MOLSON INDY MONTREAL POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT An interview with: ORIOL SERVIA TIMO GLOCK JUSTIN WILSON MERRILL CAIN: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us for our top three press conference today following the...
MOLSON INDY MONTREAL POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
An interview with:
MERRILL CAIN: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us for our top three press conference today following the Molson Indy Montreal, Round 10 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. We're joined by two of our top three drivers today. Justin Wilson, who finished third this afternoon, we understand he was transported to the Champ Car medical unit complaining of some slight dizziness. Hopefully we'll be joined by him here in a few minutes. If not, we hope you understand and we'll get some quotes from Justin printed out as soon as we can.
Let's start out first with driver of the #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone for Rocketsports Racing, Timo Glock. Timo finished second today. His best career finish in his first laps led this season also today and earned a bonus point for the most improved positions during today's race, starting 11th and finishing second.
Timo, talk to us a little bit about the performance, obviously the battle with Oriol is what everyone was focusing on, talk to us how things developed there.
TIMO GLOCK: I mean, it was a really tough race for me, especially because I had to start from 11th. I used a lot of 'push-to-pass' at the beginning to get Nelson Philippe and Jimmy Vasser. At the end I had two shots left. When I was leading the race, I saw Oriol behind me. I knew he will try to get me because he was so many times second and third and he wants to win. That was clear to me.
His car was pretty good on entry, rolling entry. He came every time up to me. But I could get him every time at the exit of the corners. At six, seven, eight and nine, the car was pretty good. I could run a little bit away. Then I did make one mistake in the hairpin, and he was close, so he used the push --to-pass. Oriol tried it the first time, so I had to take the shortcut because there is no way to go side by side through the chicane, otherwise you end up in the wall. I decided to take the shortcut and go in front of him. I wasn't sure can I take two times or three times the shortcut (laughter). I hope that I can take it three times.
He tried it again. I said, okay, I will take it again, because otherwise Justin would overtake me on the start and finish straight when I took the chicane slowly. I decided again to take the shortcut. The team didn't talk to me. I said, "That's not a good sign." I said, "Oh, man that sounds bad." (Laughter).
At the end, I could pull a little bit away. Maybe the Newman/Haas guys told Oriol that he could back off a little bit because I took the shortcut twice, and that gave me a penalty. I had to let him pass. The team told me that in the last lap, and I couldn't believe it.
I mean, it's disappointing. In one way it's disappointing, and on the other way it's a great weekend for us, to be on the podium after all the races without luck.
When we finished the last race in Denver, we could have finished on the podium, the gearbox broke. In Monterrey we had the chance to nearly win the race because we were completely out of sequence like today, then I got a stop-and-go penalty because of Jimmy Vasser. All these things went a little bit in the wrong way this year.
Then in the middle of the season, we had a lot of problems with the car. It was tough to get out of it. Now we came slowly back. We still have a problem in the qualifying to get the top out of the tire. But in the race, the car is so consistent. I did consistent lap times and pushed in every lap. I never saved fuel. I pushed the whole race to close up the gap because we lost three seconds in the first pit stop. It was pretty tough. But I'm satisfied to be on the podium and to leading the Rookie championship.
MERRILL CAIN: Timo extends his Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year standings with the second place finish today. It was uncertain watching for us on TV the race. Was there contact between you during either one of those incidents?
TIMO GLOCK: No. It was contact in the full-course yellow when the pace car went back in the pits and I slowed down. In the first restart, I had a pretty good restart, and then Oriol was behind me really close. I knew that he knows what I'm doing. So I stop to slow down the car. He pushed me a little bit on the back. But, I mean, that was not bad.
ORIOL SERVIA: You were playing games.
TIMO GLOCK: I had to play games. That's what you have to do on restart. It was fair. I think I gave him enough space. He gave me no space because I had to take the shortcut.
Anyway, it's good for him. I'm satisfied with my result. It's good for him to win the race. I think after so many times he was second and third behind Bourdais, it's good for him to finish on the podium on the top and good for us to be first time on the podium.
