CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Pre-event quoteboard

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Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"Last year's scenario was great because we just had to start the race (to win the title) and we could concentrate on racing. In the mean time you want something coming from the race itself. We wanted to finish the championship (fight) but it was kind of easy because we just had to take the start but we wanted to finish on a good note. We were very successful and we brought the McDonald's car to the top step on the podium. It was a great race; we had a lot of speed and I had a great time the whole race. It's always a great place to come and race and I guess last year it was even better because it was pretty relaxed and we just had to enjoy ourselves. You can't anticipate what can happen but we would be very happy to repeat last year's scenario and win the race and clinch the championship in style. I think the McDonalds team has been very, very quick over the years in Australia. The baseline setup has been very quick for the last couple of seasons there and as the track comes to us is seems to be ever better. I just hope that when we unload the car we are on the pace right off. It's a fun track and a fun event and I am looking forward to it. As we know the weather can throw everything away but whatever the conditions are we seem to be able to put together a car that is reasonably quick. I just hope that we enjoy ourselves and that is what we are going to focus on."

Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I've been in Australia for a week already exploring the Bush and the Great Barrier Reef with my family. What an incredible country, it's been great to unwind, the people of Australia are incredibly friendly and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to do this. I am ready for a great race result. The track in Surfers Paradise is absolutely my favorite street circuit. It has all of the elements that make for an exciting race for the fans and a very exciting yet challenging race for the drivers. My goal is to finish the last two races in the top-five, it is very important for me to get back to fourth position in the championship and I am sure PT and I will have a good battle for that. I was ahead by two going into the last race but unfortunately luck was not on our side in that final pitstop. Right now I am two points behind PT for fourth, so leaving Australia ahead of him in the championship is certainly my goal this weekend."

Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola
"Australia is one of my favorite races and I won there in 2004 so I have good memories. In 2004 I passed people on the track and had a quick pit stop that put me in a good position to win. I have always done well in Australia; I've been on the pole and got great results there over the years. Unfortunately I missed the chance to defend my win there last year but I am looking forward to returning this year and picking up where we left off. There is always a big party on Sunday night but the one in 2004 was even better. It was great to win there and it would be nice to do it again especially since no one has even won there twice.The Australian track is a street course but it is very, very long. It's almost a two minute lap. It's for sure the most difficult of all street courses and it is fun to drive. In Australia everything is great on track and off track. We spend a week there and go to the beach and relax and have time for the drivers and teams to hang out with each other. Once we get on the track it's pretty cool because we have such a great crowd, over 300,000 people."

Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"This is the place for me to really try hard to get my first Champ Car podium. I've been getting quicker and quicker as the season has progressed and I understand the cars a lot more. This is the first track I have been to this year that I have already raced at and I feel that everything is going well for a strong race this weekend. I've had this race in the back of my mind all year. I've been close to a podium a couple of times already this season and felt we had a really strong car at the last race at Road America until we were taken out at the start. I've got the Rookie of the Year and also my championship position to think about, so I won't be doing anything silly as I know a finish here is important. But this is Team Australia's home race and it is my home race, so at the same time I will be doing my best in every session to get the Aussie Vineyards car up the front for all the Australian fans."

Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"As always, I am looking forward to going to Surfers Paradise. I think all the drivers agree it is one of, if not the, best race in our series. The track in Surfers is fun to drive. In particular I like the fast chicanes. But, most of all, it is the atmosphere and excitement that surrounds the race that sets it above other events. The promoters really do a great job. I am especially looking forward to the Surfers Paradise race this year because I am confident that the Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team will be very competitive. I won the pole at Surfers last year and during the second half of the season the Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team has shown that we have the speed to be competitive. The whole PKV Racing team has worked very hard and the results are starting to come. We are currently in eighth place in the championship standings, but with two good performances to finish the season we can still reach our goal of finishing in the top-five in the points."

Mario Dominguez #8 Pemex/GICSA/Del Valle/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I really enjoy my trips to Surfers Paradise. I think the track has a really nice style, so it is always fun to race there. Last year I started third and I earned my first win there in 2002, so my history on this track has been pretty good. I just hope that we can be fast in the #8 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone Rocketsports car for not only the team, but our sponsors Pemex, GICSA, Del Valle, along with my personal sponsors Telmex and Bridgestone."

Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"It's been too long since I've been in the car -- I've turned 23 now (and had a great time celebrating!). I've not been 'down under' before, so it's all a new experience for me. I think there's quite a few fun activities lined up for our visit, which will be good experiences, but my focus will be on the race and the team. We've had a run of strong results and we need to stay strong and add to this, to finish the season on a high. We've been growing as a team and it's a tight unit now, so we have the ability to be a front-runner. There's lots to play for still -- I'm in the Rookie of the Year title chase, and I'm not too many points off Nelson, so we need to come home top five this weekend in Oz."

Andrew Ranger #27 Wal-Mart / Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"Australia was a lot of fun last year and I'm really excited about going back again this year. The fans are the best and the atmosphere surrounding the race is like nowhere else. It's one of the best races on the schedule. It's a track that is fast and great to race on and being near the beach makes it even more special. Performance wise, I want to continue finishing in the top-ten and picking up as many points as possible. We had a decent race at Road America with a couple of unfortunate incidents but in the end it was a good result, so if we can carry the momentum from there we should have a good weekend."

Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"This event is all about aiming for the podium and pushing hard. We've had a lot of bad luck in this year's championship so going for race results is now the aim in the last two races of the year, as we have nothing to lose. I'll be pushing hard for the team's home race. We have to forget about the back luck and do the best we can here this weekend. I love this race. The circuit is very tough and the event is one of the best of the season. I really hope I can get a podium for Team Australia this weekend. I think we have the car speed to run at the front and I have a great team around me, so with a bit of luck it could be a very good day for us on Sunday."

Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"This is the race that I have been waiting to go to since the beginning of the season! I've heard a lot about it and I can't wait to race there. I will have an additional challenge this weekend because I will have to learn the track but I'm confident we can keep our string of top-ten finishes alive. We did well on street courses this season and I think we have a good car for the race in Australia. With only two races left it is important to do well and to end the season on a high note."

Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I am excited about getting back in the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing car and racing after the long break. I have no hesitation whatsoever about competing again and in fact I am looking forward to the challenge. The Bell Mirco -- PKV Racing team had a good test the Friday after the crash at Road America, so we had a chance to work on a few things that I think will help us in Surfers Paradise. This will be my first time competing in Australia. I have heard from the other drivers what a fantastic event it is, so I am looking forward to the experience. As far as the circuit is concerned, I was in Surfers about a month ago and had a chance to drive the roads in a street car. That gave me an idea of the layout, but you really can't tell a lot driving a regular car in traffic. The other drivers have told me it is a very challenging circuit and exciting to drive. I am just looking forward to experiencing the event and I am confident that the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team will be as competitive as we were at Road America, where we were in position for a top-six finish, before the crash."

Antonio Pizzonia #18 Lexington Energy Services/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I am very excited to be returning to the Champ Car field with Rocketsports Racing. Australia, I have been told, is a very challenging street-course to run, but I am ready for the fight. I look forward to getting back into the #18 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone Rocketsports car and giving it my very best this weekend for the team and our new sponsor Lexington Energy Services. It is exciting to have them on board with us, so I hope to have a good race and finish with a positive result."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Katherine Legge , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Daniel Clarke
Teams Conquest Racing