CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach Ford Racing Friday notes and quotes

Notes: ORIOL SERVIA SECOND IN FRIDAY PRATCICE - Sigma Autosport driver Oriol Servia posted the second-fastest time during Friday's practice for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Servia lapped the 1.968-mile temporary street course in a time of ...

Notes:

ORIOL SERVIA SECOND IN FRIDAY PRATCICE - Sigma Autosport driver Oriol Servia posted the second-fastest time during Friday's practice for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Servia lapped the 1.968-mile temporary street course in a time of 1:08.305, eclipsed only by Tony Kanaan, who's time of 1:07.759, was the fastest lap time of the day. Defending race champion, Paul Tracy, was third fastest (1:08.375), while Helio Castroneves (1:08.388) and Patrick Carpentier (1:08.402) rounded out the top five.

Quotes:

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - 2nd fastest in practice - "It just looks like things go right here. Last year in my first race as a rookie we had a failure before doing well here. This year, we were okay in Monterrey and we were okay here, so we just need to stay up there with everyone else, which is the most difficult thing. But the car feels very good, and no fooling, the engine felt really strong from the start. I told them from the very beginning that it felt very strong and everything seems to be working well."
ARE YOU SURPRISED WITH HOW FAST YOU'VE BEEN DESPITE YOUR LIMITED OFFSEASON TESTING? "I think we're always learning something with every lap that we do. It's not something specific that we find, like the springs or the shocks, it's just that with each mile that you do you learn a little more about the car. We just have to make sure that we're up there for qualifying tomorrow and after the race on Sunday."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 5th fastest in practice - "Our day was very good, and I think it's been one of our best. The last two Fridays, here and in Mexico, we were in the top five on road circuits and that's very good. We're happy, but I think we have some work to do and we need to find some more (speed) for tomorrow. We're lacking a little bit, but we've got another session tomorrow and we should be good."
WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU LEARNED IN MONTERREY THAT CAN HELP YOU HERE?
"They're very different circuits - Monterrey was very slippery and this track has a lot of grip, so they're very different tracks. I think it's more from what we did this winter (testing) at Sebring and some of the other circuits that's helping us."
DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT QUALIFYING TOMORROW?
"Yeah. We're in the slow group because of what happened in Monterrey, but we feel good and should be tough."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth) - 15th fastest in practice - "We had some problems with the popoff valve this morning, but the engine ran really well in the afternoon. We're getting the power down okay, but tonight we need to do some more work on the rear of the car. We had a good day, but hopefully we'll qualify better than we ran today."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 20th fastest in practice - "The car was good all day and it was really fast this morning when we had the fastest time. This afternoon we had a problem with the engine, but that's racing. We went into the backup car and we could've put new tires on, but Tony (Cicale) said let's just save them for tomorrow."
YOU'VE RUN WELL HERE IN THE PAST, SO IS THIS A TRACK THAT YOU LIKE OR DO THINGS JUST SEEM TO COME TOGETHER HERE FOR YOU?
"I think at the beginning of the season last year the team was very strong. We were fourth on the grid at Homestead, we had the pole and led the race in Brazil and we finished fourth here, so the car was very good at the beginning of the season. I don't know why I've been so successful here. I think I've been lucky and good at the same time, and I think you need those two things to finish well in a Champ Car."

BRYAN HERTA (#77 Zakspeed/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 21st fastest in practice - "Obviously this afternoon was very disappointing. We started out very strong this morning, which was a great way to start the weekend, but this afternoon we couldn't seem to put everything together. The car felt good, but most of all we struggled with traffic. We have a few issues to sort out tonight, but I'm confident we can get back to where we were this morning for qualifying tomorrow."

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan
Teams Team Zakspeed