STEELBACK GRAND PRIX OF TORONTO Will Power ...
STEELBACK GRAND PRIX OF TORONTO
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 7th/Finished 1st)
"It was an interesting race. It was great that it rained, but also in the dry we went a lap longer than everyone. We were looking good then. We were looking good either way. So, you know, I'm very happy for the team. The start was really good for wets. We gained a position there. Obviously these guys came out in front of us because they pitted a lap earlier. This is exactly what we needed points-wise, and also for Sebastien not to finish, that really helps us in the championship. We've got some pretty strong tracks coming up."
Neel Jani #21 Red Bull-Gulfstream Coswoth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 9h/Finished 2nd)
"I had a good start just behind Will. Then in the beginning, I had to still learn a bit more about fuel saving in Champ Car. But as it seemed at the end, with the rain, it wasn't that important anymore. We had to pit for the rain tires one lap after everybody else just after the yellow flag came out, so the team did a great job on that, and also the pit stop was good. That just brought us from, I think five, six or seven forward to second. Obviously then Will passed me, but he was too quick today. In the end, when I got past, I just tried to keep eye contact with Will and not look into the mirrors who was there. It worked out."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 2nd/Finished 3rd)
"It was an eventful race. I was racing Sebastien earlier on. I tried to pass him going into five. He got a really bad run through four so I knew I had a chance. He went in deep and turned in as if I wasn't there. I was disappointed that I got spun around. But, you know, I was fired up to come back, too. I enjoyed passing him later in the race and getting a position off of him."
Bruno Junqueira #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 5th/Finished 5th)
"I am very happy with the way everything went for the team this weekend. To finish fifth is a great thing for Dale Coyne Racing. My car was definitely a lot better in the dry conditions. Going to the rain I think hurt the speed of the car. Then towards the end of the race we were having issues with the car which made it tough to catch anyone. We need to take this momentum into Edmonton in two weeks."
Robert Doornbos #14 Team Minardi USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 12th/Finished 6th)
"It was a fairly messy race. We needed to get as many points as possible this weekend, and we made do with what we could. The race started poorly for us with the stall at the start, but as it turned out, it may have been a blessing in disguise. I would have been right in the middle of the accident on the opening lap. After the re-start, we settled into a rhythm and saved fuel, and when the rain started, I got more comfortable with the car. Towards the end, I was chasing Sebastien, and I could see that he was struggling a bit. I got on the brakes at the same place as always, but I ran up on him and lost the down force on my car, and turned him around. It was a racing incident, it was very tricky conditions out there and it could have happened to anybody."
Ryan Dalziel #28 PCM Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 11th/Finished 7th)
"What a day. The guys made a great call and did a great job in the pits. We struggled a bit on the re-starts since our pressures were low, but once we got going we were good. The visibility wasn't too bad out there, it was actually one of the better wet races I've seen in terms of visibility. It felt great to lead at the time but it feels so disappointing now. I think it was a stupid move Justin made and quite disappointing for a veteran."
Alex Tagliani #8 RSPORTS Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 6th/Finished 8th)
"It was a tough race for us because we got a flat tire which was caused by contact from (Simon) Pagenaud in Turn 3 on the first lap. From that point, on we were behind in the #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program car, but we were doing good. With the yellows and the times we came into the pits for refueling, we had a pretty good shot at finishing on the podium. But we just missed the opportunity to come into the pits for wet tires when it was raining in the back straight away. Because of that I spun out because it really was slippery out there. Then Oriol (Servia) ran into me when I was stopped on the track after I spun and he pushed me into the tires. I was stuck there and it took forever to get us out, which is when we lost the two laps. After that, we just wanted to finish the race and score some points. It is a shame; I was hoping to have a better result here in Toronto for Tide, Wal-Mart, the Victory Lap Charity Program and all of their partners, also for the great Canadian fans. So, we will try again in Edmonton and hopefully have some better luck."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonalds Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 1st/Finished 9th)
"Robert made a small mistake but it had a big consequence on both the race and the (championship) standings for the McDonald's team. I could see in his eyes (at the crash site) that he was sorry and he apologized after the race. I didn't see anything, he just t-boned me and was able to continue which gained him another six or so points which was enough to take over the lead. The car was good in the dry. I had a close call when Justin just drove into the corner and the car got a little sideways. All the action probably put on a good show for the fans. In the wet I wasn't quite willing to risk it all. We've had some tough luck this season. We weren't going to have the greatest finish but it was a decent finish and would have kept us in the lead and got us more points than we ended up with. We had one DNF on my part in Vegas and another due to an engine failure and now with the result today, it puts us behind."
