CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Friday quoteboard


1. BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"This is a really important weekend for me. Today was a good day for me. The PacifiCare car was very good. There weren't a lot of people on track and we were afraid of rain early in the session. I went out and did a 1:33.4 in the first stint, but [Paul] Tracy slowed down in front of me I think and then I had to pit. So we waited until eight or nine minutes to go and I put down a 1:33.1. I lost the pole to Cristiano [da Matta] here last year by .01-seconds and I didn't want that to happen again. I hope to get out of this weekend close enough to Tracy to have a chance at winning the championship. That is my goal."

2. ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I'm a little disappointed because the car is very fast. On the second set of tires, I don't know what happened, but I locked up the front tires and ruined them completely. I think we still have a good car, one that will be able to compete this weekend. It's pretty good to finish this high up early in the weekend, and we'll ride this through Sunday and hopefully onto Fontana."

3. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"This afternoon the weather was just perfect. The course is beautiful, very fast and overall pretty fun to drive. Behind the wheel everything is pretty good for us but we had different circumstances happen to us and we couldn't get a solid run together. The pop-off valve stuck a little in our second stint, but we'll move on and go for it tomorrow."

4. ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"We were very strong this morning. The conditions changed a lot for this afternoon. We were fast but we were not as strong as we were this morning. I think P4 is a good start, and I think we can improve. It was windy [this afternoon] and there was a lot of sand on the track, so the first few laps out were pretty tricky. In general, the car felt much better at the end. We just have to improve it from there and we are not too far off. If we can make some of the little changes that we made in the earlier stages, I think we will be in good shape."

5. PAUL TRACY (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The car just wasn't there today. We're losing all our time in the chicanes. There's a lot of work to be done overnight to find the right balance and setup but I know my guys are on it. It's disappointing because all year we've been very close in times to Bruno and Sebastien and today we are a second off. We tried a change and I tried to make up the time but the car just wasn't good enough today."

7. ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"We had two pretty good runs in qualifying. On the first, we really made the most of the tires and the car and were fifth at the end of that stint. For the second run we made some changes which gave us better balance but we lost some overall grip and ended up slower. But we've made a huge improvement from this morning to qualifying. A lot of that is me getting used to the new chicane style; when I was here the last time you couldn't cut the chicanes at all -- now you have to go for it through each one. We need to learn from what we did today, do a little fine-tuning, and try to find the sweet spot for tomorrow."

10. PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The car was not very fast. On the first set of tires, it was average. The team made some changes to the suspension and the car became too stiff. That made it worse. The car was sliding all over the place. I lost all the grip I had before. It's going to be a long night because we need a better car to qualify up front. Both Paul and I seem to be having the same trouble sp our engineers are going to work together to make some major improvements."

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

"I didn't get a lot of laps in today because I brushed the wall during the morning but we seem to have made good progress with the car overall. We're obviously not happy with 11th but I don't think we're that far off. We'll sit down with the engineers tonight and figure out what we need to do -- I think a few tweaks here and there could make a big difference for tomorrow."

12. TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"Once again, Friday qualifying was not amazing with all the tracks being new. This kind of track is difficult with all the chicanes. You have to adapt visually and mentally; you need to feel confident exactly where you put your wheels while you are jumping over curb. If you look at the rookies, apart from Bourdais as usual, all the others were behind me. The good this is that we have all morning to work. I need to gain a bit more confidence with the track. I'm confident we'll be better tomorrow."

14. MIKA SALO (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The good thing is that our car is improving with every session. The bad thing is that we still need to be able to qualify farther up the grid. I will work with my engineers and team this afternoon and we will hopefully make some changes that will help us out tomorrow. Also, the weather should be better tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to it."

15. MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"As soon as we went out the dash stopped working and we couldn't fix it. I came in and we put another one on, but when I went back out the panel fell off so we had to stop again. In the end we were improving with the tires, but without the dash I couldn't see when to change up the gears and so we were hitting the limiter. This morning went well. We were confident that we'd qualify in the top 10. Unfortunately this happened. We'll try again tomorrow."

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