CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Saturday quoteboard



Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Obviously it feels very good to finally get the first pole and show what this team can do. We are very happy to be 1, 2. I think it also shows what we have been working towards and each weekend we just get more competitive, more confidence and able to go quicker, I am very excited and looking forward to the race tomorrow."

A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think the team overall did a great job. We have been struggling a bit all weekend with the set of the car even though we have been quick. I think especially today they did a great job because during practice we were probably at the worst that we have been all weekend and the guys did a fantastic job to figure it out, get it going in qualifying and I still think that we have a little work to do for the race tomorrow, but definitely today the car is at its best in qualifying and I am really looking forward to tomorrow."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was pretty good but the track was slower today so there wasn't much we could do. The cloud cover we kept hoping for showed up just after the checkered flag unfortunately. But we're in a good spot for the start tomorrow and the car is good on long runs so I'm optimistic for the race."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am happy that we maintained our qualifying position today and that we will start fourth tomorrow, but it wasn't easy. The car is not consistent and it is not as if I am jumping out of the car saying that it is the best I have ever driven. In a lot of ways that is a positive thing. If we can be fourth with the car we have, then there is every opportunity to move even further up the time sheets. The Aussie Vineyards Team Australia outfit deserves to be where it is because everyone is working hard. If we continue to work away then we can improve and maybe do it a little easier than we are at the moment. The good thing is that we still have a couple of test days up our sleeve where we can go away and really work at things. I think by mid-season we are going to be a lot stronger. I think with good tire management and fuel mileage we will have the chance to at least stay where we are or maybe grab another podium tomorrow. We are certainly going to have to work on things overnight to ensure we have the right racecar tomorrow. None of us are concerned about leaving the track too early."

Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I read the time on the dash -- a 57.79 -- and we had run the fastest lap of the session at that point. Then I brought the car back to the pits because of the red flag. The McDonald's car felt really good. On the second set of tires we went out first and when I came by the pits two guys came on track ahead of me and I ran in dirty air so that hurt us. Then Ryan (Hunter-Reay) pitted and I thought I would have a chance to run in clean air but another red (flag) came out. The car didn't feel as good on the second run as it did on the first. The (timing and scoring) monitor showed us P1 and we are checking with Race Control to get a clarification of the situation. There was a power outage so they are checking their data."

Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I made a mistake and crashed into the tire wall at the last corner during the practice session just before Qualifying, but the Forsythe Team made repairs quickly and the car was pretty good. Unfortunately the track was a lot more slippery today because of the warmer weather so not too many people were able to improve on their times. But we're up near the front so the race should be good."

Andrew Ranger, #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very happy with the car now, because this morning the car had a lot of understeer and for qualifying it was a better. I'm starting on 7th position -- inside, I need to be very patient for this long and hard race. We still have to work more on the car for tomorrow. I'm thrilled that I was the fastest rookie again."

Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Gulfstream/PKV Racing car was much better today unfortunately the track was slower so we weren't able to improve our grid position. I'm disappointed with where we are starting tomorrow, but it is a long race and I am confident that we can have a good finish The PKV Racing team will make some more changes tonight to improve the cars for the race. Hopefully, it won't rain tomorrow, and if we have our usual good race strategy and pit stops l believe we can make things interesting in the race."

Cristiano da Matta, #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Today was one of the best days on the race track the Bell Micro/PKV Racing team has had since the beginning of the year. That just shows that we are improving as a team. The Bell Mirco car was definitely improved. We had a good practice this morning and we were at the top of the speed charts in the warm-up In qualifying we were right there until the end, but the track was slower today and we just did not get a good enough lap to improve our starting position."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Obviously we are a little disappointed. We have been struggling this weekend to find the speed we need. It is a shame because we were fast here during testing, but can't seem to get it here now when it counts. Something needs to be done because we are still off the pace, the DHL Global Mail car is starting to feel a little better, but I am still struggling with oversteer and understeer throughout the course. We will see what we can get done tonight and focus on the race trying to develop a good strategy for tomorrow that will get us to the top of the field."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car had a lot of understeer today. We hoped to qualify better but it is a good car for the race because the rear is stable. We are one of the only ones to improve our time today. Everybody is 3/10ths slower today but we improved 3/10ths so we are heading in the right direction. I need to get more laps in the car and have a trouble free race tomorrow to get a good result. The PacifiCare pit crew is one of, if not the, best so I am hoping we can make up some positions in the pits and on the track."

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Briggs & Stratton Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, we are still struggling with the car and it is frustrating. This morning we made several different changes, so I was not sure how the car was going to handle in the afternoon. The Briggs & Stratton car was better in the afternoon than the morning, but those changes were not enough to get us on the grid where we hoped/expected to be. Qualifying is over now, so we have to focus on our race strategy for tomorrow, and we will go from there."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Today was a better day in the sense that I had a car to race and that's positive because the team put a lot of work on that. This morning was basically my first day at the track, had some good times, even thou I was one day behind everybody else. The car was handling well, but with the red tires I could not improve my times. I'm tired of starting on the back, knowing that when I'm up front, I have fast laps, looking competitive in the time sheets and good race pace. I need to get the qualifying down to better results and work hard to turn our performance around."

Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are still chasing the car and learning more every time we go out on the track. I was 0.8 of a second up on my best lap when the session was red-flagged, but I guess that's the way things go. Neither Alex (Tagliani) nor I got the best out of our red (softer) tires today and that continues to confuse us a little. The weather is certainly going to be an interesting variable tomorrow. I will not mind too much if it does rain because those Bridgestone tires were awesome in the wet session yesterday. I consider myself a better racer than qualifier in a lot of ways, so I have my chance to be patient and work my way through the field tomorrow.With a bit of luck, some successful strategy and good stops I don't think a top 10 finish is out of the question. The priority is to ensure that I finish the race and continue to learn as much as possible. You don't learn much sitting back in the pits."


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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 , Nelson Philippe , Marcus Marshall , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Cristiano da Matta