CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Friday quoteboard

Lexmark Indy 300 Friday Provisional Qualifying Driver Quotes SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...

Lexmark Indy 300
Friday Provisional Qualifying Driver Quotes

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am really proud of the guys. I am happy with this season and how the McDonald's car and crew has been working so well together. It is good to be guaranteed a front row start since this is always an unpredictable race, especially at the start. I agree with the rest of the drivers that it was frustrating that the session was cut short. We were just lucky to be sitting where we were and we will see what we can do to improve the car even more for tomorrow."

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The Indeck car feels good; we just did not have the luck today. During my first run this afternoon I was just building up and making some progress. Then when we went out for the second run, I got caught up behind one of the Dale Coyne Racing cars. They tried to get out of the way, but it was too late, I had already lost valuable time. That was a bit frustrating. We made some small changes after that and went back out, and then the red came out. We need better luck for tomorrow and hope things can fall into place then."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I am not very happy with the Herdez car. It is not running the way that I want it to be running. We have to make changes tonight to make it better for tomorrow's final qualifying session. But it is good to be here, third quickest; because that is a good sign that the car can only get faster and better for tomorrow."

ORIOL SERVIA (#11 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The Coyne Racing car was fantastic today. This is our best qualifying effort of the season. We are just .3 of a second off of Sebastien Bourdais' pole time and we still have some more speed we can get out of the car. The Dale Coyne Racing team has been putting up some very strong results the second half of the season, which just goes to show that hard work and good team chemistry will pay off. And, I think we can keep improving. It also doesn't hurt that when I shaved my head I lost about a pound of hair, which obviously (sic) has given us a huge weight advantage."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It felt pretty good out there, overall. It's a good result for us - one of the best starts for us all season, really. It's not a secret that the street courses have challenged us this year, so it's a very positive start for the Gulfstream car to begin the weekend in the top five. We'll take it from here, and hopefully it will be a sign of things to come for us tomorrow and Sunday."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The No.8 Johnson Control car was fast out of the box and has good potential. I flat-spotted the right front tire and lost some time toward the end of the session, putting us in ninth position today. We're looking for more bite on the track and will continue to tweak the car for a stronger finish tomorrow."

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I'm pleased with the progress we've made today, as the car feels better than it did this morning, and I am getting a better handle on the fast way around this track," said Wilson. "This track is very challenging, but I am enjoying it. Even though we have improved considerably this afternoon, we are going to have to keep working, as we still have some time to find in the car to be up front, so we'll just put our heads down and come up with something for tomorrow."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"It was a tough day for the Corona Forsythe Championship Racing team. We definitely struggled a little bit with the car today, plus we did not get to run many laps. Fortunately, I know we will have a good car for tomorrow and I am looking forward to qualifying in the top-six. I really love racing here at Surfers Paradise. It is a challenging track that is fun to drive, the fans are great and the atmosphere is filled with excitement."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I think we might have bent the front suspension when I went over the chicane and damaged the front wing. We just never had a chance to get the car warmed up and get up to speed. It's disappointing. I went back out after the guys changed the front wing out, but I lost it and just nosed into the tires. The guys gave me a good car - it's just that I never had the opportunity to explore its full potential. We made the correct changes after the morning warm-up, so tomorrow should show what we found about the car."

NELSON PHILIPPE (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"The car is much better than it was this morning everywhere around the track," said Philippe. "We worked on improving the car under braking, and I am also much faster through the chicanes, so its given me a lot more confidence. Of course, the red flag came out and ended the session on my fastest lap, but we get another chance to move up tomorrow in the final qualifying."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We had a gear sensor fail at the end of practice during qualifying and we had to fix it and didn't get to make a qualifying run until there was only nine minutes left in the session. The PacifiCare car was good. I had to slow down on my first lap because I caught (Oriol) Servia. I was able to put in a lap on my second one and was running a good lap on my third one which would have put us P5 (position five) or six but (Patrick) Carpentier crashed and brought out the red flag to end the session. It was a difficult day for the team; we we're only able to get two clear laps the entire day. We'll try hard again tomorrow and hopefully put the PacifiCare car on pole."

GUY SMITH (#17 Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"This is my first time on the Surfers street course and it's been a steep learning curve. It's an exciting, busy track. I had some shifting problems, so I didn't qualify as strong as I had hoped, but I expect the next session will be better."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"The #7 Indeck Forsythe Championship Racing team really struggled today. In the morning practice I had no brakes, which is really bad especially at this track. Then in the afternoon I couldn't shift, which, once again, makes it impossible to drive on this circuit. Fortunately, my teammate, Paul Tracy, is fast, so once we get the mechanical problem fixed I am confident that we will have a very quick car for tomorrow's final qualifying."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing