CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Pre-race quoteboard



PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Sweeping all three races in Canada would be absolutely great. It's definitely the most immediate goal. I can't think of a better way for Player's to mark its final race in Canada than to have a 1-2 finish in Montreal. Finishing 1-2 in consecutive races is certainly a tough thing to do, but we had the fastest cars at Mid-Ohio and if we can be quick right from the get-go in Montreal, we might be able to use the same formula that was so successful in Mid-Ohio. We're certainly going to give it our best shot. As we've seen in the last two races, momentum in the battle for the championship can shift very quickly. We really needed a big result in Mid-Ohio to overcome the points we had let get away the week before, and the way things turned out, we were able to get back the lead in the championship. That doesn't mean we suddenly have some breathing space in the drivers' standings, but it means that we aren't in a position where we have to play catch-up. As the races dwindle down to only a few, you'd like to be in a position where you can control your own destiny."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Last year in Montreal we had a good event with a lot of fans. I really enjoyed the weekend and am looking forward to going back. It's one of the nicest races of the year. The race was a little bit disappointing for me after being fast in qualifying. I qualified third and was very close to Cristiano and Dario Franchitti and was running strong in second place in the race and just after my last pit stop when the podium (finish) was in my mind. The engine let go and I didn't finish the race. It was disappointing after a long, long race not to score any points. The Montreal track is in a park but it's almost like a road course. The PacifiCare car has been very strong on this type of course and I have a feeling that we can continue this and run in front in Montreal, which is very important for us at this time in the Championship. We lost the lead at the last race and need to make up the 20-point gap that we now have. I think, for sure, all of the Canadian drivers will be strong in Montreal - especially Paul Tracy. It think also that Sebastien, my teammate will be strong because I'm sure Newman/Haas Racing will give both of us good cars but I hope I will be in front of all of them. The Montreal track is a very nice race track. It's pretty smooth with a long straightaway so it's a track where you can pass if you are fast enough. It has a lot of chicanes and I like it because it's pretty technical. It's pretty difficult to get a clear, perfect lap and the race is quite physical as well."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We need points and we need a lot of points. We didn't dig ourselves this hole in a single week and we aren't going to climb out of it in a single week either. I have always maintained that consistency wins championships, but when someone is consistently winning you are going to fall behind, even if you have a lot of podium results. Paul has been fantastic and he has taken advantage of every mistake that Bruno and I have made. Most years the seasons that Bruno and I have going would put us in the championship lead, but this isn't most seasons. This year Paul has performed at a level that makes what is a normal championship season not good enough. There are still six races to go and the challenge before us is to return to the level we were at in May and early June. The way we ran at Milwaukee, Laguna and Portland is how we have to run if we are going to get ourselves back into the championship. I know we are capable of performing at that level, now we just have to do it."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Even though I have never raced on this track I know quite a lot about the course because I have seen the Formula One Grand Prix many times. I never went there but I have a good opinion of the track and a lot of drivers have said they like the course. It seems to be very challenging and interesting and I think it is going to be fun. It's also very interesting to see a comparison between Champ Cars and Formula One cars on the same track. I think the Newman/Haas team has done a very good job with their cars on this type of track and I'm sure it will be the case on this track as well. I think my Lilly car has been good on any type of the race tracks but I think it particularly suits this type of track. I think I have been well accepted by the Canadian fans as well as the American fans and in Quebec it will be very interesting because I will be able to talk to most of them in French."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's a lot of fun to be able to come to Montreal with the first 1-2 result in the history of Team Player's. I've been looking forward to this opportunity to come home and race in front of my hometown crowd from the moment last year's event ended. I know how thrilled my teammate Paul Tracy was when he won in front of his hometown fans in Toronto last month, and I'd really like to be able to do the same thing. I still get shivers when I think about the great response from the fans in Montreal last year. It was extremely disappointing when we weren't able to finish the race, after being in second at one point. Winning this final Canadian race for Team Player's would be a fantastic way to reward the fans and Team Player's for the support they have given me over the years. I'm coming to Montreal with the same attitude that I had in Mid-Ohio at the last race. I'm going to give it everything I have and treat every race lap as if I was running a qualifying lap. I guess you could say it's an all or nothing approach, but there are six races left and I want to do everything I can to get some wins, rather than be concerned more about collecting some points. For much of the race in Mid-Ohio, the car was the fastest on the track, and if it's like that in Montreal, it will be very interesting."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Montreal is a beautiful city, and the race is very well supported by the fans. The circuit is fantastic and I think all the drivers really enjoyed their visit last year. I am looking forward to this weekend and to hopefully finishing on the podium. We made a few changes within the team for the last race at Mid-Ohio and things went very well. There are still a few things to get organized and to learn, but I think we are going in the right direction and hopefully we can prove it in the next few races."

ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am excited to be going back to race in Montreal. Last year, the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had a very good car in practice. We were one of the fastest cars in every session and I really thought we had a shot at the pole. Unfortunately, we had an engine problem during qualifying and then a mechanical problem in the race. I enjoy the layout of the track in Montreal. I especially like the quick chicane. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has had some bad luck the last three races, but we are looking forward to getting back to finishing in the top five. The whole team has been working very hard and has a very positive attitude. There are six more races left in the season and we are looking forward to putting a string of good results together to finish off the season."

DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I've never been to Montreal, but after watching what seems like millions of grand prix there on television I pretty much know the track at this point. It's another fantastic purpose-built circuit which we've been quite successful on this year. Not only does it suit my driving style, but the #15 RAC Walker Racing pit crew has been a huge asset in helping me gain track position as well."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I want to do well and make the people of Montreal proud, but I want to be on the podium every weekend. It's an honor to represent Montreal, Canada in the Series and I'm trying not to be affected by home crowd pressure. I treat all races equally importantly for the team and to my position in the standings, especially because we need more points to back up our hard work and the speed that Rocketsports has every weekend. I plan to stay focused on the race and do my best, but I can admit that I really want to please the people of Montreal and give them something to celebrate."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal is a beautiful place to race. I went there for the first time last year and was absolutely impressed; not just by the circuit itself but also by the crowds. I think it's very interesting for the fans to see the Champ Cars racing on the same track as Formula One. The Canadian fans are very knowledgeable about open wheel racing and they were very pumped up and enthusiastic. For me personally, the track suits my style of driving and I think we should have a very good starting setup based on the things we have learned so far this season."

MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): I'm looking forward to the Montreal race because it is a track that I've always wanted to race on. I've always watched the F1 races on television and thought that this circuit looks really nice. The race there last year was very exiting and we should have a very good race there again this year. We have finished the last three races in the top 10 and we will try to continue scoring points. We are not to far from 10th in the championship standings and we are still aiming to be the top Reynard chassis."

ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm excited to return to Montreal since it's been a number of years since I raced there. I first went to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1983 for a Toyota Atlantic race. The plan when we arrived was just to learn the track since I was hoping to go to Formula 1 the next year; since you couldn't test there we were looking at it as an investment in the future and we ended up winning the race! I think the track suits my driving style well since I always did fairly well there in F1, even when I didn't have the best car. The atmosphere is awesome as well so I'm very much looking forward to returning."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "My first few years of Champ Car racing, I dreamed of racing in the series for 10 years. Here I am heading in to Montreal for my 200th Champ Car race, it's pretty cool. This series has been very good to me. It's been a huge part of my life. You won't see me celebrating 400 Champ Car starts, but I am at the top of my game and I would like to stick around and set some records. Montreal is a special place to be, it's a prestigious circuit with a lot of history. I had a good weekend there last year, ran in the top-ten all weekend, started sixth and finished fifth I think. I am looking forward to it, the team is coming off a big weekend in Montreal, it's going to be a bit of a test to see if we can carry the positive momentum and build on it."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I can't wait to get in the car at Montreal. Mid-Ohio was just huge for us, it was great for me, a confidence builder for sure. We have been running strong consistently, so our podium at Mid-Ohio was no surprise, it was just a reward of our efforts and consistency. Montreal is a different type of track, it is certainly not as compatible with the Reynard as some of the natural road courses are, but we won't let that stop us. I love the circuit; it's got some very quick sections and some technical sections, a great mix for a driver. I am driving along side one of the most accomplished drivers in the series, its Jimmy's 200th this weekend, that is awesome."

TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I'm really excited about Montreal! It's my favorite track on video games! I'm sure it's a smooth and quick track as Formula 1 is going there. It's on an amazing island in an incredible city, so I'm sure it's going to be an amazing event. We've been running really strongly those last 3 or 4 races, so I hope to keep up with it! Everybody is very focus and willing to finish the season on a high note!

RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I was extremely pleased all weekend with the setup of the Corona car at Mid-Ohio. With each session we seem to learn more and are able to improve on the car. Montreal is a smooth track, so it should be good for the Reynard and hopefully we can use that to our advantage this weekend to get a qualifying effort posted that's more reflective of the speed in the car. I'm also excited just to be going back to the city of Montreal. I spent a couple days there last season after the Toyota Atlantic race and had a great time visiting the various attractions with my family. It's such a beautiful city and there's never a lack of things to do."

GUALTER SALLES (#19 Alpina Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I never been to Montreal, but on TV seems like a great track, very smooth. I think braking and change of direction are the most important for the car over there. Unfortunately for us the car broke in Mid-Ohio and we lost the chance to finish in the points again. Hopefully we will be back in Montreal."

GEOFF BOSS (#11 Cross Pens Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm looking forward to Montreal. The last time I was here was for the 1995 F1 race as a spectator. The facility is fantastic and I can't wait to be on track Friday. I'm happy also that we've solved the leg problems I had been having in the car. From Laguna Seca up until Road America my right leg/foot had been going numb in the races before even reaching the first pit stops! This severely hindered my race pace as the leg and foot never really 'came back' after going numb. We consulted many doctors and eventually made a new seat for Road America which cured the problem of a pinched nerve. I ran a strong 8th in the rain race and had no problems at Mid-Ohio either."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Gilles Villeneuve , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing