TAGLIANI FASTEST ON FRIDAY - Player's/Forsythe driver Alex Tagliani set the fastest lap during Friday's practice for the Molson Indy Vancouver, navigating the 1.781-mile temporary street course in 1 minute, 1.230 seconds. Team Rahal driver Kenny...
TAGLIANI FASTEST ON FRIDAY - Player's/Forsythe driver Alex Tagliani set the fastest lap during Friday's practice for the Molson Indy Vancouver, navigating the 1.781-mile temporary street course in 1 minute, 1.230 seconds. Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack set the sixth-quickest lap (1 minute, 1.905 seconds), while Tagliani's teammate, Patrick Carpentier, was seventh-fastest (1 minute, 1.933 seconds) and Brack's teammate, Max Papis, was eighth (1 minute, 1.943 seconds).
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Fastest during Friday practice - "We unloaded a very fast car this morning and it handled great. We didn't change tires during the first session, but this afternoon we tried a new set at the end and that's why we did a very good lap time."
HOW'S THE HANDLING OUT THERE TODAY? "The car is very easy to drive when it's handling properly, and it's true that the track is very rough and it's very difficult to do a perfect lap. But it's the same for everybody and I think the team has done a great job of giving me a very good handling car."
HOW MUCH FUN HAS THE LAST FIVE OR SIX RACES BEEN FOR YOU? "They've been a lot of fun. Actually the car was quick at the beginning of the season but we didn't manage to score any points because we had a lot of bad luck. In the last seven races we've been consistent, scoring points every race starting with our podium in Toronto, so hopefully we'll be able to continue to score more points."
KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Sixth fastest during Friday practice -
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO WELL IN ORDER TO PERFORM WELL HERE AT VANCOUVER? "Normally on any street course you need to get a good balance in the car. This track doesn't have a lot of grip so you have to get the car to stick to the ground. That's the most challenging apart I think."
[TEAM OWNER] BOBBY RAHAL IS BACK ON A FULL-TIME BASIS. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO HAVE HIM BACK ON A DAILY BASIS? "I think it's good for us to have him back. We've done some good so far, but he built this team from the beginning and it's good to have him back."
HOW BIG A ROLE WILL HE PLAY IN THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS? "I expect him to play the same role he did before he left. We have a good organization with Scott [Roembke] and Mark [Johnson] leading the team, but this is Bobby's team and he's the guy who calls the shots, so it's good to have him here."
WITH SEVEN RACES TO GO IN THE SEASON, ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP? "Well, it would be nice to win it but to do that we've got to do the best we can during every race weekend. We have performed poorly in a couple of races now so we have to get back into the points and get back onto the podium."
WHAT KIND OF STRATEGY DO YOU EMPLOY FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON? "We go for wins. Not to say that we're going to win every race because of that, but if you go for a conservative strategy there's a good chance that you won't get any points because this series is so competitive and you've got to give it everything you've got."
CAN YOU USE ANY EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE FROM OTHER CHAMPIONSHIP RUNS IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP RUN? "You can get used to being in a championship hunt, but what it comes down to is making the car work well at all the different kinds of tracks that we go to. We need to work together as a team to bring everything all together and I think that everybody is doing a good job. We just need to keep doing the best job that we can every weekend and in the end we'll see if we're going to be there or not."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Seventh-fastest during Friday practice - "We had problems this morning when we lost second gear in the gearbox and we had to stop for awhile. It cost us, but we came back this afternoon and the car was much better. The car is still pushing a lot and we still need a lot of improvements, but I'm sure that we'll find them before tomorrow."
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH WHERE YOU'RE AT? "Yeah, I'm pretty happy. It's Friday and it's a long weekend, but we'll see how things go."
THE TEAM HAS PERFORMED WELL OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF RACES. WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS THIS WEEKEND? "I was hoping to be at the front. I'm not as close to the front as I'd like to be, but seventh is not bad. To end the first day with Alex first and me seventh is fantastic and I'm pleased for the whole team."
ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - "We had a good lap there at the end even though I got caught up in traffic in the last corner. I think traffic was a big issue for everybody today. It was hard because the track changed a lot today and we just have to keep changing with it. We'll see tomorrow. I'm not very, very happy, but I think we're headed in the right direction."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT FOR A SMALL TEAM LIKE SIGMA AUTOSPORT TO TRY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS EVERY WEEK? "We knew from the beginning that we would be a one-car team and a rookie team and we would struggle with this all season long. The good thing is that everybody is starting to work together better and we continue to improve all the time. If it's more or less than what the other guys do, I don't know. But the important thing is that we keep improving as the season goes on."