CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Friday qualifying quoteboard

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SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"Obviously everybody knows that when you sit on the pole, it's a very great feeling. I'm very happy for the guys who are working very hard from the beginning of the season and really get the reward. It's looking good. We'll just try and keep our heads down because everybody is looking a lot around us. But we just really need to stay focused."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"Our strategy was to run a few laps on the first set of tires, come in, make a change, do a middle run with the old tires, see if everything is good, and evaluate the change and go back out with a newer set of tires. But we cut it really close at the end, and it we had a few minutes with the incident of Mario, we basically didn't add a run on our second set of tires. When I went out in middle run with the old tires, I was already a lot quicker than my first run. So, I should have probably completed that last lap before coming in."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"Unfortunately I crashed at the start of my second stint, I have a good car and I was going for the pole, I guess I was pushing the envelope a bit too far. We are looking strong, we have a fast car and we were the fastest this morning, so it's been a good day. We still managed to stay third despite losing my fastest lap for causing the red. The guys have a lot of extra work to do tonight because of my crash, but as far as the set-up goes, we are right there, maybe just a few changes and we will go for the pole tomorrow."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I'm fairly pleased with today's qualifying. Anytime you qualify in the top five, it's a good qualification. The car is good and has really good balance. We know of a couple of things we can adjust to make it faster, and I know the spots where I'm losing time and can drive smoother. So we're starting from a good base and we know where to go, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We have started the weekend on the right foot. I didn't feel we got everything out of the first run. We went out with the Alternate tire for the second run and I immediately felt a positive read form the car. Our second run was cut short after two laps due to the red. We didn't get everything out of it today but I look forward to giving it another try tomorrow because I am confident we have a good car."

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"Not a good day -- I never put a good lap together. We'll do better tomorrow".

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It went red right as I did my fastest lap, which would have moved us up into at least seventh position. We went out on the alternate tire for our last stint in the session, and the tire proved to be different. The good news is that we definitely have more in the Gulfstream car, that's for sure. Hopefully the changes we make tonight will translate into speed, and we can move up tomorrow."

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I wish we could have done better than 9th. The car feels alright, but we need to make some changes before tomorrow in order to be more competitive. We didn't use the optional tires, so perhaps we could have been even faster had we done so. Overall, I think we will do better tomorrow."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We have been struggling with the balance of the car a lot. We did some changes after this morning's practice session and they didn't work as we expected. We're now going to figure out what direction we need to go for changes to improve for tomorrow and take advantage of how close the times finished up today."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"I am satisfied with today's results. We only ran 10 laps in the morning practice session due to an oil leak. Yet, we were able to have some good laps. I was having some brake problems during qualifying, so if we can fix that and make some adjustments to the car, we should be fine tomorrow. Considering the car is brand new, and my team finished getting it ready late last night, I think we had a very good day."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We just couldn't get a lap this afternoon. In the ten minute practice I was comfortable and ready; but I brushed the wall on my fourth lap and damaged the rear suspension. The guys did a great job to get it fixed so fast, but I only had time for one lap. Tomorrow will be a better day".

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It's a sad thing to have the same as last year here in Montreal ... not ability to qualify at all on the first day ... but we did finish on the podium in 2003; so I'll be looking to do the same this year again I guess! At least I've got some good spare tires".

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We went out in the pre-qualifying warm up session, but the car stalled and we started having some problems. I think the clutch was slipping so I brought it in for the guys to look at. We tried to get it engaged to refire the engine, but it just didn't happen."

-ccws-

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