CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Saturday quoteboard


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

"It was frustrating yesterday but P3 overall wasn't that bad I guess. The car was good today, but it did take quite a while to build up the speed we needed. With one lap left in my stint I brushed the wall and still managed to pull out the 1:33.7. The Newman/Haas Racing crew did a great job today but we still have a long ways to go to get to the podium tomorrow. There's no one area of this course you have to get right to go fast, it's basically every chicane around the course. This track is tough and that's just the way it is."

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

"This morning the car was pretty good overall. I felt we were faster than everyone else today, but in my first run [Patrick] Carpentier spun in front of me, and in the second run a piece of paper flew on the track and caused me to lose two or three tenths. Unfortunately, on the second set of tires [Rodolfo] Lavin slowed me down and I had cars behind me so it was really frustrating because I couldn't break free. To be fast again and lose the pole here for the second straight year is very frustrating. It will be fast tomorrow on track because of the weather, so I'm looking forward to a good race."

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

"We made a big improvement today. I had a talk with Bruno before qualifying in the restroom and he told me I needed to stay off the curbs in the chicanes to get a good lap time. What he didn't know is that I pissed on his shoes to give him bad luck. I like the track and have enjoyed it every time since I started coming here. I went 12 mph fastest today through the last chicane than I did yesterday so that's where we found our speed this afternoon."

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

"The conditions for qualifying were much better today. Yesterday there was a lot of sand [on the track] because of the wind. Unfortunately for us, we didn't manage to keep our position from this morning. We were P1 and P2 most of the time. I was struggling with the brakes on my qualifying run. I brushed the wall slightly on my first set of tires and I don't know if it that could have caused some of the problems I was having. I think we still can win from fifth place. We have a very consistent car and I am confident for the race."

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

"I wasn't able to post a time during my second time out on new tires during qualifying. I could see that Michel Jourdain was on his hot lap and I didn't want to get it his way. I got on the power too soon though coming out of the last corner before the straight and spun. I didn't want to cause a red and lose my fast lap so I managed to back my car into pit lane. That was a first for me! The car has improved quite a bit with the changes made by my race engineer Chris Gorne. The car is suiting the track very well now with the balance and everything so I think we have a good car for the race tomorrow."

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

"I feel like we had a good qualifying run. We squeezed 100% out of the car so I feel good about that. You are never satisfied but I think we can make up some spots in the pits and with a smart race I think we can have a very good result tomorrow."

9. MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante/Office Depot Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"Unfortunately we lost some time this morning when we had a hose go bad on the Gigante car. We had a lot of work to do to make up ground from yesterday, but we just didn't get the track time we needed. We made some great strides I qualifying on the first set of tires, but we lost some laps on the second set due to traffic. This isn't the best track to start so far back on the grid. All we can do tomorrow is get a good start and be patient and have good pit stops. We have to put ourselves in position to take advantage of other people's mistakes and hope for problems at the front of the field."

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

"Tenth place is my best qualifying position of the year, and it matches the team's best qualifying effort this season. I am happy to qualify in the top ten, because so far we have really been able to gain a lot of positions on track and in the pits during the race. The farther up the grid I start, the better chance I have of a good finish. Tenth is solid - I can race from there. Tomorrow my job is to give Kevin Kalkhoven the podium finish he's been asking for here."

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

"With all the changes we made, we did not improve the car at all. It was better with the first set of tires than on the second but I also had trouble down shifting. I just couldn't be aggressive with the car at all and it is still much too slow in the chicanes. We'll take a look at Paul's set up for the race and work from there. The good thing is that with this track and race, anything can happen and usually does. In the past few races I have worked my way from a weak starting position to finish strongly. I'll be looking to do that in this race."

12. RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I am reasonably pleased with our results today. We made some positive changes from this mornings practice. I flat-spotted the left front in my second run so I didn't improve my time there, I think I could have, but didn't. We were almost a second faster than the other Reynard's so that is a positive."

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

"It's not what we've gotten used, but if you look closely you'll see that we're the second fastest Reynard. As I thought, this is a difficult track for the Reynards; the first Reynard qualified 12th, just .3 in front of us. This confirms that this is not an easy track to drive. We were in our spare car. The whole team did an amazing job getting it ready in just 2 hours. It was perfect. I actually improved on yesterday's times. It's a long race, so we'll have to wait and see."

14. DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"The chicanes are brutal! I have full lock through there I have so much understeer. We just can't seem to see our way through the problem. It's going to be a particularly difficult race tomorrow, especially starting from 14th. I just have to stay focused on finishing the race -- staying out of trouble, hopefully pick some spots up in the pits - and continue picking up points."

15. JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"Today was just one of those days where nothing really went right for us. Each time we went on track we had something break. We are going to take the information from the 31 car tonight to apply for tomorrow. The positive is that I did get some limited track time and that we still have another practice and qualifying session tomorrow."

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

"I don't know, the track is tricky here. On the bright side, we have a car that can be consistent in the race. We just haven't been able to improve the car since Friday morning. We've tried a few things, but it's just not improving. We'll try something for warm up tomorrow. We should be slightly better for the race."

18. RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):

"I think this is the best street circuit on the Champ Car schedule. First it's set in beautiful Australia, it's pretty wide compared to most street courses and has a couple long straights. The chicanes, especially on the curbs, are extremely challenging. You have to put the tires in just the right place; it's very technical and precise. The Corona car was nearly two seconds quicker this afternoon than it was this morning, so we definitely made some gains, but so did everyone else. The brakes are soft and I'm still battling understeer. We just needed more laps to keep getting the car right."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kevin Kalkhoven , Michel Jourdain