe, to pull me in right there, instead of trying to run a couple more laps and pit with everybody else, because if we would have done that, we never would have had a chance at the second stint. Great pit stop by my crew guys, as always. Once we got back out there, Sebastien was right in front of me again. I was just kind of pacing myself because the first five, six laps on the blacks were about the same as the reds. Then as Michael said, just stay with it. All of a sudden the car came alive. I could see Sebastien just really struggling hard on the reds. It was more than anything just a matter of trying to time the pass out right."
Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was a good race today. I'm quite pleased. Had some problem in traffic in qualify. Could be on top three, we were not. I started race, and I did a good start. I passed Andrew Ranger and Tracy and Tag together. I was had good fuel milage. I took the lead. I could put some good laps throughout the whole race. I was racing Sebastien, Tracy and Justin throughout the race. I passed them, they passed me. Sebastien passed me the end. It was a quite exciting, quite fun race for me. In the end, Tracy and Sebastien get together, gave me a podium, so I'm quite pleased with that. I have four podiums, two wins, one second, one third. That's better than my record in Road America. I'm quite pleased here. I led the race every single time I race here. I'm quite pleased with this track. This is a very difficult race today, especially on the red tires because I think they fall off so much. They start really good, and after they fell off so much of the pace. Everybody I'm sure that got real loose and was real hard to drive the car. When I got the lead, they said, Bruno, you got the lead, push, push hard. I had no tires to push hard. I was completely sideways going through every corner. You still have to try to save the tires. I could keep a consistent pace. It was a hard race today, but I'm quite pleased with the result. Very important after two really bad races without finish, so give some points, give the crew some confidence and myself. I think the next four races already did very well. Already won those races in the past, as I did here. I'm expecting very good results for me, the whole Newman/Haas team to finish strong this season."
Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "That was an amazing race. I really didn't expect to be on the podium today after the tough weekend we've had, but it just goes to prove how perseverance can pay off. A few laps from the end I passed Justin Wilson and knew I was top British driver, and was pretty pleased with that and in fifth spot it was set to be my best finish of the season. To take third place is just unbelievable."
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We hung in there today. Everyone's car changed during the race quite badly as their tires wore and we leveled off. After that we had a good pace. In the earlier stint I just hung in there and kept plugging away. We had two really good stops and then I had a good battle with Dan Clarke in the end, but couldn't catch to him because he had a really good place. Then I managed to get a good run in the back straight. I could see that Justin Wilson was really struggling with his tires and I got him on the brakes in turn nine and drove from there. I'm really happy, this was a great result and I want to thank the whole team for all of their work, this finish goes to them."
Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing --HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Unfortunately we missed our second podium this weekend. We were set to have another podium finish until we had an air gun failure on the second pit stop. We ended up losing 10 seconds and two positions on that stop. I am incredibly disappointed. It was not one of our strong weekends, but we will take the points for fifth and focus on Montreal."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We had fuel pickup problems last five laps of the race. It was pretty frustrating. I had a seven second lead but when the engine started to cutout Sebastien was able to close in. He made his move in the last corner of the last lap on the outside, and when you already have 35-point lead in the championship and want take that risk over two points that's what you get. To be honest, I don't feel bad for him; he's taken me out plenty of times so I don't feel too bad about something like that on the last turn of the last lap."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The expected yellow that never came out completely burned us because then we had to do a longer stint on the red tires. I don't know what would have happened but the guys who started with them would have been very much in trouble because they would have only done 20 laps with them and we would have done the same on the second run because you have to run them for one stint but the fact that we had to do a long run with them just killed us. Despite all the struggles we worked our way back up on the last stint and would have finished second so it's even more disappointing because we worked so hard to get back to the front. When we caught PT (Paul Tracy) who was having pick-up problems, he just crashed us. He was obviously in big trouble, he was running out of fuel but that's no excuse to crash the competitor of your teammate. All I can say is that I hope it was clear enough that he tried to crash me in turn 3 on the lap before, he tried to crash me on the back straight when he blocked me to the inside and I had to go around him on the outside, on the marbles. I gave him plenty of room, I went straight braking for Turn 9. Basically he completely overshot the braking point, got sideways and ran into the side of the McDonald's car. He is on probation so I just hope the race officials do what is necessary to correct that unfair situation because it could have been a brilliant day for the McDonald's car. We still had the fastest car at the end of the day and turned the fastest lap times consistently at the end of the race. I just asked Paul 'What do you want from me?' I had passed him but he crashed into me. I just pushed him because he was asking for it but it didn't go any further."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Obviously, we're disappointed. The CDW team worked hard all weekend to improve the performance of the car and get quicker, but we just couldn't make up for the problems we encountered during the last stint of the race. We were also hoping to give a better result to Cristiano and his family, as well as our hometown fans here in Denver. But this team never gives up, so I know we'll work hard over the next two weeks and be ready to go in Montreal."
Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The race went well for the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team. I was running with Dan (Clarke) and Will (Power) for a long time, but I couldn't stay with them during the last stint. Obviously, things could have gone a lot better, but for the first time in a long time we finished all three stints of the race without too many mistakes. And, trust me that was one of the most difficult races I have ever run, because it was so slippery out there. The Bell Micro -- PKV Racing crew did a great job in the pits and we hung in there the whole race. That is what some of these races are about."
Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We were running strong and saving tires and we were still able to make up positions. We had an incident in the pits with a fire and I had to come back in to make sure everything was okay because I could smell smoke. Everything was fine but I had lost positions and it's too bad because looking at the results we could have been much higher. Most importantly right now is that nobody got hurt in that pit fire we had."
Jan Heylen #11 Muermans Car Ford Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone- "We lost the race on the first set of red tired. They were good for four or five laps, but after that we started to lose a lot of time. Then when we pitted we lost a lap, so it was clear we stayed out on them too long. We never able not able to get it back, because the yellows did not fall the right way. After we switched to the black tires I was able to keep up with the cars around me, because I had good speed. It could have been worse, but it also could have been a lot better."
Nicky Pastorelli #8 Curacao/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We were having issues with tires in the morning, so we were worried how they were going to hold up for us during the afternoon. We started out slow but the tires were holding up better for us compared to some of the other cars. So we were catching up and it possibly could have been a good race. But I was having some major issues with the brakes on the #8 Curacao/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, which ultimately ended our day early."
Mario Dominguez #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was really too bad. We were running in the fifth position and had the suspension break. It was really unfortunate, because it ended our day."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We were doing so well, this is definitely not the way I wanted to end the race. At the start, Tagliani sent Tracy spinning right in front of me, I had no where to go and lost a lot of positions there. After that everything was going well. The car was good, I felt good and I was moving my way back up but then the gearbox failed on us. At the beginning of the race I felt a little vibration in the gearbox and unfortunately when I shifted coming out of turn 4 it just completely broke."
Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "At this point we don't know what happened to the Gulfstream -- PKV Racing car. We had an oil alarm go off then we started losing oil pressure. It is a shame. We were running really well. The car was very good on Friday. Saturday we went the wrong way a little with the setup, but today in the race the car felt real good. I was getting great mileage and we just wanted to finish and get some points for the championship and Gulfstream, but it didn't turn out that way. The good thing is the next three races are all on tracks where I have had most of my success so I am really hopeful that we can move up in the championship standings."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I feel really disappointed right now. In turn one I came in a little too aggressively and ran out of room which caused me to hit Paul Tracy's right rear tire and broke my front suspension. I feel sorry for the team, they have worked so hard and gave me a really good car for the weekend. It's unfortunate, but that's racing and now we just have to turn the page and focus on the next race."