CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Friday qualifying quotes


RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I didn't think we had it in us, we worked real hard for this. We had a great test and backed it up with a quick car off the truck giving us real positive results up to this point. We knew what we had to do going into qualifying and we were able to accomplish it. I have great expectations with my new team and I am so happy to put the Herdez car on the pole. I look forward to a clean race tomorrow with positive results."

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

"This result is a lot better then I expected and the McDonald's car was good. The test we ran here in May really helped us a lot. Even though I crashed we got a lot of good stuff done. Tomorrow I am going to race hard and try to stay up front because it is a long race and a lot of things can happen. I believe the experience at Newman/Haas Racing has will play a large role in how we finish."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am happy. This afternoon we were struggling a bit. We tried to make improvements on the car all afternoon, which was loose during the practice session. However, the car was excellent tonight and I pushed has hard as I could. The race will be interesting, it will depend on several factors: pits stops, re-starts, and clean racing, which will all lead to a good battle on track for tomorrow night's race."

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

"Well, I am happy because I know I have a very good car. I am also disappointed because we ran out of fuel on the start/finish on my final green lap. We had some sort of fuel pick-up problem so that was a shame. My Herdez car is good, my Bridgestones were perfect and I am very happy for Ryan and the Herdez crew on their first pole position."

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I think the motor really fell off. I was running flat out all the way around the track and it just wasn't there. We plan on putting a different motor in tomorrow and see how it goes from there."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The car was very good, we have been quick all weekend we were third fast yesterday, and sixth fast today. This race if very long, 150 laps, so we are going to work on consistency and with the good car that we already have we are hoping for a good result tomorrow."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The Rocketsports/Johnson Controls team has done a lot of hard work to give me a good car tonight. We had a strong car in testing and came with the same baseline this weekend. The only change was a new tub, so if was frustrating to have the handling difficulties we did yesterday. The guys (Rocketsports crew) worked for hours to dismantle and prepare the car we planned and it performed as we expected. Unfortunately it came one day late, but it's good to have a fast car that feels right and is in the range of competitive times for the race. I feel good about our set-up and the car I'll have going into tomorrow's race here at the Milwaukee oval."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It felt really good out there tonight. We feel like we'll have a very strong race car for tomorrow night. The weather was beautiful here tonight and we hope for the same on Saturday.

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

"We keep making big improvements, but this is a tough, close grid. The progress we make with every race is encouraging. Tomorrow is a very, very long race and the important thing is to be good in traffic, consistent, and have good pit stops. We have to make some changes to the car for the race and hopefully we chose the right ones."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The car was very loose. I was trying to keep from crashing. I think the PacifiCare car could have been P2 but not P1, but the car just went loose. Sebastien used my set up, but maybe had less front wing and ran a much better time. I should have gone much, much faster but I am not sure why the car went so loose. The race will be really difficult -- but just hang around and wait."

ORIOL SERVIA (#11 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The Coyne Racing car felt really good but, it was slower than expected. I was flat all the way around the track. Practicing in the day and then qualifying at night is a challenge, but it is the same for everyone. However, the track itself is ten times better than it was and the set-up on the car is better. The car is similar to the one I had last year when I finished second. It is a good, safe car and a good car for the race. "

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team made some changes to the car and it worked. The car was really improved, especially when you consider how difficult it was to drive yesterday. The car feels good. I just don't know how far to push it because we are going faster than we ever have before. Hopefully, we can made the same gains tonight and be even better in the race. We will just take it as it comes."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It's very difficult for me to get every bit of speed out of the car in a couple of laps on an oval. I'm still tense in the race car. I just need some more time to get comfortable on the oval and let the car do more of the work for me. I'd like to have been quicker; I would have liked to show the speed that (teammate) Michel (Jourdain) did. This is a long race though -- 250 laps, four pit stops -- so tomorrow I just need to focus on staying out of trouble and running a clean race to be there at the end. I'm more comfortable with the car at a race pace."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I thought our effort was great. We are getting stronger and stronger each session. The conditions suit the car perfectly. What was interesting was that we ran pretty much the same time in practice earlier. The air temperature was a bit colder, but I'm happy with the car and looking forward to tomorrow night."

GASTON MAZZACANE (#19 American Medical Response Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I don't think I got my best time. I think the problem was I made one more warm-up lap than I should have, so the tires were not at their optimum. The AMR/Dale Coyne Racing team car is very consistent. We ran the car this afternoon with a full load of fuel and it had some understeer, which is okay. It felt very safe and solid, but I don't know how fast it will be for the race."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

It's always a challenge to run first in qualifying, but we did a good job and the set-up of the No.17 LeasePlan car felt better. It improved as we worked on it throughout the weekend. We know it runs well in traffic and I'm confident it's a good car for the race. This being my first oval in a Champ Car, I would have liked some more time in the Champ Car before this race, but we'd have to do it sooner or later, so it's all good."

ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team made some changes in practice today and the car didn't like them. So we had to go reverse the changes and lost some time working on the set-up. Because of that, it was difficult to get the most out of the car in qualifying. We will take a look at things tonight and should have a better car for the race tomorrow."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dale Coyne
Teams Conquest Racing , Dale Coyne Racing