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Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "It is always difficult to qualify up front but my McDonald's car was setup very well today and we were able to put in a good lap. We think we have a car could enough to win as we proved last year, so we'll see what happens tomorrow."
Bruno Junqueira (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "It's really competitive out there and it's important to start up front. You can pass cars here and the Cosworth Push-to-Pass button will be good but once you go off-line the track is really dirty so that will make passing difficult. The PacifiCare car was really good and we had a faster lap going at the end of the session but the car slid a little on me."
Justin Wilson (#9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "I'm pretty pleased with third for today. We were struggling with direction early on and it didn't seem to be getting better. I didn't really get much track time this morning and the second practice session we started off struggling again, but during the red flag we made a couple of adjustments and right away the car started coming around. There's definitely room for improvement, whether we can close the gap to Newman-Haas; we'll see tomorrow. We did end on the right not today for that to happen"
Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "I am pretty happy to be 4th but there was probably a little more time in the car because I made a little mistake in the second sector of the track which cost me a bit of time. We are pretty close to the mark and actually a lot closer than we expected. I am pretty sure there is some more time to come as well. We have a couple of changes to try tomorrow morning and of course the track will get quicker and quicker. The team has done a great job so far this weekend -- the five week break from Long Beach to now has been very beneficial for us. We have been able to put in a lot of miles in testing and I am certain we can move forward again tomorrow."
Mario Dominguez (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "We went out early hoping to get some clear track. We planned on running seven laps, but we had a radio problem and I didn't hear the team calling me in so I ran too many laps and ran out of fuel. That caused a Red Flag to stop the session, so I got a penalty that cost me my fastest lap in the session. As a result I fell down to 5th place but the car was good so I think we'll be in good shape for Final Qualifying tomorrow."
A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "It was an okay day. Justin (Wilson) qualified third, so we have something to work from there. We need to improve the car overall, and I need to do a better job of driving it. We're struggling with lack of grip and we definitely have work to do for tomorrow."
Timo Glock (#8 DHL Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "Today wasn't too bad, the DHL car feels pretty good, but I want to try and find out what (Sebastien) Bourdais and (Bruno) Junqueira are doing because I don't know what they have found, but there is a big gap between them and the third quickest driver this afternoon, along with the rest of the field. I think that the last lap out was pretty good, the lap before that I found a little bit more speed in the first couple of corners, and I think that would have been my fastest lap of the day, but then I lost it coming a little too hard around at the end. I think there is a little bit more time possible in the car, but we have to find a way to get a little more grip out of the car for tomorrow."
Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "I certainly think that the PKV Racing cars should both be in the top five on the grid. We just haven't extracted everything out of the car that we can, but sometimes it is tough to get everything going right in a particular session. Hopefully, we will be able to put it all together tomorrow and move up on the grid."
Cristiano da Matta (#21 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "It was a difficult session for the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team. We really didn't get everything out of the car, mostly because of the traffic and the red flag. We just have to put our heads together and do a little more work for tomorrow's final qualifying. I really feel that we have a top-five car. We just need a couple of things to go our way.
Ryan Hunter-Reay (#31 Briggs & Stratton Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "We improved the car from the first practice to qualifying, but we decided to save tires and went out on only one set. We then ended up getting caught out on a red flag, then a pit lane violation, so we ended up with a very low amount of laps run this afternoon. We need to improve the car for tomorrow and we need to find where we can get some more speed, and we will see how it goes from there."
Marcus Marshall (#5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "I really like the circuit here, it flows really well and I am really enjoying it. We made a change at the end of the session for my last set of tires and the car improved quite a bit. I kept holding back to get a good run at a clean lap, but we ran out of time at the finish. The guy in front wasn't going so well and held me up a few times. The car has got better and better throughout the day so I am very happy with that. The fact we are moving forward with the car is a very good sign. I can't wait to get back out there tomorrow. I am very comfortable in the car and confident we will have a strong day."
Jorge Goeters (#52 PKV Racing Team Mexico Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "It was what I expected. It is a whole different thing to drive a stock car and an open wheel car. This is the best track to have your first experience in a car with all this power. I have been a champion in both types of racing (open wheel and stock cars) here in Mexico, so it would only be matter of time before I get used to it. I would only wish to have had a couple of tests before this important event, but that it is not the case, so I can assure that I am still really grateful and excited with this opportunity and I will continue putting my best effort forward because I know that I can do it much better, I just hope to be able to continue improving 2 or 3 seconds in each try."
Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "On one of my first hot laps I turned into the chicane and the rear end just jumped out. I saved it but it made me go over the curbing and I got launched in the air. We did some damage to the car as a result and that pretty much ended our afternoon. It's too bad because the car was pretty good, good enough to be quickest in the practice session just before Qualifying, but we've been fighting a bit of oversteer all day and it happened again on that lap. It's too bad for the Forsythe team because we could have threatened for the Pole, but we know we're on the pace and we get another chance tomorrow."