TECATE/TELMEX MONTERREY GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY ROSHFRANS SUNDAY POST-RACE QUOTES Bruno Junqueira, ...
TECATE/TELMEX MONTERREY GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY ROSHFRANS SUNDAY POST-RACE QUOTES
Bruno Junqueira, #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It's really hard to be mistake free on a hot day like today and I think you saw drivers making mistakes that they normally wouldn't make because of the heat. I think the fact that I train in the heat of the day makes a difference. The car was really good and I am very happy to get my first win of the season.
Andrew Ranger, #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I feel pretty good. We qualified 14th and it was a very tough day and a very tough race. The car was fantastic and it is great for the team to have this performance today.
Alex Tagliani, #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: I'm just trying to get back to where I know I can be, and where I have been in the past. The team is showing very good potential and we have to keep in mind that this is the team's first year with the Lola. I feel really good about what we're doing."
Justin Wilson (#9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a really bizarre race today. It seemed like everyone had some good fortune and everyone had some bad fortune. Things were looking pretty positive until I stalled on my second pit-stop. Then we fell way back. Then I had my lucky break when Oriol (Servia) spun and I just passed several cars and got right back into it again. Both A.J. (Allmendinger) and I brought the cars home in the top ten and gained some valuable points, but it was definitely a crazy day."
Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We lost another race thanks to Tracy. He was goofing around in pit in and pit out. He doesn't give you any room when you are trying to pass him and things like that but that's usual PT. As much as I like him because he's a nice guy, he's just not on the race track. It's got to stop, somehow it's got to stop.
Cristiano da Matta, #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a very eventful race for the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team. Between all the yellows it left a lot of options for different strategies, which made for some very interesting situations. At the end of the day we didn't have a bad result. I really want to congratulate my crew for the job they did in the pits. We had great pit stops. I had a lot of fun out there today and passed a bunch of cars. The last few laps were especially exciting. The PKV Racing team is getting better, but we still need to do some more work. We are not at 100% yet."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Today was a decent result to a nightmare of a weekend, all considering, I am pretty happy. If things had gone our way with the yellows, then maybe we could have won the race. But that is the great thing about Champ Car, you never know how things will go during the race and it is always an exciting part of the whole show. We will now go back to the Rocketsports shop and figure out what we need to improve on for our next road course event, Portland."
Bjorn Wirdheim (#4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Thank so much to the HVM team, in particular Will (Phillips, Race Engineer), Vince (Kremer, Team Manager) and Daniel (Louks, Assistant Race Engineer) for giving me a great race strategy, we managed to turn the weekend around. My car was better today, we set the fifth fastest lap, that was good. We need to do more testing so I can work on the qualifying pace and we'll be fine. I definitely had a lot of practice on the re-starts today, and managed to hang on despite being hit twice, the experience from today is invaluable. The re-starts were very nerve-wracking, especially the final re-start because there was nothing left on my tires, I knew the fuel was crucial, so I could not use my push-to-pass and I had a bunch of cars behind me who were obviously wanting my position. Overall, of course I am disappointed not to have finished on top, but we led our first laps in just my second race and gained a lot of experience, so I am pleased."
A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car was awesome today. If we had started at the front we would have driven away with it. I never really had to push the car-it was just that good. It was looking like things were really going our way with as crazy as the race was going on for everyone around me. The #10 car was charging right up the field. When (Oriol) Servia spun I couldn't do anything but wait for him to finish. I lost my momentum and everyone just went by me. Then I locked up the brakes. The crew was great today, the car was great. My race was not great."
Timo Glock #8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a crazy race today. I spun early on in the race because I was having a little difficulty with the brakes in the rear of the car. Then it was just crazy how many yellow flags were out this afternoon. With the strategy that the Rocketsports team had worked on during the race, I almost found myself up to the third spot, but then I had to serve a stop-and-go penalty after an incident with (Jimmy) Vasser. The car was unbelievable today and very fast when I was not in traffic. I had some understeer when I was driving in traffic, though. Towards the end of the race, I was driving as hard as I could to gain spots for the finish, and I was hit from behind. I did not see any one in my mirrors and there was no space for someone to try to pass so I was shocked from the contact, which ended my day since there were only a few laps to go. All in all, it was a good weekend for my second race in Champ Car and with my team."
Jimmy Vasser, #12 Gulfstream PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I got into more trouble out there than I could possibly imagine. We lost a couple of places on the start, but the Gulfstream/PKV Racing car was running well and we were working our way back through the field. I was getting good fuel mileage and had a good strategy going, but then it was just one incident after another. I am very happy for Cristiano and the team for their result. The PKV Racing team is improving, but we still have to do better."
Marcus Marshall #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a great effort by Tag and I am just disappointed we didn't get to the finish because I think we were looking good for a top ten result. After one of the restarts, I made a move on Mario Dominguez in turn three and he turned in on me so rather than slam into him, I took to the grass. But coming back onto the track I hooked the curb and it turned the car around. Oriol Servia then drove straight in and hit the front of the car. I really feel sorry for the guys because of all the work they have put in. I hate not finishing but this is another lesson to be learned as I begin as a rookie in Champ Cars. I am pleased that we improved the car for Sunday and I was able to race hard and challenge for the top ten -- that was my target."
Ronnie Bremer (#55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Looking from the outside, it seems like it could have been a great day for us if we had been able to finish. Unfortunately something broke in the gearbox after a decent start. I lost a couple of positions just before I broke, I was right behind Jimmy and Mario.
Jimmy was slow and he and Mario got tangled up, unfortunately I had no where to go and Nelson and Andrew had a gap behind be and got a good run on it. After that, I came out of the hairpin and there was no second (gear), no third, no fourth and that was it. Very unfortunate because I had a good racecar and I think we could have had a good shot at it today. I am really looking forward to getting back in the car in Milwaukee."