TIME WARNER CABLE ROAD RUNNER 225 PRESENTED BY U.S. BANK POST RACE QUOTES Paul Tracy ...
TIME WARNER CABLE ROAD RUNNER 225 PRESENTED BY U.S. BANK POST RACE QUOTES
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was great all weekend. After warm up we knew we would be in good shape. I had a good start and went to the outside to get AJ. I then focused on Jimmy but he squeezed me to the inside so I stayed on his gearbox until the first restart. On the restart we were side-by-side for a lap but I was able to get him in Turn 4. My car was good in traffic and we were able to cruise on the way."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a great race. The RuSPORT car was very consistent today. Paul (Tracy) is the man on the start, so when I lost the position on the start I wasn't too worried. We were just running along and as the tires got older we were able to run down Paul. He was stronger on fresher tires, so we are very pleased with second place. We needed a good run and I'm glad I got one today.
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very happy I had a chance in the PacfiCare car this weekend. We had a very good car and I'm happy I was able to deliver. The team was happy and I want to be back in the car, it is a really good car."
Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car has been good all weekend and was right there for pretty much the whole race. I know we at least had a third-place car, but both A.J. (Allmendinger) and got really held up by the slower, lapped traffic. A.J. we get held up first and the guys behind me would catch me. Then he'd get by and I'd have to deal with it again. That's definitely what cost us the podium. It was very frustrating. There were two back-markers into Turn 2 at one point that were having their own issues and were so slow I nearly ran into the back of one. I'm happy we've gotten another top finish, but frustrated that it could have been a double podium for us."
Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Paul Tracy was in a different world today. We had a good race going at the start, but he is the king of the restarts and I just didn't want to get into it with him that early in the race so I backed off. I am really proud of the Gulfstream/PKV Racing team. They worked very hard getting the car ready for qualifying and the race. We fought hard all race, but I struggled with a loose car especially when I was in traffic. It was a little warmer today than we expected and I had a setup that was better suited to a little cooler weather. We just missed by a little getting the right amount of downforce for the conditions. A fifth place finish in this race is okay, but it is not what we wanted. The PKV Racing has very high expectations and we just have to keep working hard. The results will take care of themselves if we do that."
Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was better than any I have had here before. Unfortunately it was for nothing because we got the pit speed penalty. The brakes were completely absent through the race and I had to pump the pedal coming into the pits but I forgot on the last stop and crossed the line at 55 mph. I know better than that and I am mad at myself because we missed the chance at a podium. We passed A.J. by a good margin coming out of the pits and he ended up finishing second. We improved the car throughout the race; the team did a great job. It's frustrating because we had a car to be right there and fight until the end."
Ronnie Bremer (#55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Big thanks to the team who supported my through the race and race weekend. It was a good experience. We had a really tough weekend going, and we salvaged a decent result and I built up my
confidence. My Bridgestones were great, very reliable. To finish eighth and the top Rookie was decent, but of course I wanted more."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "What a day!," said Tagliani."We really struggled after the first 25 laps of our 60- lap stints and the first stint of the race was probably the worst. Once we lost a couple of laps we were never going to recover. The car was very nervous and I was constantly fighting it, especially in traffic. At the end of the day we came away with a top 10 finish, continued to score points and have a straight race car. The team came here with the Lola chassis for the first time and it was always going to be tough to run with the leaders like Forsythe Racing and Newman-Haas (Racing) who have had so much more time with it. Now we can put the oval stuff away until Las Vegas later in the year, which is a much different track than this anyway. I am now looking forward to heading to Portland in two weeks and continuing our road course program which has been strong straight out of the box and helped us to a podium finish in round two in Monterrey Mexico last month."
Cristiano da Matta, #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bell Micro/PKV Racing car was very loose in the race. I really think the problem has something to do with the pitch of the car. The balance shifts too much. In qualifying the car is very good, but I knew it was going to be difficult in the race. I just didn't expect it to be this difficult. I though my qualifying spot would be higher than my finishing spot, but I though I had a top-six car. It is just that the competition in Champ Car is very tight and I fell back farther than I thought I would. The PKV Racing team has made a lot of progress in a very short time, but we still have a lot of work to do."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was hard to drive in traffic, it was really hard to be with other cars and do something about it. I had some radio issues, I could not hear or talk to the team during the race, I had to use my hands to tell then what I needed to be done in the car. I could only hear my spotter for about 10 laps - which didn't do me any good - since I was alone during those laps. We did the 7th fastest time of the race with all the problems. I'm glad the race is over and we can go to Portland."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I started to get into it at the end and really enjoyed the race," said Marshall. It took me about half of the distance to work out what I was doing in traffic, but once I had it figured out my times came down. The first stint was what cost us. I lost most of my laps on my first set of tyres which I really struggled with. Once we got on with the job I could run a little with the faster guys and learnt just so much along the way. At the end of the day the only thing we will need to fix the car is some polish and that means we achieved our objective today. Derrick (Walker) did a great job spotting for me from the top of the grandstand and that made the task much easier than it could have been. Now I am keen to get to Portland in a couple of weeks and returning to road course racing. I am getting more confident each time I am in the car and it has been good to get another race meeting under my belt."
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think it was a positive experience at the end of the day. We ran the same lap times as the leader and we were closing in on Jimmy who was in front of me. The team did a fantastic job preparing a great car. It was great experience as I was overtaking cars and had a good rhythm going. Unfortunately as I was lapping traffic I came into dirty air and I lost all grip. I let off and went wide and got into
the marbles and brushed the wall. I bent the rear suspension so I had to come in and our day was done. It was a shame it ended the way it did but at least I know what to expect next time we race here and I am going to be prepared for Las Vegas."
Andrew Ranger, #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was very good, I'm very proud of my team; we all worked so hard for this race. I started on 13th place, moved up to 8th place, the car was very fast. Lap 125, as I took turn 2, I think it was Tracy, Dominguez, Da Matta and Sperafico that slow down a lot, as I came to turn 3, for sure I try to stay inside because Dominguez was outside. The car was shaking a lot, was loose, and with all that marble I lost control. I don't know if it was my mistake, I just tried to stay inside. I can be fast, the team saw that and it's a shame we didn't finish the race."