West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton Pre Race Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...
West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton Pre Race Quotes
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The team has worked hard to run simulations on the computer to prepare for the new race in Edmonton. They are working with the track configuration and the degrees of the corners and try to come up with a set-up for the race cars. It's always difficult the really know what to expect but I think the team has proved to be very good at that. Every time we went to a new race track the car was very good right away and hopefully that will give us an advantage over the other teams. The parity in the series is mostly due to everyone having the same setups for these cars and hopefully this will give us the edge that we need to make some gains in the championship fight. We've always been competitive in Cleveland and one part of the track in Edmonton is on the airport so hopefully we'll see that we are good there as well. It's an airport configuration and really, really wide. Hopefully both the McDonald's and PacifiCare cars will be good there and we can score some good points and bring the team a 1-2 finish. I think there have always been some good Canadian drivers in Champ car and that has helped our series be popular with them. I heard that the sun doesn't set until 10 p.m. and I think it's going to make for a longer party for the fans. Hopefully we will also be able to make the most of the daylight and celebrate a good race on Sunday night."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Edmonton is a new track for everybody so I think it is going to be good for a team like Newman/Haas. They put a lot of preparation into each race and especially new ones. They have been working on simulations for a while to prepare for this race so hopefully we will be competitive from the first session. From a drivers point of view, there is not much I can do apart from getting there early and go around the track on a bicycle or scooter. I'm pretty confident that we can put together a good weekend for the PacifiCare team. We are just getting better and better the more time I spend with the team. I'm very happy to have finished on the podium three times in four race with the team and I hope we can continue this in Edmonton. From looking at the map of the track, it looks fun. There are a couple of places to overtake and it reminds me a little bit of the street race we had in St. Petersburg two years ago. I think it's going to be a good event. I think it's good that the track is more on the wide side than narrow; it provides for more overtaking. I think it's really fantastic that we race in Canada and that the events are as successful as they are. It's good to have Canadian drivers in the series but honestly I think the fans would come anyway because they love racing no matter what and I think we put on a good show and that's why we have so many fans come to the track."
Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "PKV Racing, obviously, has never raced on the circuit in Edmonton, so I don't know much about it. However, even though it will be our first experience at Edmonton the circuit does seem more like some of the tracks that we have done well on this year, so I am looking forward to getting some more championship points and hopefully, my first win of the season. The PKV Racing team is making progress. We are not where we want to be just yet, but we are definitely moving in the right direction. The whole PKV Racing team has worked very hard and we are determined to develop the on-track consistency it takes to be champions."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "After our great result in Toronto last week, I can't wait to get to Edmonton for another Canadian race. Edmonton is a real hockey town and the sports fans have been really starved for action over the past year so the build up in the city has been fantastic. Ticket sales are apparently way ahead of their expectations so it should be a huge weekend. I have been out there for an event promotion and taken a look at the track and I am really excited about the week ahead. The layout is really unique -- it is kind of a cross between Cleveland, a street track like Toronto and a natural road course like Portland. For Team Australia, this weekend gives us a great opportunity because everybody will be coming into this weekend with no previous data to fall back on and because this is our first year with the Lola, we will not be disadvantaged in that regard. The best teams have simulation computer programs which may give them a bit of a head start, but we should still have a great chance to make an early impression. Our plan is to continue our consistent run and continually challenge for the podium. The two DNFs I had at Long Beach (gearbox) and Portland (engine), really put me back in the points, but we are starting to claw our way back. If it wasn't for those, we would have been sitting right up there, but we have to keep working on the races ahead, not worrying about the past."
Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "First, and most important, after two weekends of not finishing a race and getting very few championship points, I am looking forward to finishing the race in Edmonton. I have a good feeling that the Bell Micro/PKV Racing car will be better in Edmonton than it was in Toronto. Even thought we haven't been there before, from what we know from our preparation work it should be a track that suits our setup better than other street courses and that will help with qualifying. The track seems more similar to the road courses so the PKV Racing team should be on the pace and fighting for the pole. I am very confident heading into this race."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Finally, we are at a venue where not only do I have to learn, but so does the rest of the Champ Car field. Being a rookie is tough, especially when I am coming from Europe and having not seen half of the circuits that the Champ Car World Series races at. So I look forward to the challenge, as I do every race this season. I really enjoyed racing in Cleveland, which was the first time I have raced on an airport surface and I anticipate that the Edmonton circuit will be similar. We have to find a way to get back our speed this weekend so be we can be competitive and get back to where we started at the beginning of the season. I feel that things will start to take a turn for the best this weekend and we will be able to be strong for the second half of the season."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It will be an interesting circuit for everybody. I never been there, never seen the track, so it's all new to me. It's always very busy for me to race in Canada, as the team and myself had a huge number of the fans in Toronto, which was a great feeling. I will be doing some appearances for my sponsors as soon as we arrive in Edmonton, and I hope I can put a good show for everyone in the race."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This is the first ever Champ Car race at Edmonton; it is a brand new circuit, so it is a level playing field as far as all the teams go. It is an airport circuit and the layout looks a lot like Cleveland, so it should be fantastic. I guess we will find out this weekend. It also sounds like it will be a good race in terms of fans, as they are expecting sell out crowds. It is always great racing in front of the Canadians because they are such great supporters. In Cleveland, we made a really good change during the warm-up session before the race. I was very happy with the #31 Cytomax Sport Drink car, but unfortunately, I did not have a chance to find out just how good the car was going to be during the race because I did not make it around the first turn. So I look forward to seeing what we can do here, a similar circuit, and hope to get back to the top throughout the weekend."
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am looking forward to Edmonton, especially because it is a new circuit for all of the teams and drivers which means everyone starts on the same page in terms of experience. So far this season we have been struggled a little bit because I haven't got any previous experience at any of the circuits, and we don't have a huge amount of track time during the weekend. Therefore, when other drivers are able to get straight to work on their setups, I am just learning the circuit. So I have been looking forward to the new events all season. I have seen photos of the circuit, it has a great layout and it looks like it has some fast corners, which I really enjoy. My first impression, although I have not been there yet is that it will be a fun circuit and an exciting event."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I love racing in Canada, so I can't wait to race in Edmonton this weekend. For the teams and drivers, Edmonton is a place where we've never raced before, so we don't have any data, any set-up -- so the cleverest will do well. In Toronto, I had my best qualifying result so far in Champ Car and we had a good car in the race, so I am optimistic for Edmonton this weekend."
Marcus Marshal1 #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I have a great opportunity this week because of the fact that this is a new race. It will be easier for the team and also easier for me because we will all be learning the circuit for the first time when we drive out of the pits on Friday morning. For me, this weekend is really something to look forward to. The Aussie Vineyards team has looked at the layout and we think we have good starting point on set up for Friday. Half of the track is really wide like Cleveland, but apparently it has all been resurfaced, so finding grip on Friday will be the challenge. It is going to be a bit like an ice hockey rink early on until some rubber starts to go down. Even after that, moving off line to try and pull off a pass will be tough because the track will still be very green when you stray off the racing line. I love the idea of back to back races and it is really good for me to back in the car every week. The more laps I get under my belt, the more I learn. On Thursday we will walk around the track with our engineers and look at the lines, look for bumps, how high the curbs are -- stuff like that. We will also look at stuff like bumps in the passing zones as well. The guys on my #5 car are really keen to bounce back after being really unlucky to miss out on our first top ten in Toronto. Edmonton would be a great place to pull that off."