CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Sunday quoteboard


ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Going into Turn 1 Paul made a mistake and I knew I had to take advantage of it because he probably would not make another one. The racing is so close that you have to take every opportunity that you get and I would never have forgiven myself if I did not try. It feels great to get the win, we built this team from nothing and we were starting to get some pressure from our sponsors, but this is great."

PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's great for Team Player's to move back into the points lead, but I'm little disappointed in myself, because I felt like I gave it away, making a small mistake which allowed Adrian (Fernandez) to pass me. Historically, this hasn't been a great track for me, so I'm pleased with the result. The next part of the schedule really suits my driving and I'm excited about the prospects of extending our hold on the championship. As for the incident with Michel (Jourdain), I gave him plenty of room entering corner one, but he completely shut the door on me in corner two and we locked wheels. I was lucky that I was able to continue because my front wing was pretty damaged."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Our success was a real team effort. The Rocketsports Racing crew did a great job and I raced like I normally do. We had a great car. It took a while for it to come to temperature, but it worked really well for a fast-paced race. I wish I were even more aggressive from the get-go to move higher up the grid, but I am happy with our results today. I am glad we have had the start to the season we have had and believe we will become even more competitive. If we keep on knocking at the door like this, pretty soon we'll have our chance (at a win)."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was great to finish fourth from where we started (11th). We didn't win yet this season but we have been consistent enough to finish in the top-five in all but one race so far. It's a shame about Milwaukee (crashed) but you have to be consistent to win the Championship and we have done a good job of that so far. We're going to get a win sooner or later. Let's see if we can get our first win in (the next race in) Cleveland. The PacifiCare team did a good job on the pit stops and I was able to pass a couple of cars in Turn 1. I felt I could pass Tagliani (for third) but when I saw the sprinkles I decided not to take the chance."

ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It would have been nice for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team to finish on the podium today, but we just could not get there. The good thing is that we continued our momentum with another top-five finish and took over sixth place in the championship standings. The Visteon/Patrick Racing car was good today. We were lacking just that little extra speed in the corners. We had some understeer, so we were missing a little there. There were a couple of times that I got close to the car in front of me, but once we were coming out of the corner if I had tried to pass we would have crashed. I am disappointed that we did not finish higher, but overall we have to feel good that we finished fifth and moved up in the point standings. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team just has to keep working hard and we will definitely get to the next level...hopefully, starting in Cleveland."

DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I got a good run on a couple of guys at the start. I thought I was going to get Tag and pop into fourth, I think it as at one stage, but it really bottlenecks up down there and I didn't want to push too hard and lose what position I had. I made a bit of a mistake when Bruno got by, but he was probably faster than me over the whole lap anyway, so he was coming on strong. My car wasn't very good on the brakes going into the last turn toward the end of the race and that allowed Jimmy to get up along side me at the end there to make me work really hard for sixth. It was a good result and about where we deserved to be based on our speeds. It was a good day, another good sixth place finish."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Sort of an uneventful day for me. The start was no good, I lost three positions, but my crew did a good job today, helping me get those back in the pits. I had a bit of a run on Manning there toward the end, but wasn't able to finish the pass. It's nice to walk out of here with a few points."

MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I think we had a good result coming out with an eighth place finish. The weekend started very badly. Friday we weren't competitive. We improved on Saturday and a bit more today for the race. The plan after Friday was to come out of the weekend with minimal damage and we actually finished only two places behind the top Reynard, which is our main competitors. We're looking forward to Cleveland. We have three days of testing before then to help us prepare. Overall, I'm happy with the final outcome of the weekend."

ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very pleased with the outcome. The team gave me a consistent and reliable car which was very important today with the changing conditions. It's difficult to start as far back as we did but we got a clean start and I got around one car on the first corner. For us, it was a matter of being consistent and letting the race come to us. On one of the late restarts the Player's car behind me was faster on the slow corner and got around me - but then he pushed too hard and spun so my more conservative pace worked to my advantage. It was very important for me to bring home points this weekend. For how we started the weekend, we ended up with a pretty good result. Now we just need to do some more homework and be ready for a better result at the next round."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We got the best out of the car that it had today and finished in the top ten which is good. I have to credit the team - they did a great job on the pit stops and that is actually where we gained most of our positions. The car wasn't too good at the very beginning of the race but it got better as the laps went by. Everyone gave it their best shot today and it was good to finish in the points. But our goals are higher. We're really looking for top-five finishes consistently and we have more work to do to get there. The team is committed to more improvement which is why we're going to test this week and Roberto's car is going to the 7-post rig. We have lots of things we want to test on both cars and the benefit will be to both of us. We're taking it step by step and we're doing well - but we have a long way to go before we're satisfied!"

RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I'm happy that we were able to put together a points-paying finish, especially after the short day last Sunday (at Laguna Seca). The Corona car was sometimes a little bit difficult to drive, but my engineer did a great job and the Walker Racing Corona crew gave me good stops. It's a good finish for the Walker Racing crew, Corona and me."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): (Jourdain on the pass in Turn 1) "I had him [Tracy] on the pass. We were on cold tires and he lifted early and I just dived in it was quite easy. I went to the line and he touched me and I stayed where I was and he just kept pushing, pushing and pushing then he spun me. I had the pass on him. He hit me in the rear of the side pod so I think I had him cleanly. Away from the track Paul and I are very good friends, but on the track nobody is your friend. Hey that was the way he had to beat me today." (Jourdain on the pit exit incident with Tracy) "You as a driver are supposed to go from the pit box to the first lane not the fast lane, especially if someone is coming. I had to slow down because he came into my lane or we both would have hit. They gave him a five-second penalty so obviously the CART official agreed he did something wrong." (Jourdain on the day) "The Gigante car was just fantastic today. I was trying to take care of the car and the tires and I saw we could pull a big gap on third place and that I when I wanted I could pull a gap on Paul. In the end I didn't win. It is disappointing because once again we had a great car and we didn't get the points we deserved. I look back and see the missed points at Long Beach and Laguna Seca and now here and it is disappointing because we worked so hard but now we lose the championship lead. I am very happy for my good friend Adrian [race winner Fernandez]. I know he has been waiting a long time for his first win as an owner/driver so this is a big day for him. Anytime any of the Mexican drivers do well it is great for the sport in Mexico."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I have no idea what happened. I just think that we cannot make a result. There are no words for how disappointed this is especially since it was the second race in a row that we lost a third place finish."

MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We had to fight hard all race, especially at the beginning. We are working on understanding how to set the car up with our new relationship and figure everything out. The team did a good job in the pits. We were able to pull a pass. But unfortunately when you race in the back, you race with people who sometimes make mistakes. His (Lavin) mistake broke our front right steering arm. We still put in our best effort. It was not the position we belong at PK Racing. We don't belong below P5 or P6. We will still capitalize on testing and be back at Cleveland."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Unfortunately, nothing worked for us this weekend and we ended up with our first DNF of the season. I was fairly happy with the start, moving up two spots and then settling into 7th place after Bourdais pitted early. However, things fell apart after I slid on some oil on the track as we were about to make our first pit stop. After that, the only chance I had to make up some ground was to try and pass on cold tires, but I pushed a little too hard and spun out. Still, we stay in fourth place in the standings and I'm looking forward to going to Cleveland as the defending champion."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It wasn't our day today. I had a great run on each of the starts that were waived off and the third time definitely wasn't the charm for me. I had a bad start and lost a few positions, but one we got going I was settled into a good rhythm. Unfortunately lady luck was not on our side, the clutch failed just after our first stop. I felt it going and tried to hang on but within a lap or two, that was it, it was done."

TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "What can I say? We've had gearbox problems all weekend. We fixed it yesterday, the guys looked at it seemed fine and I didn't have any problems with it in the warm up this morning. We've got some new pieces that we need to look at again. Our problem surfaced on the 1st lap and we just couldn't get it to work. The whole weekend's been off; just bad luck. We needed to get some laps in here and hopefully score some points, but that didn't happen. Now we go to test this week and we'll definitely work on the problems we had this weekend. I'm very confident that the guys will take care of everything and we'll be back on track for Cleveland."


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