CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: Post-race quotebaord

Sebastien Bourdais ...

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 2nd/Finished 1st)

"It was a fun race. It was tough, as usual. It's a place, like I said, it beats you up, drags you down to your knees, but when you can pull it off, it feels really good. I think everybody was tired towards the end. The car gets really tough to drive. But the McDonald's car was fast, and that's really all that matters. And we pulled it off. You know, I really thought we had lost the win when that incident happened in the pits on the first stop, Katherine was just coming into the pits. We were ready to leave. We lost probably three seconds or something like that, and that was enough to go back down to third place. You know, I think the team -- the team had a pretty good idea that we were actually going to make it quite a bit further on fuel than the rest of the guys. They were confident, and they told me, you know, Just keep plugging away, it's not over. And it worked out. You know, we went two laps further than Will and one lap further than Justin, and that was all we needed really. I was really, really happy that we could do that. It was a good performance on the whole team. And then after that they did an awesome job on green or yellow pit stop, they pulled it off, you know, and they made it stick. That's what it's really all about, you know. I mean, this series, you win as a team and you lose as a team. But today was a great weekend again for us."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 3rd /Finished 2nd)

"It was a long, tough race. It was great fun and we gave everything we had, but it wasn't quite enough. The CDW team did a fantastic job all weekend and I'm really pleased to get another podium here at Edmonton for CDW and all our partners."

Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 4th/Finished 3rd)

"It's been a solid weekend for the whole MediZone team. The race today was another good performance. Thought I had a good start, but then when I got alongside Justin, realized that Neel was inside of him. So then, you know, kind of the first half of the race was chasing them around. And then pretty much we just saved as much fuel as possible, kind of played into our hands. Actually lost radio contact at the pits at the end of the first stint, so that made it difficult for me because, you know, obviously being a rookie, never having been in a situation like this before, you know, it put a lot of emphasis on watching the pit board and stuff, things I've never really done before. And then, you know, at the same time during the second stint, we were extremely quick. We saved a lot of fuel at the beginning. But once we decided to go, we caught right up to the leaders. We definitely went a bit further on fuel than both Will and Justin. And then, you know, we got out in front of Will and basically just kind of plugged away. Thought we had a good enough car to get by Justin, but at the end there just couldn't quite hang in. Still it's a good result to be in third. I'm pretty happy to be here.

Simon Pagenaud #15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 7th, Finished 4th)

"Canada is a great country.  I really
love coming here.  They have great racetracks, especially Edmonton.
Again, we had a very good attendance.  It was really crowded.  It's very
enjoyable for us driver.  I want to thanks all the fans for that.

"The Triple Crown is a great thing because it involve a little bit more the Canadian fan, and I think that's a great move from Champ Car. I've been thinking about it's such a good championship and I'm also glad to be able to win this championship with Will. We have been so far the strongest combination since the beginning of the year, and it's great. You know, we are working together. I just want to say thanks to Craig Gore and Derrick Walker. The Aussie Vineyards team has been so, so strong since a couple of races."

Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 14th/Finished 5th)

"Up until yesterday we were actually having one of our worst weekends. We made huge changes to the car overnight and we really didn't know what to expect today, and even in warm up it was hard to tell where we were. So we kind of came blindfolded into the race. The car was OK, it wasn't super fast but were able to run at the same pace as a bunch of guys that qualified in front of us. We got a top five which is very good considering where we started."

Oriol Servia #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 13th/Finished 6th)

"Starting so far back and finishing sixth is definitely a good result. We've been a little lost this weekend, especially considering how strong we were at the last race. But a good team like Forsythe always bounces back and we were able to move up during the race, we had great pit stops and my guys definitely got a bunch of positions for me. We really hustled today, I was driving every lap as a qualifying lap, I was pushing extremely hard and the car really wasn't that easy to drive. I'm actually destroyed both physically and mentally, when you have a winning car everything I just easier, but I just held on and kept doing consistent laps and brought it home."

Bruno Junqueira #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 6th/Finished 7th)

"I was very happy with my performance in the race today. I was able to post the fourth fastest lap in the race. I think that my pit stops hurt me from finishing higher in the race. I lost two positions after my first and second stops and then one on my third. Overall I'm very happy with the way things went for the Dale Coyne Racing team this weekend. We have two top 10 finishes in our last two races and it would be nice to add a third in San Jose next weekend."

"Speedy" Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 10th/Finished 8th)

"I think we made the best of a bad job, and ended the weekend on a positive note with a top-10 finish. We never did succeed in hitting the nail on the head with the car balance, and that made for a tough race, which was made tougher by the physicality of this track and the humidity. I'm happy we were able to come back and grab a few positions in the end -- it gives me a lot of confidence. Importantly, this was also a weekend of learning for me, and what I learned is that I've been putting too much pressure on myself. I've really felt the effects of it over the last few days, and it made for a very tough race today, so now I'm going to take it easy, get a good night's sleep and relax this coming week in the knowledge that we did the best job we could today."

Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream Coswoth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 5th/Finished 9th)

"I had a very good start to the race in the Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing car. I was running third then (Justin) Wilson got past me. Then I was just keeping pace and saving fuel behind the leaders waiting for the first pit stop. But, that is where we lost the race because the engine died on me just while sitting there. I don't know if the clutch just slipped or what happened, so I dropped to last. To make it worse there were really no yellows from then on. Because of that I had to make up position under the green and that was very tough. The team made a good call bringing me in early on my second pit stop and we picked up some places. The crew did a great job in the pits and that helped a lot and I caught some guys and overtook them. So we moved back into the top-10. Unfortunately, it was this race, when we needed some yellow that we didn't get them, so I couldn't make up any more positions. I think without the problem on the pit stop we could have finished maybe third, but certainly fourth or fifth."

Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 12th/Finished 10th)

"We're of course very happy to finally see our first finish of the year. That on its own is an accomplishment for me and the Conquest team. All of our pit stops went really well and the strategy came together for us. A top-ten finish for our first completion is not bad. The second half of the race was pretty tough because the car struggled a little bit on that third set of tires. This will be the first opportunity for us to get a complete set of race data so we will sit down and analyze all of the information before San Jose. It was a great team effort from everyone and I'm pleased to have my first finish under my belt."

Robert Doornbos #14 Team Minardi USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 11th/Finished 11th)

"We struggled all weekend really, except for this morning's warm-up, and we couldn't get on the pace for the race. We figured things out a bit too late in the weekend. It was a very difficult race and I'm glad that it's over. My car wasn't nearly good enough to run with the leaders, and then Tagliani hit me in turn one and nearly put me in the wall. He was a lap down and I'm not really sure what he was trying to do, but it put me a lap down because the car spun and stalled, and that was effectively the end of my race. I'm looking forward to a real street circuit again, where hopefully we'll be better."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 1st/Finished 15th)

"Up until this point, Canada has been very friendly to us. Yeah, it's a great country. All the tracks are awesome and the fans are very enthusiastic. Massive crowds. You know, so it's a very good thing that Champ Car's done, to have this championship. Makes it a lot more interesting for everyone. But, yeah, you know, it's a bittersweet day for me especially because I've obviously lost a lot of points to Sebastien. You know, I had a major part break in the steering. So in a way it was lucky I pulled in because now looking at it, it could have been a massive accident. But, yeah, very happy to win the Triple Crown. Simon has been extremely consistent. Up until this point so have I. So it's very good for Team Australia."

Alex Tagliani #8 RSPORTS Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 9th/Finished 14th)

"It all started to go down hill when we ran out of fuel, which put us a lap down. So I was just trying to push hard in the #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program car to get back some time. Our strategy was to stay out there when everyone else pitted so that we could get back our lap. But then I got held up behind (Robert) Doornbos. He was not as quick as me and he was not fighting for position with anyone. I thought that he could have just let me by, but unfortunately the contact between us was just a racing incident. It is a shame, we really did not have the luck or the performances that we needed to have up here in Canada. Hopefully our return to the United States next weekend will see things turn around for us"

Katherine Legge #11 Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 15th/Finished 16th)

"It was a frustrating weekend for me with the two crashes. We aren't exactly sure what was wrong with the car in the race. It may have been something wrong with the gear box or throttle. The car started off well, but then on lap 36 the car got stuck in seventh gear and I tried my best to get it un-stuck, but it wouldn't allow me to. The good thing is that we found out this out now before we go to San Jose next week. I'm due for a good weekend and hopefully it will come in San Jose."

Mario Dominguez #22 Pay By Touch-Megaspiera Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 17th/Finished 17th)

"I honestly don't know what went wrong. Something blew up, but it definitely wasn't the engine, because the car was still working fine. However, at that point it was better to park it because you don't want to ruin anyone's race. It is really too bad because the Pay By Touch MegaSpirea car was running well. I was doing my best to do a good job for the PKV Racing team...for Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser, Mark Johnson and all the crew. They really worked hard. This is not the way I wanted to get a ride, but I got to race and it was a good opportunity for me. I did the best I could considering I didn't get in the car until this morning. As far as the future is concerned, hopefully Tristan will be okay and can race next weekend in San Jose, but if he can't I hope PKV Racing will consider me again to drove the car."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Graham Rahal , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Katherine Legge , Neel Jani , Jan Heylen , Will Power , Daniel Clarke , Simon Pagenaud , Kevin Kalkhoven , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing