HVM ROOKIES ROCK IN CHAMP CAR DEBUT AT LONG BEACH BJORN WIRDHEIM - ...
HVM ROOKIES ROCK IN CHAMP CAR DEBUT AT LONG BEACH
BJORN WIRDHEIM - #4 HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola
Bjorn on the race: "I definitely learned a lot today during the race. It was a unfortunate that we didn't finish higher. We lost two positions due to the fact that I used all of my push-to-pass half way through the race and didn't have any left for the re-start. I think when it came to our race pace, we were very competitive. My Bridgestone tires were good, especially my hard set in the second stint, I think I had the fifth quickest lap during that stint. I am disappointed not to have finished at least in the top-ten; our starting position did not help. I really enjoyed the work, I am very happy to be in Champ Car, the HVM team did a brilliant job all weekend and I cannot wait for the next race, I now know what to expect."
RONNIE BREMER - #55 HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola
Qualifying 1: P.9 69.514 sec. 101.919 mph
Ronnie on the race: "HVM did a great job all weekend, they made my job a bit easier. I led a few laps, I suppose for a Rookie that is not to bad for my first race! There were no big dramas out there for me today, I just tried to push as hard as I could. Unfortunately Glock passed me when I exited the pits and I was on cold tires while he was hot. The pitstops were great, a bit nerve-racking, as you don't want to make any mistakes, but a lot of fun. I am pleased with the entire weekend and certainly looking forward to Mexico."
Keith Wiggins, Co-owner-Managing Dir.:"It's not unusual for me to say I would like to have finished higher, because I see the potential that we've got. At the same time, I am proud of the team and both drivers for their performances. I am glad to see the team got through the first weekend after a difficult winter. We had a clean weekend and now we can build for the next race. Both drivers did a fantastic job since neither of the really had any experience with the Champ Car. Ronnie's drive to seventh was fantastic."