CHAMP CAR DRIVER PRE-RACE QUOTES Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 Sebastien Bourdais ...
CHAMP CAR DRIVER PRE-RACE QUOTES
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Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Newman/Haas Racing definitely improved last year in Milwaukee thanks to Oriol. I think he brought some different ideas on the setup and things and we made changes and it suited my style very well so I definitely felt comfortable for the very first time in the McDonald's car at Milwaukee. We were running strong and moving forward and got to P2 (position two) and had rear brake failure and got in the pits too quick and got penalized for it which was a bit frustrating but still we know that we have the potential now. The biggest challenge is that it's the only short oval of the season so it's tough for me because I have very, very little experience on that kind of track which is probably the toughest one (oval) of all because it requires extremely fine tuning. It requires a lot of experience and historically Milwaukee is one of the toughest ones because there is no banking so there are no mistakes allowed."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Last year I finished fourth at Milwaukee. I hope to improve on that result this year, and I'm cautiously optimistic that I will. The CDW #9 car team and I will be working hard to qualify close to the front, therefore keeping me out of trouble and the wall! Milwaukee is a short lap and the car's set up is critical. It's especially difficult as there is only one oval per season. Finishing on the podium at Milwaukee will mean a lot to me, because it's such a unique challenge."
Mario Dominguez #7 Pride of Mexico INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It's been a good year for us so far, I got my first career Pole Position, I've had consistent results, and I'm third in the points. I'm really looking forward to the race this weekend because I know that we'll have a really good car and that we'll be able to challenge for the win like Paul did last year. This last week has been very relaxing and I got to wind down after two really busy weekends at Houston and Monterrey, so I'm rested, I'm relaxed, and I'm ready to go!"
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I'm happy to be racing in Milwaukee this weekend with the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team. Since our last oval race was in Las Vegas last September it might take a few laps to get back into it, but fortunately we have a full day of testing on Friday to do that. We were quick here last year during the race. I hope we can be as quick this year and that we can pick up as many points as possible to stay in the top four in the driver's standings."
Paul Tracy #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I am really looking forward to our first and only oval of the season. The Milwaukee Mile has been really good to me over the years, I've won there four times and I know that I have the upper hand on the rest of the field because of my experience on one mile ovals. Last year our qualifying effort wasn't what we were hoping for, but right from the green flag I managed to start gaining positions and took the lead and never looked back, hopefully this year we'll be in the same situation. We need a win to be able to get back in the hunt for the championship."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am really looking forward to Milwaukee. Over the last two seasons, this has been one of my best tracks and I find it a very challenging oval to drive. Both years the team has seemed to get the car better at Milwaukee and I have been able to learn a lot about what it takes to be fast around the racetrack. I learned a lot last year finishing second, and I hope to take that into this year and challenge for the victory. I feel the #10 RuSPORT car has some momentum after the podium finish at Monterrey and I look forward to carrying that into this weekend."
Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "After the unfortunate weekend we had in Mexico, I am ready to get on with the season and get some good results for my team. It is the first time in my Champ Car career that I am looking forward to an oval race. The reason for this is that CTE-Racing is known to be great at oval tracks and I know my engineer Will Phillips will give me the best car out there. I am ready to turn left!"
Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro - PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am very excited going into this race. This will be my first time racing on an oval, so it is another new challenge for me. The Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team had a good test at Milwaukee in April, so I got some valuable track time and learned a lot. We will also test there on Friday, so that will give me some additional experience on the Milwaukee Mile. I am also lucky to have Jimmy (Vasser) and Oriol helping me, as well as the whole PKV Racing team. Testing is, of course, not like racing, but I think I will be as ready as I can possibly be when it comes to race day. The Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team continues to work hard and improve, so I am very confident heading into this race."
Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola -- "Milwaukee is going to be a very interesting race for me because it's going to be my first race back on an oval and it was the first race I missed last year after the crashed in Indianapolis. It's a track that I did very well last year in the pre-race test. I was the fastest and I hope that Newman/Haas is going to have a good car there and I'm going to feel comfortable and drive fast and be up front. We found a really good setup for the track last year during the test and the fact that the team got a podium finish with Oriol (Servia) last year was good. It showed that we have a fast car on the one-mile oval and I think it showed that we can do really well this year and have a good finish. Milwaukee is a very fast one mile oval, it's almost flat all the way around so we need to have a really precise car and be able to drive around different lines as well in the race because of the traffic."
Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream - PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am looking forward to going to Milwaukee. I really like racing on ovals and Milwaukee is the only oval we run on. Both the team and I have had some success on the Milwaukee Mile. PKV Racing took the pole last year (Jimmy Vasser scored the first pole in team history) and were very competitive in the race. For me, I have had some good races on ovals, especially Milwaukee. I have been competitive on the Milwaukee Mile the last few yeas and finished second in 2003. The PKV Racing team has really improved the car in the last two races. It is much faster and we continue to improve. Plus, Katherine (Legge) had a very good test in Milwaukee earlier this year. I think this is a track where we can have a good performance, get some valuable championship points and move up in the standings"
Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Milwaukee is going to be a big deal for me. When I had my chance to sample the rookie day there, 5weeks ago, it was my first oval and a completely new world of driving to me. Almost everything I knew before became useless and had to be unlearnt in order to adapt to the oval with the setup and driving style needed. Some of the things I had to do just weren't in the same nature as road or street racing and my sub-conscious mind was constantly telling me it was all wrong. The way we turn in so fast into the turns and then lift half way around is normally asking to spin! And the fact that the walls are so close and there's no room for mistakes can make learning tough. I almost had to disengage my brain and think with my balls in order to just push harder each lap to get the speed up. When the weekend comes and the racing starts, it will be a continuation of this, although I'm sure to need my brains for some of the driving and strategies!"
Charles Zwolsman #34 GoldenPalace.com Casino Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "This is going to be my first oval race, so it will be a new experience for me in a racing environment that I am not used to. We had a rookie test in Milwaukee in April which allowed me to get used to the track and get a good feel for the car on an oval, but everything will be different during the race with all the cars on the track. As for my goals this weekend, I want to finish the race in the highest position possible and gain as much experience as I can."
Nicky Pastorelli #8 Bavaria City Racing/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am looking forward to my first race on an oval, and getting to do it on the famed-Milwaukee Mile. We tested there about a month ago, which is when I got my first run on an oval. It was good that we had the opportunity to run on the oval before the actual race weekend. I think that the test went well because I was able to get an idea of what it is like to run on an oval. The Rocketsports team helped me out a lot in terms of getting acquainted to driving on an oval and we ran as many laps as we could so that I could get enough practice. I look forward to moving forward this weekend and putting the first two races behind us. We did not have the results that we should have, but things are coming together. With another test day before the actual race weekend, I feel we will have some more time to prepare and that by the end of the day (Friday) I will have had enough time behind the wheel of the #8 Bavaria City Racing/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone (on an oval) to go racing competitively."