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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The McDonald's car has been very good since we first put it on the track this morning. I am happy with our end results today; however, it is a shame that we are not guaranteed a front row position for the start of the race. I am confident that we will be able to improve the car and our times for tomorrow and re-capture the pole during the final qualifying session. The Bridgestone tires are wearing very well here and the track is a lot cleaner compared to last year, so tomorrow should be another great run"
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 Pacificare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am happy with the car. The Pacificare car handled very well for me during both the practice and qualifying sessions. During the third segment in qualifying the red flag did not help us. I am a little frustrated because I was the fastest in my first qualifying segment and I was hoping to obtain the Championship point because every point helps. However, tomorrow is the most important day and I feel that we have a great shot at obtaining the pole."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Generally I am very happy with our results. The first session went well and I am happy with the car setup. The second session went well also, however, it was a little difficult with the red flag coming out towards the end. We lost some of the back of the car, which will give us something to work on for tomorrow. I am confident we will have a good car for tomorrow to obtain a top starting position."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Tomorrow's qualifying will be very important, but today was a good opportunity to pay attention to the setup of the car. We're looking for more speed and less push in the car. We tweaked many things and will continue to make improvements. The various stages of qualifying took some pressure off of us today and allowed us to focus more on the performance of the car, especially in the hairpin and chicane."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am moderately happy with the performance the Herdez car. We have some more work to do tonight and changes to make, but I feel that we will be able to move the car up front more tomorrow. The guys have done a tremendous job setting up a competitive car for the first round of qualifying. I look forward to getting back on the track tomorrow. It is great racing here in front of my fans and countrymen. I hope to be able to put on a good show for them because they all support me and the rest of the Mexican drivers so passionately.
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a start. We made some progress, but we still have a way to go before we find the optimum setup. We had a big hiccup in qualifying and lost some time, but the guys did a great job getting the problem fixed and back out there just in time for one more lap. I stuck a good time in and we made it to the final round. We have some work to do tonight, but I am confident we will get the right Herdez car up front tomorrow."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"This now qualifying system means you need more luck, and our timing was wrong; with the red flags we just didn't have the luck."
The track is really nice, a bit slippery at the chicane -- and faster than last year I think. The car is good, and we wanted to make some changes for the last session but there was no time to revise ... so today was a learning day. Tomorrow we will be stronger"
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Gigante car is better than it was this morning, and it's definitely better than it was in Long Beach. RuSPORT has made great improvements to the car, but we can still improve a lot. We had a little bad luck in qualifying. I had fast laps going at two separate times that I lost in traffic and then with Paul Tracy's red flag. The new qualifying format does not effect my approach; it's still my job to push the pedal down as hard as I can and get the fastest lap from the Gigante car."
PAUL TRACY (#1 Index Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm not happy with today; we generally need to improve the car ... the track was changing and we didn't keep up [with the changes]. I made a mistake and spun. We will just have to regroup and go again tomorrow."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The new qualifying format lends itself to creating a new set of challenges, but I personally like the format and think it will be even better tomorrow when everyone goes out in one group. For us, the format didn't have much to do with our qualifying effort. Right now we're struggling to come to grips with the car on such a slippery race track. Once again every track we go to is new for us and we have no set-up notes, except where we're able to test, so we have a lot of work ahead of us this race weekend. I have every confidence in the RuSPORT team and we'll just keep plugging away at it to move forward."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We're really disappointed obviously. We gained a lot of speed, but at the same time, other guys were picking it up quite a bit as well. It's a shame because the car felt really good this morning, and it felt just as good in our qualifying session."
NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Overall we (Rocketsports/LeasePlan team) focused on the setup of the car and improved our time from this morning. We got more out of the car, but will continue to look for ways to make is faster for tomorrow. The track was very slippery and it was tough to get good grip. Unlike a street course, if you push too hard you'll end up in the grass.
As the surface of the track gets better and we make improvements to the car, I hope to get a good starting position. With the car at its best I plan to pass where/when possible and make it a good race on Sunday."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Red Flag at the end of the session really threw us off, unfortunately. We came into the pits and made some adjustments to the tire pressures, but I guess we didn't get it right. I fought the car while searching for speed and a fast lap at the end. It's really a shame for the team, for Nextel and for myself that we dropped to seventh there at the end. I wanted to be in that top five."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I made a mistake at the first chicane and clipped the curb ... that only left me time for two more good laps, and the [Champ Car] penalty took away my time.
The track is very slippery -- I think a few guys had trouble with that too. Tomorrow is a better day for qualifying for me; after today we make some changes -- shock absorbers and maybe a gear, and the car will be better."