Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain, Jr. score top 10 finishes in Montreal. JOURDAIN WITH HIS 13TH CONSECUTIVE POINTS-PAYING FINISH - Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain, Jr., finished fifth and...
Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain, Jr. score top 10 finishes in Montreal.
JOURDAIN WITH HIS 13TH CONSECUTIVE POINTS-PAYING FINISH - Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain, Jr., finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the Molson Indy Montreal at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Dario Franchitti claimed his second victory of the season, while Cristiano da Matta finished second, Tony Kanaan finished third and Paul Tracy finished fourth. Player's/Forsythe racing endured a difficult day with Alex Tagliani finished three laps down in 11th place due to gearbox problems, while Patrick Carpentier was running second when his engine failed 27 laps into the race (finished 15th).
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Finished 5th
DO YOU THINK YOU HAD A CAR GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE PODIUM TODAY?
"I think we could have. PT (Paul Tracy) got by me on the first stop because we had a bobble in the pits, but then I ran behind him the whole next stint. My guys did a great job and we got by him on the next pit stop. I kept PT behind me on the out lap and man, he just had a rocket ship down the straightaway and he was a full car length ahead of me by the time I got to the braking zone in the chicane. The same thing happened with (Tony) Kanaan when he came out on cold tires I made a 'banzai' move on him in the hairpin because I knew I had to get in front of him. But he just motored by me on the straightaway like PT did and it just made it difficult. I felt like I could've been in front of both of those guys and we had a good car today."
BUT YOU HAVE TO BE ENCOURAGED BY THE IMPROVEMENTS YOU'VE SHOWN OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF RACES. "Yeah, we're chipping away at it. We could smell a podium today but the race just didn't flow for us the right way. We got caught behind some guys today, especially guys coming out of the pits on cold tires, and we lost a couple of seconds here and there. Then I got a little frustrated and drove off the track, but hopefully we can keep making progress and get on the podium."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Finished 6th
"It was a very long, tough day but I'm happy. I think the most important thing that came out of this weekend is that we made some progress compared to the last couple of weekends. Unfortunately my qualifying was very, very bad. We had a car to qualify that was much better than that but I just couldn't put a good lap together. We had a good result today, it could've been better, but everybody at Team Rahal did a great job. I'm very motivated for the rest of the season with the things we learned this weekend. We just need to keep improving over the last couple of races left and hopefully we'll be on the podium soon."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Finished 11th
"We just need to look forward to the next race in Denver and forget about this because we had a lot of problems today. I got hit from behind on the start by Paul (Tracy) and bent the toe link in the rear and then the gearbox broke and the radio didn't work. We had really good speed in the car but it's tough sometimes when you don't have the car to compete - you have the speed but you don't have the gearbox. We scored two points but it's the kind of race that you need to put behind you and go to the next one. Everything was difficult for us but I'm going to leave Montreal with a positive attitude about this weekend."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Finished 15th
"I'm so disappointed. We were running in second place and I think we could've had a podium but the engine gave out coming down the straightaway. I guess that's part of racing. Ford-Cosworth did a fantastic job this weekend and it's a shame it ended up this way. Everything had been working really well for us during the last couple of races but it wasn't meant to be today."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Competition Ford) - Finished 17th
"I don't know what happened. The car just shut off on its own and we couldn't get it restarted. I'm really disappointed but we'll just have to get ready for next weekend."