CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Ford Friday qualifying quotes

Vasser fourth-fastest during provisional qualifying in Mexico City. VASSER PROVISIONALLY QUALIFIES FOURTH - Team Rahal driver Jimmy Vasser was fourth during provisional qualifying for Sunday's Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in Mexico City with a lap...

Vasser fourth-fastest during provisional qualifying in Mexico City.


VASSER PROVISIONALLY QUALIFIES FOURTH - Team Rahal driver Jimmy Vasser was fourth during provisional qualifying for Sunday's Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante in Mexico City with a lap of 1 minute, 26.703 seconds. Bruno Junquiera claimed provisional pole with his lap of 1 minute, 25.941 seconds, while Christian Fittipaldi was second (1 minute, 26.027 seconds) and Dario Franchitti was third (1 minute, 26.147 seconds).

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 4th

"I got screwed by some of the traffic out there. On a couple of my laps I was running much better but that's just the way it goes. The car feels pretty good, I think there's some more left in it because we had laps quicker than that before I came up on some traffic. The rain might slow things up a little bit tomorrow but I think it's drying so it shouldn't be too bad. Hopefully we'll make the car a little bit better and have a good, clean day tomorrow."

WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THE TRACK? "Beautiful; absolutely gorgeous. It's fun to drive, challenging and has great rhythm. It's one of great old circuits of the world. It's too bad the way they design circuits nowadays with a lot of 90-degree turns and chicanes, but this thing really flows and it's a really great track. Hopefully it'll continue to be a great track for CART in the future."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 6th

"With (Bruno) Junquiera on the pole now I need to finish two positions behind me to finish second in the championship, so it's going to be tough. They have a good car on these type of tracks."

YOU CAN GET IT BACK BY WINNING POLE TOMORROW. "Yeah, that would be good. We had a couple of problems down the back that kept us from accelerating and we reckon we lost two or three tenths there so we would've been fourth.

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford)

Provisionally Qualified 14th - "On my quickest lap (Michel) Jourdain blocked me big time and then on the next one he spun in front of me so it wasn't very representative. We were a couple of tenths quicker and we need to hope that tomorrow it'll stay dry and we can try to do better."

THE TRACK LOOKS FAIRLY SMOOTH, EXCEPT FOR THE CONCRETE IN THE STADIUM SECTION. "Yeah, it's really rough there. But on the rest of the track it's very smooth and I think overall it's pretty good."

ANDRE LOTTERER (#19 J.A.G. Sports Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 18th

"I started pretty well, although I wasn't too satisfied with qualifying because I was a bit unlucky with the red flag that came out on my quick lap. I'm still learning to find the point where the tires are at their best and on the second set I made a bit of a mistake. Now I have to learn a lot because I don't have a lot of miles in the car and I'm still learning the tires and the car. I did the most laps of anybody today, I learned a lot and we're going to change some things for tomorrow and I think I can improve a lot."

HOW DID YOUR INITIAL CHAMP CAR TEST IN SEBRING GO FOR YOU? "We struggled the first day because we couldn't drive a lot. We had a car failure the first day so I had to wait for them to fix it, and then the engine broke. We did a third day of running and I got more or less 100 laps and it was okay. It's tough because I don't have a lot of miles in the car but I'll do my best."

ARE SATISFIED WITH HOW YOU DID TODAY CONSIDERING THE LIMITED SEAT TIME YOU HAVE? "Yeah, for sure. I stayed on the track all day and tried to get as many miles as possible so I could do the best for qualifying tomorrow."

HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE DRIVING A CHAMP CAR TO YOUR PAST EXPERIENCE, PARTICULARLY THE FORMULA ONE CARS? "I mean Formula One is completely different. There you have grooved tires and automatic gearbox and all that stuff, while here you have much, much more to do and you sweat a bit more. But it's really fun because with the sequential gearbox it's more like racing. Formula One couldn't live with a gear stick because they brake so late, but it's completely different. I personally like it a lot and would like to be here next year."

IS ONE MORE CHALLENGING THAN THE OTHER OR ARE THEY JUST DIFFERENT CHALLENGES? "No, it's one more challenge, a new challenge and is a great option for me in the future and my career."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti