Vasser leads Ford-powered drivers during provisional qualifying in Toronto. VETERAN DRIVER EIGHTH-FASTEST DURING PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR MOLSON INDY - Team Rahal's Jimmy Vasser was the fastest Ford driver during today's provisional qualifying...
Vasser leads Ford-powered drivers during provisional qualifying in Toronto.
VETERAN DRIVER EIGHTH-FASTEST DURING PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR MOLSON INDY - Team Rahal's Jimmy Vasser was the fastest Ford driver during today's provisional qualifying for the Molson Indy Toronto, lapping the 1.755-mile temporary street course in 59.102 seconds. Cristiano da Matta claimed the provisional pole with his effort of 58.487 seconds, followed by Bruno Junquiera, Paul Tracy, Kenny Brack and Dario Franchitti.
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 7th
"We lost about half a session this morning with some electrical gremlins and it just looks to me like I'm on the wrong end of one-tenth (second). One-tenth quicker and we'd be sitting in P-4 and right now we're P-8. We'll make some changes tonight, see what we can come up with and we'll see what we've got tomorrow."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 9th
"The car is pretty good and I'm pretty happy. The guys did a good job putting the car together for me today. Ninth is not what we want and I would like to be further up the chart than that. I was not very good on my first stint, but we came in and made some changes and on used tires the car was very fast. I talked to the engineers and we were debating whether or not to make more changes. I wanted to leave the set up the way it was and just put on new tires, but in the end we decided to change things and we screwed it up and basically didn't do a faster time."
YOU WERE SAYING ON THE RADIO THAT THE CAR WAS SLIDING ACROSS THE CONCRETE PATCHES. "Yeah, the changes we made at the end made the car pretty bad on the cement patches and I knew it. When I came out of the pits I turned the wheel on the cement and I knew that we were in trouble. I told them, but there was no time to come in and correct it."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 11th
YOU SPOKE WITH ALEX ZANARDI BEFORE THIS AFTERNOON'S SESSION. HOW DID THAT GO? "I was happy because he told me that he was really happy. He was having a good time and he made a couple of jokes about what happened to his son a couple of weeks ago and it was funny. It was nice to see that he was in good spirits and he's been happy lately and a lot of good things have happened to him and I'm really pleased to see that."
WERE YOU RELIEVED THAT YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH HIM? "Yeah, I was relieved a little bit, but also I think that I'm lucky that Alex is a very strong guy and mentally he's wanted to get back on his feet and start to have a normal life like he had before the crash. I think that makes it a little bit easier for the guy that was involved in the crash with him to see what kind of guy he is."
HAS IT BEEN TOUGH FOR YOU TO GET OVER THAT INCIDENT? "I'd be lying if I said that I could forget about it - I will never forget about it. It'll always be on my mind. But I'm learning to not make it so painful. That's what I need to do."
COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR RUN TODAY? "On the first set of tires the car the car was okay and we did pretty good, but on the last set of tires unfortunately we got caught in traffic. We came out of the pits two or three minutes earlier than some other guys and when I was on my quickest lap I caught Paul (Tracy), Dario (Franchitti) and Townsend Bell. I guess it's really difficult because you need to plan your on track running at a good time and unfortunately we didn't get the chance to do one good lap on the second set so it was a waste."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Office Depot Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 15th
"I think the car is better than 15th place. We made some improvements from this morning so hopefully tomorrow we can put together a good qualifying lap."