CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Honda Driver Qualifying Quotes


DARIO FRANCHITTI (#27 Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda): "Qualifying on the pole feels pretty good, because the track has been sort of strange all weekend. The concrete patches [in the corners] actually felt more `grippy' yesterday in the rain. Today, in the dry, the track actually felt slicker, almost like a mirror surface. So I'm a bit surprised I was able to go quicker [today]. But my crew came on the radio telling me to `go for it' and I guess I did. I was on the pole here last year, but my race didn't last very long [Franchitti was hit from behind and knocked out of the race in the first corner] so I'd like to make up for that this year." ALEX ZANARDI (#1 Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda) 2nd on the final starting grid: "It seems right now the entire field is really competitive. It keeps getting tougher and tougher to qualify on the pole. The race tomorrow will be a different deal. I think my car will be good in the race. But I also think the track will become more slippery as the race goes on. You may see a lot of people locking up their brakes, sliding into the runoff areas, and using reverse gear, a gear you don't use very often in a race car!" GIL DE FERRAN (#5 Valvoline/Cummins/Walker Racing Reynard Honda) Qualified 4th, his best Toronto starting position: "I'm a bit disappointed not to stay on the front row. With the higher temperatures this afternoon, we had trouble keeping the rear end underneath us. Nevertheless, I think fourth starting position gives us a good shot for the race. In the morning practice, we ran competitive times on old tires, so that gives me a good feeling for the race." JIMMY VASSER (#12 Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda) Qualified 6th, up from 15th yesterday, improved his time in the final minutes of qualifying: "Things were looking pretty grim there for a while. But we came in near the end and made a spring change, softened up the front of the car a bit. That really helped. I went out and messed up the last turn on my first flying lap, but was able to make up for it the next time around and that moved us up the grid." TONY KANAAN (#21 LCI/Tasman Motorsports Reynard Honda) Qualified 7th, fastest rookie qualifier: "The car was good this morning. But we made some changes for qualifying that I think took us too far in the wrong direction. We had a lot of push (understeer) in qualifying. I think we made the car too stiff in the front, but we still improved our time from yesterday. I think if we go back to the set-up we had this morning we will have a pretty good car for the race." PAUL TRACY (#26 Team KOOL Green Reynard Honda) Qualified 10th, up from 22nd yesterday: "It wasn't a very good session for us, the two red flags came out on both of my quick laps. With the way tires are nowadays, if you don't catch a good lap on the one or two laps they are at their best, you're out of luck. We made a lot of changes [on the car] from the morning session. Starting from mid-pack is not a good position here so it will make for a tough race tomorrow, but we will put our heads down and give it our best shot."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing