Cart Champ Car Sunday Quoteboard 1-PAUL TRACY ( ...
Cart Champ Car Sunday Quoteboard
1-PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It's been 10 years between victories in Toronto, but this one is the sweetest of all. It's quite an achievement to win a race for Team Player's in Canada. It's a great day for Canada, but this is also a sad moment because it's our last year as a Canadian team winning in Toronto. It's unbelievable to win here because of the importance of the race. It's the most dominant race of my career and to do it, I had to have a great car and Team Player's gave me a perfect car. It was kind of frustrating when the yellow came out because we had such a lead on second place (35-second lead). We had a great pit stop and I was able to pull away again to win. We have the momentum and Vancouver has always been good to me, so we are hopeful."
3-BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I really think that if I had been ahead of Jourdain after the last stop, I would have been able to pressure Paul (Tracy). Newman/Haas gave me a very reliable car. Considering I haven't had the best of luck in Toronto in my past two races here, it's good to get a podium. I made a mistake on the last stop and locked up the tires coming in the pit box. The PacifiCare crew did a good job to get the tires on but we lost second place to Jourdain. Considering the fact that I got hit on the first stint by Alex (Tagliani), I'm glad to finish on the podium. It could have been much worse. Alex looked like he was going to go into the tires and miss the turn but at the last minute he made it but came right on the racing line where I already was. He got a great start and made a bonsai move on me to get by. I'm disappointed for him because he is a great driver and did a great start and he's Canadian so I know how important this race was to him. At the time I think my car was faster than him but I wasn't going to be able to get around him so I was just saving fuel and my tires. I was going to catch up to him before the first stop so they crew could try to get me out ahead of him. I was a slower than Tracy at the beginning but if we had been in second place after the last stop, the car had improved enough that I think we could have put pressure on him. I was close to Jourdain to see if he would make a mistake but then I got some pickup on my tires and it slowed me down a little. It's amazing how consistent me, Paul and Michel are. In the past, if you finished second or third in a race you would be happy but it's not the case anymore because you have to win in order to get any advantage."
4-SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"On the first lap, I locked up at the inside of Turn 3 and had to back off the throttle. When I went back on the throttle there was nothing (power) there. The revs were so low. It was my fault, when I got back on the throttle in first gear it was too late and they (Servia and Moreno) had already passed me. I was able to close the gap to the cars in front of me on each stop and the Lilly crew was able to get two guys in two stops and we got by Pat (Carpentier) when he pitted one lap before us on the second stop. The car was pretty good but we were at a disadvantage as a rookie because I had to use my tires up more in the practice and only had one set of new ones for the race compared to the others that probably had two or three. They started the race with bigger potential and more rubber on their rear tires. The last 10 laps of each stint were very, very hard for me. It was good to be able to finish in the top-four though. Apart from the three wins, this is the most points I have scored in a race so far this season. If we can keep this consistency and build on it for the rest of the races, we should be able to move up in the rank."
5-ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The entire Visteon/Patrick Racing Team wanted to give me a podium finish for my birthday today, and we came close. We had a good start. I picked up two places on the first lap. Then Alex Tagliani dropped out and I passed Patrick Carpentier to move into fourth place. At that point I thought maybe we could make the podium if I kept pushing. It would have been a great present. Just before the last pit stop I was hoping that I could pass on a restart and move into third place. Unfortunately, a lapped car didn't move over and Sebastian Bourdais was able to get right up on my tail and then pass me in the pits, so I dropped back to fifth. I was thinking I could pass Bourdais back and still challenge for the podium because I was one or two tenths of a second quicker. It just wasn't enough to overtake him. Overall, I am pretty happy. After starting eighth on this track finishing fifth is very good."
6-ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I think a lot of us had cars that could have gone faster on a clear track but it's very hard to pass here so you have to be a bit careful. Bourdais made some mistakes on cold tires and I tried to stay close and put some pressure on him but when I tried to pass he chopped me off. Toward the end of the race I was having some problems with the front brakes - they were fading and I was locking up the rears. It's very difficult to handle the car in those conditions. I got them working again but it took awhile. I'm really happy today - not so much because of the sixth place but because of what it shows about this team. The Lola was new to me this year. My engineer Chris Gorne is new to CART. It's been a huge learning process it's been for us - people don't even realize how much progress we are making. Keith Wiggins has hired good people, put them in the right place and is letting them do their jobs and we're improving very fast. That is what makes me most happy today. And of course, it's nice to be back in the points!"
7-PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"There was something wrong with the rear of the car. Following each pit stop, the tires were good for several laps but then the rear would become real loose. I wanted the Player's crew to bring me in early for my second stop because the handling was bad on the car, but we had a miscommunication. I never came in early and several cars passed me. I went from 4th to 7th and I was not able to pass anyone. The car was pushing too much."
