West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton First Qualifying Session Quotes A.J. Allmendinger ...
West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton First Qualifying Session Quotes
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was good from the first practice on. I tried to make it hard on my team once again. I think they're getting tired of that. I decided to hit the wall with the black tires. I found they still don't move. The team did a great job to get the car back together. Luckily, it was only a flat tire, but I thought for how hard I hit there was going to be more damage. We got the car back together. My teammate keeps making it hard on me. I did a couple of laps that were a few 10ths off of him, and I didn't know if there was much left. Just kind of closed my eyes and hung on for a lap, and luckily got the pole."
Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Obviously, I think RuSPORT came here with a good setup and we've just been able to work on that and get quicker as the day progressed. We're both very excited about the prospects of having a good race here. It's just getting used to the track and understanding what this circuit requires. So far we're very pleased, and hopefully we can be up there tomorrow."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We really couldn't get the rear end planted this afternoon. I was coming into one of the back chicanes at 160mph and the thing would just let go. It was hairy. We added more rear wing and that helped some, but we still have work to do. The RuSport guys are on another planet right now, my hat's off to those guys. It's great to see a new team come in and rise to the top pretty quickly. Champ Car just keeps getting tougher but we love a challenge and are looking forward to tomorrow."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was good. Apart from the fact that A.J. was a second ahead of us the session was good. I think there was more in the car but I couldn't get the flow right when I didn't have traffic. This track is sort of like Elkhart Lake in that you need to get into a flow to do a good lap time. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so we treated today's session as is it would be the only one. Hopefully it won't rain so we can get out there and reach the potential of the car in qualifying."
Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "After a very good morning practice for the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team (second on the practice report), I am a little disappointed with where we ended up after provisional qualifying. The car did not handle as good this afternoon as it did this morning. I think the track changed some and certainly there was more wind this afternoon. We are not that far off, but we have to make some changes to improve the Bell Micro/PKV Racing car. Hopefully, it won't rain tomorrow for final qualifying and we will get another chance to challenge for the pole."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I took a strong shot at a lap for the front row and the time up until that point was really fast, but the car got loose and I spun. I had to keep my foot in it to keep it going because if you cause a red flag, you loose your fastest lap. The car is pretty good and despite the fact we are not as high up as I would like, I am very happy with our progress. The exit to the pit lane is a little tricky here because it is hard to see and I almost had an incident with 'PT' (Paul Tracy). Maybe they need a flag point a bit further up the road to signal to you whether somebody is coming down the straight. After today we have a bunch of data to look over which should prepare the Aussie Vineyards team a lot better for tomorrow. But overall I can't believe there are so many people here today. They have a first class organization here and to have an opening day crowd like this is really impressive. Edmonton is a great addition to the Champ Car calendar."
Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Gulfstream/PKV Racing team was just trying to get a handle on the track. We had a pretty good qualifying session, but I don't think we qualified as well as we could, especially Cristiano (teammate Cristiano da Matta). We certainly are not where we want to be, which is up front. This is a fantastic venue with a great track layout and great fans. The crowd here today was very large, very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I just hope the weather holds and we don't get any rain so Champ Car can give the fans here in Edmonton a great show all weekend long."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We had a big accident in the morning practice session so the team had to work hard to even make it to the track for Qualifying. The car was pretty good but the rear isn't as stable as I would like it. We're going to have to focus on getting better tomorrow and hope the rain stays away so we can move up the grid."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We were having problems during my first stint of provisional qualifying this afternoon because of red flags. When we went out for our second run, we put on the Alternate Bridgestone Potenzas and I was having a good run. We were P5 toward the end of the session and I think that the DHL Global Mail car was capable of running a couple of tenths quicker this afternoon, but during my last laps I couldn't get in a good run because I was caught up in traffic. Definitely things are looking good, not exactly where we want to be, but a good start to the weekend giving us a positive outlook for tomorrow's final qualifying."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was very good; it was a little on the neutral side. I wasn't expecting the front to lock at all; it was pretty much the opposite. But I locked the right front in Turn 7 and the car never turned and I hit the tires and the wall with the left front tire. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so this was our shot for qualifying so we could be in trouble. We were also on one of our sets of red alternate Bridgestone tires we would have used in the race so that is another shame."
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was difficult with the traffic out there. The balance of the car changed a little more than expected on the softer set. The track is fun, it is an incredible circuit."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Continuing on a high note for the team after Toronto. We where pretty fast this morning and for qualifying I was on top 10 before everybody put their second set of tires, unfortunately I made a mistake, but I was trying to improve. Hope to do better tomorrow. I like the track very much, I'm really amazed by the fans, the crowd here is a big boost for the drivers, it's only Friday and it looks like Sunday -- it's people everywhere."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are disappointed on our provisional qualifying result today, but we are still working on finding a good set up for this new venue. We need to make a change on the balance of the car for tomorrow, which will be our main focus tonight. We can only hope for another shot at qualifying, as it will depend on the weather. It is a great track, really fun to drive and very fast. I look forward to getting back out there tomorrow and giving it another shot."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This was a bad day for Mi-Jack Conquest; unfortunately I didn't have much time on the track. With the accident this morning with Dominguez, I lost a lot of time and it was not my fault. The team did a fantastic job, working very hard to get my car ready for qualifying. It's a new track for all of us, every lap brings important information and I missed a lot of laps. Have to keep working hard for tomorrow; I hope it will be a better day"
Alex Sperafico #55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think I still need more time in the car. This is a totally different situation than last weekend as it is a new circuit or me and a very fast circuit, much faster than the Toronto circuit. I still need to get more confidence in the car. At the end of qualifying, I only had one clean lap so I could not get the best possible time that I know is in the car. This circuit is a good challenge, I am enjoying it and as I get more time in the car, I feel confident our times will get better."
Marcus Marshal #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The practice session this morning didn't got so well, but we made some changes for qualifying and it was significantly better. On my third lap the tires were just coming up to temperature and I put down a 1:09.9 despite the fact I got held up a little by Andrew Ranger coming onto the straight -- that probably cost me a half a second. But straight after that I lost rear drive and had to pull off. It looks like I lost third gear. I pulled the car way out of harms way, but they still put out a red flag and I lost my fastest lap which is a little disappointing. That wasn't the start we wanted, but the car is really good at the moment and I can't wait to get back in it tomorrow. The track here is really awesome -- I love it. It really suits our car and I am really looking forward to racing here on Sunday. The crowd today here is amazing, I can't believe all the grandstands were full for qualifying."