1. PAUL TRACY ( ...
1. PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We're very happy with this provisional pole. It gives us a much-needed point and puts us on the front row for the race. That's what we need to do. My first stint was much better than the second. I got the fastest time in that first outing then the track got very slippery and I just wasn't able to improve. I know there are still improvements we can make on the car. We're going to go at Saturday's qualifying with the same intensity and purpose, and fight for another point and the pole."
2. BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It wasn't what I expected that's for sure. I didn't get a point and Paul did. We were fast this morning but thought it would be prefect for qualifying after more rubber got put down on track. I think the track was slower in the afternoon and we got stuck behind [Patrick] Carpentier for a while. But I'm confident for the pole tomorrow. We are better at this point than we were last year here, so I think we can go even faster."
3. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We worked on a few setups to make sure we wouldn't mess up anything this weekend. Bruno's car was better so we used his setup. The track is hard right now due to some smaller bumps, not big ones, just smaller ones. It's tough inside the cockpit but we'll make some changes for tomorrow afternoon."
4. JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The car felt pretty good. We went one way on the #12 side and the #31 crew went another. I think we have found the better set-up. I am feeling a little sick today, I am not sure if it the altitude or a stomach bug, but I am not going to let that slow me down. I am not happy at all with our position in the championship standings at the moment, so I am going to be giving it one heck of a fight these last three races."
6. RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"We went the complete opposite direction from Jimmy's side with the set-up today. That is the benefit of a two-car team, we are working together to find the optimum set-up. I am on my second race with my new engineer, David Brown. His communication is fantastic and we are really starting to gel. The two cars are very different at this point, yet we are only one tenth apart. It is great to have the Gohnar car in the top-six and I hope to take it to the front tomorrow in final qualifying."
8. PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We had mechanical problems this morning and it reflected in our results this afternoon. The team had to change the differential and the brakes between sessions and when I was ready to go out with six minutes to go in the second practice we had an electronic failure of the shifter system. So eighth place is not so bad. The car ran well on the first set of tires and I set my quickest lap of the day. The team modified the settings a bit to bring them closer to what Paul (Tracy) is using but I pushed a little too hard and had to take the escape road at the end of the straight. I flat-spotted my tires and I could not improve my time after that. If the weather holds up for tomorrow, we should improve our performance and be up there with the leaders."
9. TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"Well, I think it's a good start. We were really quick all morning and we are still in the top 10 in 1st qualifying. We still have a long way to go; we need to improve the balance of car because a little improvement here on car will make a big difference in time."
10. ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It's great to be back in Mexico and to feel the tremendous enthusiasm of the fans...and it's only Friday! I'm not too enthusiastic about the car right now. There's too much push and very little grip. We're going to work on making it stiffer and reducing the understeer. We lost power and speed between the sessions, so we're going to look at the engine too. I'm sure it'll be better for tomorrow's session, but we have some work to do before then."
11. MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Well, this is not exactly where we wanted to be at the end of the first day of qualifying! We started the day with a good car but we haven't been able to improve on that. The car definitely feels better but it's not faster. We'll just need to sit down, go through all of our notes for the day, and see what we can find to make it better for tomorrow."
12. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I think we have something wrong with the diff [differential]. The car feels like it did when we had some problems with the diff before. I'm sure there is something there because the car definitely feels very disconnected. I am like an accident waiting to happen in every corner. We also have no power on the straight. We don't know what it is yet; the car is just very slow. We need to look into that. I'm sure we are going to fix the problem and we should be fine tomorrow."
13. MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"We just haven't gotten a good setup yet. We had a lot of under steer this morning, we have less now, but we need to keep working. Tomorrow we will be quicker if it doesn't rain."
14. ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It was a very frustrating day for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team. In the morning we had a mechanical problem that kept us out of the second practice session. Then in this afternoon's provisional qualifying we had some problems with the car. We are not really sure what it is, so we are going to have to go through all of data to see if we can identify the problem. The Visteon/Patrick Racing crew is also going to go through the entire car and make sure we didn't miss anything. It is unfortunate. We had expectations of coming the Mexico City and being quick right off the transporter just like we have been the last few races. Fortunately, this is a veteran team with very strong leadership, so I am confident we will identify the problem, get it fixed and be ready to have a strong qualifying effort tomorrow."
16. MIKA SALO (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We had good practice sessions this morning and didn't make many changes before qualifying. During qualifying, I was loose early, then I would develop a huge understeer after a few laps. At least we know what the problem is and we know what direction we have to go before tomorrow."
18. ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I'm very disappointed. We had a good car this morning but we're still working to find the balance of the car so I can go faster. We've had some inconsistency with the brakes - I've never really felt comfortable with the brakes today. We've also got some oversteer in the quick part of the track, the esses, that we need to work to make better."