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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"This track is suiting me very well. We started very fast and remained consistent. We made minor changes to setup this weekend, however, made several improvements from last year. We have a great race car for tomorrow; we just need a trouble-free race and a clean start tomorrow."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Herdez car was very good today. We keep improving as a team, we've grown together, we are at the best level, but we can't stop we need to work harder. We are competing against the best teams and the best drivers. Expectations for tomorrow are very good. We need to be very consistent and run a smooth race. We made very little changes to the car and are looking forward to tomorrow's race.
I am very proud to represent my country and my sponsors on the front row of the starting grid tomorrow. I hope to give my countrymen and Herdez a win tomorrow."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The car was very good. We knew that we would have a challenge, Sebastien is very good. I made a few mistakes, but there is not time for excuses. Look forward to the race tomorrow and finishing strong."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The PacifiCare car was good, I just didn't put a lap together. It is possible to win from fourth, but it is obviously not where we wanted to start. We need to have a clean race, with more quick pit stops by the PacifiCare car. I am glad the series changed the qualifying format back to the way it was."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We were a bit better today for sure. We actually ended up reverting back to our original setup. We still have some room for improvement, but we're definitely moving in the right direction up the grid, and that's the most important thing."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We have been struggling all weekend, we made some dramatic changes to the car this morning, and never really had a chance to test them as we only completed one lap before the session checkered. Qualifying was a bit of a test for us, but I feel that the car has improved. I am not pleased with where I am starting, but I am going to give it my best effort in the race tomorrow and I intend to finish up front with the Herdez car.
The fans here have given me such a warm welcome, it is a blast to compete here."
ORIOL SERVIA (#11 yokeTV.com Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am sure everybody has the same story, the red flag. But, the first set of tires were really nice as we expected. On the second set, they were just coming up to maximum performance and by the hairpin I was already .3 of a second quicker than my fastest lap. Then the red flag came out. I think the yokeTV.com team could have been top-six, but ninth is okay. It is not bad. We have made improvement since Long Beach. We are still behind the top guys, but we definitely are making progress. Overall, it was a good performance for Coyne Racing. We placed both cars in the top-10 in qualifying and it is good to see some positive results from all the work we are doing."
TARSO MARQUES (#19 American Medical Response Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am a little disappointing with our qualifying effort today because we were not able to do our best. The American Medical Response/Dale Coyne Racing team can do even better. We had a small problem in my car during qualifying. We lost fuel pressure, which caused us to loose our fast lap. I think we could have qualified seventh. Also, it is a shame we couldn't practice this morning (engine problem). We have not been as lucky as we could be, so far this weekend, but at the end of the day qualifying 10th is okay."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We started making progress. By far the car was the best that it's felt all weekend in the second qualifying session. We're just way behind being a new team to the series and no data from this track. Honestly, we could just use a couple more practice sessions, but obviously we're not going to get them. I'm not happy with 11th, but I'm pleased with the progress we've made and the car is drivable. We hopefully have a direction now for the warm-up and race tomorrow, and I think that's important."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I tried to go a little quicker entering Turn 12, but on the exit the car pushed wide and I spun and just clipped the wall. The guys really did an excellent job swapping the front wing out and getting me back out there. Unfortunately, the Red Flag came out with less than three minutes to go, just when we were coming back on track with new tires and a few good laps left in the car. I think we could have broken into the top 10 for sure. It's disappointing, but we will continue to try our best."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It a disappointing qualifying position. The car is pretty far off from where we want to be. We made some changes to the car prior to the qualifying session and it helped the car, but obviously not enough."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
We'd hoped for better qualifying results today, but it looks like we'll have to depend on our strategy to move ahead from our starting position in the race. We went to the backup car after damaging the tub of the primary car going over the rumble strip in turn one during morning practice. In the backup car, I had a lot of difficulty steering and just couldn't push the car as I had wished. This starting position (15th) will make the race a bigger challenge, but we'll pull through. Our priority tonight is to improve the steering and be ready for the race.
NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
We managed to make some changes and improvements to the speed and handling of the car. Unfortunately just at the end of the session we ran low on fuel, which may have set us back. Catching up will be more of a challenge, but the car is responding better so we'll gain some strength there and plan on a good finish.