West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton Post Race Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...
West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton Post Race Quotes
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Feels great. Just feels great. If there's one point and one moment to be up there in the media center, it's at the end of the race. I can't be any happier than that. As Paul said, it's been a first-class event. Just pure joy to be winning this first race here. I really couldn't believe it when I saw under yellow Justin spinning in front of me and then AJ making a really small mistake. It was just as it has been for me on Friday in qualifying, just brushed the wall. It clipped, I guess, the valve or something, put him a flat tire, he couldn't make the next corner. I know how it feels to chase your first win and not achieve that. It happened to me the first two starts in 2003. I'm sure he's devastated. He probably deserved this one, he was fast all weekend long. You know, we just pretty much collected ourselves today and just made a mistake-free race, just took the benefits of everybody's mistakes. That was just unbelievable."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:"I'm actually quite happy. In Toronto, you saw I wasn't that happy with my second place because for a while I thought I was going to win it. This one, I mean, all weekend we were almost up there, but definitely the RuSPORT guys were faster. During the race I knew was going to be a little bit of a survival game. Mistake-free was definitely probably going to bring me a podium, me starting fourth. This is what happened. At the end, me and Sebastien were very close. Obviously, I wasn't going to try anything stupid. He did a mistake-free all those laps in front of me so I had nothing to do. I'm just very happy to finish second. Strong result for the PacifiCare car."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It's kind of a mixed day today. We started off the race really well. My goal was to get ahead of Justin (Wilson) at the start. We went side by side through turn one. I got ahead of him through the chicane. Then we got to the tight corner, a right-hander. He stuffed it down the inside of me over the curb. I didn't see him until the last second. I turned in. We locked up wheels. Second stint, went on to blacks. The car was good for the first few laps. I locked the brake really badly and flat-spotted the tire. It just compounded itself. I kept continually locking it. The rear tires started to go away, and I really started to struggle, both AJ and Justin got by me. They just left me. They were quick all weekend, so we'll try to hang on to third. My tires went away so bad, we had to pit early. That pretty much relegated us to where we were at. We got lucky in the end with AJ and Justin spinning out. Ended up back on the podium. People were saying over the winter this wasn't a place to have a race; it should have been another venue or in Vancouver. This is the biggest-attended race that I think Canada has ever had. It's an unbelievable event. Greg (MacDonald) has done a great job, the promoter, did all the promotion. The guy's a hard worker. He's done a great job up here. I have to applaud the whole City of Edmonton for everything they've done for our sport, for Champ Car."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm pretty happy with fifth place today considering how our weekend went. We just never got the handling right and the car was really uncomfortable to drive all weekend. We raced a bit conservative and after my bad luck in the last few races I'm just happy to be able to finish. We knew there would be a lot of incidents today so we just kind of waited for things to happen and got a top five as a result."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I got a great start when a bunch of guys tried to protect the inside and I was able to go around them on the green. I was running comfortably in the top five but on the last lap before my second stop I ran short of fuel and coasted into the pits. Luckily I was able to get it back but the slow run down pit lane and having to restart the car really cost a lot of time and dropped me back to 10th. I got back to 7th, but realistically we probably had a 4th placed car today. I'm disappointed but we are still scoring points and the team showed we have the pace to be very competitive. We just have to shake off today and set out sights on San Jose. We would have loved to finish higher in front of this fantastic crowd today, the promoter here has done an excellent job and can't wait to come back next year and finish on the podium. My extra pit crew guys today from the Edmonton Eskimos did a great job -- I certainly couldn't miss them as I drove into the pits, they are so big. They can always be a part of my team whenever they like, but not the other way round -- I don't think I would last minutes on the football field."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am really delighted to get to my first top ten -- it should have come in Monterrey, should have been in Toronto, but finally I got it done today. I have had a bad run of luck, especially in qualifying, but today it all turned around and I had a really good car in the race. I was able to push hard all day and I feel really happy for the team and thankful for the support of Craig Gore, John Fish and Derrick Walker -- they have really stuck behind me. I am sure there are a few people who have doubted me but it is just an experience thing and I will take a lot of confidence from this race onto the next one. After braking the gearbox in qualifying I was really wondering when my luck was going to turn. I have had some bad runs in the past, but the past three races have really topped them all. But that is what Champ Car is all about, it is one of the toughest categories in the world and I know I have to work very hard at it to keep getting results like this and building towards the podium."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The team did a great job on the pit-stops, but unfortunately I could not do anything on the track. The car was unpredictable, and it made it difficult to do good laps consistently. I need to do a better job with my race pace, but we will look at the data and check out the car. It was a long and physical race, and as I said yesterday, I think that was why there were so many incidents. It's good to get another top-ten result, but it wasn't the way we wanted it to be. We'll look for better things in our next race in San Jose."
Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "For a first time event I have never seen anything like it. This is one of the most impressive events I have ever seen in my racing career. The promoters here in Edmonton did a fantastic job. The fans packed the stands and the fence line every day and they were so enthusiastic. It was just a great event for the fans in Edmonton and Champ Car."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a tough and long race. The DHL Global Mail car was difficult to drive at first, but we made a tire pressure change when I came in for my first pit stop and the car was running much better. I had a good feeling of the car and the pace of the race from that point forward, and we were having a good run. Then I made a small mistake in Turn 11 when I touched the tires with the wall, which messed up the tow on the car. This became a bit of a problem for me, as I went a bit wide in Turn five on lap 83. Then (Justin) Wilson's front right tire touched my left rear, bumming me out of the race. I don't know how he could have done all the stupid things he did this weekend, like spinning during a caution in the race and taking me out for the second time. It is such a shame, we were looking to have our best finish of the season this afternoon and there is nothing that we could have done to change our fate."
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "On the start, I drew the short straw. I knew I would not make any positions on the inside because there were too many cars so I decided to go for it on the outside and I lost two positions. In the first stint, I was running a very competitive pace and I passed the cars that I lost positions to on the start, and others. Our first stop we had a small problem which caused us to short fill. I passed Dominguez out of the pits and Phillipe on the track. Unfortunately, our second stop had to come earlier and we had to take a full load of fuel, and I lost two positions. Also the balance on the last set seemed off a bit. I was trying to stay ahead of Tagliani at the end and tried too hard. It wasn't in the car, and I lost it."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We had a great start this afternoon, passing cars during the first lap, which gave us the momentum for a good race. If we would have stayed in the race, we probably would have finished like we did in Toronto, with a sixth or seventh place result easily. It is unfortunate that we ran out of fuel one lap before were had to pit. That is racing though and things like that happen."
Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I was running lap five and all of a sudden the Bell Micro/PKV Racing car started having a handling problem. I think I had a mechanical failure with the front suspension. It is very disappointing because it is the third DNF (did not finish) in a row and that is not good for the championship. It is really a shame because this was a great event. The track is good and the fans are fantastic. The Bell Micro/PKV Racing team will just have to find a way to win some races beginning in San Jose so we can get back into the championship hunt."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very disappointed today. I started 15th, and coming to the second corner, a car hit me from the back and because of that I hit the car in front of me. I had to bring the car to the pits. The team started to check everything and they worked on the front left for a while. I only went back to the race on lap 15, but the car was still hard to drive and it was better just to come back to the pits, so unfortunately it was the end of the race for me."