CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: American Spirit Friday report

JIMMY VASSER, ...

JIMMY VASSER, #12 American Spirit/Ford-Reynard/Cosworth

Vasser on Qualifying: "Obviously it is a real shame for Ryan, he did a great job today, the whole American Spirit organization ran strong and we will be back tomorrow. We know we have good cars, today is only Friday, tomorrow is what really count's and then again on Sunday. We rolled out with a decent car today; we made it much better by the end of the day. Ed Nathman, our chief engineer and my race engineer found a good set-up here last year with Townsend Bell in the Reynard, so we are continuing to develop that. We all look forward to tomorrow."

Due to the disqualification of car 31, Vasser's Friday qualifying position is 2nd.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #31 American Spirit/Ford-Reynard/Cosworth

Car 31 failed the post-qualifying technical inspection. The time and speed was disqualified.

The car was underweight by 0.2% of the car's total weight, equivalent to 1 ½ quarts of oil.

Hunter-Reay on the penalty: "I am incredibly disappointed. We had a great car today and we will prove that again tomorrow. We surely didn't earn our position today by being short three pounds, when you have an 800 horsepower car, three pounds doesn't make any difference. However, those are the rules, we all have to follow them and we will take the 31 car back to the front tomorrow. I still can't wait to wake up tomorrow and get back in the car and do it again, if anything I am even more driven."

Graham Taylor, Team Manager: "We are extremely pleased to have had easily our most competitive day yet. Both drivers ran very strongly, the set-ups are working well and we chose our qualifying window correctly under difficult circumstances. The whole team is devastated to find out about the technical infringement on car 31. The rules are the rules and it will make us stronger for tomorrow."

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