CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Friday quoteboard

G.I. Joe's Presents The Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Quotes Justin Wilson ...

G.I. Joe's Presents The Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Quotes

Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: ""We were good here in the testing and it gave me the confidence to go out and attack the course. This is a great result for the RuSPORT team and for me, but there is still more work for us to do. I'm happy now but I am sure I will have some changes to offer when I think about it. THis takes a bit of the pressure off for tomorrow but we still want to get as many points as we can."

A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Normally I would be excited about second place but today I am a little disapointed. I thought we would be better today but second is still pretty decent I guess. I just think that I had a little more and hopefully I can figure it out for tomorrow. It is great for the team and for the guys but we have to be realistic, we have more to accomplish this weekend."

Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Qualifying went okay; we had a pretty good car, not a perfect one. The conditions are difficult with the weather changes. And then the flagman at the exit of pit lane didn't signal that Wilson was coming and that was it, I ended up losing my fastest lap and two positions. It's frustrating but we'll have to keep improving the McDonald's car and try for pole again tomorrow."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We were caught out a little bit when we went out for the second stint on the "reds" (soft alternate-compound Bridgestone Potenza tires). The car was balanced during the first stint and we timed it just exactly right before we went out for our second stint. I had good space on the track and was ready to put up some good laps but it seemed like we suddenly had quite a bit of understeer and I just couldn't put a lap together."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm pretty happy with the result but less happy with the car. We can definitely improve on that over night and because of that we left plenty on the table today. P5 is a good first day of work, but the weather stopped us from really picking up from where we left off at the test here after Long Beach. Some moves in the right direction will see us in the right direction."

Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We were really unlucky. I was right up there during my first stint but right when we went out for my second stint it started drizzling a little bit. Then as soon as we were done the track dried out for everyone else. Sometimes you're lucky in that situation and sometimes you're not. This time we didn't have luck on our side but I think we'll do better tomorrow."

Andrew Ranger, #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very happy with this first day of qualifying in Portland. It seems that all of our hard work in testing here is paying off. The car is pretty good, but I made a mistake on turn 3, that cost me some time. The team gave me a good car and I hope to do better tomorrow."

Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am definitely disappointed with the way the Gulfstream/PKV Racing car qualified today. I am not satisfied with the speed of the car or the fact that we are eighth on the grid right now. The PKV Racing team is going to work hard over night to make the changes that are necessary and I am sure we will be quicker tomorrow if it doesn't rain. We have to keep in the mind when we make the changes tonight, but hopefully it will be dry and we will get a chance to improve our position on the final grid."

Ronnie Bremer (#55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I wanted more, but considering it was my first time here ever in a Champ Car, ninth was a decent start. The Champ Car here is so different than the Atlantic car, it really seemed to take a few laps to get adapted. The car needs a little more and I need a little more, so if we maximize the combination and the weather is good, we should be able to find another four or five tenths of a second. I think there is two to three tenths left in me and maybe a couple tenths left in the car, we'll find it."

Cristiano da Matta, #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was quite a difficult qualifying session for the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team. We had some problems with the traffic on my second stint, so I wasn't able to get the most out of the car. I am sure that the car is better than what it shows on the time sheets, but with the way the qualifying session unfolded we just couldn't get everything out of the car. I don't think we should be fighting for the pole, but I definitely think the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team should be fighting to be in the top-five or maybe event a little better than that."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The first fifteen minutes the car was feeling good and better than it was in the morning. Then I am not sure what happened. I thought that something was broken in the rear of the DHL Global Mail car, but my Rocketsports crew did a thorough check and could not find anything wrong. I had some good laps, but the time was too slow this afternoon during provisional qualifying. I gained a little more time when we put on the Bridgestone Option tire, but it was not enough because we are still a bit off the pace. We have to find a way to get the car in the right position for tomorrow and I believe we still have a good shot for tomorrow."

Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We decided to save both of our Bridgestone Alternate sets for qualifying tomorrow because we think the weather is going to be better and the session should be faster. Also, I want to run them back to back to get the most out of them, so that being said, I think our time today was reasonable. We are not satisfied because our goal is to run in the top five but it was a reasonably solid start to the weekend. I am still learning the circuit, we are still getting more out of the car and I am still getting more out of myself, so tomorrow, with more time on the circuit, I believe we will be in good shape."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We made a change to the PacifiCare car before the last run and improved it a little bit. We were also struggling with a boost problem this morning and then the engine had a little hesitation in qualifying and it kept getting worse as the session went on. We know the areas to focus on and will try to improve our starting spot tomorrow."

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Briggs & Stratton Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, we obviously are not were we want to be. It is a bit disappointing to be 16th right now, so it is going to take a lot of work for tomorrow. I was experiencing braking issues and the rear was really moving around on me this afternoon. I am not really sure what is going on, so we will have to put all of our heads together tonight and get it figured out for tomorrow."

Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I battled with mid-corner oversteer and my red tires did not come on like they usually do and the car was unbalanced in those last few laps. It was weird. I got through the session okay but the lap time just wasn't there. We can tweak a few things overnight and try and really get on top of it before our final crack at it tomorrow."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was not a good day, I crashed in the first practice and unfortunately we could not have my car ready for qualifying. During that time I stayed at the pits and it was particularly hard for me not to be in my car. We learned some stuff today and I 'm anxious to be back in the car tomorrow"


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Bjorn Wirdheim , Nelson Philippe , Ronnie Bremer , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Cristiano da Matta