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Oriol Servià, #96 Telefónica Toyota-Reynard
Morning Practice: 8th - 30.433 (236.585)
Qualifying: 15th - 31.371 (229.511)
On the Day:
"The car felt good, we had a little push, but the engine felt strong. I thought we would be much faster than we were. I think I have a better racecar than I do a qualifying car, so I am confident for tomorrow. This weekend has been a very good learning experience for me. I have never run a 500-mile race before, and certainly not in a Champ Car, so everything is new to me. I have really been studying, in order to be ready. I have been watching tapes and working with my engineer a lot. I want to make sure I am ready mentally, that is very, very important." Cristiano da Matta, #97 Pioneer Electronics/WorldCom/Toyota-Reynard
Morning Practice: 3rd - 30.218 (238.269)
Qualified: 14th - 31.321 (229.878)
On the Qualifying:
"I am a little disappointed, because I thought we would be much faster, and of course I wanted to qualify much higher, especially after this morning's practice. However, we have a very long race tomorrow, anything can happen in a 500-mile race. I don't like to qualify 14th, but if it is going to happen, this is the right type of place for it. I think we might have been a little to conservative on the down on the downforce. We will look at the data, and make a few changes. I think we will have a very good race car for tomorrow."