CHAMPCAR/CART: Lexington: Ford Racing Friday qualifying quotes

Patrick Carpentier captures provisional pole position at Mid-Ohio Notes: Carpentier assured of front row start and one championship point - Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier captured pole position for Sunday's CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio...

Patrick Carpentier captures provisional pole position at Mid-Ohio

Notes: Carpentier assured of front row start and one championship point - Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier captured pole position for Sunday's CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio by lapping the 2.258-mile road course in 67.040 seconds. Cristiano da Matta was second-fastest with his lap of 67.095 seconds, followed by Christian Fittipaldi with his effort of 67.436 seconds.

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 1st

"I'm really happy and everything worked out really well. My team said, 'come one, come on, put one together,' and we did. That was the perfect lap and I'm really happy. No matter what happens we're still on the front row tomorrow and that's all I want."

DO YOU APPROACH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY DIFFERENTLY WITH THE TRACK TYPICALLY IMPROVING OVERNIGHT? "You really go for it. We tried to go a little bit later because traffic is usually not much of a thing. Ford worked really hard and did a good job, the traction control worked well, my engineer has been doing a fantastic job lately and the car was great."

HOW HARD IS IT TO GO BACK TO A TRACK WHERE YOU TESTED WELL IN THE PAST? "It's very hard because we came in with the exact same setup that we tested with and it was not very fast so we had to go the opposite way. For some reason that what seemed to be working today, but if we go slower tomorrow then we'll change it again."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 4th

WHY IS THIS A TOUGH TRACK? IS IT BECAUSE OF ALL THE ELEVATION CHANGES? "Yeah, high-speeds and elevation changes. It's quite different but the car is the most important thing. If you have a good car then you are able to do a lot of things with it, but the car is the limitation even if the track has a lot of elevation changes. The thing is you want to have the car completely planted (to the track) so you can run aggressively and because the track has a lot of elevation changes it's important that you don't compromise going fast in some places while making it slower in others. But we're working on it. We have a good plan and I think we can improve."

IS ALL THIS SPECULATION ABOUT DRIVERS MOVING AROUND BEEN A DISTRACTION FOR YOU? "Well, that's up to Player's. I don't know when they're thinking about announcing who is going to be my teammate for next year, but there are so many races still to go that even if I don't know who my teammate is going to be it doesn't bother me at all. It's going to come out one way or another and they're going to find the right time to announce it.

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 12th

"We've got little problems with the car in all areas and we're not happy. It's not any one big thing - we've just got little problems in all areas: braking, turning, putting the power down and overall grip."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Competition Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 14th

"It was a pretty interesting day. We worked to try and figure out some stuff with the car and it came down to a simple change that just made it a completely car. Unfortunately during qualifying I was caught up in traffic and I only got one clear lap before the red flags came out, but we did a decent time that I think we could've improved had we had some more laps. I'm quite happy because we're getting there with the car and it was just a simple thing that we've corrected. But I think we're on the right track and we'll keep working on it."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Cristiano da Matta
Teams ART Grand Prix