CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: Friday quoteboard


BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I feel really good. On the first six races, like all five of them I've been second place in qualifying in one of the sessions. It feels really good. I think the PacifiCare, Newman/Haas Racing team did a great job. We had a very good winter test. On my first outing, on my fourth time lap, I just laid down a very good lap. The car was really good. But we made some changes trying to improve a little bit for qualifying. But I think the track went the wrong way, opposite of what you expect, and the car wasn't very good on the first outing. I got a little bit of traffic. Then for the second set of tires, we did a good change, and I have to thank the guy that called me on the radio to find the gap and get my chance to put one lap. I knew there was that."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's not bad but second means nothing today. I had first place for just a moment and that would have meant a secured position on the front row. Team Player's made some changes for this afternoon's qualifying and we will do more for tomorrow because the car is stiff and pushing too much in some corners but overall we do have a good car."

PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We were quickest before the red flag came on as time went by, I could see that there would barely be enough time to improve. For a while, I was hoping we would not have enough time being in first place. But, when we got out, I was caught in traffic and even though I was able to improve my times, it was not good enough."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car was a lot better this afternoon. Unfortunately, either Michel [Jourdain] came upon traffic or something, because I lost three-tenths [behind him] that could have put me in third or fourth. That was my fastest lap but we had traffic. We improved the car a lot for qualifying. We are closer to the front and really our time was faster than it showed. It's a better race car and that's the main thing. We just need to improve our position tomorrow."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Despite the fact that we qualified in the top ten, we still feel that there's a lot more we can get out of the car. We'll need to really think through what changes we are going to make for tomorrow's qualifying. I'm sure we'll get there but we have a long way to go to get the car really working the way we want for the race on Sunday."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Ryan spun in front of me, I was coming out of the pits on new tires I knew there were a few guys behind me on their fliers so I pulled down low into turn two and the engine just stalled on me. This is the third time I had the stall so we are going to have to look into that. I can't believe that happened, next time I might not be so courteous because it bit me. Also on my first set of tires the pressures never came up, the second set was perfect, I am happy with the car, I think we have a real good baseline to work with."

ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team did not have the best qualifying session of the year today. The track was very different from what we expected when we came here, so we spent most of the day catching up. The bad news is we are 10th on the provisional grid. The good news is the Visteon/Patrick Racing car is not very good, so it means we have room to improve and move up the grid. And, the most important thing is we have a very good idea of how to make the car for tomorrow's final qualifying."

BRYAN HERTA (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We haven't found the right balance yet, but it feels good to get a few laps under my belt --I certainly feel better! We will make some changes overnight, keep digging, and see where we are tomorrow."

ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Basically, it was very difficult to get in the proper position on track for a flyer during the last few laps due to traffic. I'd be just ready to launch and then I'd have to back off. It all came down to one lap at the end. The car was so much better after the last change we made and I was up quite a bit during the early part of the last lap. But I was being too greedy in trying to get more out of it and on the next corner I put two wheels out on the dirt which slowed me down in that corner and the next one too. But the car was so good that I was still able to make up all that lost time before the end of the lap and it was my best one! So on one hand, I'm quite disappointed because the car is much better than the lap time shows. For sure I could have gone 3/10th of a second faster - maybe more. But I'm also quite happy because I know we just touched some things to give me the speed we need to go even faster."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The conditions here at Laguna Seca are great and this should be a good weekend. Right now we are not satisfied with the speed that we're getting from the # 33 Johnson Controls Lola. We tested here at Laguna in early January and had better results than today so we're going to sit down and reconfigure the car. We need to go back and look at the data we have and start the basics again. We'll get it right for tomorrow and the race, but it's going to be a long afternoon!"

RYAN HUNTER-REAY #31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It was a rough session. We are playing catch up in the first session this morning, I had a problem with the brake pads then after they changed them, we had a crack in the fuel pump so I ended up missing the entire second session which was really unfortunate. This afternoon I w as still having some problems with the rears locking up because of the brake pad issue. I just need to re-group and get a better result tomorrow."


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