8-DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The RAC Walker Racing car was really quick in the race. We had some good fast lap times. I could hold the guys in front of me; it just took me a little bit longer to get up to speed. Maybe we're not working the tires hard enough. Again the other cars went away at the end of the run and mine were still good. We just need to work on that. I was nearly as fast in the race as I was in qualifying. If we could have done qualifying with a car like that, we probably could have started a little further up the field. Hopefully this set-up will benefit us at the next street course."
9-ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The start was pretty intense. A lot of people almost crashed going into Turn One. I managed to go through there cleanly. I passed [Jimmy] Vasser and I don't know what happened. Somebody hit me in the back and spun me around. Basically there was just a big knot of cars there [in Turn Three]. We had some damage to the right rear under vane [flugal], which cost me some downforce. Thankfully I was able to continue but the car was a little loose. I made four or five passes going into Turn One and Turn Eight and was back to my original position. I was fighting hard with Darren Manning and twice we were side by side and it was very close. I couldn't pass him and he managed to open up a few car lengths. Mario [Dominguez] made a mistake in one of the back corners and took his rear wing off. In the process, he almost took me out. I almost hit him. I lost probably six or eight seconds to Manning and that was the breaking point for me to keep touch with the leaders. In general, the car wasn't as good as I wanted but we had some damage and that didn't help our pace in the race. I think we could have finished in the top six if we wouldn't have had that first lap incident."
10-TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was a long day, but good. I haven't run the last 2 races so it's very good to finish in the top 10. It was the most difficult race I think I've ever run. The lack of a dry run didn't help. We weren't able to get a good set up on the car. We had no grip and no rear. We didn't struggle to race; we struggled just to keep the car on the track. It was important to score points, it's not the way I'd like, but we finished 10th, which was good. I thought we were competitive in practice, but we really weren't during the race."
11-RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was just one of those days. The real positive is that we hung in there and collected some points even though we were down two laps due to the safety team getting to me last. The start was a nightmare, it was a parking lot, stacked up with no place to go. I thought I would clear the mess, so I didn't go to the clutch and then Monteiro stopped early right in front of me and that was it."
12-MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"That had to be the worst race of the season for us - even though we managed to bring home a 12th place finish and a point. At the beginning of the race I was having a lot of problems with the tires which was unfortunate because I had made up some spots on the start and the car was running well. Then I made a mistake and I spun the car around and damaged the rear wing. I came in and got that changed and then Jimmy (Vasser) hit me and I had to come in again to get the front wing changed. The mechanics did a great job in making those changes for me very quickly. At the end of the race, once there was more rubber down on the track, the car was great and I was able to put in some very fast laps. Unfortunately at that point I was already too far down and couldn't make any more positions. I also want to say that I'm very happy for my teammate Roberto Moreno - he had a very good race today."
13-JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The race started off bad for me, I got hit right off the bat and it ruined my race. I had a good car, it was very quick, by far the best car we've had yet. I was trying to chase down Fernandez for ninth and a lapped car, Dominguez was holding me up terribly, he was impeding me so much it was unbelievable, finally I thought he was going to let me by, so I went for it and I hit him, I guess he wasn't moving over."
14-GEOFF BOSS (#11 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"The race was the end of a very frustrating weekend. I came to Toronto with high hopes after winning here in Indy Lights. Unfortunately we never found a good set-up for the car and the wet weather kept us from making solid headway changes. We went in to Qualifying and the race with unknown cars and just tried to make the best of it. At the end of the day we finished, but it was a struggle from Friday right through the race."
15-RODOLFO LAVIN (#5 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was a mess in Turn 3 on the start and I just found a space to go through which enabled me to gain a number of positions. After that, we were running comfortably in tenth place. We had a great first stop and kept the tenth place, but on the second stop we had an airjack failure. Then, we noticed that something was wrong with the rear wing and we had to come in and change it. Changing the wing cost us several laps to the leaders. At the end, we were running fast, consistently running 61 (seconds) flat, .5 quicker than my qualifying lap, so the Corona car was handling very well. It's just a shame that we had the misfortunes that we did. It was a tough weekend for me and the crew."
16-MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"We really needed these laps during the race to learn the potential of our car. It's unfortunate because we need to spend more time in the car and missing this race is costing a lot. We have a good group of people at PK Racing and we'll keep our motivation up for the next race. We had a good start of the race and were fast, but a couple of people got tangled up in front of us. I don't know what happened."
17-ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"I moved quickly into second place after a great start. I had a lot of push in the front of the car and a lot of understeer. I expected to add more front wing in my next pit but had to push it until then. I felt Bruno hit me from behind on the right and the car was cracked right away. I know the suspension was off and I couldn't drive the car. It's frustrating but we're getting closer and success will come."
18-ALEX SPERAFICO (#19 Dale Coyne Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"It was a short race. The few laps I had, the car was feeling good. So I thought it will be a good race. Unfortunately Haberfeld missed the brakes and collect me. I'm looking forward and I prepare for the next race, and I will hope for a better result."
19-MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone):
"I was just passing Tiago and I couldn't see. He braked late, so I had to brake later than usual and I locked up the rear. It's a shame. I feel confident that we'll do better in Vancouver."