CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Post-race quoteboard


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It appears that I am very good on superspeedways, but still need work on short ovals! This is great for the McDonald's team, they deserve the true credit this weekend. Once Bruno (Junqueira) ran into traffic, I was comfortable with how things were and was able to get a good lead. However, then he caught right back up to me. I was just trying to stick to the inside to keep the lead. Tonight's race was all about the pit stops. We made no mistakes and we were able to get the win. After two frustrating race weekends, it is very rewarding. It is another great finish for Newman/Haas Racing, hopefully we can also finish one and two in the championship."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It is pretty frustrating. The PacifiCare car was good; I felt that it would be difficult for people to pass me as long as we had good pit stops. The first pit stop the PacifiCare team did went good, then the lead was taken away from me. Then when I was fighting with Sebastien (Bourdais) for the lead, I got caught up in traffic. I lost positions when I was held up behind Ryan Hunter-Reay because he was really chopping my clean air; meanwhile, Sebastien was getting away from me. Then towards the final laps of the race we were racing together, side-by-side, and that produced real exciting racing for the fans. It was clean racing; we have good drivers to race against. This is another great result for the Newman/Haas Racing team, the win true goes to them."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am very happy. Just before the start of the race, I was checking my gears and I realized fifth and sixth gears were reversed. I knew that it was going to be difficult on the restarts. We made a few changes on the Indeck car during the race, but overall the car was good. Now we are third in the Championship, and no longer tied with Paul (Tracy), so I am happy with our results. It was a fun, close racing tonight, I really enjoyed myself."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

The team gave me a great car, great pit stops. Everything was great! We never lost a place in the pit stops - in fact one time I think we gained a place because of the speed of the crew in the pits. The car was handling really well, and the Cosworth engine was great; so solid and reliable. We started sixth, and were able to run right up front for a lot of the race and I felt confident of keeping my track position and fighting for a podium if I could stay really close to the leaders to catch their draft after the [last] restart - but we weren't able to do that and so finished fourth. My sponsor Corona was also the presenting sponsor of the race tonight, and I'm very happy that my #3 Corona Forsythe Racing car was running so strong and up at the front in front of the may Corona guests and here in Las Vegas."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The car was just really loose at the end, and we weren't really able to get the late charge to the front we were looking for. Maybe a podium slipped away tonight, but who knows. The PKV Racing guys did an awesome job all night long on the Gulfstream car, giving me solid stops throughout the race. It's another solid day for us in the point standings, so we'll take it."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"For my first super-speedway, as a driver I felt I did a good job and my crew just gave me awesome pit-stops. The car had too much downforce. It was handling better than most of the cars in front of me, but I just couldn't do much with it because of the downforce. This weekend was a great learning experience for me and I came out of it with a sixth, so I'm happy and looking forward to heading back to a street-course!"

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"All in all I am pleased with our performance, since we started 15th and managed to finish 8th. We were running in 4th place with seven laps to go, but the car had some understeer, which made it hard for me to run on the lower part of the track. My guys did a good job on the pit-stops, allowing me to gain some positions. I am confident we are back on track, and should have a good finish to the season."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"I am very happy! This is my best-ever result in Champ Car, and the team continues to show improvement. The car was good, and I feel I could have run with any other cars in the field. But I got separated from the front of the field, and it was tough to catch up. My goal was to finish the season strongly, improving with each race, and I really think we can do even better than today in the last two races."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a rough race. The car was great for the first half of the race. After that, everybody was able to drive around me, so I just tried sticking to the pack and let it play out. It was difficult to stay with the group, but the changes the team made helped a lot, and we were able to get another top 10 drive tonight. I guess I'm learning to like these ovals, but road racing is still my first love."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"At the beginning the car was fine. I did struggle with the car getting a little loose towards the end of each stint, but that wasn't a real problem for me. At one point the car suddenly just seemed to lose power and I don't know why. We kept looking, but it wasn't obvious. I had been running with A.J. (Allmendinger) and keeping with him and that pack of cars, but then they just took off. Even with the draft, I couldn't keep up. It's disappointing because I had a streak of podium finishes on the oval tracks and I really enjoy racing them. The whole team stayed with it and we brought home valuable championship points in spite of it."

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I can't say how disappointed I am - not to be able to run in the race in my home town Las Vegas is very, very sad. We didn't have the quickest car during practice or qualifying, but we'd made some progress at least this afternoon, and you can never rule out anything on the ovals ... dramatic come backs happen, and I'll always race hard if any points are on the table. But tonight I lost the drive to my rear right wheel because of a broken spline and there was nothing we could do to stay in the race. We were out before we'd even started."


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