Oriol Servia #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 3rd/Finished 10th)
"Obviously I'm very disappointed because it was our race, since Friday the team did huge improvements and the car was awesome right out of the trailer. Saturday was still good, not as good, but today in the warm up I could tell we had a winning car. And we proved it, we had a great start, I passed Justin (Wilson) right off the line and then Sebastien (Bourdais) under braking and then I was gone. The car was fast and easy to drive, everything was good until it rained. Once the track was wet everything started going downhill. It is what it is, at least I'm very happy because we made the car fast and we were contenders, and we should be contenders for the rest of the season so that is where we want to be. We obviously wanted to leave here with more points, and a win looked very possible, we actually lead the most laps so it looks promising, which is better than it looked a couple of races ago. So we just need to keep working and we'll get what we deserve."
Graham Rahal #2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 15th/Finished 11th)
"The Medi | Zone car was pretty good in the race, especially in the dry. I just went into the corner and locked up. I was making up time. I felt confident and unfortunately I was too confident and nudged the tires going into Turn 8 which must have damaged the steering rack and we didn't know that until we came in to get another nose and went back out and the car wouldn't turn and we hit the wall again. The track was difficult today and very slippery."
"Speedy" Dan Clarke #4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 13th/Finished 12th)
"It was a disappointing outcome, but once again, we showed we have good speed in the races. I'm frustrated with the official call to make me drop back a place, as it allowed several other drivers to get through. I made a call to stay on dry tires as it started to rain and everyone else elected to go to wets. For a short while, it looked like the decision was a good one, but then I made a mistake as the grip was coming in. The fact is, we started P13, and then we were running P4, so I feel confident as we move on to Edmonton and San Jose. Both were strong races for us last year, and I know we can do well again. Finally, I'd like to say thank you to the team for doing another outstanding job. I'm sorry I didn't bring the car home for them this time."
Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 8th/Finished 13th)
"Obviously we were hoping for a better result today. I had managed to avoid Tracy after his contact with the wall and thought I was clear of the accident when Gommendy came around the corner with a lot of speed and crashed; taking the rear wing off of my car. We started today on the Bridgestone Reds and weren't sure what the weather was going to do but in the end we decided to get at least one lap on them. I figured with our strong qualifying yesterday we would have a better chance for a good finish with the #34 car but it looks like we'll just have to wait until Edmonton."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 10th/Finished 14th)
"I couldn't understand what had happened at first, I got a really good start and picked up a few positions, then coming into turn three I saw two cars touch and I just avoided them. I kept going and then suddenly when I got to turn seven it just felt like my front wing fell off and the car didn't turn at all and went straight into the wall. After watching the replay I just couldn't believe what actually happened, I mean what are the odds that you could just push a wing around like that for half a lap, it's extremely unlucky. It's very disappointing for me because I wanted to give all the Canadian fans a good result, we didn't qualify well but the car was good and I think with all the mayhem that happened we would've been right up there challenging for the win."
Katherine Legge #11 Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 16th/Finished 16th)
"I was coming out of turn seven and I saw Tristan Gommendy in the air and then Paul Tracy stuck me into the wall. It's disappointing because we had such a great car this weekend and the team did an outstanding job getting the car repaired from Saturday. I think the team is on a roll and I am looking forward to Edmonton."
Alex Figge #29 PCM/Molecule Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 17th /Finished 17th)
"By the time Katherine and I came around the corner, the debris was scattered all over the track and we had now where to go. It was a forgettable weekend for sure."