Paul Tracy was disappointed to end qualifying for the Montreal Molson Indy in fifth place with a time he set early in the afternoon session of 1:20.803 / 120.694 mph. "My first set of Bridgestone tires was good and we got a reasonable lap time...
Paul Tracy was disappointed to end qualifying for the Montreal Molson Indy in fifth place with a time he set early in the afternoon session of 1:20.803 / 120.694 mph.
"My first set of Bridgestone tires was good and we got a reasonable lap time which I knew I could improve on ... but I scuffed the wall with my right rear; the angle of the impact must have been unlucky because the impact caused the mounting on the engine to be damaged and we couldn't get it repaired in time to go out again -- that's really frustrating to me because the car and the track were quicker today and I know we had a chance at the pole."
With yesterday's non-qualify drama behind him, Patrick qualified in sixth place with a lap time of 1:20.836 / 120.644 mph putting him alongside team mate Tracy on the third row for the 2004 Montreal Molson Indy.
"Not getting track time yesterday afternoon was definitely a disadvantage. But the car was good today and we had a pretty respectable lap in my first session on the track. We made some changes, but the they were not so good ... it happens! But we know where we are for tomorrow, and I'm a much better racer than a qualifier; we always move forward in the race, so I'm confident for a strong race."
After a difficult two days chasing set up Rodolfo ended up in 14th place with a time of 1:21.622 seconds / 119.482 mph.
"I still didn't feel 100% comfortable with my car after this morning in practice, so we decided to go with Pat's [team mate Carpentier] set up for this afternoon's qualifying. And that was a lot of changes; differential, the spring balance and damper settings and some aero changes as well -- so it was like starting from scratch! So the afternoon qualifying was more like a practice session, adjusting from that new starting point. But I'm much happier and with some more time to work in the morning practice I'm sure we'll be ready for the race."