Bridgestone Pole Qualifying Round 1 Driver Quotes Dan Clarke ...
Bridgestone Pole Qualifying Round 1 Driver Quotes
Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing --HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I think I did like two, three, maybe four laps on the dry. So at that point you're thinking -- I was thinking, God, somebody else has got to have figured this out and be chasing me. Now I've just got to keep pushing and pushing, finding the grip, getting more and more heat in the tires because that just gives you more and more grip over the damp spots. One second a lap, two seconds a lap was shaving off the times. I just kept pushing. The car was like sideways through most of the turns. It was like driving some '70s Grand Prix car. It was really fun. Lucky, ran down to the last lap, the time was good enough. At the time there was no radio communication, I couldn't hear anything. Radios aren't working. Don't know where I am. Good we just pulled it off."
Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It feels okay. I'm a bit bummed out that I didn't get the pole because if it doesn't rain tomorrow, it's going to be worthless, I have to do it all over again. Right now I'm just praying for rain tomorrow and then it's going to be real good."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was pretty marginal at the end for slicks. I was hoping for a red flag when that car stopped in turn 13. I was pretty happy with the car. I think on wet conditions, we were very fast just running around, pretty much controlling the pace. We were close to decide to go on slicks, as well. You know, we didn't know if we were going to be able to get enough laps in. Obviously, we decided to go with what we had. The last lap was the one that counted. It was a pretty good session for us. I'm very happy with the car. I think when it's time to put slicks, we'll be in the front, as well."
A.J. Allmendinger #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The track conditions at the end there were pretty bad, it was just unpredictable, you would have a lot of grip in some parts of the track but then in a few of the corners it was just like a skating ring, so it was hard to judge how much you could push, you know you just don't have a lot of confidence on the car when it is like that. But we are at the front of the field which is what's important, we were one of the quickest cars on rain tires and regardless of what the conditions are tomorrow I know that the Forsythe Team will give me a great car and we'll be right up there fighting for Pole."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "In these conditions when the track is drying in some parts you need to try something risky which was to put slicks (tires) on. Myself, A.J. and Justin couldn't afford to try anything risky with the championship situation. The McDonald's car was fastest in the wet and probably the dry also but in these changing conditions on the track it was a gamble. It's annoying but it's what you have to deal with."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We were running well for the first half of the session. Everything was working well and the CDW team did a great job, but unfortunately, as it cycled through and the track continued to dry out toward the end of the session, we just weren't in the right place at the right time. We were in first position for most of the session, but in these conditions, it takes some luck as well. It's still damp in places, with wet patches and puddles throughout the track, and each lap you have to hunt for a better line and more grip. We'll get back to work tonight and try to put in a better result tomorrow."
Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "This was a good qualifying session for the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team, but not as good as it could have been. The team did a fantastic job. We struggled in practice this morning, but we were able to sort out our issues and the car was great in qualifying this afternoon. We had a great strategy, staying out the whole time and I only began to struggle the last three or four laps. That was my bad. I leaned on the front tires to much. I should have been more patient and cooled the tires down by driving through the puddles instead of going for it the whole time. Had I done that I really think we would have been in the top-five. It is also nice to be on a track that is similar to what I grew up with."
Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I think we went out too early on the second stint. It was a gamble but it would have been good to have slicks on for the last lap as the track was drying. If we had gone out one or even two laps later we would have been able to fight for the pole. I had set the fastest time earlier but was P2 when I started my last lap. There was a guy on the bridge with a yellow flag so I don't know how so many people could have improved on their lap times with the yellow out. If a car was there and another came full speed through that area which is blind there could be a big accident."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Well it's just extremely frustrating, we were quickest this morning in the rain and during qualifying today when we were out there we were one of the quickest cars, but we just got the timing all wrong. By the time I finished my qualifying run there were still a few minutes left and when the track is drying you have to be out doing laps to the very last minute, we didn't do that so we just dropped like a brick."
Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "This was a very difficult qualifying session for the Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team. It like something is wrong and I am not sure what it is. We had a good car in the wet in Cleveland and Montreal, but this seems like a completely different car. Also, when the track began to dry at the end it killed the second set of ties and that didn't help. The Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team will just have to sit down and go over the data. I am confident that we will figure out the problem and get it fixed by tomorrow. Hopefully, it won't be raining."
Tonis Kasemets #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "We had an oil leak this morning, so I was only able to run a few laps. That was a shame because the morning practice session would have given me a better chance to drive the #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports car to get used to the wet and braking on the slippery track. But this after we had a better run and we provisionally qualified 14th. So that is not bad and we can continue to improve from there. It is great to be back here at Road America and I am having a lot of fun driving here in a Champ Car."
Mario Dominguez #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was a difficult day because of the rain. It was hard to get a good run because the track conditions continued to change. The car was running well, so hopefully tomorrow will be a different story. Overall it was a good day. The main goal today was to get acquainted with the team and the #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle car. I am feeling pretty good and ready to get back out there tomorrow to do my best for Rocketsports, Pemex, GICSA, Del Valle and my personal sponsors Telmex and Bridgestone."