CART CHAMP CAR SATURDAY QUOTEBOARD 4. MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. ( ...
CART CHAMP CAR SATURDAY QUOTEBOARD
4. MICHEL JOURDAIN JR.
(#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I feel pretty good about today. The Gigante car is very good and we were very close to putting this car in the front row. The entire field is close and I feel we have a really good chance for success tomorrow. Obviously the start of the race will be important and hopefully we can avoid trouble or take advantage of someone else who has some trouble. It is a very long race and it is so easy to make mistakes here and so it is about being fast all day long and running mistake free. The track got better and better today. It has picked up grip as we put down rubber so tomorrow the track should be very fast."
5. PATRICK CARPENTIER
(#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Fifth is good because we did not run during qualifying yesterday. Qualifying is all about timing. I found myself a gap in the traffic with my first set of tires and managed a very good time. With the second set, the car was still very good but I was caught in traffic. It destroyed my brakes with all the stops and go trying to avoid cars. This track is notoriously hard on brakes. For the race, Team Player's will modify the brakes air intakes to cool them. We used bigger ducts today, but I guess they were not big enough. We will have to find the right ones because we don't want to affect the aerodynamics of the car. As for the race, I guess it will be a Mid-Ohio type of race. Pass on the track and pass some more in the pits to get a good result. It should be a good show for the hometown fans."
6. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS
(#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a frustrating qualifying session. I was only able to do one quick lap on my second stint. Guys kept coming out of the pits in front of us. If I could have put three laps together I could have improved a lot. The times are so close. With two tenths more we could be on pole"
7. JIMMY VASSER
(#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The first stint I had great track positioning and that is when we got our best time in. I battled the traffic in the second stint and that set of tires wasn't as good as the first set, so I didn't improve my time in that run. I am pleased though, I think we've got a decent set-up on the car."
8. PAUL TRACY
(#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car was good on old tires, but when the Team Player's crew would put on new tires, the car became unstable. It was also nervous under braking and jumping around. There was a lot going on out there with plenty of traffic. At one point, I was drafting Bourdais on the back straight. I squeezed by him and then Haberfeld just slowed down in front of me. It was a scary moment. Some days are going to be tougher than others. Today, we just couldn't put it all together. We know it can't be perfect every weekend so now we are going to have to fight to get a good result. The key is to be patient and try to finish the race ahead of Bruno (Junqueira)."
9. DARREN MANNING
(#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I'm disappointed with ninth really. We haven't been outside the top-six this weekend, so I had expected more for qualifying. We tried a couple new things that didn't work well for us. Even though I was faster, the car was slightly worse. It's going to be a bit of a race of attrition I think because of the curbs and the brakes really take a beating here. We'll go back to what we know works for the car and work to be there for the finish. We should be all right for the top-six again."
10. MARIO DOMINGUEZ
(#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Well I'm not very happy with how qualifying went today. For some reason the second set of tires didn't have the grip that we expected. We were able to post a better lap time but only by just a little bit. We were aiming for a top-five grid position so we are a little disappointed. Overall we have a good car though so a top-ten is not bad. The team has given me great pit stops and race strategy this year so I think we're still looking for a good result tomorrow."
11. TIAGO MONTEIRO
(#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It was still a good qualifying, although not as good as we wanted. Once again we had tire pressure problems. We couldn't get the front and rear pressures right at the same time, so the balance was off. I did well with the chicanes today, but in the slow corners I was losing a lot of time. Overall it was more difficult than this morning, but it's a long, long race and we just need to make sure that we're around at the end. Things will be happening the entire race, so being this close to the top 10, anything can happen."
12. MARIO HABERFELD
(#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We made a very big improvement since yesterday. We changed almost everything on the car. I couldn't even tell you everything we changed; suspension, wings... We had big problems yesterday, but that was better today. I strongly believe that the car will be better for the race."
13. ROBERTO MORENO
(#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very happy with the progress we've made on the set up of the car. Now that we've found the grip we need, we need to improve the braking as well. On the second run of qualifying I just couldn't stop at the chicane so I had to shortcut it and so I lost that lap. The car is good for the race tomorrow though."
14. RYAN HUNTER-REAY
(#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We have quite a bit of work to do on the balance of the car. The set-up is going to take some work on the back-up car to get it broken in. On old tires, the curbs bite you quick and it happened to me this morning. Unfortunately we lost the Penske wing in the contact that makes a difference around places like this as well. I think we have a decent baseline, we just need to get it adjusted to this car."
15. MAX PAPIS
(#31 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We improved our time quite a bit from yesterday, even though it didn't move us much farther up the grid. The team has done a good job all weekend, but it's obvious that we have to qualify better to finish higher in the race. I have had a good run of top-ten finishes recently, and I hope to continue that trend tomorrow for this race."
16. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ
(#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Obviously, we are disappointed by the results. We are a little bit lost right now. The balance of the car is not there. The car felt pretty competitive this morning but somehow, after we kept running, it just got worse and worse. We were betting on making the car better in qualifying but the car just has no balance. It has no grip. For some reason we got really lost and the car is pretty bad right now. For tomorrow, starting 16th, it will be difficult if you have the car we have at the moment. We need to improve the car if we want to have any hope of being any place in the race because we are really way off the pace."
18. RODOLFO LAVIN
(#5 Corona Competition Team Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We continued to make improvements on the car under braking, but it's still locking too much in the rear. We're also having a problem with the engine control system that maintains the boost level. We worked with Cosworth to address the problem over night and it seemed to be fixed in this morning's practice. The Corona Walker Racing crew is replacing the engine, wiring, everything this evening to see if can get this working better for the race."