CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Sunday quoteboard


BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"This is for sure a big win for Newman/Haas Racing, finishing one-two in their 350th start is great. Scoring more points for the championship is big too, this is exactly what I needed coming in to Denver. It' s always nice to see the Brazilians out in the crowd showing their support as well. This is one of the most difficult places we race at. To find a good balance in the car with the different corners made of concrete and asphalt surfaces in tough. I tried to set the car up to work reasonably well with the differences and I like Denver more and more each time I come back here."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly/McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I'm very happy for the team and Newman/Haas Racing's 350th race. I tried as hard as I could but never had a chance to get Bruno. He is tough on the street circuits and the only way I was going to get a chance to pass him was in Turn 5. But I wasn't about to try something stupid and risk ruining Bruno's run at the championship."

ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I'm actually happier this weekend with second than last weekend in Montreal where we could have won the race. This week is different because Friday we struggled, Saturday was better and my guys had great stops today without having to short-fill the car. I felt really good and thought this was our day, but on our second stop we had a slight problem with the air gun. I'm happy with the result and for the second straight podium."

PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I passed a few cars at the start (3), but afterward it was impossible to pass. Once I went by Pat (Carpentier), I was real quick. In clear air I was fast. I could get within a car length but you could not pass. There is no passing. The cars have little downforce because of the altitude, the corners are slow and there are no braking zones. Team Player's was hoping for a podium, but we were one step short of it. We have three weeks off and we will have to rebound by improving our qualifying. It is especially true for Miami."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"Basically it was about track position today. Qualifying affected us tremendously with not being able to qualify the second day. Passing was difficult even after the pit stops. You could gain on the pit stops but unfortunately today wasn't our day on pit stops. Our stops have been good all year and today Paul Tracy just beat us by a hair."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante/Centrix Financial Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It was a very long day and we did the best we could hope for. We fought a lack of grip all day and one of the changes we made in the middle of the race made the car worse. We changed it back on the next stop and the car got a little better, but we were still lacking a lot of speed compared to everyone else. We lost a few points to Paul [Tracy] in the championship and that is unfortunate, but it could have been a lot worse."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I was really happy with the car today and the team gave me great pit stops. I was really confident all race because I had a good car under me and when other people made mistakes I was able to get past them. Sometimes you only get one opportunity to pass in a whole race so when you are presented with that you have to go for it. I had a lot of fun out there today - especially those last twenty laps chasing Michel. It was good, clean racing and we were both going for it."

DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I had massive understeer in the race. We had to put like four turns of front wing in during the race. We ran with front brake ducts that we hadn't used before, and they just did not work well for us. The mechanical balance of the RAC Walker Racing Champ Car was good, but I just couldn't keep with anybody. The more I turned the wheel, the more understeer I got."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"A top-ten finish is a relief, especially since we struggled with the set up all weekend. The Denver street course is tough with different demands from previous races. We learned a lot, but not exactly what we needed for a top car. We went with softer springs this morning during warm up and the car felt good. We then went with a stiffer car for the race, which wasn't the best choice because it was tougher to drive. It's been frustrating, but hopefully things will be better for us in Miami."

MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I think we had a good race. We were fast even when we were behind Tracy, Tiago (Monteiro), Carpentier and Vasser. We just couldn't pass. We were having good pit stops; running 6th with 1 stop to go. Then Dominquez does this crazy move and spun out and hit me, puncturing my back tire, which caused us to have to make an extra stop. We still managed the best lap of the race and recover to finish 10th. I think we've found our way and we'll be competitive in Miami."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I guess just about everything that could go wrong went wrong today. It was a long race for sure. The good news is the entire American Spirit crew is ok, between the fire on Ryan side and the action in the pits on my side, that is good news. My car was getting better and better as the race progressed. By the end of the race, I the best car I have had all weekend. We hung in there and fought hard today but it was a tough weekend for sure."

TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I don't know what to say. We definitely have not had a lot of luck. This weekend was amazing; running in the top 5 all weekend; our best qualifying session of the season. The race was okay; we had the 2nd fastest lap of the race and were keeping pace, waiting for someone to make a mistake. Then the suspension broke and there was contact with Mika (Salo). We've definitely got the speed, now we need a break. The team and everyone did an amazing job. I'm looking forward to Miami."

MIKA SALO (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a disappointing ending to what could have been a great race for us. We gained a few spots at the beginning after Lavin's accident and we kept pushing forward. I was running quick lap times but got held up by some slower traffic in front of me. For a while, I was going at the same pace as the leader, the guys did great pit stops: we were able to gain spots in the pits all day. Unfortunately, we spun on cold tires (I've been used to tire warmers), and damaged the nose. The guys did a perfect stop and changed the nose. We were going back out to fight for some points when Monteiro hit me from behind. Overall it was a good weekend and we'll be ready for Miami."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"The Sparco equipment did a great job for me today. I was in the car with everything around me on fire, including me for about 10 -- 15 seconds and I have no burns anywhere and neither does anyone on my crew. I was told verbally and motioned to go, so I did, the next thing I knew, I felt a massive heat wave coming over me and realized I was on fire. We think there was something wrong with the redhead (fueling apparatus). It is a huge disappointment because we had very consistent race going today, I forced a couple of experienced drivers into mistakes and we definitely would have walked out of here with some points. We fought the car all weekend, it's been frustrating, but we can chalk it up to a learning experience and turn our focus to my home race in Miami, which I am really looking forward to."

ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I am very disappointed today - my crew worked so hard all weekend to get me going and they gave me a good race car. I had just a little understeer when I was braking and I just lost it going into turn one and couldn't catch it."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I had my front brakes lock up on me. That put me off course into the marbles and I lost a lot of time which let Paul catch up to me. At that point the team felt he had a better car and since it was impossible to pass on this track, they asked me to let him by. After that I still had some difficulties with the brakes locking up. This time I wasn't so lucky and ended up in the tires. It's a very frustrating way to end the weekend."

GUALTER SALLES (#19 Alpina Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"Unfortunately the drive-shaft broke and we lost a good chance to be in the top 10 today. We were 9th quickest this morning in the warm-up and for the race we tried to make a few changes to improve the car, but the car was very loose in the beginning, so we make some change at the first pit stop to make it better, but the car broke just after the first pit-stop. So I couldn't feel if it was better or no. Now I wish all the luck to Alex Sperafico, and I'm looking forward to Mexico City."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I was trying to take Jimmy Vasser on the inside line into Turn 5 under braking and I just couldn't stop the car. Dominguez, then Moreno hit me and that was it. It's disappointing for the Corona Walker Racing team that we weren't able to finish today's race." k

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Alex Sperafico , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing