CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Saturday quoteboard


CRISTIANO DA MATTA (#1 Caltex/Havoline Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): ""I really felt that I got everything out of the car yesterday. The team and the whole crew did a lot to the car last night. I was a little concerned with the new tires though. I felt confident with the laps and everything just went smooth. I even felt I left a tenth here or there on the table. The important thing is that my car is very competitive for the race tomorrow."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#4 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm happy to be on the front row, but I really wanted to win the pole today for Team Target.  I was so close, I only lost it by .01 of a second.  Something happened with my right front tire on my last run.  I had a bad vibration, especially under braking.  I was really trying to catch Cristiano, but that problem slowed my car just enough.  That's how it's been all year long.  Just behind da Matta.  But that's OK.  It's a long race, we have a good car and I have great crew.  It would be awesome to win this race in front of all these fans."

TONY KANAAN (#10 Pioneer/WorldCom Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car has been really consistent. Yesterday we didn't get the right lap with all the incidents. In the beginning today we tried to go out early in order to avoid some of the traffic. I really have to say thank you to all of my engineers. We made a lot of changes and it worked out for us today."

PAUL TRACY (#26 KOOL Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "I missed the line at the entry to the chicane and flew in the air pretty high and that must have damaged the suspension.  I got two more laps in and then I was limping it home to the pits and it broke on the straightaway and I nicked the wall.  I'm sorry for the guys because Team KOOL Green put in a good effort, and I really didn't put a whole lap together as best as I could have.  We'll just have to try to make up for it tomorrow."

KENNY BRACK (#12 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): "Team Target did a super job today.  We made some major changes to the setup that we had in Miami.  We went a little different direction than Scott and Bruno.  We struggled a bit yesterday in qualifying and made some more changes.  We were pretty good today.  I'm really happy for Target, Toyota and my whole team.  It's a good day for us.  My engineers are really dialed in and making some great calls.  We're starting up front and I'm excited about our chances tomorrow."

SCOTT DIXON (#44 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car was pretty good, we just couldn't get a lap in.  I think I only had one lap that I didn't run into any traffic.  The track is a lot better today and has a lot more grip than yesterday.  We made some changes from the morning practice and the car was really good.  It's just that sometimes you get a little unlucky with traffic and red flags.  The car has been strong all weekend and I think that we have a good shot at moving to the front tomorrow."

SHINJI NAKANO (#52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "I had a problem with traffic on my second run. On the first run, I didn't have any traffic and put in a good lap. I think everybody had a problem with the traffic at some point. On my second run, I was behind another car and I couldn't attack at all. We had the car to go faster than the time we did and we have a good race car. Tomorrow will be hot, and you have to save the tires and be consistent. It is very easy to make a mistake at this track. I think it is going to be a good race tomorrow."

DARIO FRANCHITTI (#27 KOOL Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "Qualifying was much better, although this morning was another frustration.  We did one timed lap during practice.  The Team KOOL Green crew worked very hard to finally get the clutch problem sorted out and it was nice to get some decent track time. Rather than running the perfect lap I was learning the track during the whole qualifying session.  The good news is the car is very good.  We'll tweak some things in warm up tomorrow and I think we can make some things happen during the race. Maybe take a look at some gambles with strategy, so we'll see what happens."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "We slipped back in qualifying today. The car was pretty good in this morning's practice session but for some reason we couldn't get the balance of the car for the conditions. The track had more grip and we just couldn't find the speed this afternoon. Shinji did well, but still we lost some of the positions that we were expecting to gain. I think we have a good car for the race and every time you start in the top 10, it is a good thing."

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Traffic was really bad for me today.  I kept running up on cars that were just cruising around.  It was frustrating.  It seemed as though half of the field was on one straightaway and this is nearly a three-mile track.  I know everyone is trying to get a clear lap but it's messing up half of the field. I did finally get a clear lap and I hit a bump that locked up the right front tire.  That was it since I flat spotted the tires.  I know we have a better car than we showed today.  We'll just have to play a smart game in the race."

MICHEL JOURDAIN (#9 Office Depot Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I would have thought we would be much better than this (time).  We had a huge understeer and I couldn't seem to turn the car like I wanted.  Plus there were so many cars right in front of us.  I tried to back off and get away from the traffic but was very difficult.  We sure didn't want to start back this far for the race.  We'll have to make the most of the yellow flag periods and make a good strategy for the race."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Team Player's has improved the car a lot for this track since last year but so has everyone else. The team has worked very hard the last two days but it just hasn't been able to find a faster set up. We're at the limit of this car. This is not a track that compliments the Reynard, at least not this year. To make matters worse, we had some traction control issues during the session. As far as the race is concerned, I will push as hard as I can and pick up the most points I can get."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It's obviously not going right when you are two seconds off the pace. Team Player's has had that problem since Miami. We have no grip and the car is not stable. It just won't stick to the track. It's quite disappointing because I'm still fighting for a top-3 finish in the standings. I'm going to drive aggressively and try to stay out of trouble for the race and make up as many points as possible.'"

MICHAEL ANDRETTI (#39 Motorola Honda/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's very, very disappointing.  I don't know why we were slow today, I just can't explain it.  That was as fast as I could go.  I wish I knew why we didn't pick up the speed like everyone else did.  I'm pulling my hair out right now.  I barely went quicker than yesterday and everyone else is two seconds quicker than yesterday.  I just don't know.  We are going to use strategy to move up but things are going to have fall into place for Team Motorola."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I have to say that we didn't gain as much speed as we expected during that qualifying session. We've improved the car every session and I've gotten more laps under my belt here. I feel like I'm improving my driving and the track is getting quicker too. I know I can continue to improve my driving and we can make the car better too. This circuit is a lot of fun to drive on but it's challenging too. To be fast here takes a little of everything - you have to be perfect in every corner or you lose the whole lap."


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