Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday quoteboard. PAUL TRACY ( ...
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday quoteboard.
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "This is great for Team Player's and it's a good start for me. The car was good coming out this morning and Team Player's kept improving it everytime we went out. It's great to have the front row locked up for Sunday because we don't know what the weather is going to be like in the next couple of days. It was a good battle for first spot between Bruno (Junqueira) and I. I was ready to improve my time at the end but the red flag came out and that was it. If the weather doesn't change, we should break the record again tomorrow. At this point, I don't know what is Team Player's strategy for the second qualifying. We will have to discuss what we want to do. It's been a great season so far with two wins and it's going to be my third time to start on the front row, so everything looks good so far. We are so motivated, not only me but the whole team."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The car was pretty good. The team made some changes for qualifying. I think the car was pretty good in the qualifying round on the first set of new tires. I was just a little bit in front of Paul. But on the second set of tires I did one lap, I got traffic, then I got a good lap, then I got traffic again. I had a very, very fast lap when the red flag came."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Each corner, you need to push. You are always close to the wall. That's how a street course is. You really need to take your time and go step by step if you don't to make a mistake. If the rain is not coming, it will probably be a pretty good day for us on Saturday.
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I would have loved to improve my time at the end but the red flag came out. We waited a little too long in the pits otherwise we could have done better, a Top-3 for sure according to the time registered before the session was stopped. We have a very good car and we are going to do better tomorrow. So far this is a very good start of a weekend in Long Beach (Never qualified higher than 17th here). The car is pushing in the middle of the corner and I'm lifting off. Team Player's will have to fix the front end to make it better."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I am a little disappointed. I am happy that we are in the top five, but I was expecting more. The car was good right from the start this morning. We tried some changes and then we went back but somehow the car didn't feel the same as this morning. We need to see what we can do to improve it. We had such a good test in Arizona [Arizona Motorsports Park on April 7 and 8] and learned a lot of things. Obviously this track is not as smooth, so we have to apply some of the bumpiness of this track to see where we can gain more speed."
MICHEL JOURDAIN (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "In the morning we had some problems and we didn't do many laps but it wasn't a huge setback because the track was so slick. I was really happy with my car this afternoon. It felt like it had some good potential. After the qualifying practice I didn't want to make any changes and as the track rubber came in the car picked up a lot of understeer. I thought the track was going to come to us but it didn't so we will have to make some changes for tomorrow. Hopefully the bad weather that is being forecast will hold off se we can make the car better and improve our starting position."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Today's qualifying for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team was okay. It is just that we are used to being in the top-three all the time, so it feels bad when you are seventh. I was a little surprise because the Visteon/Patrick Racing car was very quick in practice on old tires. The car was well balanced on old tires. However, on new tires, the balance changed and it caught us a little off guard. At the end of the day we just didn't have the best car. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team just has to sit down, figure out where it is that we can improve the car and, hopefully, it won't rain tomorrow for final qualifying. I am confident that we will have an improved car tomorrow."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "It must be Friday qualifying! We worked on the setup and tried a few different strategies to get ready for Sunday's race. We were running in fifth early in qualifying and came in to change tires. We went back out to get our fast laps on a new set of Bridgestone tires but didn't get the opportunity to make a clear lap. We'll work on a strategy and setup and be out there again tomorrow."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I just couldn't get a rhythm going during qualifying. There was a lot of traffic out there. I was only able to get one good lap in, my last one, so I think the car is really quicker than the time shows. It's a good car right now - of course, there are still a few things here and there we are going to do to make it better for tomorrow."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) "I was bottled up in traffic for most of the session, but I know there is at least another second in the car. I was on a pretty good flier there at the end and I tapped the wall at the exit of turn six. It was a pain because I know that would have been a heck of a lap. Hopefully the weather will hold out tomorrow and I can show off that extra second."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I really don't know what happened there. I was on my last lap, a fast one, when I saw Paul Tracy in front of me. He must have been on a cool down lap but if he had stayed on his pace I would have never caught up with him. I don't know why but he slowed down and then sped back up again and I ran right into the back of him. If he had just moved over a little bit, I could have gone by easily."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) "I had a pretty good run going there in the beginning when the track wasn't rubbered in. The #12 crew made some changes to Jimmy's car that worked and we'll give those a try. Right now I can't lean on either end of the car, the front or the rear they both lock up when I lean on them so I am driving a car that is tough to trust. We know where we need to go though, so we learned in that last session for sure."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) "I am pretty happy with the day overall, but am disappointed with the final results. We did not deserve that, we should have been in the top 10. We had lots of traffic and I was waiting for a clear lap but didn't get it. We only had 15 laps and we ran before the traffic cleared and my team called me in. I think we still have the potential to qualify in the top 10. I am looking forward to tomorrow and better results."
DARREN MANNING (#15 Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "That session was tough really with traffic. We decided to go out straight away as usual to get a time in the bag. The car was pushing quite a lot and we made a few changes for the second run and went out just before everyone else went out, which was maybe a mistake because when my tires were coming up to temperature, everyone else was coming out of the pits. We're struggling with the car under braking and I made a bit of a mistake during that second run. I went straight on into the back straight, Turn 9 I think it is and that basically spoiled the rest of the run because I had a bit of a flat spot and had dirt all over the tires."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) ""We didn't have much fun today, and to be honest we are a bit lost. All day, we struggled with understeer and inability to get the power down. The wheel spin was quite bad. We are looking at data right now, so perhaps tomorrow will be better. I hope the weather stays good. I want to thank the crew, they gave me a solid, reliable car and I appreciate their hard work. It allowed us to work on the setup all day."
PATRICK LEMARIE (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The track itself is fun. We are still chasing the right setup after this morning, and we haven't quite found it. We have some ideas for tomorrow that hopefully will work!"
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) "I'm definitely starting to get much more comfortable in the car, more so than at the last two races this season, but I've had very bad luck this weekend. First, we have an engine problem and then I kissed the wall exiting Turn 5 in the practice session right before qualifying. The guys are working hard to repair the damage on the car, but we weren't able to get back out in time for qualifying. We'll wait for tomorrow and hope it won't rain so that we can do better."