Champ Car Grand Prix of Houston Driver Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...
Champ Car Grand Prix of Houston Driver Quotes
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I think the McDonald's car was really awesome tonight. It's all this hard work that's been being done during the winter that really pays off. I really quite honestly never would have believed we could have won that race at the start. It's just one of these situations where basically you start and you feel really, really strong. I just pushed really hard while I was 100% fresh. I knew at the end of the race was going to be a little bit more difficult. Everybody was going to be a little bit more on its toes. I really felt like I had the edge on the pack when the green flag was waved at the beginning. I just went for it, used the 'push to pass', got great runs out of turn four going into turn five. The car was feeling great. I just used it. After that, was kind of an uneventful race with quite a few yellows. One of these, you can basically go either way. We took the lead, then we lost it in the pits thanks to a patch that broke down, the jacks, the car didn't go all the way up. I was a little bit frustrated. It was a little hard, but at the end of the day, as I said, when races go your way, they go your way. It was true again tonight. Now it's second win out of two races. It's great. In the meantime, we know it's going to be a long season. We need to shy away from getting too excited because the wheel can turn around very quickly. Let's make sure we don't get too crazy about that. It's a long way to go."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I think it went well. Obviously we weren't the fastest car on the track, but it was a steady night for us. The car was balanced pretty well, just a tick off of Mario and a tick off of Sebastien. You know, the middle part of the race was probably the most interesting for me when Sebastien was on reds, Mario was on blacks, I was on blacks. It seemed that Mario, we were both quicker in that stint. I was able to stay a lot closer to Sebastien on blacks, and the car felt better on the blacks than it did on the reds. The times had picked up from the first stint. Then when we switched over to the reds for the end of the race, Sebastien was on blacks, it just seems like his car became more consistent and my car became harder to drive. A little bit more oversteery. I just kind of settled into knowing that we needed to get points and come away with a second."
Mario Dominguez #7 Pride of Mexico INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was a tough race. Sebastien, he did well. I give him credit. He pressured me pretty good. He was saving fuel. I knew he was saving fuel. I had to save fuel and at the same time stay in the lead. That's where I got caught. I locked up the rear tires, just went straight into the runoff, lost first place. I was really fighting for it, doing my best to save first place. Sometimes the car would get really sideways, especially on restarts. Saving fuel wasn't easy. It's unfortunate that I lost the race, but at the same time I think it's very positive that we showed today that we can be the fastest, we can get the pole position, run at the front. If I fine tune a couple things like that... I hadn't led a race since 2003. That adding to having to save fuel, I got caught in the middle of it. I think for Monterrey, I'm very motivated, focused. I really want the revenge over there. I'm going to go over there and give it my best shot."
Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "We didn't have the strongest start to the weekend so it's great to come out with a top five finish. Considering we made four pit stops and the car wasn't as its best to start with, we kept working at it and it was a real team effort. I am really proud of my team and hope that we can achieve a podium for next week's race at Monterrey."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It was a tough day that began with a disappointing start, having been taken out in the first corner. And without a yellow flag, we almost went a lap down, so we just had to work it out from there on. I'd just like to thank my crew for working so hard, and hopefully, we kept all of our guests from CDW entertained. We'll try to make this our worst race and come back strong for the next one in Monterrey."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide / Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -"It was a pretty difficult weekend for us. We made some changes on the car and during the warm up this afternoon the car was perfect for me. As for the race tonight, with the change in the conditions I had a lot of oversteer on the car which made it difficult to drive but overall I am very happy with sixth place and I am currently fourth in the Championship so that is really good."
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I feel good about the race, I just kept on, kept my line straight down, kept out of trouble. It was an interesting race the guys did a great job with the car. I had a really good pace, we could have finished in the top four, but we finished seventh and that's good. I think the track was one of the most physical tracks I have ever driven on. The handling was good with the car, in the warm-up the car wasn't so hot, but then they fixed it. Overall it was a good overall race."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It was extremely challenging race, and although I'm sore and exhausted, I'm proud of the effort my team put in to give me a car that kept us in the top ten. The crew worked really hard all weekend long, and we did our best, but eighth place was the most we could do. Monterrey is a different course, so we'll get back to work as soon as we can to get ready for it, and try to come up with a better result."
Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "We were going to pit on that lap that I ran out of fuel. The calculation told us that we still had plenty of fuel in the car so it's a shame that we ran out of fuel and dropped from fifth place. We thought it was a pickup problem but we might have miscalculated. It was also a shame because we were going to run longer than Tag and improve our position. The car was really bad after a few laps on the red tires but on the black tires the car was perfect and I think I could match the pace of Sebastien and the two Forsythe cars but then we ran out of fuel. At least I finished the race; my first race after a year that was an accomplishment."
Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Honestly, I wasn't even thinking of passing Tagliani on that lap. But in the middle of the straightaway he let off the throttle and slowed down. I caught him and then he got back on the throttle. At that point I was beside him and I thought he was having a problem. Then he turned in and hit me. It's really a shame. The Gulfstream -- PKV Racing car was very good, especially at the end of that stint. I knew we had fourth place for sure and I was looking for a podium finish. I really want to thank the whole PKV Racing team. The engineers did a fantastic job setting up the car. It was 10,000 times better than it has been and the crew did a fantastic job preparing the car and in the pits. I am just disappointed because we lost a opportunity to get a lot of points and get into the championship race. The good thing is it is still early, so there is no reason to panic. We just have to keep working hard and our time will come."
Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "What a day, what a day. Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. They say bad things happen in three's and they were certainly right today. First, I had a knee pad get loose in the cockpit. Then, I had an electrical problem with the car and finally I got taken out of the race. I really have to thank the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing crew. They did a fantastic job getting the car repaired. They are really a great bunch of guys and I appreciate their hard work and support. Obviously, I am very disappointed because we had a good car for this race and were moving up the field. The good thing is we made a lot of progress this weekend and I am looking forward to continuing to making even more next weekend in Monterrey."
Charles Zwolsman #34 GoldenPalace.com Casino Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "The race was going pretty good, we picked up positions during the race and had some good fights with Nelson and AJ. We were running consistently but following my final pit stop I was coming down the front straight when Will Power was coming out of the pits. I had a lot more speed then he did. Going into turn 1 he locked up his wheels so I went inside of him but then he turned in on me and that's how I ended up in the wall. It's a disappointing way to end the race, especially since we were running well and could have got a good result."
Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am disappointed that I did not finish the race. I feel for the guys because when damage occurs in racing incidents, it's my crew that have to spend the longer hours fixing the car. I have learned a lot this weekend. With the pace and race position we could have had a top six finish. I am extremely happy for Nelson and CTE-HVM to finish fourth."
Nicky Pastorelli #8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am quite disappointed that our evening had to end early, but that is how racing goes," said Pastorelli. "It was amazing to make my first Champ Car start, this is a great track and there were a lot of fans out there tonight, so I was so excited to be here in Houston racing for Rocketsports Racing in the Champ Car World Series. I started experiencing issues with the brakes on Lap 17 as the pedal keep pushing to the floor. I did the best I could, but the problem kept re-occurring. When I was braking hard in the fast turns, the pedal would go completely to the floor. In the rest of the turns, the brakes were ok. So I thought it would be ok and we could make it to the end of the race. However, things were more serious than that, so we called it quits. It is a shame, but the team did a great job for me this weekend to give me a good race car, so I thank them. This is what happens sometimes, it is racing. I look forward to Monterrey, as it is a new race and a new chance for us to go out there and show everyone what we can do together as a team."