The Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 Pre-Race Quoteboard Sebastien Bourdais ( ...
The Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 Pre-Race Quoteboard
Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's still a mystery why we were not competitive in Milwaukee last year. We were really struggling. Bruno was P11 and I was P9 after the first practice session and we just kept having a miserable weekend. Bruno crashed at the start and I just lost my confidence completely when I saw him crash. It was a very difficult and long evening for me. Everyone told me that if you have a good car on a short oval you're going to have a very nice race and if you have a bad car, you're going to have the worst time of your life and I guess I had this moment. We worked really hard in the two day test we did at the beginning of May and I think we made a lot of progress. Hopefully we can produce a better result for the McDonald's team this year. They are based in Chicago so this is not only a home event for Newman/Haas Racing, it's also the closest event to my sponsors headquarters."
Bruno Junqueira (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Milwaukee was really difficult last year. I had my first big crash on an oval at the start of the race and scored no points there. The car wasn't too good but we had a test there a month ago and we were quite quick and are confident that we can do much better there this year in Milwaukee. I think the PacifiCare team for sure needs a better setup and balance for the car for Milwaukee. I think we made some progress toward this at the test and I think we are going to be more competitive there. I know Milwaukee is a home race for the team and I hope we can win there this year. Many of the team members are from Milwaukee or live in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Mile is one hour away from the race shop and there will be many people from Newman/Haas at the race."
Paul Tracy (#1 Indeck Forsythe Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I won at Milwaukee two years ago and was looking at a strong finish last year until our messed-up pit stop -- so hopefully we can do well this year. The team should have a good understanding of the track and the set ups we'll need, with Pat being fastest in testing last month. And this [Milwaukee] is the season's only oval race, and the only night race, so that's going to make it interesting too. I'm always motivated to win, and that's how I'll be going into Milwaukee!"
Patrick Carpentier (#7 Indeck Forsythe Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We can win! If the race plays well, we are certainly going to be looking for a win at 'The Mile' -- our test was great, we had the car just right and I set fastest lap. I'm going for the victory!"
Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It is always exciting to get to the next race when you are coming off a great finish at the previous event. We had a good weekend in Monterrey and as a team we have a lot of momentum going. The Milwaukee race is special. Of course there is so much history at this track and then turning it into a night event makes it even more exciting. Last year I didn't know what to expect with the light, but they did such a fantastic job it was just unbelievable. From a drivers perspective, it is obviously a lot different from a daytime race, but the lighting is so good that it really doesn't make any difference, the lighting tone is just a little different, that is all. I enjoy racing on the ovals once in a while and we had a very successful test here so that of course gives me extra confidence. I am hoping for another strong finish."
Alex Tagliani (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Rocketsports got their first pole at the Mile in 2003, which was a great event for Johnson Controls, who have their headquarters just outside of Milwaukee. I'm proud to return with the Johnson Controls/Rocketsports team, stronger and wiser this season, and we hope to keep building on our successes. We've had good results in Milwaukee and have collected important data from last season and our tests here earlier this year. In 2003, we went from a strong car in qualifying to a really loose car in the race. We've worked at correcting that and feel we have the right setup for the oval. We're mindful of the temperature changes, which can be significant from one day to the next and even from one hour to the next, at night time for the Milwaukee race.
Ryan Hunter-Reay (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Really looking forward to our one night race of the year. The Milwaukee Mile did an unbelievable job with the lighting last year I think turning this event into a night race was a great idea, Milwaukee is the perfect venue for this and it is great for the fans as well. We tested at The Mile last month and we consistently ran in the top three, so I feel well-prepared going into the event even though it is only my third race on an oval in a Champ Car. The last two events have not been an indication of where we should and could be so I am extremely motivated to better my results in Milwaukee. I have bittersweet memories at this track, while racing here in Atlantic I led the whole weekend and lapped most of the field in the race and my engine let go just before the end, it was a heartbreaker. Last year was tough, I went into the weekend fairly green as a Champ Car Rookie as it was only my second race on the oval. My race ended early in the wall, so I certainly intend to turn things around and create better memories this weekend by finishing up front in the Herdez Car."
Roberto Gonzalez (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very excited to go to the Milwaukee Mile, especially after getting a great top-10 result in Monterrey in front of our sponsor, Nextel Mexico. The team is improving and the car is getting better each race. I feel momentum building and hopefully we can have a strong showing after the testing we had in Milwaukee last month. I know how cold it was at night there last year, so temperatures and cold tires might be a concern if history repeats itself. It would make things a bit difficult from a driver's perspective, but I'm optimistic and we're prepared to do well."
Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Every time that I will come to the Mile will be special for me because of winning my first Champ Car race here last year and on the track's 100th anniversary. Milwaukee just has so much history and I'm proud to be a part of that. I'm also looking forward to racing under the lights again. It's a very unique experience and I think it's unique for the fans too. My RuSPORT Gigante team tested here in May and we had very positive results, so I'm looking to keep moving forward."
Mario Haberfeld (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The Milwaukee event is definitely unique. Apart from being the only oval circuit on the schedule this year, it is also a night race, which makes for a very different environment. This particular track is fun to drive on, as it makes you feel as if you are driving through two fast corners every five seconds. Last year, the Reynard chassis were surprisingly competitive, so I am expecting to be fast this year. Overall, it is a great race for the fans to watch, but I hope it is not as cold as it was in 2003."
Nelson Philippe (#17 Lease Plan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Rocketsports has been fast, and even took the pole here last year. During our recent test here, I was very comfortable in the car and impressed at the speed and feel of the Champ Car on the oval. After two full days of testing, I gained more confidence in the car. The test was a benefit to the whole team and we're coming in well prepared for the Mile. I'm hoping for a decent start position and will do my best for a consistent drive and solid finish."
Rodolfo Lavin (#3 Corona Forsythe Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm looking forward to Milwaukee after such a disappointing race in Monterrey. My teammate Patrick [Carpentier] was fastest when we tested there a few weeks ago and we can learn from his set up - so we expect a good car. I'm learning more every day and my crew is great, so I hope we can do much, much better, and get the results we have been working towards from the beginning of the season."
Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I always look forward to returning to the Milwaukee Mile. It's been a good track for me in terms of success and it's just an awesome place. We had a lot of teams testing here earlier this season, I think every team was represented, so you know everybody is taking it very seriously. Being that it's the only oval this season and we're running under the lights there again, everyone is going to be up for this race for sure."
A.J. Allmendinger (#10 Red Bull/BG Products Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm really looking forward to racing at Milwaukee because it will be the first time I've ever raced at night. It should be pretty cool I think. Plus, RuSPORT had a good test here in early May. All in all, the team has been working really hard and every lap we put in, we move forward. So we'll just look to start from a good point on Thursday and move forward and keep the momentum of progression going and put a good race car on the track for Saturday."