CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Portland Friday notes

MAURICIO GUGELMIN - ...

MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST TOYOTA

Position: 3rd
Time: 58.543s
Total Laps: 47
Speed: 121.080mph

"This place is quite unique," said Gugelmin. "I really enjoy driving here and I'm very happy with the set-up and balance of my car. We put on sticker tires late in the session and avoided the traffic to put in a flying lap. I practically flew through the chicane and I knew that my time would be competitive. To be honest, we've been in the top ten pretty much all day, and this is the result that comes out of having a great racecar. This is definitely the best car I've had all year and I anticipate the same results for qualifying tomorrow."

SCOTT DIXON - # 18 POWERWARE PANASONIC PACWEST TOYOTA
Position: 12th
Time: 59.156s
Total Laps: 44
Speed: 119.826mph

"My crew gave me a great car today," said Dixon. "I got caught up in a lot of traffic and it seemed every time we went out we couldn't get a clear lap. The car was definitely much better than where I ended up (P12), but again that's because I kept getting caught up in traffic. We worked a lot today on race set-ups, so we'll definitely be ready for the race and qualifying tomorrow. The Toyota Reynard package has been extremely consistent for us and I'm confident my engineers will give me a great set-up going into qualifying tomorrow."

-PacWest

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