CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Friday quoteboard


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

"The course is better than it was last year. It is faster and I think tomorrow times will probably be only one second faster than today because the course is so short. I thought we would have a top five car today but I am happy to get the pole and to get another point on Paul Tracy."

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

"We had a great session in the wet this morning, but it's difficult to qualify in the dry after that. Also, I'm still not used to this kind of qualifying on cold tires. I was on my fast lap when Manning brought out the red flag, so the extra laps really helped me with qualifying. I'm very happy with my position because I think qualifying will be 99 percent of the race."

3. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's/Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"We didn't get much practice in the dry and hopefully tomorrow we'll get a better chance to work on the car. I thought we did pretty well and I'm looking forward to finding more speed tomorrow. Tomorrow's qualifying will be very important and we'll need to do well."

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

"It is very hard to go out and qualify when you haven't run any laps on a dry set-up. The practice this morning was in the rain so the first dry lap I had in the Gigante car today was my out lap for qualifying. We were fourth overall so it is a good start to the weekend. Last year we started towards the back [15th], but we ran a strong race so I knew coming in that we would be better. The track is very challenging and difficult, but in the end it is the same for everyone. It will be very important to qualify well because it is next to impossible to overtake. Hopefully the weather will be good and we can get a shot at the pole tomorrow."

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

"Basically it was just a lottery for everyone - who had the best setup for the conditions. Our car was very fast in the rain, but nobody was able to run in the dry [before qualifying]. To get your rhythm wasn't that easy. You had to find your braking points, find out how the car is doing, the gears, which gear you have to go down - so many things that you are discovering in four laps. Considering that and the problems that we had this morning [differential], it is a good start."

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

"There was very poor grip this morning and the track was bumpy. We worked to make the car softer, based on the rain we had this morning. Then there was a change in the weather and we went out on a dry track in the afternoon. The dry track changed the performance of the car and it just tightened up on us during the final session. I'm sure the same car can be faster. There is definitely more in the car for tomorrow."

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

"It was really hard to go out right now since the weather conditions have changed so much since practice. It was pouring rain earlier and now the skies are clear. The behavior of the car during the session was different than earlier in the day. I was very excited to drive it because I didn't know what to expect, and not knowing really got my blood pumping. The car performed pretty well, it was bottoming a little. Overall I think we did very well for ourselves. Plus my team did an amazing job restoring my car after the incident in practice this morning."

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

"I was on my quickest lap when the front and rear tire rubbed the wall on my last lap. I lost half a second trying to regain control of the car. It's disappointing because it was a good lap. I know there is more speed in the car but it's a matter getting it right. This track is too tight for these cars. We are never flat out but always turning here. The car is pushing a little too much so we have to adjust the front end. Team Player's is optimistic about tomorrow."

12. ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The difference in the track due to weather has really been a challenge. In addition to that, I feel a bit handicapped because I have never raced here in Miami before. Drivers who have previous experience here know probably about 80 percent of the track already. In the end though, things came out well. I think we will be truly successful after we get some more practice in tomorrow. Overall, the car is good; it just hits the ground a bit in the corners. Racing is all about confidence, and I'm looking forward to continuing to build mine tomorrow."

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

"We had a terrible day today. I crashed this morning and put in very few laps. During qualifying, I misunderstood what was said on the radio during qualifying and I pitted one lap early. I guess it doesn't matter how early in the order we qualify. Bruno (Junqueira) proved today that it can be done, clinching the pole. Team Player's will do everything tomorrow to take it away from Bruno."

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

"We don't have any info on the track and with the rain this morning we weren't able to get what we really needed. So, this afternoon was a bit of a surprise. I did all I could and pushed as hard as I felt I could, but the track was bumpy as hell so I was really cautious. Hopefully tomorrow morning will be dry and we can get a better setup. I'm still optimistic as tomorrow is another day."

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

"I touched the wall, but we will try again tomorrow and I'm sure we'll do better."

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