CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Pre-race quoteboard



Sebastien Bourdais, (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:) "After such results at Monterrey you cannot help but hope to win again. It's definitely a track I like very much. I like the setup, the hotel is right in front of the track and the track is in the middle of Fundidora Park, which is a beautiful park. It's really a lot of fun; the track is really slippery and it's a big challenge for the drivers so I'm looking forward to it and I hope we can repeat a win for the McDonald's team. Strategy is going to be somewhat different this year as there are no rules -- you pit whenever you want, you add tires, you add fuel, whatever you want, whenever you want so it's a new game. Obviously it's going to open some doors for some lucky guys. Not always the fastest guy is going to get the benefit out of it but that's the way it is. Push to pass is still here this year and it's definitely a big advantage show-wise. I would never have won Denver without that device and it was a really smart move to keep it. The Mexican fans are so enthusiastic about racing; its amazing. Obviously they cheer for their own drivers but they also cheer for the champions and I had a lot of fans already last year and with the championship I am hoping to see them again.

Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Monterrey is a great event that I always look forward to. The town itself is kind of a magical place, with the downtown square so busy all the time and with all the beautiful churches and buildings. The Fundidora Park track is a unique place with all the old Cintermex buildings and equipment everywhere along with a great combination of challenge and rhythm; a real driver's track. There are some good passing spots and the nature of the track makes it very hard to drive without any small mistakes so it's a place where your game has to be 100% on all the time. And of course the Mexican fans give it that amazing "fiesta" feel all weekend. We had a good result at the first event of the year at Long Beach and the Forsythe Team is hoping to continue our momentum here in Monterrey."

Bruno Junqueira, (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:) "The last two years I did very well in Monterrey, Mexico. I had the fastest race lap in 2003 and finished fifth and last year I finished second so hopefully we can get an even better result for the PacifiCare team. It's a very difficult track, there is not much grip but it's a proper race track and it's very smooth. It's always a big challenge for everybody. It's a very exciting race because of the Mexican fans. Monterrey was our first race in Mexico back in 2001. On race day, the fans make it atmosphere very special and I love to race in Mexico because of them. They love Champ Car and it's great to go back there every year. Push to Pass makes overtaking easier on the Monterrey track and the fans will be able to watch an exciting race again this year."

Justin Wilson (#9 SanDisk Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I had a good qualifying in Monterrey last year, qualifying third on the grid. This year, I'm looking to have a better race and finish on the podium-that's really the aim for this race, to get the first podium of the season. We've had a great test, we've got a great race car, and I like the Monterrey track. So it's a matter of putting it all together and having a great weekend."

Mario Dominguez (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "This is going to be a very big event for the team and especially for me personally. We ran so strong at Long Beach with no testing whatsoever, and since then we've had a chance to test and let me get comfortable with the #7 INDECK car, the crew and my engineers. We were very fast in testing at Portland, Sebring and Milwaukee since the Long Beach race so I'm confident we're going to be in the thick of things here in Monterrey. I know the fans are going to be pulling for me at Fundidora Park so I'm very motivated and can't wait for that first practice session on Friday!"

Timo Glock (#8 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am really looking forward to racing in Monterrey. I watched DVD's of the past races and the track looks very interesting and a lot of fun. I really want to drive in Monterrey, not just for me, but for my Rocketsports team. They worked very long hours to put both mine and Ryan's car back together after the incidents in Milwaukee. They did a great job getting things ready and I look forward to the opportunity to giving back to them my gratitude by performing well this weekend scoring some points and a podium finish."

Ronnie Bremer (#55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Park Fundidora is a fantastic circuit, wide, fast and can be very slick. I am really looking forward to getting out there in my Champ Car, I finished second there last year in the Atlantic car and I expect to run strong there this year as well. It has been a long six weeks, I have spent a lot of time training and I am definitely ready to get back to it! The Mexican fans are terrific, they are dedicated and very supportive of Champ Car, we will give them a good show."

