Gran Premio Telmex-Tecate Presented By Banamex Saturday Final Qualifying SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...
Gran Premio Telmex-Tecate Presented By Banamex
Saturday Final Qualifying
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Well, I feel good, but I know there's still a long way to go. The hardest part of the season is in front of us and there's definitely going to be braking going into turn one tomorrow on the first lap. I'm just really, really happy for the boys because they really did a good job. It's not about how fast we can go, it's about how tough we are, how we can stay on the racetrack and have no mechanical issues. So just we'll see tomorrow, but definitely two very good runs, and today with an alternate set of tires that Bridgestone has been bringing, and I'm very happy with the car."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a good day. I think the PacifiCare car was okay, but it was not the best, but able to go second. We run very well on the hard tires. We waited to put the soft tires on later in the session. But I think there was so much traffic on the track; the team couldn't find the gap. When they actually find it, it was like four minutes to go, so I didn't have time to do two laps. Both Newman/Haas cars are 1 and 2, much faster than anybody. Looks like this year we find a good setup and I hope we can have a good race. It's a long race tomorrow. The championship is on the line. A lot of things can happen. I'm confident that I'm going to have a really good car."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm pretty happy. We've been making progress all weekend, then in the warm-up session before qualifying, we were a long way off, and getting a bit concerned that we changed the setup only very slight but lost our way. Fortunately, we changed it back. The car worked again and we were able to go out and set a time. Very pleased that the Mi-Jack Conquest team has done a fantastic job all weekend. We just keep playing it nice and cool and are taking small steps at a time. We're very happy to be here."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It paid off for us today after holding back the two sets of alternate tires yesterday. We made a lot of changes in between our two stints 0x2022 probably the most we've made all season long. We'll be starting in the second row, so the Gulfstream car is within striking distance for the race. We just need to focus on the job at hand and get the result we need to finish the season in the top 10 in points."
PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We were just not able to achieve the same car as we had last year ... we have been struggling to find the grip so far, but I think we have a good direction now and we should be good for the race tomorrow."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Well this definitely wasn't the result we wanted or that we were capable of, for sure. We thought we had it; we made the changes that we thought we give us just the little extra we needed for a solid shot at the pole, but they obviously weren't the appropriate ones. I know we have a great car for tomorrow, so I'm just going to focus on that right now and shoot for the podium."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm pretty happy - this Mexico City Gran Premio is a long and hard race, and so starting 8th is not so bad ... there are good overtaking opportunities on this great track and my car is pretty good, so I'm confident for the race tomorrow. As well as a podium finish, I'll be looking to chase and pass Paul Tracy and to improve in the championship."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We're fighting with the same problem that we had yesterday. We still have a problem with oversteer. The good news is that we know what the problem is and now will work on fixing it. I think we're in good shape for tomorrow's race and I think we can end the season on a high note and for my fans, family, friends and sponsors. I think it's reasonable to look for the Gigante car on the podium."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The day started pretty well, and we were pretty happy with the Nextel car in the morning session. We determined what we needed to do in terms of changes for qualifying, and the car improved. What's disappointing is the fact that we lost three tenths on my fastest lap because of traffic. That time would have moved us up two positions on the grid. The PKV guys have been great for me all weekend long, and I thank them for their hard work. It's just a shame that some guys out their refuse to look in their mirrors, and end up slowing you down. We'll just go from here and concentrate on the morning warm up tomorrow and do the best we can."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We continued to make changes to the No.8 Johnson Controls car. Aerodynamically we're there, but we've been working on improving our damper package to get more from the car. It's tough and we're limited, but we're working with what we have. The Mexico City circuit is long and beautiful with a good mix of corners. As a driver, I like the track, but if I had qualified better, I'd love it! The Gran Premio is a great event because of the Mexican fans who really like racing and support Champ Car."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Practice this morning was very good for me 0x2022 we were fourth fastest ... but I had an accident at the end of the session and so we had to use the spare race car for this afternoon's qualifying. The spare car is good and I was already quicker by 2 10th of a second, but then I had a problem with the downshifting into turn 3 and flat-spotted my tires in a spin so could not get the best possible time after that. I'm sure the car will be strong and this is a long race, so we will look for a result at the most important time tomorrow 0x2022 in the race!"
GUY SMITH (#17 MicroChip Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It's been a tough weekend for the No. 17 Rocketsports team. It's very technical course with slow and fast corners, and we're searching for the right rhythm in the car to manage it, but we just can't find it yet. I'll be as consistent and competitive as I can be in the race tomorrow and aim for a good finish."