PACIFICARE DRIVER JUNQUEIRA WON PROVISIONAL POLE AND GUARANTEED FRONT ROW START FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; McDONALD'S0x00ae DRIVER BOURDAIS THIRD Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It feels really...
PACIFICARE DRIVER JUNQUEIRA WON PROVISIONAL POLE AND GUARANTEED FRONT ROW START FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; McDONALD'S0x00ae DRIVER BOURDAIS THIRD
Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It feels really good to get the provisional pole. The PacifiCare car was awesome today. Long Beach has always been a good track for me. After a long off-season the PacifiCare team has worked really hard and has given me a good car. PacifiCare is located really close to Long Beach so we want to have a good weekend for them. Since this morning I felt the car was really good. Already on my third lap in qualifying I though the car was really, really fast. I want to work really hard to win some races this season. I had a long off-season and wanted to come back here and be on top. (How can you win the championship this season after being runner up for three consecutive years:) I have to do everything a little bit better. The last two years I was very close to winning the championship but didn't. I have to improve all aspects of myself as a driver."
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I expected Bruno to be tough this year and today he proved I was right. This is the first race of the year and I am not that accurate; I don't think I drove a Champ Car enough. All in all I had only two days of testing and I am not feeling all that ready. There is a small difference between getting pole here and crashing. I should be more accurate with each lap; I don't feel all that good (about my performance) now. When I came into the pits after my lap I thought it was pretty good but I guess I was wrong because Bruno ran such a quick time. Historically Bruno has been faster than me here and Paul (Tracy) has a lot of wins and experience here. These (Bruno and Paul) are two tough guys to beat here in the front. I think the McDonald's car will be fast this weekend, we made up a lot of ground during the race last year and I think we will be able to do it again. This is the first time I have come back as a champion in a series. I always stepped up to another series when I won the championship. I will approach the goal the same way I did last year and that was to take it one race at a time."