CHAMPCAR/CART: PPI Gold Coast race notes

Oriol Servià, ...

Oriol Servià, #96 Telefónica/Toyota-Reynard

"I had a great race car, a very, very good car. John my engineer did a fantastic job. Until my 1st stop, I think I my car was faster than anyone. Unfortunately, with the traffic, I could not use it to its potential. A lot of crazy things happened today.

On the Turn One Incident with Jimmy and Christian:

"Jimmy and Christian were almost sideways, and I had to avoid them. The yellow was not out and I had to jump the short cut to avoid the incident, then Jimmy complained and they made me go back three spots…I had to avoid the accident, I don’t know what else I should have done."

On the Incident with Paul:

"Paul broke way, way to late. He left me no room, and boom, I was over the curb and hit him and completely broke my front wing. The rest of the race, I had a very, very damaged wing, and I couldn’t keep the pace."

Cristiano da Matta, #97 Pioneer Electronics/WorldCom/Toyota-Reynard

On the Race:

"I am very, disappointed with the way they handled the pits. It doesn’t seem like there are the same rules all of the time for opening and closing the pits. We lost on that big time, and so did a lot of other people. It should have been three Toyota’s on top. I am not sure what happened with Jimmy, I think he passed me under a yellow. On the brighter side, it was a fun race to drive, and I am sure it must have been a lot of fun to watch. My car was very good throughout the race, Iain has given me really good cars, this year, and definitely today. At least we were able to bring home some points today."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Cristiano da Matta