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RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"What a day! It was tough battle with all the traffic, I couldn't relax one second. It was a great team effort. We stayed sharp all night long, had excellent pit stops, and a great car set-up. It is a terrific day for the Herdez Competition Team and all my sponsors."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I tried really hard to catch Ryan, but it was almost impossible because he had an excellent car. We had a good car and a clean race. I figured that I would have to settle for second when I knew that I wouldn't be able to catch Ryan. It is a good day for the Forsythe Championship Racing Team and Indeck."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It is great to be on the podium. Ryan made me look bad from my win here last year, but he did a fantastic job and I am happy for him. Third is so good for the RuSPORT team and my sponsor Gigante. The team is just unbelievable. We are making great improvements and becoming strong. The car just got better over the weekend and we had a good car for the race."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a struggle in the first half of the race for us. But overall, the car seemed to come on in the later stages of the race and it was much better. Nobody could touch Ryan Hunter-Reay tonight though- my hats off to him for a good run. It's a good result for PKV Racing, and a solid finish for my teammate Roberto Gonzalez who ran on his first oval tonight."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm more than thrilled with the top-five finish. David Brown, my engineer, and I sat down and we talked honestly to each other today. I told him I was nervous, I didn't know what I wanted out of the race car. And he said Michel's hit on something, let's go after it. He was great. I went down a lap going through traffic on the first stint. I really didn't know how hard to push the car, but as the race went on I found that my car was really good after about 10 laps on the tires. Everybody was coming back to me. I could catch them and get around them. From then on, it was just pacing myself and not making any mistakes. It was a long race. I remember thinking the race had to be almost over and looking down at my dash to see we still had a hundred laps left. I couldn't be more proud of the team. Now we just need to go to Portland and build on this success."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"My goal this weekend was to finish in the top-three and leave here in the championship lead. We finished sixth but at least we put the PacifiCare team in the lead. The car wasn't that good. I'm not sure what happened but we are missing something. On the first stint the car was not there so I thought I shouldn't push it and risk crashing. We made some changes but the car never really got much better so we just hung in there until the end. It was worth it because we were able to take over the lead."
ORIOL SERVIA (#11 yokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"This was the hardest race I have ever done. We had some trouble with our pit stops but the yoke.TV car was good and I was always able to battle my way back. After a race like this, to go from 11th and finish 7th is good. I have never had to work so hard in a race. The crew did a great job, we just need to work together and practice our stops."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It's a shame, the car was doing great. Then the penalty, then we got up to seventh, and we were doing great. The car was a bit loose, but still strong. Then I got into turn three with only two laps to go and I got into the marbles and that was the end. The car was really very good, it would be great for the first 15-20 laps after a pit stop with the new tires. Then it would start to develop a push after that, but over all it was a great car"
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I just got too close to the car in front of me and lost the rear and the Mi-Jack car just went around. Then you are playing catch up--or not, after that. Every time I got in traffic I'd loose the downforce and I couldn't do anything. We just weren't quick in traffic, but when I was alone, I was ok. I survived, and that is good. It was one of those races, that is just the way it goes. I will be really happy to get back to a road course in Portland."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We ran a great pace tonight. We had some problems in traffic especially after losing a lot of time behind Mario Haberfeld. So we fought traffic, lost a position on our first stop, but we got it back by passing cars on the track. The car continued to get better at the end, but I had to pull in after I was Black Flagged just short of the finish to have a fire extinguished. Overall, this was a great job by the team, I can't say enough about their effort tonight."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Ovals are hard work and demanding on the driver. The car has to handle just right on the surface or you meet with the wall. The Johnson Controls team gave it a good fight tonight on the oval. I'm disappointed because we had higher expectations coming here this weekend and hoped to move up through the grid. I struggled to get the right response from the car, keep it out of the marbles and away from the wall. We couldn't anticipate the setback from the cut tire, which we dealt with without losing too much time. It was a tough race and I hope it was a good race for the fans."
NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm a little dizzy, but I think we did alright for our first oval together and my first in a Champ Car. I'm impressed with the LeasePlan team, which did a great job on my pit stops and kept me going to the end. The marbles were especially tough and made it slick. It was a long 250 laps to the finish, but I'm glad I made it and will be happy to get back to a road course. I look forward to Portland. It's great to have a variety of courses in the series, but I do like to turn right. "
PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a disappointing racing Pat for second place side by side in turn one, both of us
working the track, I just got into the marbles and it took me up into the wall. I was a little disappointed, I think Pat could have given more room but that's racing."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"When Lavin went low I was already low. He took all of the downforce from my car. I crashed but that's part of the job. It's tough to get experience on an oval when we only race on one per year. I'm not worried about the points now. Obviously it was good to put the McDonald's car on the front of the standings but there is still a lot of season ahead."