CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Friday quoteboard


BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I am very pleased with our results today. I got the best results from the PacifiCare car and the Bridgestone tires. On the lap that I posted my fastest time, I had no traffic and just pushed really hard. This is a good result and I look forward to final qualifying tomorrow and putting the PacifiCare car on the pole position for race day."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We had a lot of problems this morning. I am surprised with our results this afternoon, it turned out to be a positive day in the end. The McDonald's car was good, however, Bruno is fast and I know we could not have caught him. We'll put up a fight tomorrow and try to get the McDonald's car on the front row.

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "Overall, I am happy. I was actually quite surprised with the time I posted because the car was not the way we wanted it to be. After setting my fast lap of the session, we brought the car in to make changes to improve the car. However, those changes did not make the car any better. I was a little disappointed that we were not able to get the car faster, but overall happy we have the Indeck car in the top three. We will see what we can do tomorrow."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I feel really good about our effort today. We're making a lot of progress, but this track is very tricky. In the 10 minute pre-qualifying practice, my car was terrible, but with one little adjustment we were able to change the balance back to where we needed it and I picked up a second. The track always gets tricky when it gets a lot of rubber on it and the heat is really making an impact. It's very slippery, so keeping a good balance on the car is really important. We keep going back and forth between a little bit of understeer, then a little bit of oversteer, but we're close. We're not that far off from where we want to be."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The car feels good and has top-three potential. We're heading in the right direction with the set up. We had better grip at the end of the day, but overshot the tire pressure. The Bridgestone Potenzas are really biting into the track, but the grip, temperature and pressure have been inconsistent. We've had great support from Bridgestone and we'll tweak the tire pressure and come out ready for Saturday's qualifying."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I'm pretty happy with the effort today from the whole PKV team. The car is getting better each race and it's starting to show. We are progressing as a group and everything things seems to be coming together nicely. I think we'll be able to improve on our result tomorrow, but it feels good to be moving up the speed chart. These guys really gave me a good car today."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We arrived here positive because we had a really good test here in April, unfortunately today, we were caught out by the weather. These are much warmer temperatures than we had here during the test. So we've had to spend some time today playing catch-up with our set-up. The good thing is we made some good changes which settled the car down in the front a bit and that is what I a looking for. We have an ace in our pocket for tomorrow. The guys on the Bridgestone soft compound (Alternate tire) were faster during qualifying. We only get two sets of those, one of which we need to use in the race, so I have them for qualifying tomorrow. We knew if we used them today, we would still not be fast enough for pole with my front-end a bit squirely, so we chose to not run as many laps today, sort the front end tonight and use our Alternates tomorrow. We'll see how it pans out but I think we should be fast."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "In my opinion, this is the most difficult track we race on. It is the toughest track for me but I am please because I feel better about my car today than I ever have here and I know there are several things we can do tonight to make it even better. My engineer (Mike Cannon) has a lot of experience here and he gave me some very helpful tips to use for my driving and it has made a difference. Ryan and I have the same tire strategy for tomorrow and I think it is going to be a good session for us. We have some homework to do tonight but overall I think the Herdez Competition cars will both be in the top five tomorrow."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We're struggling with the brakes and clearly we have a lot of work to do. But, I'm confident that we can improve the car for tomorrow because we've obviously found a quick set-up for AJ's car. We'll compare notes tonight and make the necessary changes."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We're obviously disappointed with our result. We had a good car this morning, but I'm not quite sure why we're not where we were earlier. On the other hand, Roberto [Gonzalez] did a great job today, earning the best qualifying result of his career."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We're looking for more speed and better grip from the No. 17 car. We didn't get the results we expected and we have some work to do to improve the set up for the next qualifying session. I'm feeling comfortable about the circuit and am looking forward to driving it with more confidence in the car."


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