CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake: Ford Racing Saturday qualifying quotes

Team Player's driver Alex Tagliani qualifies third for CART Grand Prix of Road America. TAGLIANI TO MAKE THIRD CONSECUTIVE TOP-THREE START AT ROAD AMERICA - Team Player's driver Alex Tagliani qualified third for tomorrow's CART Grand Prix of...

Team Player's driver Alex Tagliani qualifies third for CART Grand Prix of Road America.

TAGLIANI TO MAKE THIRD CONSECUTIVE TOP-THREE START AT ROAD AMERICA - Team Player's driver Alex Tagliani qualified third for tomorrow's CART Grand Prix of Road America by lapping the 4.048-mile permanent road course in 1 minute, 42.684 seconds. Defending race champion Bruno Junquiera won pole position with his lap of 1 minute, 42.151 seconds, while Cristiano da Matta qualified second (1 minute, 42.540 seconds). Tagliani will be making his third straight top-three start at Road America after qualifying third as a rookie in 2000 and second last season.

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 3rd

ANOTHER GOOD QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR YOU HERE AT ROAD AMERICA. "Yeah, I'm really happy. The car has been good since the beginning of the weekend and the engine has given me good power, which is important for this track. We've got a pretty good starting position and we just need to keep on pushing."

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO APPROACH THE START TOMORROW? "I started third in 2000 and before Turn One I was in the lead, but it was very close at the line so I'm going to be a little bit more careful this time."

HOW NICE WOULD A WIN HERE BE? "I would really like to win here in Elkhart Lake. I was close to my first win here in 2000 and I almost think the track owes me one, but I'll take whatever it gives me tomorrow."

HOW WERE TRACK CONDITIONS OUT THERE TODAY? "I think the temperature was cooler and I think that made it a little bit better. The grip wasn't as good as yesterday because the rubber washed away in the rain but overall it makes for better downforce and faster speeds on the straightaways. We had to fight to find some grip, but we did and it was good."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 12th

DISAPPOINTING DAY? "Yeah, a very disappointing weekend so far. Excluding qualifying I think all we've done about 15 laps all weekend so it's pretty sad."

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CAR? "We've just had so many problems that we haven't had a chance to run the track. We did only five laps this morning during practice and we changed the car totally for qualifying this afternoon. Just to get used to the car is a nightmare. I spent most of qualifying trying to see what the car wanted instead of fine-tuning it to find some speed. The first set of tires was a throw off so I just came in and we didn't make any changes. Even the second set I did a few decent laps, but I screwed up a few turns on each lap because I was trying pretty hard and I didn't really know what the car could take. It's disappointing but that's the way it is. If you get problems during the weekend that's where you end up."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Qualified 15th

"I'm very disappointed. Everybody at Team Rahal is working very, very hard and our qualifying seems, if anything, to be getting worse and worse and worse. Both of the last weekends we've been struggling a lot and I don't know why. We need to find out what the problems are and try to correct them. Hopefully tomorrow we can have a good race and do something to make the car better."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford) - Qualified 16th

ALTHOUGH YOU'VE NEVER RACED HERE BEFORE DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON THE TRACK? "I think I've got it pretty good. We were coming down on our times this morning and I thought we had a good shot for qualifying but obviously my crash screwed things up. The guys did a great job rebuilding my car for qualifying and actually I don't think another team could've done that. Its just little things like that that hurts us today."

-ford-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani
Teams ART Grand Prix