CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Pre-race quoteboard

Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Pre Race Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...

Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose Pre Race Quotes

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Our season has been kind of difficult so far but the McDonald's team is leading the championship and maybe after the win in Edmonton things have begun to turn around. Hopefully we can keep the lead leaving San Jose and move forward for the rest of the races. We have had some frustrations in many of the events and have not had the kind of finishes we would have liked to have but we'll see how it goes in the second half of the season. Definitely we would like to see the luck turn around as it did in Edmonton and start some momentum. There is a lot of guessing for a new track but Newman/Haas has been pretty good at it. I think street racing is obviously a big attraction for the racing. We're going where the interest is. I heard a lot of very good things that are going to happen for the future. Champ Car is on the way up and that's a very good sign."

Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "From everything I hear the San Jose event is going to be a great event. The track looks interesting and we seem to have a really good street course package this year so I'm excited about the race. I understand ticket and chalet sales are strong, and that doesn't surprise me since Bob Singleton is running the event. He's made the Toronto event into one of the premier street festivals in all of racing so I'm sure the Bay Area fans are in for a real treat."

Justin Wilson #9 CDW/RuSport Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Edmonton definitely put a hiccup in the momentum RuSPORT had built, but we did show that even though we're a new team, we could come to a track that none of us have been to and get the cars quick straight away. I feel pretty positive that we can come into the same scenario here in San Jose and do it again. We're right there more consistently now, so it's a matter of keeping that going."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "My relationship with the team couldn't be better. From the first minute I joined the team I got a huge amount of support from all of the team members, the owners and my sponsor PacifiCare so it's been great. The good thing is that every session we go out, it's better, better, better! Four podiums in five races for the PacifiCare team with the past two being second place is pretty good and we are hoping to continue this in San Jose. We're really working to get the PacifiCare car to P1, which is what the team deserves. I think it's great to race in San Jose. It's definitely the high tech heart of the state and probably the world so I think it's important for high tech series like us to be racing in that area. The Newman/Haas team has done a lot of preparation for this event. They do a lot of simulation work on the computer and we were very well prepared for the new track in Edmonton. The cars were good in Edmonton and we finished 1-2 there so hopefully we can do the same in San Jose."

AJ Allmendinger #10 Western Union/RuSport Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I've really been looking forward to this race all season. It's been my dream to drive Champ Cars and now I am and through the streets I grew up around! It doesn't get much cooler than that. I was pretty gutted over the outcome of the Edmonton race, but if I could get my first win here, that would awesome. I have so many family members and friends coming to this race that they will probably take up a whole grandstand to themselves!"

Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The San Jose race is going to be big for us. I hear the Hispanic community is very big there, so hopefully we'll see some Mexican flags in the stands and the people will come out to support our team. The track is going to be challenging since none of us have seen it before. You always wonder about things like the amount of grip and the bumps in the pavement that you don't notice in a street car but which can make things very challenging in a Champ Car at 180mph."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am excited to go to San Jose, especially after coming from such a successful Champ Car debut event in Edmonton. It is another new track for the Champ Car veterans, but for me they are all new since I am a rookie. However, it is much easier for me to go into a new Champ Car event because everyone has to learn the track, not just me. The track looks small and very interesting. It will be a challenge to drive and definitely a hard race, come Sunday. I hope that we can have another chance for some luck -- as we were so close to a good finish in Edmonton, before our luck ran out. We had a good car in Edmonton, so I am confident as we head to San Jose knowing that I felt good in the car and with a few changes, we should be running back where we belong -- in the top five."

Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are once again going to a new venue that is holding its inaugural race and I have a strong feeling it's going to be as exciting as Edmonton was for the entire Champ Car community two weeks ago. Having only seen the track layout on paper, I still believe it will suit my driving style with its 90-degree turns and hard braking zones, much like the Toronto street course. Even though we have been quick in the last few races, we have missed out on getting points so we are really focused on getting a strong finish this weekend in San Jose. Hopefully, we can battle with the leaders and cross the finish line in the top-5, which would give us a great shot at regaining the rookie lead and making our way back into the top-10 in the overall standings."

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It is great to be heading to another new venue. The series is coming off of its most successful Canadian race event after the new race in Edmonton, so it will be exciting to see how things go in San Jose. There couldn't be a better market to stage a race in, than San Jose. Another new venue is also good for our current team situation, as it will be a level playing field once again. We have to take advantage of that and make good progress the balance of the car over the weekend in order to find us running up front and aiming for a podium finish on Sunday."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think this race is going to be a really cool one. Just like Edmonton, this is a place that nobody knows and it will give a fairer advantage to the less experienced drivers. My team has been awesome all year and I feel we are really starting to click. The communication is much better, the performance is up and we now have a lot of fun on race weekends. As far as results for this race, I am disappointed in my race pace from Edmonton, so I will be looking to improve my overall performance this weekend and go up the grid. I love street courses and this one seems no different than what we are used to, so I know that we will have a good car."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock