CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Ford Racing Saturday qualifying report

Vasser leads Ford-powered qualifers for Molson Indy Toronto. JIMMY VASSER QUALIFIES SEVENTH TO MAKE FIFTH TOP 10 START IN TORONTO - Team Rahal's Jimmy Vasser qualified eighth and was again the fastest of the Fords during qualifying for...

Vasser leads Ford-powered qualifers for Molson Indy Toronto.

JIMMY VASSER QUALIFIES SEVENTH TO MAKE FIFTH TOP 10 START IN TORONTO - Team Rahal's Jimmy Vasser qualified eighth and was again the fastest of the Fords during qualifying for tomorrow's Molson Indy Toronto, lapping the 1.755-mile temporary street circuit in 58.577 seconds. Cristiano da Matta clinched another pole position with his effort of 58.135 seconds, followed by Paul Tracy (58.172 seconds) and Bruno Junquiera (58.724 seconds).

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Qualified 8th

"Once again we're on the wrong side of one tenth (of a second), which would've put us into the top five, but I think we're making gains with the car. We really didn't have any big problems during the session and we just need to keep working on it. Hopefully we can have a clean start tomorrow and make it through the first corner. My biggest goal is to try and make it through the first corner tomorrow."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 11th

"It was a tough day. I think the team is capable of doing a lot better and I don't want to put anything bad on the team because they're doing a fantastic job. We're not as fast as the Lola and unfortunately we have to work with what we have, but the Lolas are definitely faster. I can't honestly say that the car is terrible because it's not; it feels good. But we're at the limit in terms of how fast we can go with the Reynard. The car doesn't feel too bad, the balance is okay, but we just have no grip and it makes it very, very difficult to compete with the rest of the group."

IT'S GOT TO FEEL GOOD TO BE RACING AGAIN ON CANADIAN SOIL. "Yeah, it's a fantastic event. All week we've had a lot of fun with the fans and enjoyed a lot of good support. It's just unfortunate that we're not able to put on a good show and a good fight for the lead because we're a little bit lacking with the car."

WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR TOMORROW? "I'm a fighter, I'm aggressive and only once in my career have I jumped in a car and I didn't push at the limit. I'm ready for anything, you know? I pushed today to the limit and I brushed a couple of walls. The will is there and I want to win a lot, but you also need to work with what you have. The engineers are doing a good job, but if we were to run a Lola right now with the knowledge that my engineers have I'm wondering if we wouldn't be faster. It's something we would have to prove later on if the team decided to switch to Lolas."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Office Depot Ford) - Qualified 15th

"I'm very disappointed because I think we were expecting to qualify much better than this. We made some good improvements from when we first went out and then at the end we had one good lap, but overall I'm not sure the car was better than it was during our first run."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Competition Ford) - Qualified 17th

"We had a tough day and we just couldn't find the speed needed. We've been working hard with the car and the engineers trying to get the best out of it, but we just couldn't be as fast as I was hoping we would be."

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE LOSING TIME? "Not really. There's not one particular place. We're losing small amounts of time in several places around the circuit and it all adds up in the end. It's too bad. I really like this place and I was hoping to do better."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy