CHAMP CAR MONT-TREMBLANT RACE QUOTES Robert Doornbos ...
CHAMP CAR MONT-TREMBLANT RACE QUOTES
Robert Doornbos #14 Team Minardi USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 5th/Finished 1st)
"Spectacular. No, it's a great feeling obviously. It's a new car, so that had a little bit of advantage last winter when I made the decision to come to Champ Car and combine it with my F1 activities with Red Bull. I was nervous because it's a new series, new circuits. I don't know the tracks. I don't know the drivers. I know they're competitive. But the team was also new in the takeover. So, yeah, nothing was really in my favor. Yeah, I think we worked very hard during test sessions. And Michael Cannon deserves all the credit, my engineer. He's helping me through the race. He has so much experience winning, running at the front. It makes life easy for me. I feel very comfortable. I feel that I'm in control with the team. I can motivate them. Obviously the results, the mechanics, they deserve it as well. Yeah, I think we can continue like this."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 3rd/Finished 2nd)
"I guess in our bad luck we got a little lucky in the conditions, getting out of sync, cycling back to the front helped us. It's a bit of a shame. Obviously the McDonald's car was really, really good under dry conditions. Had it stayed this way, I think it was going to be a really, really good day for us. The boys had done a terrific job and the car was very, very good. We were getting good fuel mileage and good pace. Then under the yellow, when the track started to get wet, you know, in some places, and they decided to restart the race, I was like, oh, boy that's going to be tough. I was the first one to discover the slippery conditions and I made a mistake. I went for the restart in 14. I wasn't really quick, but the car went straight and ended up in the gravel. That was disappointing, but I knew the race was going to be long and we kept fighting for it. After that, the condition kept getting trickier and trickier. All of a sudden we saw ourselves in wets and close to the front. So it was looking fairly good. Just Robert passed me very cleanly on the track. Just left the door open. I was kind of hoping he was going to do the same when at some point I was a little quicker behind him. But that's not what he did. That's the only reason I was very unhappy with him."
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 2nd/Finished 3rd)
"I went past my grid, so I had to get it in reverse, trying to get it into first gear. By the time I look up, the third red lights are on. Straight to the floor realizing the light's going to go out in a sec. I think the reason I stalled is because the turbo did not spool. So I stalled. Looked in my mirrors. People just missing me. I mean, I thought there was going to be a big accident. So I took off and went into a lot of fuel save. We ended up -- I think we were running second for a while. This track is just so ridiculous with the weather. It's completely dry and sunny in one spot, then you get to the next corner and it's raining. I spun. I think I went to the back again. Then there was, you know, a big scuffle of about five or six cars for the lead. Everyone in the pits got wets. The car was all right in the wet, you know. I think it was a lot about driving because everybody had the dry setup on. We ended up third. The good thing about Champ Car is you just never give up. It's great like that. I mean, you can almost go a lap down and then come back and finish on the podium. It's just really, really good racing."
Simon Pagenaud #15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 7th/Finished 4th)
"I really enjoyed the race. As you saw, it was pretty fun with the weather change and everything. We had a great race car, great strategy. I stalled at the start, but we were able to catch up through good fuel mileage and a very good pace. It was a really good day, very fun. I really enjoyed myself, racing with Sebastien, Will and Robert. It was really good. I'm just really glad to be a leader of the Triple Crown, which is the championship for the Canadian race. I'm going to try with Will to stay ahead and do our best in Toronto next week."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 4th/Finished 5th)
"It was an eventful race. I had to dodge Will Power during the standing start because he had stalled and that compromised my start quite dramatically and I had to let (Robert) Doornbos go by. I could see that Sebastien (Bourdais) got a rolling start, and I was hoping that the officials had seen that, but they missed that. So, from then on it was just driving to the conditions, and the conditions were very changeable. When it started raining we were on slicks, so I managed to get past everyone and get to the front with the #9 CDW car. And then soon as we put the wets on, we were really slow -- we had no balance. We were just hanging on until it dried out a little bit on the last few laps and then get quicker, but unfortunately it was too little too late."
Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream Coswoth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 6th/Finished 6th)
"The race started okay for the Red Bull Gulfstream PKV Racing team in dry conditions. The crew did a great job with the pit stops. We got good fuel mileage. Everything was going perfect. I thought we were on course for a podium finish. Then it started to rain. I managed to get into second place, but then I just couldn't keep the pace in the rain anymore. I was sliding around and I fell place by place back. I had to fight really hard. It was unfortunate. The rain definitely cost us a podium because I could not go the speed anymore in the rain."
Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 9th/Finished 7th)
"I had an awesome start and was alongside Tag (Alex Tagliani) but didn't know that Power had stalled it until I was on him and I lost a spot because I had to check up. When I left the line I was already next to Tag. My wheel spin control was awesome and I started taking off. We were quick on slicks in the dry and when we wanted to catch Tagliani we did and coming out of the pits I had a great out lap and I passed him. Then we were in lead but it was so slippery that I feared going back to green. We went back to green and I was leading on slicks and I basically focused forward and drove and in three or four laps I pulled out a 12 second lead which I didn't know because I couldn't see who was behind me so he could have been only one second behind and I wouldn't have known. We did and awesome job and then came into the pits normal procedure and stopped in the box and the car just shut itself off. Coming in, the gearbox wouldn't go down gear. In these cars with the paddle shift, you're out of luck if it doesn't go down in gear and if the car isn't running, forget it. It's not like a manual car where you can just shove it into gear. It took us forever to get that situated. We weren't out and just tried to stay calm and plugged away and passed three people. We were quick in the rain, we were quick in the dry, we saved fuel when we needed to. If we wouldn't have had a problem on the pit stop the Medi | Zone car would have been the class of the field. When I wanted to catch cars, and not conserve fuel, I caught them. I was braking way late in the rain and I could get up on their gearboxes. I am a lot more confident in myself after this weekend. We deserve better results but our luck has been so bad."
Alex Tagliani #8 RSPORTS Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 8th/Finished 8th)
"It was an eventful weekend and race. Unfortunately, we did not finish as good as we wanted in the #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program car for the team and the sponsors. We need to go to Toronto to try to make it happen there."
Oriol Servia #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 14th/Finished 9th)
"Honestly another very disappointing day. We had high hopes for today, although we started fourteenth we had improved the car a lot from Friday to Saturday. This morning in warm up we were top five so things were looking good. But I don't know, it just seems luck isn't on our side. From the beginning of the race I started having braking issues, basically after only a few laps the pedal started going all the way to the end, I was locking the rear tires everywhere and just having a very hard time stopping the car. So just a frustrating day overall, hopefully things will be better next week."
Ryan Dalziel #28 PCM Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 13th/Finished 10th)
"It was an incredibly challenging race for me because we had a stuck throttle the last half of the race. The good news is we had a lot of positives today, we ran strong at the start of the race, we ran well into the top-ten most of the day and we had a good race car. I think as a team we are continuing to make a lot of progress, we certainly made a lot of improvements this weekend. It was a shame we didn't get to qualify yesterday because I really think we had a car good for 10th and we proved that in our first stint today. My guys were great in the pits, they get better and better every weekend. The tough part was the throttle, we had 10 -- 15% throttle at all times which made the braking zones a real challenge, but we got through and scored our fourth top-ten of the season."
Katherine Legge #11 Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 17th/Finished 11th)
"It was great to finally finish a race after having three DNF's and after all the car problems we experienced this weekend. Hopefully this will give us some momentum for Toronto next week. We learned a lot about the car this weekend that should help us down the road. I really loved racing at this track and look forward to coming back soon."
Tristan Gommendy #22 Pay By Touch-Megaspiera Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 1st/Finished 12th)
"It was a very disappointing day for the Pay By Touch MegaSpirea team. We had an electrical problem and could not get the car started. That put us two laps down right away and from there it was just a matter of trying to get some points. I feel bad for the whole team. We worked so hard to get the pole and I think we really had a good chance to win the race, especially since we have shown that we are quick in the ran. In the end it was not meant to be, so we just have to keep our heads up and try and get the pole and the win next weekend in Toronto."
Alex Figge #29 PCM/Molecule Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 15th /Finished 13th)
"Wow, what a day. This was the type of day that in the end will make me a better driver, but man it was tough. The brake problems began in he first ten laps and became worse and worse. When it started raining, we had so much lock-up, it made it really tough and I was constantly over-shooting the corners. It was tough to keep it on the pavement. My team did a good job in the pits and we'll turn our focus to Toronto. This was a great event and the crowd was terrific."
Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 10th/Finished 14th)
"I'm disappointed not to have won today, as we had a strong car, especially in the wet and the mixed conditions we experienced this afternoon. We knew we could take the lead at the next stop, but the car broke before that, so I guess all you can say is that it just wasn't meant to be on this occasion. If I couldn't win, though, then the next best thing is for the team to win, and I'm therefore very happy for Robert and Minardi Team USA."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 11th/Finished 15th)
"Well I guess when it rains it pours. Everything went wrong for us today, in the morning warm up I went off in Turn 10 and hit the wall pretty hard, the car had quite a lot of damage so we had to switch to our backup car. Since we switched cars we were forced to start at the back and we managed to pick up a few positions on the start but then I was spun out by Will Power and dropped to the back again. We were coming up to a restart and as I was coming up the hill I got on the gas and the engine just let go. We just have to put this weekend behind us and move on to my home race in Toronto, I'm really looking forward to turning things around there in front of the Canadian fans."
Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium (Qualified 12th/Finished 16th)
"Well, we had a bit of back luck today. The spin off was a result of the wet track and when I gave the car some power in the curve it just spun. I feel bad for the team because they have been working very hard. It is disappointing because I would have like to stay in the race."
Bruno Junqueira #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 16th/Finished 17th)
"It was a shame that the gear box broke on the #19 sonny's Bar-B-Q DP01 today. By lap 5 when the gear box broke, I had moved from 16th to 10th and I was getting ready to pass the ninth place car. I'm positive that we could have had a top five finish today. I thought the team gave me a great car and did a terrific job. They stayed stayed until 3 AM last night getting it ready and were back at it this morning at 7 AM. All we can do now is re-group and get ready for Toronto next weekend."