CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Post-race quoteboard

Nelson Philippe ...

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I got out of the car, literally had no words, didn't know what to say. The team did an amazing job all year and amazing working with them all year and my engineer is absolutely wonderful. And before I used to hear Paul Tracy talk about you know your engineer, he has to be like your wife. I thought he was joking, to be honest, but I realize this is exactly what it's supposed to be. And it's been nothing down here, but I'm probably for the championship now. And I mean I was talking to Alex before, and I was telling him, in 2004 when, I came here, nobody ever thought that I would be where I am standing today. And it's a true testament to my family who stuck by me, who helped me through my whole career, and I worked my butt off the last two years, and I'm so happy to be here today."

Mario Dominguez #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I want to thank all the Australian people for putting on this great event. I couldn't be happier to get a podium than over here for two special reasons: One, because I love it here in Australia. It's beautiful. They treat us so well. They treat the drivers as we're really superstars. And, second, because this is the one race before Mexico City, and we get a lot of momentum, show up there, I'm very, very motivated. So is the rest of the team. We want to get a great result and that's going to help a lot. It's only my second race with Rocketsports Racing. And with everything that's going on with me this year, this has to be the worst year of my life. This is a great podium. I think I want to dedicate 100 percent to my sponsors for believing in me. Pemex, GICSA, Del Valle, Pemex and Bridgestone. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to be here, and I'm just very, very happy to be here. Great race with Nelson. He deserves to win. He did not make any mistakes. We raced hard but clean. That's what racing is all about. At one point I thought I had him, but he did a good job and he's a good friend and I'm happy for him."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I have a little bit of mixed feelings, you know, for our team, because you know Will was doing really good and I saw his car on the side, and I know it's going to take him a while to get over this race. I've been there in Montreal, being on the pole and could win the race and something goes wrong. So for our team it was quite important to try to come home with a podium finish. There was a new sponsor on board this weekend. I think for the future of the program Team Australia, showing how competitive the team was and finishing with the podium this weekend, especially on a big event like this, it's quite important. And we're hoping that it's going to be some more company that's going to come and help our program getting stronger and stronger. For the race, I think we had a chance at winning the race. Unfortunately, on the first pace lap the dash went completely blank and the battery voltage was down. So the team asked me to run higher revs, so obviously no saving fuel. And I was basically on a very big saving fuel mode during the race when I was running at speed, because I needed to catch up the time that I couldn't save fuel on full course yellow, and made us going always too early in the pits, especially when Nelson stayed out a lap or two more than us. And then we were always playing catch-up during the race. So the car was very competitive, but when we were out there, we needed to save so much fuel for what we were not able to save during the full course yellow.

Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I'm so pissed off with Champ Car and its officiating; I mean I can't even describe how upset I am. During the two incidents today with Mario (Dominguez) I was avoiding both of us crashing you know, and I get penalized and have to drop 2 positions because of it. So basically you are damned if you do and you are damned if you don't, if you make contact then they penalize you for that also. And what happened during the second incident at the chicane I feel that it was just a fix to get one of the Team Australia cars up on the podium, I mean it's so clear it's ridiculous. It's extremely frustrating because this was our race to win. We had a problem during the first pit stop when we touched with Will Power and cut a tire, we had to come back in and get out of sequence, the new strategy worked beautifully and we were right up at the front at the end of the race but then they took it from us."

Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Once A.J. had his problem, it was all for the win because we really didn't have anything to fight for anymore. It was win or nothing. Then after that, after the incident with Will, and we decide we were going to have to make it on the three stop, it was kind of make it to the finish. At some point I made a small mistake in the first chicane, and it wasn't my time to try and contest him because he made it around on the outside and it was just too risky. So I just set him around. And then we never knew if I was going to make it or not because the yellow came out. And during that yellow, during the pit stop, Paul ruined Will's race, because at that point Will's car was damaged. And on the restart he wasn't as quick as he had been the race before. And I tried to take off time. Wasn't quite close enough. But coming after the second chicane, I had a very good run. I pushed it past and made the move on him and he squeezed me just a little bit and I don't know what happened, but the car started to burn really, really hard over the bumps in the middle of the track, and as soon as I touched the brakes, the right front locked and I was never going to stop the car. So I just bailed out. And unfortunately Will either thought I was going to make the corner or I don't know what. He turned and we made a small contact, which had no incident on my car but apparently damaged his. And my race was ruined from there on because we had to make it on the three-stop, and you know it was just going downhill from there. But in the meantime, we have to stay positive because it's probably, you know, it's definitely a historical day for the series and for my McDonald's team."

Antonio Pizzonia #18 Lexington Energy Services Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was another difficult race for us. We were having problems with the brakes, which has been an on going struggle yesterday and this morning. We are still not sure what the issue is with the brakes, but it obviously made it tough for me during the race. It was also unfortunate that we lost telemetry, so we were guessing on how much fuel we had and when we needed to stop. In the end we were trying to take a gamble with our strategy, but it just did not work out for us."

Ryan Briscoe #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It was great to complete my first Champ Car race. "We got everything out of this race that we wanted which was some experience. It was unfortunate that we went a lap down early but we kept on fighting and set my fastest lap near the end. It was great to race in Surfer's Paradise and I'm looking forward to move on to Mexico City."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Team Australia did an amazing job and I have to thank the whole team for all of their hard work. We had a good car and I was controlling the race, but unfortunately that corner seems to always be the corner I get taken out on. One thing I know for sure next year I will be sure to look in my mirrors. I was surprised Sebastien did that because AJ was out of the race and the championship was his. He ruined my race and my home event. We were conserving a lot of fuel and had not used the push to pass even once. I'm really disappointed right now but by tomorrow I will begin to focus on Mexico City."

Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I know it is racing, but this is hard especially because the Gulfstream -- PKV Racing car was running so well. Everything seemed to be going our way. People were crashing...the car was getting really good. Even when I was behind Sebastien (Bourdais) I felt my car was faster than his car. Then the team told me to save some fuel and we were still able to keep up the pace. I knew both Will Power and Sebastien wanted to win this race, so I could see there could be some trouble there and there was. So it was like hey, everything is going my way. Then I lost fifth gear in a very strange way and in a way you would never think. So it was not meant to happen. I really wanted to win the trophy here in Surfers because it is such a great race, but right now I am just very happy that we were up there competing with the top drivers. The Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team just has to keep pushing and see if we can end the season on a good note."

Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "Obviously it has been a very difficult weekend for the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team. We had the engine problem on Friday that limited the amount of track time I got, than today it was one thing after another on the track. The Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team did a great job all weekend. The crew has worked very hard, so I am especially disappointed for them. After we went down a lap at the beginning of the race we tried a strategy to save fuel and get the lap back. The crew did a great job in the pits, but things just didn't work out for us today. The Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team will just keep working hard and try and finish the season in Mexico City with a good result."

A.J. Allmendinger #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Terrible day for us today. We started the race and we were quick right away, we were passing cars and making ground on the leaders and everything was going according to plan. But then we came into the pits for our first stop that's where it all went wrong, I'm not sure exactly what happened but when I left the fuel hose ripped and there was a huge fire. The fuel nozzle got stuck between the rear tire and the side pod and that damaged the car quite a bit. We tried to stay out there but the car was extremely difficult to drive after that, I had to lift on the up shifts and it would jump out of gear on the downshifts, it was just really hard to hang on to and I ended up making contact with the wall and that ended our day. The most important thing is that all my crew guys are ok, it's a very scary situation but thank god nobody was injured."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing --HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "First of all, congratulations to Nelson on a fantastic maiden Champ Car win -- well done team mate, great drive. I had a good car today, so it was a shame that we couldn't go the distance. My Rookie of the Year title rival, Will Power, didn't have a good race either, but that doesn't make it any easier. In fact, it makes it more frustrating as it would have been a chance to close the gap on him. I needed the points, but they weren't there for us this weekend. We'll be back to fight another day, and look to finish the season on a high note in Mexico City."

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Katherine Legge , Ryan Briscoe , Nelson Philippe , Will Power , Dan Clarke