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BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I was the first guy to go out and qualify because I wasn't worried. I knew that the track was still a little bit wet, but I wasn't worried that the rains would come. Then on the third time lap, I did like 60.8. That was a good lap by that time because the track was still a little bit wet. Then Paul Tracy did a 60.0. I started to lose positions until was sixth. I thought it was going to rain. The Newman/Haas team made a decision to wait until the end because we were the first ones out, and we knew that if the track would get better, I going to go back anyway. Today is really important to have a shot for the pole. I was lucky, at the end of the run I could put a run in with no traffic, one of the only times this year that I could run without traffic."
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We went out early because the weather was uncertain. We have been caught before where Team Player's did not complete the number of laps allowed, but this time we were not running at the end when the track was faster. That's when Bruno (Junqueira) did his quick laps. Bruno is quick but we can beat him if we are out on the track at the same time. When I caused a red flag situation, we lost an opportunity to go for a quicker lap. The car is very good. We can take the pole."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It was good. It was a hundred percent dry. I thought the times were going to be a lot faster. I had a couple of laps a lot faster on the first set of tires. I'm amazed the times were not faster than this. I'm feeling the weather and all that. I'm happy, I think we're in a good place to look forward to tomorrow. I mean, I heard that tomorrow should be perfect, but I just thought that maybe it might rain again. So it's good. The track should be a lot faster tomorrow. The car feels okay. We just have to see what the track and the weather does tomorrow."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The Visteon/Patrick Racing car felt good right away. We were very quick on the first set of tires. I ran my fast time on the seventh lap and was going .4 faster on my eighth, but I lost it, so I pitted. I thought that we would be as quick on the second set of tires, but we just missed it. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team is definitely capable of going faster. We just need to fine tune the car a little and be ready for final qualifying tomorrow. Overall, I am please because it was very important for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team to run a good time today. It might rain tomorrow, so we wanted to be in a position to start at the front of the grid."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It was a good car. We are a little too conservative. We were concerned with the temperature changes because of the rain. We're sure it could be faster. The team did a good job and we had all the right parts. The car was good when it was slippery and a little too soft in dry conditions. We know it will be dry tomorrow so we've got ourselves up there today with a fast car. We've confident that tomorrow we'll be in the front row."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"In the rain, we were okay. We basically had one dry session and that was in qualifying. On our first run, a red flag came out on my fourth lap and that really didn't help us. We ran the same set of tires again, and didn't have enough laps left to run the second set. We did our fastest lap on our first run, and the track was at its best at the end. We just didn't have enough laps left."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"Well, that was not a good session. We went out a little too early and got caught in the pits at the end when the track had more grip. The car was good this morning but Team Player's made some changes to improve the handling. The car ended up loose and hard to drive, and the brake pedal was too soft on the dry track. I'm confident for the final qualifying. We know what we have to do to the car to be more competitive."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was difficult going (into provisional qualifying) firstly because we hadn't done any dry running. I ran two laps on dry tires this morning, and it wasn't dry at the time. We even ran the ten minutes qualifying warmup on wet tires, so the first time I saw the place on dry tires was the first run on slicks in qualifying and the track was really, really dirty. The RAC Walker Racing car was pretty loose during the first run, so we made some changes and waited as long as we could for the second run, trying to get a little cleaner track. Generally, we struggle to be in the top-ten on the first day, so I'm pretty pleased to be in eighth especially considering it was like the first run."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We have a very good car in the wet and in damp conditions. But as the track dried out we weren't able to bring up the speed. In fact, I did the same lap time in the damp conditions at the beginning of the session as at the end when it was dry. We're still not there on the set up for the dry conditions - but we have a strong starting point and that's quite encouraging for all of us."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I don't feel okay with the balance of the car so its hard to push. The setup on the car doesn't suit me so well for the moment. The only time we really ran in the dry was in qualifying so I didn't get much track time to learn the course or adjust the setup to my style."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was a long day today with all of the weather changes. The car definitely needs some work. WE had a problem this morning and fixed it, we'll fix the handling too. Tomorrow should be a better day for American Spirit."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I'm really frustrated about losing my best lap because of the red flag in that session. We are convinced that we finished the lap prior to the red being thrown. The car wasn't perfect - it was jumping too much in a couple of spots on the track. We made some changes and it got a bit worse but I still thought we had a shot at a better time until Servia blocked me when he was on cold tires... he just wouldn't let me by. It was a frustrating session all around."
MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I think we recovered very well after a troubled morning. In qualifying we could have been a bit quicker. We timed it right, but there was traffic in the way. We couldn't get the tire temperatures up quick enough and we ran out of laps. I'm confident we've made improvements and we have a better car."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was tough for us rookies today. We ran all morning on wets and because we did all wets, now was really the first time that we were able to run on dry tires. Traffic is a pain and we're still learning a lot. We're really green on the track, the car and me driving. Today doesn't mean anything; we're just getting a feel for the track and the set up we need. I was the 3rd rookie day, which isn't bad. Now we'll work for tomorrow."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"I think on wet today we did okay. We pushed hard and we were always close to the top of the Reynards. Qualifying wasn't bad until we hit traffic on our first run. On the second run we made a wing change and that took us the wrong way. I don't think today really matters that much. We'll be better tomorrow when it really counts."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"Our number of laps were really limited today with the changing conditions. I only did 15 laps on slick tires. We were struggling with understeer a lot this afternoon and I caught traffic in qualifying , so it was a really tough day in the Corona car. We left a lot of time on the table. We just need a chance to get some more laps in tomorrow and work on the setup."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"Something is up, we're not sure what but we are going to find it. The car has absolutely no handling ability. It was impossible to drive at a qualifying pace. WE couldn't get the car off the ground, the bumps were so bad I could hardly turn it. We will get it figured out tonight. I am looking forward to a better day tomorrow."