Molson Indy Montreal Driver Quoteboard Race PATRICK CARPENTIER ( ...
Molson Indy Montreal
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm really happy! Friday was bad with not being able to qualify, but we did have all new 'sticker' tires for the race, and the car was fast. I starter on my harder Bridgestone tires and was hoping to use the faster 'red' option tires later in the race. On the start, I tried to make a pass on the outside, but Alex hit Paul [Tracy] ... Paul went across the grass and hot AJ and looked like he was spinning towards me -- so I slowed down to avoid a contact and lost a place to Tagliani."
The race went pretty well -- hard, and my crew was great in the pit stops. My last stop was very short to get me back out on the track as soon as possible, but I had to watch the fuel, so I couldn't really chase Bruno too hard and I was sure I had to keep Mario behind me. We've had our share of bad luck this year, so I'll take this second place in Montreal and be very happy -- Thank you!"
PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Tagliani had me off on the first corner and my front suspension was badly damaged ... it was driveable and we decided to drive it rather than lose laps in the pits changing the front. It was crazy, the steering was wild one way but not the other and it was a really physical race! I just did the best I could. We didn't make any mistakes on the track and the team did great in the pits, so I guess this was a great result in the circumstances and I have to be pleased with a fourth place finish for the championship battle."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
The No.8 car was great from the start and still fast after contact with the No. 10 car early in the race knocked the front wing loose. I was out of fuel when I came in for my second pit stop, which cost me about 30 seconds coming down pit lane. A fuel pickup problem set me back a little more, but I worked hard to recover the laps and tried to put the Johnson Controls car among the top finishers. We've collected a lot of data and have an excellent set up for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, so we'll return next year even stronger to try again.
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I think we had enough in the car to get around [Michel] Jourdain and [Alex] Tagliani, but we got caught up in traffic and decided it was best to make our pit stop early. After that, we just couldn't make up the ground we needed to. It's a good result for the Gulfstream car and PKV Racing, especially after having a poor showing last round in Denver."
[On his record 193rd consecutive Champ Car start] Obviously, it's a great honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as a great champion such as Al Unser Jr. I've been fortunate throughout my career to not get sidelined with any serious injuries, and I'd just like to thank Mr. Kevin Kalkhoven, Mr. Gerry Forsythe and Mr. Paul Gentilozzi for saving this great championship and breathing new life into it. Without this opportunity, I wouldn't be able to do what I love to do -- driving in the Champ Car World Series."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"My earpiece came loose during the race and got stuck in my Hans device, which made it very difficult to drive. I could talk to my team, but couldn't hear what they were saying in return. Every time I went into a turn or put on the brakes, it just kept getting caught. But overall, it's another solid top-10 result for us and that's been our goal all season long. Considering we missed Friday qualifying, the guys gave me great stops today and I'm pretty happy with this result."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We pitted early and tried a risky strategy to make up places ... but the yellow we needed never came ... it just didn't work out. We had learnt from Pat's set up and were okay for the race; we had decent lap times, and I hoped we could move forward through our plan of saving fuel and jumping up the field if a yellow came out. We just have to qualify stronger next time."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am obviously disappointed with how my race ended. We were having a very competitive race, and the car was fast. My crew did a good job on the pit-stops, and we were definitely in position to score our first podium finish. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be just yet.
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I am here to win the championship; I'm not playing a game. This race was very important for the whole team, McDonald's and myself. To put the car on pole and lead the race only to be a victim of what happened is a huge shame. I was just leaving the pits on cold tires and it's not a sunny day so it takes longer to get them up to temperature. He fell back in the race and was out of sequence with the leaders. I knew it would be difficult to stay in front of him but I used the Push to Pass button and did not move over to block him or brake desperately late. I gave him room. He was obviously very angry to act that way. It is not a mistake that we have earned our lead in the championship, the proof was Denver. If people stop coming into contact with us we will be okay. Instead of increasing our lead we lost some ground. We will continue to work hard in the next four races and try to build our lead again."
GUY SMITH (#17 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
We came to the Montreal race very optimistic, but are quite disappointed with our final results. The No.17 car felt great and was running strong until unfortunate engine problems put me out fairly early on. It's a shame really. The team worked hard and made a great effort to get us ready for a good race.
NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It is a shame what happened to us today in Montreal. My crew did a tremendous job getting the car ready after our morning warm-up incident, and we were having a fairly good race until that point. We knew this would not be an easy weekend, since we had a car that was put together in five days. When you push hard and try to be as fast as you can on the track, unfortunate things can happen, and that was our case today.