CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Friday quoteboard

Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Practice Session Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...

Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Practice Session Quotes

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think the car is plenty fast. You know, we're looking very strong. I mean, Oriol and I are really doing pretty similar lap times. It looks like we have a small advantage over the opposition, so it's got to make you feel pretty good. Obviously, as everybody said, the crowd is good. People are excited about the race. That's what really matters. We're just going to try to put the best show on the site. Hopefully everybody's going to enjoy it and it's going to be one of the top venues for Champ Car."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "In the morning we could only do one run because we had a problem on the brakes. But I think we solve it pretty much. It's pretty nice to see the first 14 cars in one second. You know it's going to be very tight qualifying tomorrow. It's going to be just key because overtaking is going to be a little bit tough out there. It's just so close, everybody's going to be so close, that every little detail is going to be very important."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Yeah, I mean, I got used to it because I have to learn every track this year. So that's not a big difference for me. But definitely it's a little bit better for us because on all the other tracks, like Toronto, Long Beach, the top guys like Sebastien or Oriol wait a long time to go out, and I have to go out pretty early to learn the track. So I destroy normally my first set of tires with it and we have a struggle a little bit every time with the tires. But now it's for everybody the same and it looks a lot better now for us."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think this is a good result and I'm very happy for the Wellbox - Mi-Jack Conquest team. As I said yesterday, we are all working together and I'm also working on myself to improve and get better results. Today's times shows that we have a lot of potential and we are not far away from the lead. I know I can go faster and we can find more speed in the car. We will work more tonight, hard work pays off. Good crowd today, it looks like they enjoy seeing the cars so close, they are having a good time."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We got the car pretty well balanced this afternoon but we're having problems with braking. It sounds like quite a few drivers are having the same problems we are. The bumps around here are like moguls on a ski slope. The shock velocities are really high and the wheels just don't want to stay on the ground. But we made improvement all throughout the day and it was a little more comfortable in the last session today, so hopefully we'll have a handle on it by the time we go out for qualifying tomorrow."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are OK, we made some improvements as the day went on, but we still have a way to go. It is definitely tough out there and I would like to be starting higher than sixth on Sunday. We identified a problem with the car and we are confident we can find a solution overnight. The San Jose event had a beautiful crowd today and it was fantastic to see so many fans coming out to support us. The track is certainly a challenge and we just need to develop the right car to suit it."

Justin Wilson #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a difficult day for us. We're going back and work on it tonight and see how the track comes in tomorrow. It's not really one thing that we're struggling with, it's more bits here and there, so we'll see."

Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Like everybody else, we're working hard to get the brakes to work well over the bumps. You really have to work the brakes hard around here, particularly at the hairpin Turn 3. After that turn there's not a good opportunity for the brakes to cool off because of all the chicanes and turns, so we're working on keeping the brakes cooled and keeping the wheels on the ground over the bumps. This is a very challenging circuit but we're headed in the right direction."

Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This morning I was having problems with the gear box at the same time that you are trying to learn as much as you can from the track. The team continued to work on the car and in the afternoon it was much better. Unfortunately every time that I was trying to do a good lap, I got a car in front of me. Still, I was able to learn more about the track and I need to work on breaking a bit harder. Tomorrow is qualifying and we will have a good car for it."

A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We're really having trouble with the brakes on the #10 CDW car. The car itself is not fantastic, but it's not horrible either. It's definitely workable and I don't think we're really as far off as the time sheets make it look. We're going to change some things and try to get that half of a second back that I know I'm losing to braking."

Marcus Marshal #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think we actually had a good day overall. In terms of getting on with the sessions and making progress it was much better than the last two or three rounds. We just need to try and get the car to work under brakes and jump up the time sheets a little further tomorrow. I know we are not the only team in that situation. I think the track is great and is really going to provide a sensational atmosphere this weekend. There is no doubt that if you make a mistake anywhere here you are going to know about it. I think it is a credit to Champ Car and everyone involved who has pulled this event together. After the crowd we had today you would have to think the event has a fantastic future."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock