CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Saturday race quoteboard


MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I couldn't have asked for more from the team. The car was just perfect. It was very emotional for me. I was almost crying in the car those last few laps. This is probably the best thing that ever happened to me in my whole life. Racing at night here in Milwaukee here is wonderful. Now I think all of our races should be at night."

ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a good race. We got a good start, I think I passed two cars, and just kept moving on. The car was great, it was quick, and it just feels bad not to win it when you are that close! But I guess only one can win it, so it's a good job. (On battling with Paul Tracy): It was definitely hot; we passed each other three times. It was definitely good."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was good. I loved it. I love driving at night. We got a little too loose at one point and I couldn't be aggressive on the restarts as much as I wanted to. I was just really hanging on, the steering was really tough. That's life though. We got some points and gained some ground in the championship."

DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I knew the first day that we got to run at night that we had a great car for the night conditions. It's a shame we didn't get to put in a qualifying run because I had a perfect car which I think showed in the race. I'm just so frustrated with that mistake coming out of the pits (on Lap 59). I big time got in the grass coming off the pit speed limiter. The tires were just so cold. The car was great though! I was able to put the car wherever I wanted. The guys gave me fantastic stops throughout the race. Finishing fourth is another improvement for the team, so overall I have to be happy."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I was very happy with the car we set up and our quick results yesterday. The car performed well on its own, but it wasn't so great in traffic. It was too loose and I felt it slip away from underneath me on the marbles, when I got too close to the car ahead of me. I decided to keep it steady and keep my distance, rather than loose it. I was pushing as hard as I could, especially in the end, and it was a real struggle to keep the car in control. The great pit stops from the Rocketsports crew put us back in fifth after a setback from some evil turbulence. We finished in the top five and I'm satisfied to have kept things steady and cool."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "At the beginning, I was probably too conservative. I wasn't 100 percent happy all weekend with the car and that made me less aggressive on the restarts especially with the [cool] conditions. At the halfway mark, I was getting my act together and I was not losing positions but I was not comfortable. The rear of the car was moving a little bit and I was not comfortable putting the power down. We made some changes and the car was better. Unfortunately we had some confusion on our last pit stop and we lost two or three positions. Everybody makes mistakes and that was a little bit of a misfortune. Otherwise we had a good day. Driving at night wasn't a problem. My main concern was cold tires. That was the trickiest part for me."

MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I got close to [Jimmy] Vasser and got a lot of understeer, but when I got even closer I got oversteer and because of the angle of the steering wheel I couldn't make the adjustment I needed. Luckily the pits were right there and I was able to come in. I lost a little time with that, but the guys reacted really well considering they didn't know I was coming in. We had a bad stop late; trouble with the right rear. I think otherwise we could have maybe finished fifth."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think this was the toughest race so far of this season. We did not have a good car and really couldn't run that well in traffic. But the pit strategy was great and so were the pit stops. We got as much as two laps down but were able to fight back to be on the lead lap for the end of the race. We got lucky on the early race incident; after Bruno spun in front of me I thought it was all over. But the crew did a fantastic job getting a new nose put on the car under the yellow and getting me back out there. It's not as good of a result as we had hoped for but we gutted it out and brought home some points which is very important."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I didn't have much grip for the entire race. We kept on working on it as the race went on but it never improved. On the first stint I was just trying to survive. The way we were using our tires was not right for this event for whatever reason. It was just hang on, hang on for the entire race."

TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We had a good car, so it's a shame we lost a lot of positions at the beginning when I had to let up to avoid the early spin by [Bruno] Junqueira. I had to go all the way back to second gear, so that cost me about four or five places. I had some really good laps and pushed really hard. Unfortunately with our pit strategy I got stuck behind a back marker for too long, otherwise I think we could have finished in the top six or seven."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I don't know what to say. It was an extremely frustrating night for me. I managed to get all of my laps back, but just about everything that could go wrong went wrong in the pits. We had a fire, got a flat, we made seven stops to everyone else's four."

PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "You can't win championships with things like that happening. We need to do a better job as a team. To get 64 points in the first three races and only three points in the next three, it's bitterly disappointing. We were poised for a great battle to the finish and I believe we could have pulled it out at the end, but fate intervened. Obviously, I'm not happy with the way things turned out, but you can't dwell on the points that again got away from us. You just have to keep working and making sure that you keep putting the team in a position to win races."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "On the restart, someone went to the inside and I went a little bit wide and went into the gray and the car just didn't grip in the front. It may have been cold tires, but I warmed the tires as just as I'd done for the other restarts. It's really disappointing because we were running a good race up until that point. We were in seventh at the time and it's a shame to lose a strong finish for Corona and for the team."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We fought the car all weekend. I was running well despite the handling, I had just set the fastest race lap and then lost it. It was a very tough weekend for us and I am happy it is behind us. Now we'll turn our focus to Laguna Seca, I won there last year, it was my first victory in Atlantic and I am looking forward to a good weekend there in the Champ Car."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very sorry that I couldn't run a good race for the PacifiCare team. We were three wide on the start and I was in the middle going into the corner and I had to back off the throttle. I got on the throttle after that and lost control of the car. I was really excited to race here because I like the one-mile ovals. I'm looking forward to Laguna Seca and Portland."

ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I wasn't really involved in the first accident but got caught up in it anyway. Bruno (Junqueira) spun in front of me and I moved so that I would be able to get through without a problem unfortunately someone, I think it was Lemarie, spun behind me and slid into me from the back. That is what pushed me into Bruno. I've very disappointed for the team that we weren't able to finish both cars. We're showing a lot of reliability and speed. Unfortunately for us, this is the second time this season that we've been put out of the race by someone else's accident."


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