CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Friday quoteboard


1. ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We were fast in the morning and I knew we had a good car. Late in the session I saw Paul had passed us and it pissed me off. Luckily the car did not get bent during the contact with Bruno and I was able to take the pole on my last lap. My hand is a bit sore but I think its going to be ok. This is big for our team, especially since we haven't had much luck in the last few races."

2. PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We are obviously a little frustrated and disappointed to lose the pole with a minute to go, but I'm happy with the car. We did not get to finish our last lap because we were running out of fuel. The session was messed up because of the red flag and we did not get to do two solid runs. We did not get the job done today but Team Player's motivation is real high for tomorrow when the track should be better."

3. BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a bit frustrating because after the red flag everyone went out at once and I could not get a good lap. Traffic made it impossible which is too bad because I think we had a good car. We are looking forward to tomorrow because we think we have a good chance to do well."

4. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We were really very close -- we were only 900ths of a second behind P2. On my first run I had a problem with traffic but not on my second run. We will work to see if we can improve the car tonight and improve our position."

5. ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The Lola felt fine and handled the course well. We need to work on our strategy with tires and tire pressure to conserve the rubber, but still get them to temperature in good time," added Tagliani. "We were fastest in pre-qualifying and need to duplicate what we did for qualifying tomorrow. The engineers have done a great job preparing the car and the team is excited. We will work on our strategy and be ready for tomorrow."

6. DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The RAC Walker Racing car has been very good all day. We learned a lot at Mid-Ohio, basically what not to do, but it helped us pick a set-up for Montreal that is working well for us. I think we're in pretty good shape. We're not that far off (the pace) from the guys in front of us. It's a modern day course so it's quite smooth which is good for us as we can run the car quite low here. We have a few minor improvements to make, but we haven't even got much to do to find some places on the grid."

7. RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Out timing in the session was horrible. Sometimes that happens though; we got the short end of the stick. I didn't get the most out of the car but we also have issues with the setup. We need to make some changes for tomorrow because we're fighting understeer. We started out faster but it seems now that everyone has caught us. Its a good feeling to be frustrated with seventh though."

8. TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Good! It's a long weekend and we've got a lot of work tomorrow, but it's good to be in the top 10. We still have a lot of improvement; I have a lot of improvement on the chicanes. The weekend's definitely not over, but we're off to a good start with the top 10 qualifying today. I think the team is in a very good way. We're improving all the time and we proved it again today. I'm really very happy."

9. MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We aren't yet sure what happened with the car. Whatever it was it caused me to crash and we lost a great lap. When I finally stopped in the runoff there was a lot of oil all over the car so I really don't have any idea where it came from. The guys are checking the car to see the source and to see what we need to do to fix the problem. It is disappointing because we were second in the morning and second in the qualifying practice and we were second fastest on the first set of tires with only two timed laps. I felt I had a good chance at the pole; in fact I had a lap that would have been good for the front row today when I crashed, and that was just my second timed lap on that set of tires. The conditions are supposed to be a little bit better tomorrow so the track should be faster and hopefully we can pick back up where we left off and run for the pole."

10. MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Actually, I'm quite happy with how the car is at the moment. We've continued to develop the car and it feels really good. The challenge now is to make it all work together. We need to put our heads together tonight but I'm confident we can improve for tomorrow. This is a great track and I'm really having a lot of fun driving out there."

11. JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We started with two different setups, mine was the worst of the two, so I am about a second behind. We put the other setup on this afternoon and now its better. We have a good platform to build on. I never did get a good lap on my first run, and the second lap on my second run was the only good one really. The rest of my laps I had to run in traffic. Hopefully we'll have the setup for tomorrow."

12. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car is not too bad; it is also not too good. We haven't been able to get the right balance over the curbs in the chicanes and obviously that has been affecting us. We still need to find something else. We came here with something new and we are trying to learn from it. Unfortunately, there is not much time to learn. If it was not good straightaway, we may have to rethink this and come back with something we know for tomorrow."

14. ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Today's been a difficult day for us. Going off track straight away in the first session put us behind on our plan for the day. We did okay to catch up but I would have liked to be where we are now at the end of the first practice. I think we'll move forward from here though."

16. MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I was running laps and getting up to speed when I spun at turn eight. I had a 23-second flat lap and was working on a mid-22-second lap when the spin happened, unfortunately. That would have moved me up a few positions. After the penalty, I didn't have enough laps to get my time back up, so we ended up 16th. We'll try again tomorrow!"

17. RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The Corona car is much better this afternoon than it was in practice this morning. We found a lot of time in the front of the car. I believe my time is up a couple seconds from this morning, and the track is coming in as well. The Corona car is improving and I'm also looking at what I can do in my driving to make the car go quicker. I'm still battling quite a bit of understeer which we'll work on tonight so that hopefully we can do a better job in qualifying tomorrow."

19. PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think we would have been up there with the leaders, but it's racing when an engine dies. It's too bad but we ran an engine with a lot a mileage. We ran it in Mid-Ohio and it was really fast. Now, it's not fast anymore. I don't fell frustrated because it was a mechanical breakdown that was out of my control. We have a very good car. We were up there with the leaders in all the sessions prior to the incident. I don't think that I would have used the back up car, because it's never set up the same as the primary car and you only wear out good rubber. Now we have six sets of tires left and we are in good shape. The only handicap is that we did not run this afternoon. Team Player's has to do the job tomorrow."


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