CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Ford Racing Notes - Friday

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 3rd - "I messed up my quick lap. It was a good one. The computer said I was three-tenths quicker up until the point where got loose. I got loose coming on to the main ...

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 3rd - "I messed up my quick lap. It was a good one. The computer said I was three-tenths quicker up until the point where got loose. I got loose coming on to the main straightaway." YOU AND YOUR TEAM SEEM TO BE GAINING CONFIDENCE AT EACH RACE. DO YOU FEEL IT TOO? "Absolutely. We are on a very steep learning curve. We switched to Firestone only a couple of weeks before the season. I think the Firestones are better but they are a bit different than the Goodyear tires. We basically went to Long Beach with Goodyear knowledge and we were out to lunch there. But we have learned a lot since then but we still have a ways to go. I am very excited right now. I was sitting with Peter (Gibbons) last week and we were looking at the schedule and we didn't see any weaknesses so we are very positive about our chances." WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS TRACK? "This track has a little of everything. I was a little disappointed when they reconfigured the track because I liked the old one a bit better. But this is probably the best street course we race on."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 12th - HAS ANYONE GIVEN YOU A GOOD EXPLANATION WHY YOU WERE PENALIZED? "No. Next time I am just going to engage reverse, as I did in the car, and back it up. I actually stopped there not to hit Kanaan's car because he was blocking the whole track. Then they came up to me and said that I didn't see the yellow flag. The guy didn't even have time to throw the yellow flag." CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THE SESSION? YOU WERE SECOND QUICK THIS MORNING BUT DIDN'T HAVE THE SUCCESS THIS AFTERNOON. . . "We made a big mechanical change after the morning session and it was definitely not the way to go. I think we have a good idea of the direction we need to take tomorrow."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford - Qualified 14th - YOU WERE FOURTH QUICK THIS MORNING BUT HAVE NOT HAD THAT SAME KIND OF SUCCESS THIS AFTERNOON . . . "Well yes, but many people this morning didn't put on new tires when they went out. We made some changes and they didn't improve the car like we hoped. We are basically at the same spot we were at this morning. We just don't have much traction or front grip and we need to work on making the car better through the rough parts and the bumps. We just need to make the car more friendly to use in tough conditions"

P.J. JONES -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 22nd - "We are having a real tough time. The Visteon guys are working really hard to get the car setup. I am just very frustrated right now. We are struggling with the car so much. Everything we tried today didn't work. I know the Swift has the potential but it is frustrating because we can't seem to find it."

BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 15th - YOU SEEMED TO BE BATTLING UNDERSTEER THROUGHOUT THE SESSION. . . "Yes, we went over on it a little bit. We were trying to compensate a bit and it made the rear loose on entry. We are a little better off than we were this morning. We are struggling a bit right now. The solution to our problem has not presented itself yet."

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 18th - "We tried a few different setups but we just have not nailed it on the right one yet. Our car was way too stiff today and it was sliding around a lot. I think we have a good idea of where we need to go. We found some speed in Elkhart Lake last weekend that we need put on this car. I am confident that we can improve tomorrow."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR -19- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 19th - "We are not having the same kind of luck we did last week in Elkhart. We are struggling with oversteer right now. We need to work on getting the car more comfortable. It's a bit bumpier out there but they are not bothering me that much. We just need to keep working."

DENNIS VITOLO -71- Tang Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 26th - WELL FOR STARTERS WHY ARE YOU IN THE CAR THIS WEEKEND? "I was not supposed to be here but the circumstances were that Dale (Coyne) gave me a call yesterday afternoon and I got in late last night. I really don't know why Luiz (Garcia) isn't here. I know he had to go back to Brazil for business and I think he may have gotten stuck there." YOU HAVE NOT BEEN IN A CAR OR ON A ROAD COURSE IN SOME TIME . . . "I am a little rusty. I have not driven a road course since last year and obviously we didn't do any road course testing. So it's just a situation of getting me back up to speed."

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