CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Champ Car Sunday quoteboard


BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It was a perfect day to end a perfect weekend after getting both poles. It was perfect for Newman/Haas Racing and me. It's my second win at Road America, after taking my first career win here. We also leave with the championship points lead and that's what we wanted to do for sure. We were struggling to get our first win and pole and we got it done this weekend."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It was a great day for Newman/Haas Racing. It was really special for us going one-two here. What can I say? We have Bruno leading the points now and I'm gaining spots and moving up in the championship as well. For sure, this is the best racing circuit in the U.S. and I hope to be back here for many years to come."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I think it was fantastic job by my pit crew all day. They deserve a lot of credit here. The podium finish is a good gift for them for the effort they put forth today. I just love this track. Although we had a difficult start, the podium finish makes up for it all."

MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"Today showed that under difficult circumstances, determination and the will to succeed came out in everybody. The guys gave me fantastic pit stops, and I made it happen on the track. It was a team effort, and we never gave up. When Tagliani was in front of me on the last few laps, I kept hoping that he would make a mistake. Today shows that we are getting there, and it is a big morale boost. We will keep working and make it happen. We will get there!"

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It was an okay result I guess. We started a little late and with race shorten to 34 laps we could not make any mistakes. Unfortunately, on the second pit stop, we had difficulties with the front air jack and we lost three positions to get out in sixth place. The car lacked power on the straight because we had too much downforce. It ran well in the curves and I'm positive that I would have been able to hold my position had I been in third place. I started third, passed two cars on the track and still ended up fifth. At the end, I thought that I might run out of time to pass Manning (Darren) but I was finally able to do it at the very end of the last lap."

DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"What a great race! I've been itching to have a wet race because I knew we could have a strong finish and we nearly matched our best effort of the year (fourth). The RAC Walker Racing crew gave me two fantastic stops replacing the front wing on the first stop and then gaining me three positions in the pits on the second stop. I went from seventh to fourth. I was holding my own then until I lost third gear, so Papis and Carpentier were able to get me at the end there. It's a great finish for the team though - our fifth consecutive top-ten finish and I think we'll gain a position in the points standings."

ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It was a great race for me really. Once again, I'm very happy with the work of the entire Herdez Competition team. We decided to develop the car in a way that we thought would be beneficial here and also later in the year at Mexico City. My race engineer, Chris Gorne, did a great job in finding the right solution in time for final qualifying and the car was awesome in the race. I think if the race had gone on longer and we had been able to change onto slick tires, I think we would have been very fasts indeed. Toward the end, we were already using the grooved tires too much so even though we were gaining speed it was very hard to keep the car on the track. But I'm happy with the result and looking forward to Mid Ohio next weekend."

MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I think CART did a good job to stop the race and a good job on the restart. The track was good the 2nd time we went out. We started out with oversteer, so I had to be cautious. Then the track started to dry and the car got much better. I was able to pass 2 or 3 cars, but from where we started, that was the best I could do. We had to finish and score points and we did both. Now we need to qualify better in Mid Ohio."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I am really disappointed because of all of the events we have run this year, this is the event where we went into the race thinking we really have a shot. The car was great in the dry and terrible in the wet. We tested at Mid-Ohio and it went well, we should run strong next weekend."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"We came in with the best-ever team effort over the whole weekend. Everyone did just a great job. Today, things fell apart. It was my first time racing a Champ Car in the rain. It was going great the first few laps, running sixth. The we had to come in for the race in the pits under yellow and unfortunately both American Spirit cars lost several positions. I had a couple of great passes in the second stint, it was a lot of fun. Once I got to Jimmy, I was stuck there because we had equal cars that were definitely no good in the rain. We will take everything we learned this weekend and the progress we made to Mid-Ohio, where I think we should do very well."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I am very disappointed with the team. This was the perfect opportunity to get some points and we threw it all away."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I'm very disappointed to not be able to make a better result from my best qualifying position. It was very hard for me with the rain to keep the car on the track. My pit crew gave me an awesome first pit stop and moved me from fifth to third. But it was so wet out there - twice I went off track but was able to carefully get going again. Then I was trying to pass one of the Coyne cars and got wide and ended up in the gravel trap. The car wasn't damaged but the Safety Team didn't want to pull me out of the trap so my day was done. Even though I won a race in the rain last year, growing up in Mexico I didn't get a lot of experience racing in the rain so it was a tough day for me. But we'll be back fighting again next weekend."

PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I had just passed Pat for third and was on the wrong part of the track on the line without rubber. I got on the brakes and locked all four tires. I could not stop on the corner and I ran off the end of the track. I tried to power my way out of the gravel trap but it just pushed me toward the tire barrier. I can't tell you about the track conditions because I did not run long enough to get my tires up to temperature. I'm disappointed because I had a good chance to score some points and did not."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I saw Paul [Tracy] spin as I came into the corner and I slowed up so I would avoid any trouble. The thought flashed though my mind I have to finish to gain points on Paul. The next thing I knew I was hit from behind and the car was badly damaged. We missed an opportunity to gain in the championship today."

TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"We were having such a good weekend. I was pleased with the car and the improvements we've done so it's a shame. We did a great qualifying and the conditions were good; the way I like them, so it was very unfortunate that on the 1st lap back out we were hit by a car. It's a real shame. We've definitely made an improvement; we saw that in Vancouver and here. Now we have to start thinking about Mid-Ohio."

ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"There is not much to say. It was the warm-up lap and I wasn't even going fast. I touched the brake and the rear of the Visteon/Patrick Racing car locked up and went straight into the wall. I had no time to react. I cannot believe it, but it just happened so fast. It is a shame because the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team worked very hard this weekend and I had a good race car."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I lost the rear exiting Turn 5 and just touched the wall and broke the rear suspension. It's really a shame for Corona and the Walker Racing crew because I think we could have had a good race. We were 12th overall in the combined practice report, so we had a good car. Qualifying didn't go well, but we were back up into 12th place during the warm-up and it wasn't looking bad for the race. We make little gains all the time and going back to Mid-Ohio where we had a good test in July will hopefully be good for us."

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