CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Pre-event quoteboard



Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Monterrey is a tough track but somehow in qualifying it looks like the McDonald's team has our hands on the thing. It's been a little more tricky for us in the race. The first year we had the radio failure and missed the win and last year we had an incident with PT following a hick-up in the pits so I guess hopefully everything is going to be alright. If it's only every two years we should be fine. Newman/Haas has been successful in Monterrey but I don't think its specific to Monterrey. I think Newman/Haas overall has been strong just about everywhere. For sure we tend to have a little bit of a harder time on road courses since the last two seasons, especially to RuSport, but we'll see how it unfolds. At the end of the day you need to be fully consistent and be aware of what you're doing so that's very much been the philosophy at NHR and on this McDonald's team."

Mario Dominguez #7 Pride of Mexico INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I cant wait to get to Monterrey! I've been very busy doing promotional events in Cleveland this week so I haven't really had time to sit down and just think about last weekend and let it all sink in. It was a great weekend for us, even though we didn't get the result that we wanted, third place is still a strong performance and it puts me in a great position in the championship. I feel very confident and the morale in the team is very positive, we are going to go to Mexico, continue where we left off, and we are going to give all my fellow Mexicans a great show and a great result!"

Alex Tagliani #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I'm very happy and look forward to Monterrey. I got the all clear from Dr. Trammel and Dr. Perdisky yesterday, which is great. It's a bummer what happened in Houston, we would have been third in points, but that's racing. Last year we went well in Monterrey, had a podium, I like the track a lot which is probably why I seem to go so well there."

Paul Tracy #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "We had a strong performance last weekend, even though we didn't win, second is a solid result and it puts us back on track for the championship. The start of the season wasn't very good for us, so now that we've turned our luck around we have to keep the momentum going, keep the speed up and go fight for our first Victory of 2006. Last year we were taken out of the race in Monterrey so this time we are coming back with a vengeance. I really like the Monterrey track, the atmosphere is always great, the fans are great, and I've won races there before so I'm ready to go out there and repeat."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am very excited to go back to Monterrey and I am really looking forward on building more momentum from Houston. Last year I had a really good race there and I can't wait to race in front of the Mexican crowd again. It is like a home race for me and people always welcome me with open arms. I will be wearing my helmet that sports the Mexican colors again this year to show my appreciation. The team has a good baseline car for this circuit and since I enjoy the course myself, we may have a killer combination. I am also very happy to go back to a "not-so-bumpy" track because the Houston track really kicked my butt. It has been a really short overturn for the team and I feel for our truckies who are going to have a tough couple of weeks on the road. I already miss my team and want to get to race again. Like Jimmy Vasser would say: "Si se puede!""

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I'm feeling very confident for the Monterrey. I am getting use to the Champ Car and what it needs, the more tracks we run the better it feels. I suffered a bit from a virus during the Houston weekend which zapped a lot of my energy, but I feel rested and I'm ready for a good the weekend."

Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro - PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "After Houston I am going to Mexico so I will stay acclimatized to the heat. I raced in Monterrey last year, so I know the track, but running a Champ Car is different. It is always a pleasure to go to Mexico because the fans are very enthusiastic, welcoming and knowledgeable. I like the track in Monterrey because it is very challenging. The Bell Mico -- PKV Racing crew has done an awesome job the first two races. They constantly amaze me with their skill, dedication and support. We have made a lot of progress, we just ran into some bad luck in Houston. I know I still have a lot to learn, but we are working hard to make it all come together in Monterrey."

Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola -- "Monterrey is a nice track I love to race there. There are a lot of Mexican fans. Last year it was pretty hot there and we got a great win that put me in the lead of the championship. I think it was a really important race for me. Unfortunately it was my last race before my accident but I have good feelings about Monterrey. Every year that I have raced there I feel at home. The Mexican fans treat me so well there. I love racing in Monterrey. For me it's going to be really good to go back to race in Monterrey. I am a racer. All this time that I was away I remembered how much I loved racing, loved competing, loved that feeling to try to go to the limit and try to be the first guy across the finish line and the last time that happened was in Monterrey and they are good memories. I'm 29 years old and I have been racing for the past 19 years. It's my life; it's what I do. It's my passion and I am really happy to be racing again and to go back to the place where I won and took the points lead. The first two races of this season didn't show our full potential so hopefully we can pick up where we left off last year."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -"I appreciate how patient and helpful the team at CTE-HVM has been while I learn the ropes with my first season with Champ Car. I have made a few mistakes but I take them as learning experiences and they will better me for the next race. I thank the team for making it such a great experience for me. I am looking forward to completing the distances and enjoying the rewards with my crew for the season. I can't wait to race in Monterrey and get onto a permanent racecourse to use my knowledge and experience from Europe to my advantage. I have no experience of Mexico and the fans, but I hear many good things about the country's people; how welcoming they are, and how they are one of the best racing fans. I look forward to a warm reception."

Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream - PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am actually much happier with our performance than what most people would think by looking at the standings. I know we are only 16th in the points, but the Gulfstream -- PKV Racing car was very quick in Houston. I was really impressed with the performance of the car and the team in the last race, so I am very upbeat about the upcoming events. Overall, I am very pleased with the direction and progress the PKV Racing team has made and I think the tracks we are headed to suit our team much better than the circuits we have been running on. I am looking forward to a good result in Monterrey and getting back into the championship race."

Nicky Pastorelli #8 Bavaria City Racing/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -"I am looking forward to my second race in Champ Car. My debut in Houston went well; we just did not get the results we were aiming for. But that is in the past and now we head in to another race weekend. This will be my first trip to Fundidora Park in Monterrey, actually, my first trip to Mexico, as well! So I am looking forward to seeing the track and experiencing all the excitement, as I have heard that the Mexican people really enjoy their racing and support the Champ Car World Series. The Monterrey track looks very interesting. I saw it on TV watching past races and I am very excited to get down there and run on it to experience it for myself. We have data from last year, so we will start the weekend using that information and work from there to get an ideal set up for this year. It looks very challenging, so it will be very exciting. We will see how it goes and what will happen. If we can start out in Monterrey how we finished in Houston (running quicker times during the warm up and during the race) and continue the positive momentum, then we should have a pretty good weekend overall. The team has done well there in the past, so we will go out there and give it our best to ensure that a great show is put on for the fans with the intentions of a top-ten finish at the end of the weekend."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Katherine Legge , Nelson Philippe , Will Power , Nicky Pastorelli , Daniel Clarke