CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach Friday Qualifying Quotes

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Day 1 - 16 April 1999 Dario Franchitti - 1st Actually, it wasn't a bad lap, but it wasn't perfect either. I made a few small mistakes here and there. But the track is getting quicker all the time, and I think...

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Day 1 - 16 April 1999

Dario Franchitti - 1st Actually, it wasn't a bad lap, but it wasn't perfect either. I made a few small mistakes here and there. But the track is getting quicker all the time, and I think everyone will be going faster tomorrow.

Juan Montoya - 2nd We had a good car today, the team gave me a very nice car. Maybe we could've had a shot at the pole today but for the red flags. For sure we're going for it tomorrow.

Bryan Herta - 3rd I love this place. We are struggling a bit with grip right now though. We made a change at the end of the second set of tires and that helped a bit. We have a few things to do tomorrow to make it a bit better. I know we can be better tomorrow.

Tony Kanaan - 4th The car was pretty good. I think we have one more step to go in the setup, so I think we are in the zone. Hopefully tomorrow we can improve even more. I haven't qualified this well on a street course before, so I am happy. And, I won two more watches for my collection. I bet my engineers that I could do better than a 62.5 and I did. They lost their wristwatches.

Max Papis - 5th This is my first qualifying effort with Team Rahal on a road course and I am happy with our result so far. We have things to learn but I feel that we are working well together right now. There are still some things we can do with the chassis for tomorrow. But again, I am very, very pleased for today.

Adrian Fernandez - 6th We are still catching up with the car. We haven't tested the Swift for about a month and a half so we are trying lots of things. We still have a lot of things to learn and a lot of things to try. I am confident that we can oull it together and move up on the grid tomorrow.

Jimmy Vasser - 7th The balance of the car isn't perfect yet, but it's pretty close. There's just a little bit of understeer to dial out, and I think the times will continue to come down tomorrow.

Christian Fittipaldi - 8th We have not been able to get the car working with the tires. It's just an issue of getting the car setup better. Some part of the equation is not working. The power is there and if we can get the car figured out we will be in very good shape.

Michael Andretti - 9th I like the changes to the track. We struggled a bit in qualifying because we went the wrong way with the setup. We have our work cut out for us during the final qualifying session tomorrow.

Paul Tracy - 10th I had a clean lap on my third lap out, but that was it. There was traffic on all the others. I think the car's pretty good today, we just couldn't show it. The track is still coming in, there's more grip all the time, so hopefully we'll get another shot at it tomorrow.

Patrick Carpentier - 11th No quote

Greg Moore - 12th No quote

Mark Blundell - 13th We had a strong, productive session in the morning. I ran a lot of laps and I feel good about that. We had a pretty good session in the afternoon, too. It;s just unfortunate that circumstances restricted our track time.

P.J. Jones - 14th We did not have a good qualifying run today. I thought we should have been in the top-ten but I missed on a couple of laps during the session and couldn't get into a rhythm and get a solid run. We are not that far off ... just a few tenths.

Gil de Ferran - 15th The car is sliding a little too much. We have to work a little more to find more grip in the car.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Mark Blundell , P.J. Jones , Greg Moore