CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Saturday quoteboard


1. BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It feels really good. There were a lot of times on the pole Friday, missing the pole by hundredths or thousandths of a second, a lot of times in the front row, a lot of times in second. It feels really good. I think its the track, its where I got my first win in 2001, my first win in CART. I hope this track can bring me luck again and I can get my first win with the PacifiCare car, and my first win this year with Newman/Haas Racing."

2. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think we had two good runs. Unfortunately, I didn't put either of my laps together. I made some mistakes every time. But we closed the gap a lot with Bruno. The Lilly crew did a good job. I think we're pretty much there; just need to balance the car again. But now it's another practice. We will need to be on the pace for the race. Obviously, I don't know exactly what's going to happen about the weather forecast, but I just expect it's going to be consistent, because it's a lot of strategy, and it's always frustrating if you're not on the right one."

3. PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very happy with the results. Road America has never been kind to me in qualifying (best starting position 12th in 2001 & 2002), so this is fantastic. We could have done a time good enough for second place but I was caught in traffic at the end, that's part of the game. We did go out a little later on the second set because my engineer wanted to modify the tire pressure. We know we have a great car for the race. We are in great shape for the race tire wise. Team Player's did a great job today. We have been struggling the past two races in Canada, so this is good."

4. ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am very happy because the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team made a nice improvement today in qualifying. Obviously, you want to be on the front row, but the second row is the next best thing. I definitely would prefer to start on the front row on the inside (pole position), but after that I really like starting on the outside at this track. From the outside I think it is a little easier to pass in Turn #1. This is a track I have always liked. I have had good races here, so I am looking forward to tomorrow."

5. MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Well, it's been a tough two days as we've struggled with the brakes on the car. We still have a ways to go but it's definitely better. The set up overall is great. I have to give credit to the engineering team. We didn't have much time to work on it but we haven't had to make many changes - the car was good off the truck."

6. PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car was not quite there. We got all our laps in and that's all the car had. I was at the limit all around the track, pushing as hard as I could. We're not that far behind. Starting 6th is not that bad here because you can pass and it's also a race of attrition. My Player's engineers will look at Patrick's data and see what makes his car better."

7. JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The car is better than it has been anywhere else. Finally, I think we have a realistic chance to race for the podium, I am optimistic for the race tomorrow."

8. RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We learned a lot today, we made a lot of improvements and we're steadily chipping away at it. We set ourselves back in practice this morning because we were saving tires for the race, which could be very important. During Qualifying we continually improved the car. ON my final lap I had a beautiful lap going, it was three-tenths faster and I came upon Salles who had spun just in front of me, he kept it going, but it slowed me down. We are starting from a solid position which has been my goal and I am looking forward to it."

9. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We got back the push that we normally have in qualifying. That is what has been affecting us. Yesterday was better but today it just didn't work. We lost some positions. Even though I improved my time from yesterday, everyone else improved a lot more. The car just had too much push. For tomorrow, we have good tires and it will depend on how the car is in traffic. I think we will have a good car for the race. It is very close for everybody so I hope the car is good for tomorrow."

10. MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It is very disappointing for the Gigante team to be tenth. Especially when we are trying to close ground on Paul [Tracy] and Bruno {Junqueira] in the championship. Yesterday when we were ninth in qualifying it was because of an accident and we still had the second fastest time. Today we just didn't get the job done. It was a lot of little things that added up that hurt us. I was able to get several clear laps, but I had a little brake problem and as a result I flat spotted a set of tires. That didn't help our cause. All I can say is I know we will be better tomorrow for the race."

11. TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Given the circumstances, I'm really happy. Considering that we had to go back to the old front wing and have been struggling with balance ever since, I was really a bit worried that I would have problems going down to 4th gear. This morning we tried a lot of things that didn't work, so for qualifying we went back to basics, back to what we like. On the last 2 laps I pushed like crazy. I figured if I was going to go off, now was the time. The team did a great job. I'm very happy for them."

12. ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The Herdez team took another big step today developing a route we have never used this year in set up. We had problems with the clutch yesterday so we weren't able to post a time. Today, we had the option to go to Mario's set up but we decided to stick to our development program. We have now touched on something that really works and we expect to continue to improve tomorrow. It's not the best qualifying attempt but we're not taking the easy route because we believe this will be useful for the race tomorrow."

13. ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We had an alright session; better than yesterday, but we're not as high on the grid as we'd like to be. We're not as quick as we can be or have been so far this season. My engineers and I will go back and make some improvements to the set-up. We'll do our best and work with what we have."

14. DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "That session didn't go to plan at all, especially after a good morning practice session where the RAC Walker Racing crew did a good job to get the car out after I broke a gear and we ended up third fastest. I was happy with the car in this session as well, but just on my third flyer in my first outing I locked the rears slightly going into Turn 4 or 5 on a down shift. I just lost it and went into the gravel. The tires just weren't up to temperature. And then I lost my fastest time. I have one of the fastest pit crews on the pit lane though and with four stops in tomorrow's race, they should come in handy to help me improve on-track."

15. MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I think we were better today than yesterday; since we didn't qualify yesterday. The car was not too bad. The first run on the tires was ok; the second run was even quicker until about ½ way through when we started having the brakes lock up. That cost us a lot of time. We'll fix that and we'll be good for the race."

16. MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We keep making improvements. We couldn't pick up the speed we wanted on the second set of tires, and that was critical for us. For whatever reason, we're having a hard time raising the notch of our game during qualifying. But we're making steps forward and are getting a little closer to the guys in the front, but it's not enough. I want to thank my guys for working hard and trying to put this together."

17. RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "It was a disappointing session; we just couldn't go any quicker. Yesterday the Corona car was much quicker and we didn't change the set-up much for this afternoon. We just couldn't get any more speed out of the car. The car's still pushing, so we'll have to focus on making changes overnight to remedy that. It's a long race though tomorrow with four pit stops, so a lot can happen over those 60 laps. I started 18th last weekend in Vancouver and with the help of the Corona Walker Racing crew I made my way into the top-ten. Hopefully, we can have similar luck tomorrow."


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