CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Ford Racing Saturday qualifying report

Patrick Carpentier qualifies fourth in Montreal. CARPENTIER TO MAKE FOURTH TOP-FIVE START OF THE SEASON - Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier qualified fourth for tomorrow's Molson Indy Montreal. Carpentier, who will make his third top-five...

Patrick Carpentier qualifies fourth in Montreal.


CARPENTIER TO MAKE FOURTH TOP-FIVE START OF THE SEASON - Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier qualified fourth for tomorrow's Molson Indy Montreal. Carpentier, who will make his third top-five start in the last five races, lapped the 2.747-mile permanent road course in 1 minute, 19.510 seconds. Cristiano da Matta claimed his sixth pole of the season with his effort of 1 minute, 18.959 seconds, while Dario Franchitti qualified second (1 minute, 19.334 seconds) and Bruno Junquiera qualified third (1 minute, 19.347 seconds).

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 4th

"We had problems this morning but I can hardly wait for the race to start tomorrow. What's important at this point is to stay with the leaders at the start, so we'll make a few minor adjustments tonight and be ready for tomorrow. I'm pretty happy. The car was setup for the pole and we just missed by a little bit but I'm confident we'll have a good car for the race. This is such a competitive series and you never know what's going to happen in the race."

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO HAPPEN AT THE START TOMORROW? "I think the guys will go two-wide through the first corner because there's a lot of space and a pretty big runoff area so everybody will be aggressive at the start."

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Qualified 6th

"We're still plugging away at it. I had a couple of laps that were faster than that one at points and we just had a hard time putting it together but I think we found some direction. We're working hard with Ford and Cosworth and the traction control is much better than it was when we started out. Hopefully we can find out what makes it tick so we can consistent off the truck with it. I think we're chipping away at the chassis and it's getting better and better."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 8th

"We've had a lot of problems all weekend long with the gearbox, the car and then the engine this morning so considering all those things I think my guys did a really good job. They had to change the engine and repair the gearbox and things were much better this afternoon. There's a little bit more we can get in the car for the race tomorrow so hopefully we can finish with a good result."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Qualified 15th

"I'm disappointed because the car is much better than this. We had a couple of good laps going and either traffic or some mistakes by me prevented us from getting one good lap completed. I'm very disappointed about that because I think we had car good enough for the top five, but obviously we're not in it and it's going to be hard to pass tomorrow. Hopefully we'll come up with a good strategy and make some passes so we can move towards the front."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Competition Ford) - Qualified 17th

"I think something happened with the engine and it blew up. It's too bad because we wanted to try the car and I think we could have improved it."

WHAT'S YOUR PLAN FOR THE RACE TOMORROW? "I think we can have a very good race tomorrow and we have to come up with a good strategy like we did in Elkhart Lake last weekend. It's not very easy to pass but if we can be consistently fast most of the time we can gain some spots on the track and in the pits."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Cristiano da Matta