CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach Mercedes Driver Quotes

Mercedes Quotes Al Unser Jr., No. 2, Marlboro Penske/Mercedes/Goodyear "The rain right before the second session had me a bit worried, but the course dried quickly, so we had a shot at beating the guys in the first qualifying ...

Mercedes Quotes Al Unser Jr., No. 2, Marlboro Penske/Mercedes/Goodyear "The rain right before the second session had me a bit worried, but the course dried quickly, so we had a shot at beating the guys in the first qualifying group. The Marlboro car has come along since this morning's practice, but we still need to work on the balance. Overall, things turned out well today. We've got a car for Sunday, and we are looking forward to going racing." Greg Moore, No. 99, Player's Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone "We tried two sets of tires that session and we were quicker on the second set. Plus, we were better this afternoon than we were this morning, and we'll work on it tonight and make it better." Helio Castro-Neves, No. 16 Team Alumax Reynard/Mercedes/Goodyear "We've got a great engine, great car and great tires. Unfortunately I was too anxious when I came out at first, and I spun. Then I had to wait like 10 minutes because I caused the red (flag). When I went back out, I had to build confidence again. I knew the car was good, but I had to build the speed back up. I got caught in traffic on my second set of tires -- we could've done much better, but hopefully no rain tomorrow, and we'll get qualify in the top 10." JJ Lehto, No. 9, Hogan Racing/Mercedes/Firestone "We improved a half second over our practice time, but we're still not there. We've got to get the car better. You have to have a good baseline before you can start improving the car. Time is so limited now that you don't have much time to make the car better." Andre Ribeiro, No. 3 Marlboro Penske/Mercedes/Goodyear "The car is getting better every time we go out on the track and we are very happy with the improvements. We were able to pick up some time from the morning session, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to move us further up the grid. This race is like a first race for us because our Marlboro car is so new and it's our first time on the road course. Hopefully the weather will stay clear tomorrow and we'll get another chance to qualify." Mauricio Gugelmin, No. 17, Hollywood Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone "It has not been a great day. We had a lot of changes to our setup. We were late getting out. Then I discovered we had a ride height problem. By the time we got that sorted out, the session was flagged early." Mark Blundell, No. 18, Motorola Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone "It's been a big disappointment to be perfectly honest. Unfortunately we didn't get to make a fast lap on my second set of tires. We were ready to have a run at it when (Alex) Zanardi had his problem (which ended the session early). That would've only made a difference of a couple of places, but every little bit helps. We'll just hope the weather is kind to us and have another crack at qualifying tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore , JJ Lehto