CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Champ Car Saturday quoteboard


PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"This one is for what Player's has done for motorsport in Canada. I've never been on the pole here and it's great for Team Player's to come here and score the pole. This is very sweet. The sweetest thing I've had here in a long time. We are getting stronger and stronger with three podiums in a row, no wins but those finishes were good enough to put us back first in the standings. Tomorrow is going to be a big day for us."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The car feels good, the guys have done a good job. I was in Montreal this week visiting my family but also spent a lot of time on the phone with the engineers working on the setup for Toronto. I have to say, hats off to the engineers who just started working the data on the Toronto track and the setup needed here. They prepared a fast car and if we keep this up we'll have some great results. We expected to get some rain and gambled going out early in the session. The rain didn't come so the track had more grip and may have been better later on. We were still fast and hope to finish on the podium."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"It's a bit disappointing because we had a much better car. I was caught in traffic on my second stint just when the track and the tires were at the right temperature. You have to do it on the right lap otherwise it's not good enough for the pole. Fifth is good, but you have to be closer to the front to hope for a win in Toronto. Team Player's had improved the car from the morning practice and it was very good. We know we will competitive for the race and if we play our cards right, we can aim for a podium finish."

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

"The car is obviously very good but I couldn't put a run together. Lavin messed up my laps three times - two times on my first run and the third time he came out in front of me from the escape road and I had no choice but to go straight (into the runoff). It's a very, very frustrating weekend for the moment. It's frustrating not to be able to use what we have. The red came out and ended our first run early then we had the rain so everyone was on track at the end."

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

"We now understand the car much better in dry conditions and because of that, were able to get more speed out of it. The development of the team is going great and each time we learn something we take another step forward. We are now working at a level where we are fighting every day with very experienced engineers and teams and that presents a new challenge to us. The wind tunnel and rig testing is definitely paying off and the team is able to utilize what we learn there for better performance on track. I think we know how to make the car fast in the rain and now the dry too so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"The Visteon/Patrick Racing car was definitely a top-four car today. The balance was great. We didn't have quite enough traction to contend for the pole, but we should have qualified third or fourth. Unfortunately, today was one of those qualifying sessions that rarely happen, but it happened today. I got one clear lap without somebody getting in the way. It wasn't intentional and it wasn't anybody's fault, just bad luck. We would catch someone coming out of the pits at the start of a good lap, so I would slow down to create some space then get the car back up to speed and catch someone else. Every lap I found someone. The only lap I got clean was the one that it rained the most. It was just awful timing and very frustrating. The good news is the car handles well and you can pass on this circuit so I am looking forward to a good race."

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

"We're disappointed with 10th place. I thought the car was better. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough dry time and the car is not as good as we thought it would be. We are more than a second off the pace. The car has too much push. It just doesn't have enough grip so we need to get it right for tomorrow. I thought we would be better than this but certainly the car doesn't have the speed after having everybody on the track with slicks."

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

"We got the most out of what we had given the limited practice times we've had with the weather. The RAC Walker Racing Champ Car was pretty well balanced; it just wasn't going any faster. We need to find a bit more grip all the way around. I do think what we're finding here will also help us in Vancouver with a starting setup which will be good. To be able to overtake in the race tomorrow though; we need to find a bit more speed and get a bit faster than the guys in front of us which I'm confident we can do."

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

"We just haven't been able to get a good set up for this track. We've tried lots of different things and it has cost us a lot of time searching for the solution. But we just haven't had the car to go any faster. Qualifying position is very important at this track so we'll just have to work hard tomorrow to make the most of it.."

MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):

"I made a mistake at the beginning of the qualifying session, when the car turned around on me in Turn 3. But after that we made some steps forward. We improved our lap times from yesterday, but it's still not good enough. We keep making progress though and that's what counts."

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

"The weather has just not been good for us - sometimes raining, sometimes not. I think we got six ok laps on dry tires, but those six laps I only got three or four clean laps due to traffic. Unfortunately, we weren't able to qualify well. We should have qualified a little bit better. I had a lap that was .5 quicker until I got to Turn 8 when I nearly spun, so I lost the advantage there. The Corona car is much better this afternoon from this morning; the car was breaking much better. Tomorrow is another day, so we'll hope for the best in the race."

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