CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Pre-race quoteboard

PRE-RACE QUOTES Sebastien Bourdais ...


Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (1st, 194 points)

The McDonald's team has done a really good job both years in San Jose. It's tough to say which San Jose win is my favorite but last year we really had to fight for it. There was a little more activity in the race and a little more passing. I think last year was a better show. Craig (Hampson, engineer) was really on top of things and did a really pretty good job to make the car drivable and easy to drive to not make any mistakes more than anything and that has really been the key. When you start from pole after doing a good job in qualifying you're in pretty good shape for the rest of the weekend. It's (San Jose) a tiny little race track but at the same time you really have to hang it all out in qualifying. It's not particularly low grip, it's pretty bumpy and it's really easy to make a mistake like locking up a wheel and ending up in an escape road and that's the last thing you need in qualifying so you've got to stay on your toes. The promoter did a great job to make the track less bumpy than it was the first year. They are still city streets and it's never going to be smooth. The nature of the race track makes it pretty unforgivable which is the biggest challenge."

Robert Doornbos #14 Minardi Team USACosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (2nd, 174 points)

"Unfortunately Edmonton didn't go so well for us. Now it is as important as ever to be in top form and keep ourselves in the Championship. I'm looking forward to the street course in San Jose, and hopefully we'll perform better there."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (4th, 165 points)

"We have been very successful in the last couple years in San Jose and look to continue that this year. We know it will be a wild race, but hopefully it will all happen behind us. After the changes last year, we are going back to a track we know; the only difference is that we have the new race car. The DP01 is designed to excel on tight street circuits, so it will be interesting to see how it feels running on the streets of San Jose -- a circuit that is tighter then most street courses we compete on. I hear that things are going well in terms of ticket sales, so I look forward to racing in front of a good crowd again this year. I hope that we can put on a good show and that we can capture our first win of the year after two solid podium finishes in our last two races."

Alex Tagliani #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (6th, 134 points)

"Last year I had a good car in San Jose, and I was looking to have a podium finish before contact took me out of the race. I just hope that I can put on a good show this year on track, instead of in the pits. We have had a streak of bad luck in terms of our performances these last couple races in Canada. I hope we can leave that behind and return to the United States for more street racing action on a good note. We started off this season qualifying and finishing with good results on street courses, so I know that we have a car that is capable of being quick on the streets. I enjoy racing in San Jose. The track is a very simple track, but at the same time it is very challenging to be fast. There are good places to pass and we should be able to put on another great show for all the fans in San Jose."

Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (8th, 126 points)

"It's good that the team has won both races in San Jose. As a team, we know that we have a lot of victories everywhere but you can't rely on that because if you do, you get passed up. Obviously the team has got a good setup there and hopefully they can adapt it to the DP01 and we can continue to win there, especially if it's the Medi | Zone team. In the Atlantic race last year I made a mistake coming down the back straight and locked up the rear tires in the brake zone and I could never get them unlocked for some reason. It's a rare occurrence but it happens at times and I nudged into the tire wall. It was unfortunate because, looking back on it, if I would have finished second, which is where I was, I would have won the championship last year. It was a difficult one for me but certainly I love the track, it's very fast. I'm looking forward to getting on it in the Medi | Zone Champ Car. It will be interesting to see what happens. Sebastien likes his car setup different than I do. I can't drive a car like Sebastien does; he likes a lot of understeer in his car and I just can't cope with that. Every driver is a little bit different, and Seb and I tend to go our different ways on setup. At the end of the weekend when it comes to race time usually we end up pretty similar to one another, set-up wise."

Oriol Servia #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (9th, 121 points)

"Last weekend was very difficult for us, we struggled quite a bit but the Team did a great job and we managed to recover and finish in decent shape. We are hoping that in San Jose we can return to the shape we had in Toronto. Our street race car is competitive and although San Jose is bumpier and different than Toronto we still expect to be right up there at the front fighting for the win."

Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (11th, 103 points)

"Coming out with a top five from Edmonton definitely turned things for us because we had really been struggling as a team. We've found a few things in the car that we think are going to help us quite a bit. Last year in San Jose I didn't have a very good race obviously so hopefully this year we can rebound, just take some of the momentum that we picked up last weekend and keep moving forward."

"Speedy" Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (14th, 79 points)

"I feel confident going into this weekend at San Jose, we ran really well here last year-- in second until a gearbox failure ended my race. We had a tough weekend at Edmonton but we finished the race and made the best of things. I think we can run well here again and carry with us what we have learned the past few days."

Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (18th, 37 points)

"Well, now that I have finished my first race of the season, I'm looking forward to being even more competitive in the field. San Jose is a great track with a lot of great fans which adds to the three day festivals of speed atmosphere and makes it a lot of fun to race at. Right now I get to enjoy all of the other activities that Northern California has to offer and the roads here are perfect for cycling. But I can't wait to get more race laps under my belt and break into the top-six of the field at the event."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Jan Heylen , Daniel Clarke