MERRILL CAIN: Congratulations, Timo. Career best finish today of second place.
We do have a statement from Tony Cotman, Champ Car race director on the incident and ensuing penalty that happened on lap 76 regarding the shortcut of the course by Timo. I will read that to you now. It will be also in the press conference transcript as it appears,.
I am quoting now Tony Cotman. "Car No. 2 had tried passing car No. 8 six laps prior to the incident in turn 15. Car No. 8 shortcut the course to maintain the lead and his team was warned. On the second incident, car No. 2 was alongside if not in front when car No. 8 shortcut the course to maintain the lead again. As the team had been warned, positions were reversed. It was a quick judgment that was made concerning the two drivers who were looking for their first wins. It was a difficult decision, but it was the correct decision."
Again, that's Champ Car race director Tony Cotman.
Let's move on to our winner today, driver of the #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone for Newman/Haas Racing, Oriol Servia. Represents Oriol's first win in 95 career Champ Car starts over six seasons. He's finished second four times in his career, including a couple times this season in Canada, second in Toronto and Edmonton. It is his sixth podium finish and fifth in the last six races this year. He also has some success here in Montreal. Started second in 2003. Led two laps, finished second.
Oriol, this one has to feel awfully good for you.
ORIOL SERVIA: It feels awesome. It feels awesome. I'm not going to mention how many times I thought I deserve the win, blah, blah, blah, because the list is so long. But I want to say once was here, in '03, I thought I deserved the win. My good friend Michel passed me on cold tires in the chicane. I had to do the same, I had to take the shortcut, because there was no room for both. I really thought that was going to be my first real win.
But it happened today. It happened because Bruno's accident, which is something none of us wanted. But, you know, I was really happy that decided I was the one to go in the car. I know Bruno was really happy they choose me. Since day one, the team has shown great, great support for me. All the guys in the crew, all the owners, and PacifiCare.
So it just feels extremely good to be able to show them that they did the right choice trusting me. I'm really, really glad I'm able to give them this win. I hope first of many. They say the first one is hard to get. I can really, really say they're right (laughter). But they also say once you get the first one, you know, you get many others. I'm sure I will because we've been very close. This year at Newman/Haas, everything is easier because they always have great car.
Today they showed again they have great pit stops. Actually, I passed Sebastien in the pits. So my guys did pass Sebastien guys in the pits. Sebastien is the toughest guy out there. He was the fastest again today. He's definitely, you know, still a step ahead of everybody else in the field. I really feel I'm getting closer. I'm getting stronger. I'm getting more used to his car.
You know, every race, I'm definitely more of a contender to him. But, you know, I'm just really happy to be there and to win this race here in Montreal for sure.
MERRILL CAIN: Congratulations, Oriol.
A couple quick significant nuggets with today's win. Oriol becomes the fourth winner in four races here in Montreal. A different winner every season that we've raced here. He also becomes the first driver to lead only the final lap of the race since Michael Andretti did it at Road America in 1996.
ORIOL SERVIA: I led so many laps before, and it took me six years to understand that it's the last one that counts (laughter). I'm just really happy I finally did understand.
MERRILL CAIN: Oriol, let's ask you about that. Coming close so many times, did you ever start to think that this may never happen?
ORIOL SERVIA: I mean, I hate to say it, but even today you're thinking, "Now what?" You know, I've shown many, many times I had the speed in better or worse cars, that I'm consistent, I don't do mistakes, blah, blah, blah. Everybody wants wins. I want wins. You know, to answer that question, when is the first one going to happen, it's like, you know, that girl that is waiting, waiting and it's never happening. The more you think about it, the less it's going to happen.
You know, I'm just really happy with the breakthrough.
MERRILL CAIN: We'll let that one slide. We'll open it up and take a few questions from the audience.
Q: Oriol, can you talk about the sort of mental discipline I suppose it took, knowing that the win was that close and having twice made the move in the last chicane and not come out first on the road, the sort of mental discipline it took not to take a bonsai move at the hairpin.
ORIOL SERVIA: I was going to make it. In the last lap, I'm sure Timo was feeling I was going to make any kind of move at the end just because I had to. But also to me, it felt, when I saw was in front of me Justin and Timo and no Sebastien, I was just going to go for it a hundred percent because, you know, not that I'm playing any role with Sebastien. If I can, I'm going to win. But for sure you're not going to take stupid chances with your teammate who is leading the championship. You know, when I saw that I really only had Justin and Timo, I said, "Okay, this is my opportunity. I'm going to do whatever." That's why I was real aggressive with Justin. I was really aggressive with Timo.
Q: Timo, I understand Oriol couldn't do donuts for TV. You did some. Can you explain a little?
ORIOL SERVIA: I was really disappointed, you know. First I saw he was joking. Today you cannot do donuts. Yeah, I'm not going to repeat what I said. I was like I was sure he was joking. He was, "No, seriously. You cannot do donut." I think there was something wrong in the gearbox. Gearbox was a little stiff all race. I was like, "You got to be kidding."
Especially today, I'm really happy I won. Zanardi won in Italy today. I'm really, really happy for him. He's a fighter. He's been in that championship, and it's been hard for him because maybe he's not in the best car, and it's been a learning curve for him. He won today. I'm really happy. I heard he did donuts. So I really wanted to do donuts here today.
TIMO GLOCK: For me, the race was only 78 laps. That was the reason why I did doughnut (laughter).
I saw that Alex Tagliani did a couple donuts for the fans, and he was fifth. So I said, "I'm second so I can do a couple donuts for the fans. Why not?" That's for the fans, you know. That's the good thing in Champ Car. In Formula One, you never see any donuts for the fans. They put no show on for the fans. That was the reason. I mean, I never did donuts in the last two years, so I said, "Now it's the point to do it."
MERRILL CAIN: We're joined by our third place finisher. We want to get a couple comments from Justin, driver of the #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone for RuSPORT, second career podium finish, his best finish since earning his first victory in Champ Car in Toronto earlier this year.
Justin, a very difficult and challenging race for you, but you emerged with another podium finish. Talk about how the race panned out.
JUSTIN WILSON: Yeah, it was a great result for CDW, the RuSPORT team. Very excited to be on the podium again. You know, we've worked hard all weekend to make sure we're competitive. We were right there in every session. Even when we have problems, we can bounce back pretty quick. I've just got to thank the guys. They've worked hard all weekend. Pit stops were fantastic. That last stop when we came out second, it was quite a good move.
At the end of the day, I think we did everything that we could have done, and we had a good race car. We got the best result we were capable of.
MERRILL CAIN: Wasn't exactly a boring weekend for you in Montreal, I mean with the pit fire and everything else, the contact and running up front, the incidents coming out of the pits. Talk about all that and how the emotional rollercoaster was for you this weekend.
JUSTIN WILSON: Yeah, it's tight. We had the situation on Saturday morning when the car caught fire. So we missed all Saturday morning practice. And that's a crucial time. There's a lot to be learnt in that session. The track is starting to rubber up. You're not really sure what's going to happen. We managed to bounce back pretty strong from that and come back and qualify third.
You know, I think the whole team is making progress. We were able to achieve good results and get on the podium there.
MERRILL CAIN: Congratulations on a good run today, Justin.
The unofficial top five in points after 10 rounds of competition here in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Sebastien Bourdais retains the points lead now with 276 on the season; Oriol Servia is second now, 215 points total for Oriol; Paul Tracy now slides down to third place with 211; Justin Wilson in fourth with 204; and AJ Allmendinger rounds out the top five with 164 points on the year.
Incidentally, Alex Tagliani was the top-finishing Canadian in today's race, finished fifth.
We'll open it back up for questions.
Continued in part 2