Champ Car Sunday Quoteboard SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...
Champ Car Sunday Quoteboard
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Yeah, it was a lot of fun, for sure. It was a lot of stress, too. But I think we did such a great race with Mario. We just had a very little struggle when he didn't really see me. I was just one wheel, and I went across the grass. I think that's why they penalized him. It was very fair, but so tight. I mean, it was just really difficult to keep out of troubles. So I just have to say "all right" and thanks from my team because they gave me a perfect car. My Lilly car #2 was just exceptional today. I mean, we race fast all through the weekend, and it's the second win in a row, so what can I expect more?"
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very happy - I had a lot of fun out there today. My pit crew did a great job all day - I didn't do such a great job getting into the pit box but they managed to adjust every time. I have to give them a lot of credit - they were my guardian angels today. For sure, I had one of the best cars out there today. Sebastien (Bourdais) and I had a lot of fun out there - it was very clean racing but very aggressive too. As far as the 5-second penalty we got from CART for blocking, as far as I'm concerned I didn't do anything wrong. Sebastien did the same thing later in the race which is okay with me because we were just racing. The German fans are the best! You can hear them cheering and the air horns every time you come down the front straight. This is for sure my new favorite track!"
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a tough day. There at the beginning my car was terrible on the traffic, so I lost some positions, went to I think like six or seven, then I made back to like fifth. And the first pit stop, we had some kind of a problem, we took very long, and then when we came out, we just came out in the middle of the two Walker cars and hit Rodolfo and they gave me a penalty. So I went like to on the second pit stop to like 10th or 12th, and then I made back to fifth. I mean, after that, I mean, the car was pretty good. There on the last yellow, I mean, we were able to catch them back, the lead group. We passed very pretty much a lot of guys. I was running third, second there with Sebastien and Mario. And there, I mean, I just didn't have anything for them, you know."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "This was my best oval race in Champ Cars but I didn't have the power to challenge for the win from the beginning. Although there is a spec engine in the series the power varies. Sebastien [Bourdais] and Mario [Dominguez] had the power but not as much experience and it made a difference. It was good to fight with Oriol [Servia] at the end of the race. He was faster than me on the straights but I did everything I could to stay there and overtake him on the last lap."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The car was really good, especially at the end of the race. I was running competitive laps after my final pit stop. I think I did a 37.2 by myself and a 37 flat in a tow. We broke one of the turning veins under the front wing which probably caused the massive push I had at the beginning of the race. I could run up alongside cars, but I couldn't pass very easily. As soon as I got up alongside somebody, I had to drop back behind them. I had three top gears, and I could have used only two to help me get better restarts. I used the tow on the restarts and it was difficult to run as quick as the leaders on my own. Overall though, it's been a great weekend for the RAC/Walker Racing crew."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I was flat out most of the time. I have never done this in a race before. Team Player's kept me in the race with excellent pit stops. I'm pleased with the results because we did not have a car this weekend that we could expect to run at the front with. I pushed it to the limit. At the start of the race, Paul (Tracy) and I worked together as a team and it went real well as we moved up pretty quickly and made some gains. I think we passed 5 or 6 guys in one shot. The car ran better with full fuel and that's why it worked well at the start. After I lost sight of Paul, I worked on drafting with other drivers. We finished seventh, only one lap down and came away with some hard earned points."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We're out of here with our cars intact, we've got some points. I fell back at the start with a bad valve and fell back a bunch. We fought back up there, thought we had something going with our pit strategy and then our fifth stop was a bad one, we had a problem with the air jack and then I stalled it. We shouldn't be eighth, we are better than that, we have some work to do."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The Corona car was awesome! I could easily run with the leaders most of the time. I had a little push sometimes, but the car handled really well overall throughout the race and I have to thank the Corona Walker Racing crew for their efforts this weekend. We had a couple pit incidents that cost us a little bit, but I'm very happy with this finish."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very happy for my teammate Mario Dominguez and the whole Herdez Competition team. It's great to see Mario up on the podium again and it's great for the team. Unfortunately, we didn't get it all together on my car today. We had the speed at the end of the race but at that point I was already a lap down. The good news is that we still made some points for the championship."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I can chalk this one up to experience, I learned a lot this weekend and as a team we learned a lot. Eighth and 11th is excellent for American Spirit considering the car we have had all weekend and still do have. The team did an excellent job in the pits all day long. It was a great event for the fans today, awesome facility, and good for us to be able to leave with a few points, not where we want to be, but at least we're leaving with something."
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The European stint has been disappointing. We came in with a 26-point lead and we leave tied for first. This was not the best car I have ever driven by far. It was very slow. There is a lesson to be learned here as we should have done a better job in making choices before coming over here. If your car is not on the same level as the others it's hard to compete with them. I never expected the car to be that bad. Player's Team never expected the car to react that way. We were not competitive. The team is going to get back to work immediately and work hard to get back on track in Milwaukee."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I had a lot of fun. This was my first experience on an oval and I really enjoyed myself. I wanted to finish, and we finished. 13th is the worst position as it's just out of the points. I had a big fight with Tracy, which made things interesting. The team was great in the pits. After I pushed so hard, I even touched the wall at one point so I was very lucky there, I was hoping for a better finish, maybe 9th or 10th. We were there a couple of times and were counting on another yellow or two that we didn't get when we needed it. I think it was a good strategy that could have worked. As a rookie, I'm very happy to have finished the race safely. Now I've got my first oval under my belt and learned a lot about what I want in my set up so I should do much better in Milwaukee."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "On the bright side, I qualified 4th which is my highest qualifying for the season and the highest for Reynard so far. I'm happy to have finished my first oval without incident. From when the race started we had problems; even with changes I made from inside the car it didn't help with the front grip I needed. On my last pit stop we discovered that the front wing end plate was broken, but we don't know when that happened. The car ran fine when I was on my own, but in close traffic I got a lot of understeer. We went to the end hoping someone else didn't finish and we would get into the points, but in the end two guys two many finished in front of me."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Basically just a depressing day and exactly the result we expected. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be out there, but it was still bad enough. I couldn't do anything. I could draft for a little bit but I couldn't fight with them. I didn't have enough speed on the straights. It was one of those days. It's a shame. For Mario and Michel, they kept the Mexican flag on top today. Unfortunately we let everybody down."
ALEX YOONG (#19 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I had a lot of fun in my first oval race. In nearly every lap it's about overtaking or being overtaken. Other than the understeer after my first pitstop which was rectified by adding more wing at the front during the second stop, the car was running fine and was well up within the top-6 times. It's a great pity that my drive shaft broke just before the 3rd stop which put an end to a good run that had us as high up as 10th. I felt the Dale Coyne Racing team could have been rewarded with another point scoring result today had it not been for the mechanical problem. This result definitely does not reflect the good work done by the team."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I got really excited. This was the best oval car I've ever had. At the start of the race, I stayed on the outside because it was so easy and quick, and went from ninth to fourth immediately. It's absolutely frustrating, but there's nothing we can do when mechanical problems set us back."
PATRICK LEMARIE (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's a shame. We are all very disappointed. We had a strong car today, and we were doing well until something happened and I was hit in the pit lane. I had gained four positions on the pit stop and we had found the right setup, so it's really too bad. But we are going in the right direction and are improving every race, so we are on our way."