CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Friday driver quoteboard

Champ Car Friday Driver Quoteboard BRUNO JUNQUEIRA ( ...

Champ Car Friday Driver Quoteboard

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It feels really good to get the provisional pole. Long Beach has always been a good track for me. After a long off-season the PacifiCare team has worked really hard and given me a good car. PacifiCare is located really close to Long Beach so we want to have a good weekend for them."

PAUL TRACY (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We knew our car was reasonably balanced so we thought we would have a good shot at the pole today. On my first run I left a little out on the track and then we put on the Red Bridgestone tires to really make a run at the pole. I had good lap going and then I caught up to Cristiano (da Matta) at the end of the back straight which slowed me down but that's qualifying at Long Beach."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"When I came into the pits after my lap I thought it was pretty good but I guess I was wrong because Bruno (Junqueira) ran such a quick time. Bruno is really fast here. All in all we only did two days of testing before today so we are in pretty good shape. I think the McDonald's car will be fast this weekend, we make up a lot of ground during the race last year and I think we will be able to do it again."

JUSTIN WILSON (#9 SanDisk Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a reasonable day, qualifying 4th. It was a shame it got a bit messy out there at the end, but it was the same for everybody really. We're going to make the most of it and get on with it. The team has done a good job getting us headed on the track, so we'll get to work and get the SanDisk car further up the grid tomorrow."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am pretty excited about this first day for Team Australia. The entire team has done so well considering this all came together so late. To go out and be fifth fastest in the first qualifying session is great because all our sponsors are here and there is a huge contingent of people from Australia -- it is a good first day. We actually had a lot more in the car but on one of my quick laps I got blocked, so instead of doing a 1:08.6 lap we ended up with a 1:09.0. We were trying to get the tire pressure exactly where we wanted it, but with all the red flags, I ended up with one less lap than I needed. That hurt us today but we definitely have a shot at the top three tomorrow."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a terrible session overall. The good thing is that my teammate qualified 4th with his new sponsor SanDisk on board. So, I'm happy for him, but we've got a lot of work to do. We're definitely not where we should be with the #10 car. We struggled quite a bit with grip during the session and I was really struggling. I know we're better, and tomorrow we'll prove it."

TIMO GLOCK (#8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a pretty good session for us. We had some problems with traffic on a few laps which cost me some time. The car still is not in good shape, we have to find a little bit on the setup but we know where we need to go so we will be alright. We didn't use our red Bridgestone tires and a lot of people did so we should be better. We look pretty bad right now but we will be fine tomorrow."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We didn't get to practice this morning because of a fuel pump problem and we were pleasantly surprised how we went in the first run. We knew we were going to set a good time today because of the problem this morning but we have a pretty good setup and we should have a good day tomorrow."

MARCUS MARSHALL (#5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was just one of those sessions where the red flags didn't help us. You only get about 15 laps to go at it in 45 minutes which can be tough with the traffic. The car wasn't quite right on my first run and it was also my first real go on sticker tires. I was hoping to go a lot quicker on the second set and I ended up getting hit from behind and I hit somebody else -- I had a couple of little moments which meant I didn't get a lap in at the end like a lot of other guys did. But overall I am happy to get my first day under my belt, keep the car in one piece and gain more experience.


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