CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Ford Racing Friday qualifying quotes

Patrick Carpentier provisionally qualifies ninth in Montreal. CARPENTIER LEADS THE FORDS DURING PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING - Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier was the fastest of the Ford-powered entries during provisional qualifying today at...

Patrick Carpentier provisionally qualifies ninth in Montreal.

CARPENTIER LEADS THE FORDS DURING PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING - Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier was the fastest of the Ford-powered entries during provisional qualifying today at Montreal. Carpentier lapped the 2.747-mile permanent road course in 1 minute, 20.504 seconds to post the ninth-fastest time of the day. Championship points leader Cristiano da Matta claimed provisional pole with a lap of 1 minute, 19.465 seconds, followed by teammates Scott Dixon (1 minute, 19.765 seconds) and Kenny Brack (1 minute, 19.873 seconds).

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 9th - "On the second set of tires I was unable to do a good lap because something went wrong with the electronics. The first time we had a problem with the popoff valve and then we had problems with the traction control so I wasn't able to do a good lap. I really don't know whether the car is understeering or oversteering on a good set of tires and that's my biggest problem right now."

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 10th - "We're having a lot of problems with our program. We lost a brake line in the primary car and then I came together with (Shinji) Nakano during the 15-minute test session so we're just trying to sort things out. We've got plenty of issues and problems on the plate that we're trying to sort through and hopefully we can make the car better for tomorrow." HOW IS THE GRIP OUT THERE? "I find the grip to be quite good actually. I think we have the perfect tire for the situation here but it's just a matter of us getting the car to work."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 11th - "I think we made some good improvements from this morning. The car felt better but I think at the end of this session the track picked up some grip and the car started pushing quite lot on that last run. We need to improve but I think we're headed in the right direction." WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THE TRACK? "I like it. I'm very happy with it and it reminds me a lot of Australia where you have a long straightaway and then a chicane before another long straight. I like it quite a lot."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Competition Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 17th - "I like the track a lot and I've had a lot of fun learning my way around it. We did a lot of work today trying to improve the car and hopefully we can make enough improvements to move up the grid tomorrow."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 18th - "We made some changes on the car between sessions and when I went out this afternoon I went over a bump and hit the wall. I didn't change my braking zone at all - when I hit the bump I hit the white line and just sort of lost it there and wasn't able to correct the car. Because I brought the red I lost my quickest time and we didn't get to go out again. I hope it's a nice day tomorrow because if it's not we're in trouble."

-ford-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Scott Dixon