CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Saturday quoteboard

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Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I have a great feeling about this track and this race. You know it is going to be hot but we had strong balance in the McDonald's car and I was able to put up a string of three good laps that were enough to take the pole. The Bridgestone tires have been great, we can't find much of a difference from set to set, so that helps you focus on the car."

Justin Wilson (#9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm pretty pleased with the result today. We were right there making a serious challenge for the pole and for the top spots. Both RuSPORT cars were fast and we had gotten them both on the right track. It's a really good feeling to start to see the results of the work we've been doing. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race. My real concern is going to be with staying hydrated because it's supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. That's really going to weigh on the drivers performance, so it's a issue I'm going to place close attention to. Other than that, my RuSPORT car is ready."

Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We had a good car; we made pretty big strides with the setup since this morning but still had a little lack of grip mid-corner. We also had some bad luck with traffic. On both sets of tires it seemed like just when I was putting together a fast lap I'd catch somebody right at the end. But third position is a good place to start so we'll be in good shape for the race. To rebound after being last yesterday and coming back to start third makes us pretty happy. I just have to find a rhythm and avoid mistakes in the race."

Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am very excited about the result today for the Team Australia. The team is only two races old and everything is new, but showing speed like that is a great boost for everybody and if we can keep that going we will be able to sneak onto the podium a few times. By the time we get to Australia we should be really strong and hopefully can challenge for the win -- that would be perfect for this team. The car is working well everywhere we go and I am also really getting on well with everybody on the team. The track here in Monterrey is one that I love and have done well at in the past. It is like a road course with the grip of a street course -- it is a great challenge. We are looking strong for a good race tomorrow and I think we can challenge for the podium if we don't make any mistakes."

Bruno Junqueira (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): The PacifiCare car was pretty good but we had a boost problem when we went out for our second run and cut our time short. On the first set of tires, I was already running a 1:14.0 lap but there was a cone in the middle of the last corner and I had to get off line to avoid and I lost a second-and-a-half. On the second run we had the boost problem and by the time we got back I only had time for one lap. I was slower on the first two-or-three corners but made up the time on the rest and moved up four spots. A fifth-place start is less than we were capable of, but I'm going to try as hard as I can to move the PacifiCare car up to the front."

Mario Dominguez (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Our car was going to be very strong in qualifying today. We were second fastest in the practice session just before qualifying so I was really looking forward to putting the Indeck car up front, but we had a problem with the steering wheel not being straight and that made it really hard to control over the bumps and curbs. It's unfortunate because we were going to be a factor but we know we have a fast car so we should be good for the race tomorrow."

Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Once again we didn't get everything out of the Gulfstream/PKV Racing car because of something that happened on the track. I had a lap going that was going to put me fifth or sixth on the grid, but another car brought some grass out on the track and that slowed me up. It is the same for everybody, but we just need a little luck finishing off a good lap. That is what is holding us back right now. We definitely need to be quicker, but I think the PKV Racing team is headed in the right direction."

Cristiano da Matta (#21 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I had a good run in the Bell Micro/PKV Racing car. It was a nice lap. Balance-wise the car is good, we just need some more total grip. The PKV Racing team still has a lot of work to do and I have some ideas, but setting up a car is about a 1000 different things. I think we are making progress and I am confident that we will get quicker."

Ronnie Bremer (#55 HVM, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am disappointed, the car is pretty good, but I just couldn't get a lap clear enough to put in my best time. I think we have a half a second left in the car, it was just bad timing for us today. I have a good racecar, so I am looking forward to all 76 laps and perfect pit stops tomorrow."

A.J. Allmendinger (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's been a frustrating weekend. Yesterday we struggled trying to find grip with the car and we were more off the pace than any of us wanted or expected to be. We did the work and today the RuSPORT car was much better and it felt really good. We were right there with Sebastien (Bourdais) and challenging for the pole. Heck, I even held pole for awhile. So losing my fastest lap because of the black flag is very frustrating. The good news is that my teammate Justin Wilson has a front row start and that my car is has improved over the weekend and is a much better race car."

Timo Glock ( #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):"Today was a little bit disappointing. I don't quite understand why we were quicker in the morning; that was when things were looking pretty good for us. I know we could have gotten better results, we just could not quite find the right grip in the car this afternoon. We have to find a way to get the car in the right shape for tomorrow so we can just concentrate on the race, so we will look over the car tonight and see what we can find."

Bjorn Wirdheim (#4 HVM, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We are really struggling here with lack of grip. I was quite surprised at how big the gap is to the drivers up front. We've been working really hard to get the grip, we did make it better but we still don't have the grip I need. We are really disappointed and we'll sit down and strategize this afternoon and make sure we find something. We can still test a couple of changes in warm-up so we'll make sure to maximize that session and then give it our best shot in the pits. We'll also have a race strategy meeting tonight, I have a fantastic group of guys over the wall so it will be a group effort for sure tomorrow, but we'll give it our best effort."

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#31 Briggs & Stratton Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Basically, we have been struggling all day. We didn't get that much track time this morning, or at least not when we wanted to. We also had some braking issues that we had to sort out, which we did, but we need to make some adequate changes for tomorrow for the race."

Jorge Goeters (#52 PKV Racing Team Mexico Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am improving with every lap. The team is finally starting to have more confidence in me and are paying attention to some of my suggestions, at the beginning they try to go more slowly with the changes but now that I started to show some skills they have more confidence in my input. I think we still have some time tomorrow during warm up to do some changes and put the car in a better shape. It will be a long race, so a lot of things can still happen."

Marcus Marshall (#5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Things certainly didn't go our way and I only have myself to blame because the red flag didn't help us at all -- especially since I caused it. We thought the changes we made between practice and qualifying were the right way to go but in fact, the car was a bit evil. You have to think positively about tomorrow and get things sorted out for the race. We will look at some data overnight and having Alex as my team-mate is a massive help. His experience has helped me out a lot and also the Aussie Vineyards team because we are new to running the Lola. Getting to the finish like I did at Long Beach is a priority and a top ten finish is always my goal -- we will see how the day goes."

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