Alex Tagliani 10th in Portland provisional qualifying. Notes: TAGLIANI 10TH-QUICK IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING - Player's/Forsythe driver Alex Tagliani was 10th during provisional qualifying, lapping the 1.969-mile permanent road course in 59.604...
Alex Tagliani 10th in Portland provisional qualifying.
TAGLIANI 10TH-QUICK IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING - Player's/Forsythe driver Alex Tagliani was 10th during provisional qualifying, lapping the 1.969-mile permanent road course in 59.604 seconds and an average speed of 118.925 mph. Cristiano da Matta claimed the provisional pole (59.083 seconds; 119.974 mph), followed by Kenny Brack (59.168 seconds; 119.801 mph) and Christian Fittipaldi (59.215 seconds; 119.706 mph).
FORD-COSWORTH STATEMENT ON SIGMA AUTOSPORT AND DRIVER MAX PAPIS - Defending race champion Max Papis did not participate in either of Friday's two on-track sessions at the Portland International Raceway due to undisclosed commercial issues between Cosworth Racing and Sigma Autosport.
IAN BISCO, Cosworth Racing's Vice President of North American Operations - "Unfortunately we have some commercial issues with Sigma Autosport that have to be sorted out before we allow them run this weekend. We feel bad for Max because he's the defending champion here in Portland and has had a strong season thus far, however Cosworth has some business with the team that still needs to be worked out. We are working with Sigma to try and resolve these issues and are hopeful that a mutual agreement can be reached as quickly as possible."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - 10th on the provisional grid - "It was a terrible day. The car is fast and the lap times that we did definitely did not reflect the speed of the car and that's what is so disappointing. We're having the same problems we had in Laguna Seca - it's very difficult to downshift, the gears are still popping up and electronically we're having problems with the traction control and the speed limiter. We're fast and the car is there, but doing two laps on the second set of tires is definitely not the way to do it and that's disappointing."
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - 12th on the provisional grid - "We missed the tire pressures this afternoon and didn't come in to change them right away and that cost us. I had a decent one going on my in lap, but it wasn't anything that would've put us in the top five. The changes we made this morning worked alright early on, but we made some changes on the second set of tires that probably weren't in the right direction, but we're still trying to make some gains."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - 13th on the provisional grid - "We didn't have a very good day today and it was a bit disappointing. Our engine this morning was not very good, but the one we had this afternoon was much better. But man, the car just pushes a lot and we can't seem to make it get around the corners. We made some improvements o n that, but then the rear of the car gave me problems so we're going to have to keep working on it. We're not far away, but you don't have to be too far off to be at the back in this series. We'll see. I think we have the potential, so all we have to do is find it." YOU HAVE SOME MOMENTUM ON YOUR SIDE FROM YOUR FIFTH-PLACE FINISH AT LAGUNA SECA. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO KEEP IT? "Just keep working hard with the guys and keep improving the car. That's the secret. We have to have a car that we're comfortable with or it's not going to happen."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - 14th on the provisional grid - "We had some problems shifting with the primary car about halfway through the afternoon session and had to switch to the backup. The car isn't too good right now, so we have to make some changes if we're going to go faster tomorrow. (Teammate) Jimmy (Vasser) wasn't too much faster, but we'll see what he did and maybe we can find something there."