CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Saturday quoteboard


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The Newman/Haas team has been great this whole weekend for both Bruno and myself. We had a good test and have a good car set-up. I think we will be in good shape for tomorrow's race because the McDonald's car is handling very well, it will all depend on the temperature tomorrow and how the tires wear. We have plenty of sticker tires to use, along with the alternate tire, so it should be a good race."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The PacifiCare car has been good all weekend. I feel that we could have been on the pole. However, after I was penalized, my team figured there was no point for me to run any more since my best lap would be taken from me and I was already guaranteed a front row start from winning the provisional pole yesterday. It is frustrating, but the PacifiCare team has worked real hard, and the car is good, we should do well in tomorrow's race."

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The car was ok. The crash obviously did not help us obtain the pole today. The damage is minor, just need to repair the back wing, so that is good. I feel that I could have gotten more from the car. On the lap I was on prior to my incident, I was running a very fast time that could have gotten us the pole. I began to experience oversteer, I was trying to keep it on the track and away from the wall, but there was nothing I could do. Today is not terrible; we were where we wanted to be, but just not there all the way."

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I am very happy with today's qualifying session. We had a tough session yesterday, but the crew worked hard overnight, and the improvements made paid off for us. I think we are in very good shape for the race."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I am happy with our efforts today and this weekend as a whole. I am a rookie driver and we are a rookie team, so we are learning every race weekend. I feel that we have great momentum and we are learning very fast. This is a great start for us and we have a good car, it should be a good day tomorrow for the race."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I am reasonably pleased because this is by far the best I have ever started here. At the same time, I am a little disappointed because I think we had more in the car and didn't maximize the session. The first turn here is the most difficult of all the tracks we race at, so you definitely want to start up front. We will be on the third row so we'll see, I am going to give it my best shot."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We wish we could have been faster, but as the track temperature heats up throughout the afternoon, the cars seem to go off and we couldn't run as fast as we did in the morning session. We didn't go out after the Red Flag because of the time and tire situation, so we'll have to make the best out of this tomorrow."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We are the only car that did not go faster on the soft compound so we are missing it somewhere. My guys are working hard and I have a great group behind me, so I know they will continue to improve the car, but I am definitely disappointed with our weekend up to this point. It's going to be a tough day at the office for us tomorrow, I am going to have to drive very aggressively to work my way up front, but at the same time keep a close eye on what's going on around me because this place can be pretty tricky, especially on the starts and re-starts. I have a great pit crew, they have been very fast all year and I will rely on them for some track position as well."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The car was better than it was this morning actually. We went quicker overall but I expected to improve more than that. Unfortunately, I was stuck in traffic and kept getting blocked every time I was on my flying lap. If not for the traffic, I think we could have broken through the next group of five cars that were just ahead of us on the speed chart."

MARIO HABERFELD (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) "The team made great improvements regarding my understeer problem in yesterday's qualifying session. Unfortunately, we adopted a risky qualifying strategy today opting to wait until the latter part of the session to post our fastest lap, and it didn't pay off. However, I believe we are going to be much more consistent tomorrow, and I am looking forward to a good result."

ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) "Unfortunately, the changes made to the car after yesterday's qualifying session did not seem to make things better for us. Hopefully we can make some adjustments before tomorrow's race that will turn this weekend around for us."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "It's been a real test for the Rocketsports/Johnson Controls team to find the right set up for the Portland track. We've been fighting a loose, inconsistent car with lots of understeer. I don't have the speed I need to be competitive. It's late in the weekend, but we'll continue to look for a better set up and more speed for the race."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I'm disappointed with our results and hoped we could get the set up we needed to secure a better position on the starting grid. We changed the diff' (differential) and decreased the push we were getting. We lowered the rear so it was less loose, and made a few other adjustments. I'm frustrated with what I have in the car, but I'll keep giving it 100%.


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