CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Race day quoteboard

1. PAUL TRACY ( ...

1. PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It's a fantastic weekend for Forsythe Racing. It's a good weekend after Miami too where we struggled and I got frustrated in the race. After that race we sat down, had a few meetings and really thought about what we were going to do here in Mexico City. We brought our best stuff here and to get a bigger lead leaving here is what we wanted. But you never know what's going to happen. We will rest on our off weekend and get ready for Surfers Paradise."

2. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I have two feelings right now. One is being happy that we clinched the rookie of the year award and the strong run for Cialis today. The other feeling is for Bruno because he got sick and spent most of the morning in the medical center. I thin in one way the late yellow helped us catch Tracy, but it killed the performance of the tires, as they went from cold to hot back to cold in just a short period of time. The rookie of the year award was the main target this season for us, and we got it with two races to go so I'm very happy."

3. MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I cannot believe it. To finish third in Mexico is unreal. All the support from the Mexican people, the whole Herdez Competition team for believing in me, means so much. This podium means more to me than anything else- it's the biggest moment of my life."

4. MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante/Office Depot Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It was a frustrating day for the Gigante team because of the start. We had a really good car today, but when I had to go off the track at the start to avoid Jimmy [Vasser] and we fell back to 14th or 15th. That made our day really hard. The team made a great call on the strategy when we went out of sync and my pit crew was awesome today. Every time we pitted we gain at least a spot in the pits. The Bridgestone Potenza tires were at their best on the first three or four laps and the strategy left us running alone without traffic and that let us actually pass people by turning quicker laps. We lost ground again to Paul, but we gained on Bruno. This is the point of the year where it is easy to reflect back on lost points and wonder what might have happened differently. We are still alive for the championship, but all we can do is get ready for Australia and do our best in the last two races."

5. MIKA SALO (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It feels great to get our second top five in a row. We definitely had our ups and downs this weekend, but today we finished on a good note. The team gave me fantastic pit stops all day and I was able to pass other cars both in the pits and on the track. Now I am looking forward to Australia -- I have a little bit of extra pressure, because Kevin Kalkhoven is Australian and he has told me that he wants a podium there!"

6. TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"Well, I think its great when you're disappointed with a 6th place finish. We had a good race, overall a great weekend. We had P2 qualifying and I had an amazing overtake on Bruno for third place. We were doing great. Unfortunately we had a slow last pit stop and lost three places. Overall the team did a great job. This is our best result so far and we're on the way to even better things."

7. BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I felt like I was going to throw up the whole race. I think it might have been caused by the dinner I had last night. I had to survive the whole race only to finished seventh. It's very frustrating."

8. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"Basically we started the race with a car that we didn't know. It was a complete gamble. At the beginning of the race, I was fast on the straight. When I got to the end of the straight, the track has a little bit of a crown. I went to the inside, my car bottomed out and I went off course. I recovered and went to last. We pitted and made an adjustment. The car wasn't very good on the first set of tires but on the last two sets, the car was very quick. We don't know why it was quick which is a shame because if we could have had a car like that at the beginning, it would have been a different story today."

9. DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I had a fantastic start and was up to third place going into turn 1, but Tiago tapped me on the exit and it spun me into the grass. On one of the restarts, Adrian made a stupid move in Turn 6, we went wheel-to-wheel and I ended up spinning. To come back to ninth after falling behind in those two incidents is a testament to the team's pit stop strategy. The RAC/Walker Racing car was bloody quick. We easily had a second place car and I'm confident that we could have given Paul [Tracy] a run for his money for the win as well.."

11. RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 Gonher de Mexico Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I had a great start. Unfortunately we lost to positions on the first stop. I climbed my way back up from way back in time for the second round of stops and that one was clean. I had a great pass on Salo down the inside of turn one. The car was getting better and better throughout the race. The last round of stops we went on tires (timing wise), the dropped the car and I stalled. Everyone including us has had problems with stalling in the pits all weekend. The last stint was perfect my car was really good, we set the fastest lap of the race by I think a half of a second, the car was definitely at its best."

12. MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"Everything was okay until our first pit stop when the car stalled as I was leaving. That put us practically to last, but we kept pushing and got a lot of positions back; up to tenth. Then we had a big oversteer problem and lost spots again; we discovered a tire was leaking. Then at the end the tires went completely. We got what we deserved; we didn't have a good car this weekend."

14. PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The engine was down on power and the car was pushing so much it was destroying the front tires. As the track got more grip, my car got worse. In the corners, the car was jumping sideways. At the end, I got close to Bruno (Junqueira) but I could not pass him. And then, I ran out of fuel. It's a shame losing points like this."

15. GUALTER SALLES (#19 Alpina Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The car was running strong early on. Unfortunately the fourth gear broke. We had a car to finish in the top 10 today."

16. ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The car was feeling the best it's been all weekend and I was running steady until I met Jimmy in lap 40. The enthusiasm of over 300 guests from Johnson Controls Mexico was great encouragement. It's a shame the results were not better, but I appreciate their support and the hard work from the team that got us through a tough weekend. I'm looking forward to the great Australian race next and the opportunity to better our position in the standings."

17. JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I lost the rear on the start under breaking and I was caught in a dirty air pocket. We were fighting our way back and I did the same thing with Tagliani, it was my fault."

18. RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"The Corona car was behaving pretty good until all of the sudden, exiting the last corner I lost second or third gear. It's disappointing because we'd hoped to have a stronger finish for Corona and the impressive Mexican crowd that turned up to support this event."

19. LUIS DIAZ (#25 Sun/Telcel/Motorola Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"Overall it has been just a fantastic weekend. Unfortunately we didn't finis the race, but we had a great qualifying effort and were running comfortably and competitively in the top 10. I'm so proud of the Sun-Telcel-Motorola team and Walker Racing. They've done an amazing job for me in such a short period of time."

20. GEOFF BOSS (#11 Cross Pens Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It was too bad. An early exit is never good. I feel bad for the crew and the engineers. They worked hard all weekend chasing a setup and we thought we had something after the morning warmup where we were fastest than qualifying. Unfortunately I made a mistake in Turn 1 and stalled the motor trying to turn around. The CART safety team tried to push start me but at this altitude and heat they couldn't get me restarted."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kevin Kalkhoven , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing