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BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Last year in Portland I had a problem in qualifying and started 11th. I made up some spots in the race and finished fourth. We had a good race but a bad qualifying performance but I'm sure, this year, we're going to do better. We had a test in Portland a few months ago and I was the fastest, so I'm really confident that the PacifiCare car can fight for the win this weekend. At the test, we ran a whole day and the Bridgestone tires ran very well -- they were really fast and we actually lapped faster than last year's pole. I'm really confident in the tires and the set up on the car."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Since taking the checkered flag to victory in Milwaukee, I have been so anxious to get back in the car. We have great momentum going at Herdez and we will be taking a lot of energy to Portland. I really like Portland, it is tough, but I think it fits my driving style, aggressive. We tested at PIR after Long Beach and it went very well. We are confident we will be able to roll out in Portland with our discoveries from the test and run strong in the Herdez car all weekend. I am definitely looking forward to it, it can't come soon enough."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Last year's race (in Portland) was a roller coaster ride. More than anything it was a really disappointing race because we had a pretty good car and went to the back, came back to third and then fell down again. At the test in Portland we worked with the new Bridgestone tire which was pretty good. It was a softer tire and you have to work hard to take care of them in order to have a good race. The new Push to Pass (P2P) button is going to work well in Portland. The straight is long enough that you can already pass without the P2P, but it's just going to help to bring the show to another level. Its been working well so far. Apart from Milwaukee, which we knew would be a challenge, the season is looking pretty good so far for the McDonald's car and we need to try to get our second win this season in Portland."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"In my opinion, Portland is the most difficult track we race on. I have never been able to get it perfectly; it is very challenging for me. At the same time I always very much look forward to it because I am very competitive and I love the challenge. I have spent so much time running laps through my mind at Portland, focusing on how to improve each corner, each chicane. It would be extremely satisfying for me to win or podium there and I know I have the best chance this year than I have ever had before because I have the tools, which includes a very good team and that gives me more confidence than anything. Besides that, it would be one heck of a father's day present to my father who has been a great example for me."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm looking forward to getting back to the track and banking a good result in Portland. Rocketsports was on the podium here last year and we're looking to build on our 2003 success and get back on a roll this season. The Portland track is physically demanding and interesting with fast corners and chicanes, especially the part where the chicane goes flat out in 6th (gear) - that makes it a good challenge. It's a high downforce track and fun. It's a track where I can keep pushing the limits and go further; demand more of the car and myself."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We had a reasonable test in Portland earlier this year. But I think the key is right now that we're starting to move forward and gain momentum after a positive run in Milwaukee. This is all about winning races-- that is what we are here to do."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm excited heading into the Portland weekend, especially after such a strong race at Milwaukee with both Michel and I finishing in the top five. We had a good test in Portland after the Long Beach race, so we're able to come to the track this weekend with some notes on where to start. I think the cars will be the best we've had all year. The RuSPORT team keeps making progress in its first year and we just need to build on the momentum we have at the moment."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm very excited about the race in Portland. We've been progressing as a team over the past few races, I am happy to say. We set our sights on reaching the top 10 in the races, and so far we've been very close to achieving those goals. Our test in Portland was a success I thought; we tried a number of things that will hopefully translate into a strong qualifying and race result this weekend."
NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Since our tests here in Portland we've had experience on three different types of courses and developed the cars. We have more data to use and are stronger as a team. I'm working more closely with the engineering department to communicate what I'm getting and need from the car and building my confidence.
The crew has been great with excellent pit stops all season, especially in Milwaukee, and we plan to keep it up. We've been consistent and consistency is good, but now it's time for better results. We have realistic expectations for the Portland race and I'm excited about racing there. It's a fast track, especially the back stretch, where I'm flat out. One of my favorite parts is the section after the first chicane. It's fast and reminds me of a go-kart track. This should be a good weekend for us."
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