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PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I almost lost it towards the end because I just lost focus. Since I was running by myself, I just drifted off and caught myself just in time as two of my tires went off, I was lucky to be able to save it. The Indeck car was good, it got a little loose on the last 4-5 laps, but not complaints other than that. It was a smooth ride, at the beginning I was just trying to push Paul (Tracy) but never had a clean opportunity to get past. We were saving fuel, and then Paul had to stop earlier, so I pushed as hard as I could to run a very fast lap and we just gained our momentum from that point on. I really love this place. I guess you have to flip over the fence to do good here, because I have done real well here since that incident!"
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am real happy. It was a good weekend for me and the PacifiCare car. We had great expectations coming here this year after running well last year. However, the car was not as good and we couldn't find the right balance. Then I crashed the morning before final qualifying and my team had to work hard to get the car ready. We started 8th, which wasn't really good, so we knew it would be hard. My PacifiCare team had good strategy and we had good fuel mileage and we were strong at the end. I am happy to finish second. The Championship is still wide open and I am still fighting hard. This really gives us a boost for us to do well in Las Vegas and keep fighting."
ORIOL SERVIA (#11 yokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"This feels great! We were so close in Cleveland and in so many races, it is great to finally get the result. We have all been working very hard and proving that we are capable together. It is a good feeling to finally do it, especially starting were we did. I did not have a great weekend because we were having problems with the car. It was a great race, three cars went off track in front of us, but otherwise, I passed a lot on track, our pit stops were good, and the car was good. I just kept talking to the car, telling it what to do, and he (the car) listened to me. We still need more speed, but it is great to show what we can do, a team that does not have a huge budget, but a lot of dedication."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm happy with the final result, especially after all of the incidents at the beginning of the race. I had a good car and I think I had a good opportunity to be on the podium until (Alex) Tagliani put all our hopes in the wastebasket. After that, we came back thanks to great pit strategy; so I have my engineers to thank for that. At the end of the race, we were struggling a lot with the last set of tires and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) was pushing really hard, but I was committed to holding the place that my team put me in. I'm looking forward to Las Vegas because I do well on the ovals. I finished second the last time I raced there, so I'm hopeful for a repeat podium in Vegas."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am happy to get the points for fifth. Unfortunately we were caught out by the yellow flag, but we were forced
to pit because we were already committed to the pitlane when it came out. If it weren't for the bad timing with the yellow, I think we could have finished third. We put a decent finish to the end of an up and down weekend and I am certainly looking forward to Las Vegas."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm happy to have made my best Laguna finish today in the No.8 Johnson Controls car and make some progress on this track. Brian (Ma -- lead engineer) gave me a great car. It was fast and competitive. I flat-spotted the tires twice, but otherwise the Bridgestone Potenzas did the job. They were responsive and grippy. I lost the alternate set (of tires) in an incident on lap one. That also sent me to the back of the pack, but the car was strong, the Cosworth engine came through and I worked my way forward. We were unlucky to get stuck at the back again, as we have a few times this year, but I always have a strong car to catch up and pass. We should be in good shape for the remaining races and it'll be an exciting battle right to end of the season."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Paul rubbed on my left rear tire real hard with his wing and it put a big hole in my tire. After that we were trying to get back to the front and were stuck behind Gonzales and the struggle continued. It was a very frustrating race; the result didn't equal the potential."
GUY SMITH (#17 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I certainly felt more competitive in the No. 17 Rocketsports car today. Left-foot braking worked well for me and it was very good to work with my new engineer, Harvey Spencer. The car was running strong, handling well and I was able to keep on the race pace. I struggled with my last set of tires in the final stint and had some under-steer as a result, but was able to hang on. I believe I could've finished a few positions ahead of where we were (ninth). In fact it's good to be a little disappointed, because it means I had more confidence in the car and knew it could've finished further ahead. The team is at the point where we can start to focus on the finer details that will give us more speed. I'm really looking forward to the Vegas race and beyond."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It is really too bad that I spun out. I owe an apology to my team they have worked really hard this weekend and my mistake potentially cost them a good finish. When you have a mistake like that it costs you everything, even though we ran strong all day it is extremely difficult to get the lap back. My engineer Mike Cannon gave me a very good strategy and called me into the pits at the end of the race to put on my favorite "Alternate" tires so I could set the fast lap and get the point. We did a great job of maximizing the situation, between the tires and a good car, we were able to set the fastest lap of the race."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We were running very strong, fighting with Sebastien Bourdais and performing well with the frontrunners. Bourdais got into my left rear tire entering the cork screw, which forced us to pit a lap early because of a cut tire. We lost some positions after that, but were able to conserve fuel at a good rate. It's a shame we didn't finish the race because we moved up nine positions after starting dead last. My guys did a great job and had a very quick stop on short notice when my tire went down. My hat is off to them, and we'll go after it again in Las Vegas in two weeks."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I made a couple of mistakes; simple as that. I stalled on my first pit-stop and I've never done that. Then I was just pushing too hard and I made a stupid mistake when I went to pass Oriol (Servia). It was my fault. I'm really sorry for my crew because they just did a phenomenal job all weekend and gave me an excellent car. I don't know if I could've beaten Patrick (Carpentier), but I certainly could've been right there with him. I'm also really sorry for the contact with Oriol and happy for my teammate Michel (Jourdain Jr.) for his fourth-place finish. I know he had a tough race too."
NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)
"I am so disappointed for the team. We truly felt this could be a very good race for us. Despite the poor starting position, we managed to quickly make our way into the top-10, and the car was running the best it had all weekend. The most important thing is that I continue to gain experience and the No. 14 crew is motivated to continue working hard on making the car faster. I am confident the results will soon show.
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We're not completely sure how it happened. We had a real rough sound coming from the gearbox when we increased the load on the car and tried to get the power down. It's a shame because we were looking for a good result in the Gulfstream car today. We could have had a real positive run and gained some positions in the point standings, but that's the way it goes I guess."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am very frustrated. It has been a difficult weekend for our team, but we were looking forward to having a decent race. I managed to race through the initial carnage without getting involved. I then passed Lavin, giving him plenty of room on the inside. He made an aggressive move and hit me, spun me, and proceeded to hit my car all the way down the hill. The spin didn't hurt my car much, but the subsequent hitting on his part did extensive damage to my suspension and wing. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing crew worked very hard to repair the car, so we could go back out and score a few more points. Unfortunately, the steering rack was too damaged for me to safely return to the track, which ended our race.