Driver quotes from Friday's action at the Molson Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal Sebastien Bourdais ( ...
Driver quotes from Friday's action at the Molson Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal
Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "You know, just a very good feeling to be able to secure a front-row start like that for the McDonald's team. It's obviously extremely important to secure a front start position like that for us from now on, just to get the points we can. If we can grab a win, great. If we can't, we just move on and just think "championship." That's not part of the plan. But maybe.
Oriol Servia (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I don't want to be overconfident, but I have the feelingthe PacifiCare team is going to be in good shape. We are obviously I think 4/10ths clear of everybody else. It's very impressive for the team. Just happy. This morning, every time I had a good lap I finished, and I had the red flag, so didn't count. In qualifying, I had a good lap the last lap that I thought looked like was going to beat Sebastien, but ran out of fuel in the last corner, so I had to stop."
Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think it went well. Obviously, our plan was to go at the beginning really to capitalize on the clear track. You know, the car was good, but still lacking a little bit of grip that we need to do the kind of time that obviously the Newman/Haas guys did. We need to do some work overnight. Balance is pretty good. Just lacking a little bit of grip. So we'll keep working at it."
Cristiano da Matta (#21 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am pleased with the performance of the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team today. It is a permanent road course, so we expected to be quicker here, but after what has happened the last couple of races I am very happy with a top-five qualifying position. I am also happy that we only a few hundredths of a second from third place."
Jimmy Vasser (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Not a bad first day of practice for the PKV Racing team...Cristiano is fifth and I am sixth. We seem to have a better handle on the car with this tire and with road course trim instead of street circuit where we seem to have a little more trouble. All in all it was a pretty good day for the Bell Micro and Gulfstream PKV Racing cars."
Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We didn't go quite as quickly as we were hoping to today. We've got a little bit of work to do tonight to see if we can understand what we are missing. Generally, we're just trying to get a good balance on the car and get the car to handle well. We're working on it and getting closer, but we're still just missing a little something that I hope we'll find for tomorrow."
Timo Glock (#8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The #8 DHL Global Mail car was pretty good this afternoon. It was a lot better and smoother than this morning, so I was happy overall with the change that we had made. P9 is not a bad start, I think we can continue to improve the car and improve our overall position tomorrow. It will all come down to how qualifying goes tomorrow afternoon, we should have the car to get a positive result, it will just come down to how much time we get to have a good run. Maybe, if we are lucky, there will be no red flags!"
Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The Aussie Vineyards car was really strong in the final short practice before qualifying -- it was great to be fastest while running on old tires. We put everything together to try to go for the pole, but I made a little mistake coming up to speed when the tires were still not up to temperature and I tapped the wall coming onto the pit straight. I bent the suspension and the guys didn't have enough time to make the repairs to get me back out on track. I feel pretty sad although it is probably my first mistake of the year. It is probably worse for me because it happened here at my home track."
Marcus Marshall (#5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I really love the track here because it is more like a traditional road course - although the walls are still very close. It is very different when you are in the car compared to watching on television. The straights here are very long and you really don't get that impression from watching the telecast. We have had a lot of street tracks lately which are pretty tough to do in your first year. Here at Montreal I was able to learn the track far easier and get up to speed quicker. It was great to be 13th today and we actually expected to go a little quicker but the session ended early with the red flag."
A.J. Allmendinger (#10 Western Union Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We were only going to use one set of tires in provisional qualifying so we wanted to go out as late as possible. We thought we had given ourselves enough time but when someone hits the wall, the safety guys do all they can to get it cleared in a hurry, but it just takes time. We didn't start where we wanted to this morning but we were making some progress. I only got two laps this afternoon but the car did feel better so we'll keep working tonight and hope we are quicker tomorrow."
Ryan Hunter-Reay (#31 Red Paw Systems Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "This morning during the practice session I touched the curb, but I thought it was at a normal angle. However, it launched the rear into the air and it just never came back. The guys did an amazing job preparing the backup car for me to qualifying in this afternoon. They worked so hard and got the #31 Red Paw Systems, Inc. car out there in time to give us a run or two, but it was unfortunate that the red flag came out, preventing us from getting back out there this afternoon."