CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Friday qualifying quoteboard

Champ Car Hurricane Relief 400 Post-Qualifying Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...

Champ Car Hurricane Relief 400 Post-Qualifying Quotes

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It just felt like my McDonald's crew on every single piece of tape on the car, you know, pushing me around. It's pretty much a good summary to what happened today. I think it's all to their credit what kind of performance we get in this qualifying. Kind of taking myself out of the picture really because in qualifying, just really put the foot down and it's all about the team effort. Obviously they proved to be extremely good at that. So during the race it's a bit different story, and you have to have a good ending in traffic. Hopefully we'll be able to achieve that again as well as we did last year. It should be a good race. It was really spectacular last year."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was great. I think we already in practice showed that we were probably going to be up there. No surprises. The car was very good even with the wind. We knew that no other team was going to beat us, with or without wind strategy. We went out there with the big wind. It was very good. I'm just very happy. The car felt actually quite decent in traffic earlier, so I think once now we change it a little bit for the race, going to be even better. Again, the race is very long. Is the last lap that counts, so we need to get there safe. That's the main thing. Hopefully we can put the PacifiCare car again in the top of the podium."

Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We played little funny game waiting because we figured, it was Jim McGee's idea, Jim McGee, our general manager said, "There's still an hour to go, it's still kind of hot, maybe the wind will die down a bit. We need everything we can get for qualifying." So we waited it out a bit. The boys in the shop did a tremendous job over the last few weeks to try to make the cars as slippery as possible, even down to putting special waxes on the underwing. Whether they work or not, who knows, but it's the effort that counts, making the body fit work. I think it shows in PKV, with myself and my teammate Cristiano da Matta on the second row, it shows a lot of hard work has paid off, at least for qualifying. I do know also we need to do a lot of work for our race setups tonight. We weren't all that happy in today's afternoon session. But, you know, all credit to the guys in the shop, they did a great job."

Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: The Liqui Moly car is good. I am very happy to be starting fifth here in Las Vegas. I am getting the hang of these ovals quickly and I do enjoy them. So far my best two qualifying results have come on the two ovals and I am proud of those results considering I had never driven on an oval prior to coming to America this year. I am looking forward to practice tonight, driving at night will be another first for me and I can't wait for the fast pace of the race tomorrow. We will make sure to give the fans the best show in Vegas on Saturday night."

Rodolfo Lavin #55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am happy because other than driving the two-seater with my friends from the Mexican media, qualifying was my first time running the car today. We had a gearbox problem this morning and I only had one timed lap so we knew we would have to get the job done quickly in qualifying, so that being said, I am happy to be seventh. The car feels good, I don't want to rush to make too much of a judgment because I haven't run much. I will be able to know more after we run tonight. HVM always has a good oval car and we've proved that again today."

Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The team has done a great job to give me a quick car straight out of the box. The super speedway is definitely an interesting experience. I travelled probably close to 35km faster today than I have been before in a race car. You really have to grit your teeth and go for it. I thought I would enjoy it because I have been quick on the faster-flowing stuff this year. It's just the more technical bits which have caught me out. I have struggled in qualifying this year, so to be in the top 10 is obviously pleasing. We just need to make sure we now convert it in the race. I am sure it is going to be a lot different deal with 17 other cars around me in the race tomorrow."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Qualifying was better then practice, but not where we wanted to be yet. We know that qualifying is not that important today. The important thing is how we will do tonight, how we will work with traffic and race side by side to further evaluated our options. There is still some work to do for tomorrow. It's fun and exciting to race really fast and passing with all the lights around the track and the fans that make Vegas a special race for us."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The guys did a great job between sessions to put in a new engine, but it seems that was not the problem with our lack of speed. We just have no pace. We can change a few small things overnight, but I am not sure how much we can do. I am holding it flat the whole way and guys are pulling away from me and that's not a good feeling. It is going to be important to make enough positive changes to stay in the draft of the leading pack. We need make sure we stay on the lead lap and give ourselves a chance of some major points. Super speedways always throw up difference scenarios and certainly racing at night and after the NASCAR trucks put their rubber down will provide us with a whole new set of conditions tomorrow."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It is really tough for us right now, we just aren't fast enough to be competitive. It is hard for me because I don't have any real experience on ovals to be able to give really great feedback. I know the car well, so that is not the problem, it is just a total different situation on an oval. I really don't know what to say at the moment. We will work hard, taking things step by step, and continue to prepare for the race tomorrow."

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Red Paw Systems Inc. /Rocketsports Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We just don't have the speed; that is really all there is to it. You are either really fast here, or slow, and unfortunately we are slow. We have to continue to do our homework and prepare for the race tomorrow night. It is a long race, so we will see what happens."

Andrew Ranger #27 Mi-Jack/Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It's my first time in Vegas. My rookie practice earlier today, gave me some extra laps to learn about the speedway. To be flat out is not easy the first time, it's a big experience. For qualifying, I'm disappointed with the results because I thought my time was quicker. The team gave me a good car, a very fast one with good set-up and my line was good. So I didn't do well for qualifying, but I sure have a good car for the race."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Rodolfo Lavin , Bjorn Wirdheim , Nelson Philippe , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Cristiano da Matta