CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Sunday quoteboard

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

"It just feels amazing I tell you. It's just unbelievable that the Herdez Competition team finished one-two. It's a historic moment and a great result for our team. Just crossing the finish line knowing that Roberto [Moreno] and I went one-two -- I can't describe that to you. To win this race in Miami going into Mexico City in a few weeks is huge, for the sponsors, the team and everyone involved. They have all believed in this project and I'm very happy with the result."

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

"I can't believe this old man finished second! All I can say is that it's a team effort. It started in Spring Training in Sebring with testing, and we should have had better results thus far, but we put it together today. I've always believed in Mario and it gives me great pleasure to be sitting here driving for Herdez Competition."

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

"It was a short lap we lost in the beginning really, and we got behind some slower cars. But luckily there was a yellow and we got the lap back. The PK Racing team did a good job, talking and planning. So I had to make up for my poor qualifying effort yesterday when I hit the wall and started in the back. I kept it between the walls and we finished third -- which was higher than I would have guessed -- but we'll take it for sure. I'm pretty confident with the car now and driving on cold tires so we'll go from here."

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

"We gave it a good shot today. My goal was to stay clean and finish the race, I knew if I could do that I would have a solid result. I am glad it is over, I wouldn't want to do another 135 laps, the conditions out there were really tough. I designed a air conditioning system for my car, it helped, but I think I will stick with my day job. I needed these points today, a podium would have been nice, but I am please to walk out of here in fourth."

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

"Today was a good result. It was the hardest race, physically, that I can remember doing. The heat and the fact that the track gives you nowhere to rest made it very difficult. The guys did a really good job, they made the right changes and the car was better after each stop. We've had some bad luck this year, and today we got a little of that back. We started 13th, did not pass any cars, and finished 5th, so I feel pretty good."

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

"It turned out to be a good weekend after all. We made a few mistakes and the one in qualifying was very costly as we had to start at the back of the grid. That was disappointing but Team Player's was great today giving me a fast car and making great pit stops. It was a very difficult race. I am totally dehydrated. Usually when you start at the back you want to pass as many as you can at the start but this being a very tight track, I had to be more patient. At the end it paid off."

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

"It was a very long and difficult weekend for us here in Miami. I finally felt better today and fortunately in the early going I was able to avoid the problems that caught Paul and Bruno. I am very disappointed in the decision made by the officials. If CART is going to have us race on pit lanes this small then they must understand that when everyone pits at the same time there will be issues. From my point we did everything we could to avoid contact. Today we were victims of circumstance. For this kind of decision to affect our race, a race that we had put ourselves into a position to win, and to affect our championship hopes hurts deeply."

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

"It was just a bad mistake on Bruno's part. It cost him big time and cost me big time. That was unfortunate because we both were having a great race. It was a hard race physically and we were pushing hard. On our side, we had a great car, great pit stops - everything was perfect. For the conditions, with the weather and the humidity, it was really physically hard; one of the hardest races I can remember. It's unfortunate that the rewards are not there at the end of the day for the perfect job that everybody did."

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

"I was on cold tires and I knew I had about five laps to try and pass Adrian. Adrian tried to pass Tiago on the left and I was behind him because I didn't want Tiago to close the door on me again because it would take too long to get by him and I would lose my chance to pass Adrian. We were on the dirty park of the track where the marbles are and Adrian braked hard. I lost the traction and hit him. It was my mistake."

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

"It was a tough race right from the start. After the first pit stop which was under yellow I was trying to catch back up to the pack on full tanks and cold tires and I had a massive moment coming onto the pit straight. I thought a touched the wall and had knocked the tow out. Since I was at the back of the pack, we made a couple of pit stops to check it over. We changed our sequence which put us out in the lead. My tires were really bad, so I moved backwards. I knocked third gear out trying to maintain my position and it just progressively got worse. I couldn't even double shift, so we had to stop."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I had a good solid start and was fighting for position. Unfortunately on my first stop we had a problem that cost us a ton of time, two laps in fact. I was leaving the pit lane and had the throttle down all the way to the pit lane speed limiter and the car died. Once we got re-started, we re-set our pit launch setting to a higher setting, that worked for all of the rest of my stops. I had a solid race from there, I was running 10th and with just ten laps to go, I clipped the rim on the wheel and I bent the tow link. I am really bummed out about it. It was my home race and a huge weekend for me, I would have loved to have given my friends, my family and all of my fellow Floridians a top-five finish today. We fought hard, it was a long day, it was unbelievably hot out there, my face literally felt like it was burning, I don't think I have ever been so hot in my life."

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

"What happened on the track today is difficult to accept. The team worked hard, made improvements to the car and it was the best it's been all weekend. I had a steady run for 101 laps and avoided any incidents. I moved from tenth to fourth and had 34 laps to go. This would have been a great boost in points for me and the Rocketsports team, who have worked so hard all season. The most frustrating thing is that I was told by my team that Sperafico was going to let me pass at the restart, since he was a lap down. Apparently Coyne told Sperafico 'it's not for position, let him go by.' Somehow that message was not followed through on the track and he (Sperafico) didn't let me pass. I tried to get by him a few times, but he blocked me each time and then finally nailed me. I don't understand why he would destroy my race, when it's not for position. This is not the first time this sort of thing has happened this season and this kind of behavior from drivers is disappointing."

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

"We seem to be snakebit. We were having a steady, solid weekend. The guys gave me a good car, made good changes on the first stop, and we were on our way to a good result. Then on the second stop, Jourdain's guys sent him early when I was on my way to my pit, and I was completely blocked and had to go around again. Then when I got back out, I was trying to give Fernandez and Bruno room, when Bruno locked up and slid into me. That put us out. We should have had a good result, but we didn't."

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

"My car was not handling well out there. Bourdais had been trying to get by me for quite a while. He made the pass and I tried to get it back right away. But, I was not close enough. He turned in and it was his corner. It's my fault. We are very fortunate to come out of here with the points lead still intact."

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

"It was a really stupid thing to happen. I tried five times to pass Paul and he did the same thing every time. He moved over on me. It is something that can be avoided. We are friends and we respect each other but this was a stupid thing to happen."

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

"I just very lightly kissed the wall in the fountain turns, but we brought the Corona car in for a pit stop and to check for damage. A few laps a later, I couldn't get the car to turn going into Turn 8 and that damage put us out of the race. It's a shame. It's been a long, hot weekend for everyone and Miami has been such a great market to race in, I'd really hoped for a strong finish. I'm testing in Sebring on Monday and Tuesday which will be very helpful for me going into Mexico City which is obviously a very important race for the Corona team."

ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I know this sounds like an excuse, but I was close to Bruno (Junqueira) so maybe I had a little less downforce. When I hit the bump I just lost control and the Visteon/Patrick Racing car went straight into the wall. The Visteon/Patrick Racing car has been working fantastic since we got to Miami, so we were hoping to go for a win here or at least a podium finish. That was where we running today. We were really quick and I felt really confident. I know I made a mistake, but I was racing hard. It was just one of those racing things that unfortunately you go through. Actually, I am mainly disappointed for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team. The whole team did a great job this weekend and it is a shame that our race ended this way."

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