Alex Tagliani sixth-quickest during provisional qualifying at Road America. Notes: PATRICK CARPENTIER PROVISIONALLY QUALIFIES A DISAPPOINTING 15TH - Team Player's driver Alex Tagliani was the fastest of the Fords during provisional qualifying at...
Alex Tagliani sixth-quickest during provisional qualifying at Road America.
PATRICK CARPENTIER PROVISIONALLY QUALIFIES A DISAPPOINTING 15TH - Team Player's driver Alex Tagliani was the fastest of the Fords during provisional qualifying at Road America, lapping the 4.048-mile permanent road course in 1 minute, 43.184 seconds. Cristiano da Matta claimed provisional pole with a lap of 1:42.640 followed by defending race champion Bruno Junquiera and Dario Franchitti. Tagliani's teammate, Patrick Carpentier, was 15th-fastest during provisional qualifying after problems with the popoff valve ended his session prematurely.
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 6th
"We had a good car this morning before it picked up some push and I don't think we ever fixed it. It's a pretty big push, actually, and I'm pretty surprised that we can still be sixth with that kind of push. I was pleased with the car all day but it's just that it's really difficult to reduce the push."
DO YOU THINK THIS CAR IS CAPABLE OF WINNING THE RACE? "Yeah, I think so. I think if we reduce the push we have in the car and continue working in the direction that we are right now we definitely have a shot to be in the top three."
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 14th
"We're just struggling with the handling of the car. We had a good lap going and something happened with my traction control in the middle of the corner. You count on it and lean on it all day long and all of a sudden for some reason it wasn't there and I lit up the rear tires and I spun out. So we're trying to figure it out, but even then I would've been only a few spots higher."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 15th
"This morning we had problems with the valve and as soon as we hit a bump the valve would stick open. Then this afternoon it was just open on and off and then we had some other problems that came along with it so I don't know what it is. We'll see what it is and we'll give it a shot tomorrow."
HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH TRACK TIME TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOU HAVE A GOOD SETUP OR NOT? "I've got just enough quality track time to know that the setup is pretty bad. (laughing) No, we don't have a good setup right now. But I'm going to work with (engineer) Mike (Cannon) and try to make it better for tomorrow."
IT MUST BE A DISAPPOINTING WAY TO BEGIN A WEEKEND. "Yeah, it is because it's always tough when you start this way. We'll see. I think we can improve a lot tomorrow, but we're going to have to work our butts off tonight."