CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Pre-event quoteboard

Champ Car Pre-Race Quotes Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal Sebastien Bourdais ...

Champ Car Pre-Race Quotes Champ Car Grand Prix de Montreal

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone-- "I think the McDonald's car was very competitive last year and the year before so I hopefully we can keep the same kind of level and finally win it. It's obviously a French speaking country and it's great because I have a lot more fans over there than I do in most of the races in the U.S. or at least Toronto or Edmonton in Canada and it's pretty neat. Montreal last year was a really good weekend for the McDonald's team. We topped the charts in both qualifying sessions and then we went on to lead most of the race but when the last pit stop came and it was under yellow and everybody was packed up unfortunately we had a bobble in the pits with one of the wheel nuts rolling on the road and that was pretty much the end of it (chance to win) and we finish fourth. It was pretty upsetting because we definitely worked really hard to get there but I guess it's always been my story in Montreal. We've always been quick but never could put it together so hopefully this year will be different. We have put on good races because there is quite a bit of passing and some action in the pack. But when you're the leader the last thing you want to see is a yellow coming about the time it came last year when you have a six or seven second lead."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We did well in Montreal last year. We were in a position to win, but unfortunately, it didn't work out. Hopefully this year, we'll be able to avoid some of the incidents that occurred in the chicane, last year. We had a quick car last year, and we hope to have a quick car there this year, as well. It's a track that lends itself to overtaking possibilities in the final chicane. It's also a fun track to drive; I enjoy it, and I'm looking forward to getting back there."

"This past weekend, we went to Wisconsin to visit Cristiano da Matta and his family. It was good to see them, and it was great to see that Cristiano is making good progress. I want to again wish him well. We'll see what we can do to put in a good result in Montreal, although we'll miss having Cristiano there with us."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I am very happy to go back to Montreal as I am going to be able to speak French everywhere I go! The track is amazing and it is a circuit I have always enjoyed to drive on. I am planning on continuing our string of top 5 finishes this weekend as it will be very important for the points battle. We are close to the podium every race and we really feel like this weekend will be successful for us. The team has a great car here so we should be on pace as soon as we roll out on Friday.

Mario Dominguez #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I really like Montreal, so I hope to run in the top five like we were in Denver, before the suspension broke."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It's good to be back on a road course again. Montreal is another circuit I haven't been to yet, but look very forward to learning, because it's just my style. I have been preparing extremely hard watching tape and practicing the circuit on my racing game that I have, which has been very helpful. This is a course that you have to qualify well, because there is a lot less chance there will be yellows during the race. I've really enjoyed the events in Canada and I know they will put on another good show."

Andrew Ranger #27 Wal-Mart Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Montreal is definitely a special race for me. There is always a little bit more pressure because it is my home race and I will be racing in front of my family and friends and I really want to do well. I think that the added pressure is a good thing though because it motivates me even more to perform well. What makes this race weekend extra special this year is that I will not only be representing by long time sponsors Tide and Procter & Gamble but I will also be representing, with a whole new paint scheme on the car, Wal-Mart and Operation Enfants Soleil, with who I've done a lot of charity work the last few years."

Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola -- "I have good memories about Montreal. The last time I raced there in 2004 I won the race and even though I didn't race there last year I came back to throw the green flag to start the race and Oriol won for Newman/Haas so I have good memories there. We have run well there and I have won in Montreal so I am looking forward to being competitive again this year. It's a very nice city and a great race course and I hope I can continue the momentum of our second place finish in Denver to Montreal and do well there this year. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a track that has big braking areas with fast chicanes so it's important to have a good setup under braking there. It's a very nice city. It's a mixture of a Canadian style city and a European city and there are a lot of cool places to go. I really enjoy racing in Montreal."

Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone- "The race in Montreal comes at a good time for the PKV Racing team. The team has worked very hard and we have made a lot of progress over the last few races improving the setup of the car. The Gulfstream - PKV Racing car has consistently been in the top-five in practice and qualifying over the last five races and I think we are ready to challenge for podiums and wins. The improvement in the car, and the team, comes at a time when we are going to a track that I really like and have done well on in the past. I almost won in Montreal in 2003 and got my first career win there last year. It is a great track. It has lots of fast chicanes, which I really like. You can carry a lot of speed and the track has some good passing opportunities. This race also comes at a time when championship points are extremely valuable for everyone."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I can't wait for Montreal, it's my hometown. I'm really excited because this has always a good event and the fans are great. I love the track. Montreal has always been a circuit where I'm really competitive. I've been good here the past couple of years, pole in 2003 and top six in 2004. We had a good finish last year, finished seventh, but didn't quite have the speed. This year we have a good car and hopefully we can bring home a podium finish."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "My rookie year of Champ Car racing has been a bit of a roller coaster ride at times, but I've been riding high since leaving Denver, enjoying what I hope is a breakthrough podium finish. And what a high it's been. Probably even more so as I really didn't think it was going to be that weekend I'd be drinking from the champagne bottle. My thoughts are now on Montreal. It's a track I've only known from watching the F1 races, but that makes it a bit more special. I want to get to the top of the rookie standings by the end of the weekend. With only 25 points separating me from fourth place, I hope to claw my way up the overall standings as well. We'll be looking to carry the momentum, confidence and positive spirit from Denver into Montreal and looking to have another good result."

Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I have a lot of great memories of Montreal because that is where I clinched the Atlantic Championship last year. I think it's not only a great track, it's also a great city and I really enjoy going there. There are so many things going on during the weekend, not just at the track but in the city, that make it a great race weekend. The atmosphere is different from anywhere else and the fans are some of the best. Performance wise, it will be different from our last few races because we are heading back to a road course but I think if we can carry our momentum from the last few races into Montreal, we will be able to keep our streak of top-ten finishes alive."

Jan Heylen #11 Muermans Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I have never been to Montreal, so therefore I have never seen the track before in person, but I am still looking forward to going there!"

Nicky Pastorelli #8 Curacao/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "I am looking forward to running on familiar racing terrain this weekend. Back in Europe I raced on a lot of different style road courses, so I am excited to try out the Montreal circuit. We tested at Road America in Wisconsin at the beginning of the month, so I had a little taste of what it would be running on a permanent road course once again in a Champ Car. That test went pretty well, so I am looking forward to what I can do in the #8 Rocketsports car this weekend with the help from my team. They had a good result here last year with a rookie, so I hope that I too can have a good weekend in Montreal and have a solid finish."

Antonio Pizzonia #18 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone "I am so excited to be returning to the Champ Car paddock. I am really looking forward to having another opportunity to run with the Rocketsports team and think that we can have a good weekend together in the #18 Rocketsports car. I am familiar with Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from my past days in Formula One, so that is a definite plus for not only me as a rookie Champ Car driver, but it will also be a nice advantage for the team. I hope to have a good weekend, enjoy myself, and leave Montreal with a good finish for Rocketsports."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Gilles Villeneuve , Sébastien Bourdais , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Jan Heylen , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Nicky Pastorelli , Daniel Clarke