A.J. Allmendinger (#10 Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm looking forward to getting right into the Monterrey race weekend. I had a disappointing race at Long Beach and it was not the start to the season we wanted. We had a great test after the Long Beach race and we were quick and the race car was very good. I've never had a good race in Monterrey, so I think the #10 RuSPORT car is due for a good run here. I'm looking forward to getting the start to the season we should have had."

Jimmy Vasser, #12 Gulfstream PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It has been a long break since the last race and PKV Racing has made some significant changes in the structure of our team particularly in the engineering department. We have done a lot of testing during the break, so I am looking forward to getting back to racing in Monterrey and seeing how things pan out. The Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix is always a great event. It has a fantastic atmosphere, lots of excitement and the fans are very knowledgeable. The track in Monterrey is very challenging and fun to drive, plus the city is one of the most beautiful in all of Mexico, so I am looking forward to competing there."

Cristiano da Matta, #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "PKV Racing has done quite a bit of testing since Long Beach and we have made a lot of changes to the team. Going into the Monterrey Grand Prix, I am actually quite excited because I feel we are a lot stronger as a team. We have done a lot of work together over the last five weeks and I feel we are just better. Obviously I am looking forward to the Monterrey race because I have won both my races there. It will be fun to see if I can make it three in a row. There is nothing in particular I like about the Monterrey circuit. I like all natural road courses, but I do like the whole vibe of the race in Monterrey. It is a very fun event and Mexico is a great country for Champ Car to have races. I just like racing in Mexico."

Bjorn Wirdheim (#4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I have never been to Mexico before, so I am especially looking forward to this event. The only chance for me to get information about the circuit before I arrive there is through my engineers and by watching video footage from last year. That being said, my team had very good cars there last year, they are a great resource for me and I am flying in early to spend as much time studying the track as I possibly can. I am excited to drive the Champ Car on a proper road course. I spent a lot of time testing on these types of tracks last year, I have many miles under my belt, it will be different with the Champ Car but of course it will still be useful. I've always wanted to visit Mexico, I love Mexican food and it will be an honor for me to drive for a team with Mexican roots this weekend."

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#31 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am really looking forward to getting back to Mexico where the fan support for Champ Car is enormous. This is a special race from the point of view of fan support as the Mexicans really get behind all the teams, making it a great event. I am also looking forward to racing on a natural terrain circuit, a proper road course. The Monterrey track really suits my aggressive driving style; it's a long, open road course that has a great layout. The trick at Monterrey is to stay on top of your set-up throughout the whole weekend. We are looking to have a good weekend in Monterrey as we experienced difficulties in Long Beach during the season opener."

Marcus Marshall (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:) "I am really looking forward to racing in beautiful Monterrey, Mexico after having such a long break from the last race and I am busting to get back in to it. We have had some very good test days recently and the whole team has been working day and night to insure that I have a good car for this race. A driver couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to work with. so with the Aussie Vineyards Team Australia car we're looking for a good result here.

Andrew Ranger (#27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm really excited to return to Monterrey, I love the enthusiasm of the Mexican people for their racing. The track is very slippery and you really have to go smooth with the throttle, this time I will be very careful with corner 3 and the big curbs. Physically, it's a very demanding track and it's very hot & humid in Monterrey. I've been training a lot with my personal trainer, I'm in good shape. We tested in Portland & Milwaukee; it was a good opportunity to work with the team and to learn more about the car, since this is my first year with Champ Car and MJCR."

Nelson Philippe (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The Parque Fundidora track itself is awesome with its big curbs, chicanes and fast corner, it's a lovely place. Racing in Mexico for me is like racing at home. It has a great atmosphere and everyone has a good time! But, it's also a very challenging race track and setting up the car to perform well requires a delicate balance. We tested in Portland and Milwaukee; and I went to Indianapolis three times -- working a lot with the team to reach our goals."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Bjorn Wirdheim , Nelson Philippe , Ronnie Bremer , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Cristiano da Matta