CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Saturday quoteboard


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "It just seems the McDonald's team is very good. We're working very hard for it. We have a strong baseline every weekend that we've been building since last year. And we're stronger and more consistent than last year. It's a team effort, and I think I've always been a good qualifier. So I'm just glad it's working out right now. Hopefully it's going to hold like that the whole season. I am not too concerned about the start of the race tomorrow. We have been fast all weekend and should have a good run tomorrow."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "It's a great thing we're on the front row here. The car was pretty good yesterday. Today we went with a bit more of conservative approach and ran on old tires in qualifying. Our last run, we ran on the new set, and we just underestimated the understeer we had in the car. I went out and it was just pushing everywhere. We knew we had it locked up for today, good front row start. Slept real good last night. The good news is we'll have fresh rubber all day tomorrow."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The car is good and all the credit goes to my PKV Racing guys and engineers who worked on it. We've just been working methodically on the Gulfstream car to improve it each and every time we hit the track. Yesterday's qualifying was a bit of a setback, but tomorrow will be the best chance of the season for us to get our first win. If we run a clean race with good fuel economy, I'm sure we can run up front and contend for the win."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "When I came in from my second run I said 'We have a car to do it. Let's add fuel and put on new tires and do four fast lap.' Unfortunately everyone was on track because Mario's red bunched everyone up. We had the right strategy in terms of waiting at the beginning. We would have been caught by his red anyway. Everyone went out when the track went green again and there was too much traffic. It's a shame because it would have been great to put the PacifiCare car on pole again. We'll work hard in the race to get the same result tomorrow as we did last year here."

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "Overall, I'm a little disappointed with seventh. We had a good car and a real chance to be fourth or fifth, but I just didn't get as smooth of a lap as I wanted. But to look on the positive side, we started eleventh and twelfth in Vancouver and we finished on podium and it's a lot harder to pass there. I have a good race car, so I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's race."

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "On the positive side, we have been able to make the car quicker since this morning. On the negative side, I am disappointed to be so far off the pole-position pace. The team opted to be conservative with tire usage during the qualifying session, which should be an advantage for us tomorrow. We still need to keep working to make the car more efficient, but I feel the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team will have a good race tomorrow."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We are a little disappointed because we could have definitely been quicker; unfortunately we were caught out in a red flag situation and were not able to complete our fastest lap. The Corona/Forsythe champ car has improved a lot through out the weekend, I'm sure that we'll be very quick during the race tomorrow. It's a long race, with good pit stop and consistent laps we'll be able to improve our position and finish in the top five."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The red flag (for Paul Tracy) affected us again, like in Vancouver. I only had the opportunity to put together two laps each time we went out, so I think we didn't get a chance to show how good the car had the potential to be for qualifying. This is a race track that gives you a lot of room to pass, and with several drivers making mistakes, I think tomorrow we have the chance for a really good race."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "The No.8 Johnson Controls car was great. The Practice session this morning showed it was fast, with top-three potential. In Qualifying I had trouble with the gear-shift lever in the car and couldn't downshift while braking. Mechanically, it was physically difficult to shift gears and I found myself stuck in seventh gear a few times - even the data shows an abrupt downshift pattern. It got stiffer throughout the session, so we know there's something binding and need to look at the gearbox. We'll fix the gears tonight and I'll have to work harder in the race tomorrow. We worked our way up from the back of the grid to the podium here last year and in Cleveland this year, so I'm confident Rocketsports can do a good job tomorrow."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 Nextel Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "It was looking good at the start when we turned a good lap in the 15 minute warm up session. In qualifying, our quick lap was cut short by a red flag, unfortunately. After that, I just couldn't get a good lap in. The good thing is that the car has not showed its potential yet, so we have better things ahead of us for the race tomorrow. We'll just continue to work on the Nextel car and focus on the race."

GUY SMITH (#17 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I'm still making adjustments and getting used to the Champ Car. The Cosworth-powered Lolas are a lot more physically demanding than sportscars and I feel the strain on my body, especially in the Kink and Carousel. I'm learning and improving my time in each session. I really want to push it out there on the track - I don't wan to be last, but don't want to overdo it either. My plan for the race is to stay out of trouble, finish reasonably well and learn all that I can from the experience. I need to build a good base going into Denver and the remainder of the season."

ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I had a good feel for the car today. I had my best time on the ninth lap of the first set of tires, which meant we were getting faster as the session went on. We changed to a new set, looking to improve our grid position, but Paul (Tracy) caused the late red flag, which resulted in the end of the session. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team has been working hard this weekend to make the No. 14 car competitive, and I am looking forward to a good result for us here at Road America."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy
Teams Conquest Racing