CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Toronto qualifying notes

Notes: @BRACK TO MAKE HIS FIFTH TOP-FIVE START OF THE SEASON - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack qualified third for the Molson Indy Toronto after lapping the 1.755-mile temporary street course in 57.886 seconds (109.146 mph) to make his fifth...

Notes: @BRACK TO MAKE HIS FIFTH TOP-FIVE START OF THE SEASON - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack qualified third for the Molson Indy Toronto after lapping the 1.755-mile temporary street course in 57.886 seconds (109.146 mph) to make his fifth top-five start of the season (Mexico, Long Beach, Nazareth and Milwaukee). Gil de Ferran claimed the pole with a lap of 57.703 seconds (109.492 mph), while his teammate, Helio Castroneves, qualified second (57.767 seconds; 109.370 mph). Tony Kanaan will start fourth (57.923 seconds; 109.076 mph), while Player's Forsythe driver Alex Tagliani will make his second top-10 start (seventh - Cleveland), and his best of the season, by qualifying fifth with a lap of 57.997 second (108.937 mph).

KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 3rd

HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? YOU WERE THE HIGHEST QUALIFYING FORD, ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE TWO HONDAS IN FRONT OF YOU.

"The car ran really well and I don't think the Hondas have anything over the Ford in terms of power or driveability. What it comes down to in the end is the small thing here and there in the set up, and we're a tenth behind so we can't complain too much. It could be a little driving thing or something small in the set up, whatever, but the car ran well and the team did a fantastic job."

YOU'RE STILL IN THE POINTS LEAD AND HAVE A GOOD STARTING POSITION.

"It's good considering all the trouble that we had yesterday, and we did a good job rebounding strong today. It irritates me a bit to see the Penske team in front of us, but they did a better job than we did and we're going to have to figure out something for the race."

LAST YEAR YOU FINISHED 10TH HERE, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET A FAST LAP?

"Braking is very important, but this is a track that requires a lot from the set up because it's got every kind of thing on the track, like slow corners, fast corners, combinations and a lot of bumps. You need a set up that allows you to do all those things well and I think we came pretty close to a perfect car."

STARTING THIRD YOU DON'T NEED TO PASS A LOT OF CARS TO GET TO THE FRONT, BUT WHERE ARE THE PASSING ZONES HERE?

"To be honest with you I don't really know where you can pass here because the cars are very similar in speed and you have to force passes and make sure you don't force something that isn't there."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/ Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 5th

"The team did a fantastic job and I think my engineers worked hard between sessions today and they found something on the car that allowed me to go faster. My Ford-Cosworth engineer, Andy [Gregory] did a fantastic job too, helping me to put the power down on the concrete, so we're pretty pleased."

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 11th

"The last two races we have really struggled and we knew that things would soon start to go our way. Yesterday we came back slowly, but today we made more progress. We still need to get better, but it was a good improvement and the car feels pretty good. Unfortunately we had a small gearbox problem that slowed us down a little bit, but generally speaking we have a good car and I think we'll be strong tomorrow."

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

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE CONTACT BETWEEN YOU AND MEMO GIDLEY?

"I was under braking and going quite a bit slower than he was so I apologize to him for that. But it's racing and everybody slows down there to get a gap and that's what I was doing."

SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF GUYS ARE HAVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS IN THAT TURN THIS WEEKEND.

"The entry is extremely bumpy and he probably tried to brake late and he probably hit the bumps and couldn't stop, hitting the back of my car. He didn't hit me very hard, but it was enough for him to hit the wall."

IT'S DIFFICULT TO BREAK OUT OF THE SLOW GROUP OF QUALIFIERS ISN'T .

"Yeah because on my fastest lap Max Wilson screwed up in corner one and it screwed me up, so I missed my fastest lap. But we're still okay. In the fast group the guys just run faster all the time so you have a lot less traffic."

BRYAN HERTA (#77 Forsythe/Indeck Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 15th

HOW WAS QUALIFYING FOR YOU?

"It didn't go very well at all. I had a pretty good car but I spun on my first set of tires on my good lap and then the red [flag] came out. On my second run I caught traffic on a lap and then on the next one I had a good lap going and I caught another guy who was coming out at the end of the session and then I had to pit for fuel. I actually feel lucky because we got a decent lap in, but certainly there was more in it so it's a little bit frustrating."

DO YOU THING YOU'LL HAVE A BETTER CAR FOR THE RACE? "Yeah, but these places you always want to qualify as high up as you can because it's so darn tough to pass, so it's going to make a little bit more work for us."

MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 21st

"We improved the car a little bit, but we still have a very large amount of understeer and just hit the limit of our car on both sets of tires. It seems like it is very difficult to get a very good lap out of the car for me and in these conditions we have a bit too much understeer. We made a step forward from this morning, but it just was not enough."

YOU'VE DRIVEN FROM BACK IN THE PACK TO FINISH WELL HERE IN THE PAST. WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO MOVING FORWARD AND SCORING A STRONG FINISH?

"I'm very pleased for the team because Kenny [Brack] did a fantastic job again and for sure it seems like the Lola is treating him better than me in qualifying. We're going to attack the track tomorrow and see what it will give us."

MAX WILSON (#25 Redback Networks Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 25th

WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND SHINJI [NAKANO]?

"I was behind him and he crashed in Turn Eight and I was right behind him. I thought I could get by him, but when he hit the wall I think some of the tires bounced out at me and I couldn't escape and that was it."

HOW DISAPPOINTING HAS QUALIFYING BEEN FOR YOU TODAY SINCE I'M SURE YOU THOUGHT YOU'D HAVE A GOOD RUN.

"I think so. The car was good and the engine was quite good, but then we had to jump into the spare car, which didn't have the same set up as the primary car. I know it happens, so we'll just try to better in the race."

DO YOU THINK THERE'S A SPECIFIC REASON WHY EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE HAVING A TOUGH TIME IN TURN EIGHT?

"There's a surface change there and I think that's why it's tough. It goes from asphalt to concrete to asphalt again, so it's kind of slippery right there. But that's not the only place where it's slippery on the track, I mean, Turn One is slippery too. I think everyone is trying to push as hard as they can through there it just happens."

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Alex Tagliani , Tony Kanaan , Max Wilson , Kenny Brack