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PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I'm pretty happy for Team Player's. We got back to back poles and 2 points. We've waited for quite a while in the pits because the track was almost 3 seconds off and there was no use going out there and waste good rubber. When my team sent me out it was the right timing because I did my quick time on the third lap. At the end of the session, I was once again on a quick lap when the red flag came out with a little more than a minute to go. I knew that the pole was secure. It's now down to 1 point between Bruno and me and he is starting where I started last weekend. For the race, hopefully I will go into the first corner ahead and control the pace of the race."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"This feels fantastic. It's great for American Spirit to be starting on the front role and I am real proud to be the first Reynard to earn a front row start this year. It was fun out there. The difference between the Barber Dodge car and the Champ Car is unbelievable, it is like a roller coaster and when the car is working well it is just awesome. I was the only car that didn't test here last month, but we came with the right approach, we have taken our time and built into it, we haven't rushed into anything. The team has done a great job and Graham (Taylor, team manager) and Paul (Burgess, engineer) gave me a great strategy. I am really disappointed for Jimmy, he definitely would have been up there today, he is the backbone of this team, I can't say enough about what he has taught me this year."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Yeah, it's going to depend a lot on the conditions. We all know there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms and everything tomorrow. I don't know. I feel pretty happy with the car in the rain conditions. I think we have a really good setup on dry conditions, and I'm not really bothered about this race. For sure, it's going to be the second hardest race of the year after Cleveland, and it's going to be also a question of consistency for this race, to keep up the whole distance."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Starting fourth is great considering how bad a test we had here in June. Today we didn't take advantage of our first set of tires because we went out too early. The track just wasn't very good so we posted a bad time. Fortunately I was able to get a good lap in before the red and so we are in good shape for the race tomorrow. It is a long tough race here at Mid-Ohio and a lot can happen. We need points and we need to gain on the championship leaders so we need to be on the podium and we need to finish ahead of Paul [Tracy] and Bruno [Junqueira]. That is the goal for tomorrow."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It's a little bit disappointing because I thought that we could be further up the field. We ran with used tires this morning and with new ones this afternoon the car was understeering. I ran my quick lap with the first set of tires and I was unable to improve on it with the second set. Starting from fifth means that I will be pushing hard from the get go."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It's a shame the session didn't work out better for us. It was just a matter of getting a good gap. We thought we would be in the top four but it was difficult to get a clear lap on the second set of tires. The field is pretty close. Everyone is so close that it will be difficult to lap fastest than the guy in front of you to make a pass."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I think we have our days reversed. We had a better lap time yesterday and couldn't match it today, when it mattered more. It's disappointing. The car is not performing as I need it to. There's too much understeer and not enough grip. We have to go back and work on our plans for tomorrow's race."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Overall, I am happy because the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team improved the setup of the car and we gained some ground in terms of speed. However, we didn't find all the speed we needed and I disappointed with our starting position. Starting eighth is not a bad position, but I certainly would like to be closer to the front. Mid-Ohio is one of those circuits where qualifying is very important because it is so difficult to pass, but it is a long race and a lot of things can happen. The Visteon/Patrick Racing crew has been very strong with our pit stops and we always have a good race car and strategy. I am sure we will be up to the challenge tomorrow."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We definitely had a shot at top ten today, but I spun on my best lap. That didn't help at all. One thing though, I was trying my hardest. We ended up with a top ten start which is good. The track was a little slower during the session because of the heat. The weather conditions were changing during the session, but that didn't really play a factor in our on track performance."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It was a good effort today considering we were 12th yesterday. The track was very slippery as we went out in the first 10 minutes. My car was very nervous and I couldn't really drive it. We made a little adjustment for our first run and I still couldn't do a good time. We did another set of changes for our second run and put our quick time. We lost a little bit of grip overall and I just couldn't get the [track] time I needed to get the lap time. I think we have a good car for the race. Up until this afternoon, the car has been very consistent. We need to check exactly what happened and if the conditions changed because we had another series [on track] before us."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Basically we made improvements in the car this morning but it wasn't fully balanced. The track was a little slower at the beginning of qualifying today than yesterday but as soon as we got some rubber down it picked up. We made some additional changes on the second set of tires during qualifying which was awesome. But at the end of that stint I got caught in some traffic so I lost two laps to that and then the red flag came out. I had the same time on my dashboard on that lap as yesterday but I had already backed off because of the red flag. The bottom line is the car is much better than the time we showed in qualifying today so I think we are in good shape for tomorrow."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"We're definitely improving a lot. As you saw this morning, we were P6 and in the 10 minute warm up we were P1. It's just so tight that you have to have everything perfect at just the right moment. We had a bit of difficulty getting the tire pressure up during qualifying, so we lost some there. I needed more laps to get the tires perfect. We're up one spot from yesterday; every little gain helps. The point is, we're getting better and better. Tomorrow won't be easy as it's difficult to overtake here. But, it's a long race so anything can happen."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The balance of the RAC Walker Racing car is really good, but the level of grip is way down. If I was on pole, I'd be happy and wouldn't change anything. Even though the balance is there, we're still off the pace, so something is amiss. We've got to have a bit of a think about it. Hunter-Reay (a fellow Reynard competitor) has been able to make his way through the field, so we should be able to do it as well."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"First of all, great job to Ryan and the team today. We went out for the qualifying warm-up and I could feel something go terribly wrong, the transmission failed and that was it. We know we have good cars, it's a long race, I can make a good run at it from the back, I am just going to have to work a bit harder, but we can do it."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"We made a lot of changes on the car, but still haven't found anything that works. The balance is the same as yesterday. Apart from that, we're having an unlucky weekend. Yesterday I had two laps left when there was a red flag and again today I was 2 tenths faster in my lap when there was another red flag. I guess our luck is being saved for tomorrow's race."
MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"There's not a lot to say, really - we're still in 16th place. Until we can qualify better, it will be difficult to run up front during the race. The only thing that might help our qualifying position today would be a wet race tomorrow."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The Corona car is good again today, but I don't know what's wrong with my luck. Again, the same thing today, I was minus on my lap of 68.4 (seconds) when the red flag came out and ended the session early. I think we could have gotten into the 67 second range. Besides that, I think the Corona Walker Racing crew and I have been making a lot of progress on the set-up. Tomorrow with consistent lap times and quick stops from my crew, hopefully, we will be able to pick up some points from the race."