Molson Indy Toronto - Race Quotes SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS ( ...
Molson Indy Toronto - Race Quotes
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I think the McDonald's crew did an awesome job. We had a great car today. We knew that doing the pole position was a big advantage. I had a moment at the start with Paul, he tried really hard. He moved to the left before I could even take the race line, so I had to stay inside and brake inside at turn three, first lap. I had to save fuel as much as I could. The target from the time was really high. I was struggling to keep up with the mileage and to keep Tracy in my back. It worked out really, really well. The team did a great job at figuring out what was the right figure because we stopped one lap later than Paul, and we still have been able to hold him up. You know, I just push really hard and try to pit early on the second stop to make sure that we were not going to get stopped by a yellow. I put a very good lap, 60.3, just pulled away, and after that was a pretty easy race except we had a lot of restarts. I think we did a really good job today."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We were focused on keeping our nose clean. I was snipping to the outside to gain positions. We were able to make it through Turn 1 with no problems, and I was able to pass several cars. It was a great finish and we got good points. It was the first podium for the team and Gulfstream, so that is great. I am really happy with the energy in the team. I have been working with them and it (the team) is really starting to come around. It is a great effort, we just need to work on the technical side of the team to really improve our car and get me faster out there on the track."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It's fantastic to do well in Toronto - I've never been lucky here, and this is my best result ever; I so happy. My car was very fast, but I had a problem with too much brakes at the rear early on ... after we sorted that out, I was able to run well, and managed to keep out of trouble on the track - although I stalled it twice in the pits and I'm pretty lucky to be here! I kept half of my 'push to pass' until the end and that worked well too - overall a great result for me; I'm a better racer than qualifier and that showed today. Thank you Toronto!"
MARIO HABERFELD (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)
"Our strategy was to finish the race without taking unnecessary risks. The pit-stops were good, keeping me in the mix. The result is better than we expected, but it showed we can compete with the top teams in the series. This is my best result of the season so far, and we are hoping to earn a podium finish sometime soon."
PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I'm a bit perplexed ... Wilson spun in front of me, and I get penalised for tagging him, and then, after I arrive at turn one ahead of Jourdain and have the corner, I get another penalty because he wouldn't give it up?"
ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"The Rocketsports/Johnson Controls crew worked hard all weekend, right up to this morning and made some improvements to the car. The No. 8 Johnson Controls Lola was the best it's been all weekend. My plan was to be careful and do my best out there from ninth on the grid. At one point I was running in the top two and three. There were a lot of mistakes made in the race and a lot of action out on the track. It was confusing, but the team has a lot of data to review and sort through to make sense of it all."
RYAN HUNTER (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was really an up and down day. We had a decent start and then I passed down into turn one and I didn't know it was yellow, so we got a drive-through penalty for that. The craziness of the days event's started after that. I had a good re-start made several passes and ended up needing damaging my front wing so we had to come in for that, two wings in 25 laps. We made our pitstops and legitimately worked our way up to third from the back of the field. I thought we had a podium and with just a lap to go, we got taken out by what was then the fourth place car and caused me to have a flat rear tire. I was hit so hard I could feel the car jump and I am luck I kept it off the wall. I am really disappointed because it was such a tough race and as a group we accomplished a lot. The strategy my team gave me was great, my crew had to work extra hard in the pits today and I drove to the front from the back of the field despite everything that happened, so I am proud of that."
ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We managed to gain a few positions at the start, and maintain our strategy of running an error-free race. A lot of the drivers chose to take chances, which caused a lot of accidents. My car was good, and I truly felt we could get a top-10 finish today, which we did. I'm now looking forward to even more improvement in Vancouver."
A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"That wasn't good. The day was terrible, but the Western Union car was great in the race which makes the result even more upsetting. It started off bad. I don't know what Ryan was thinking. The caution came out after Bruno and Mario's contact. We went down into the corner, yellow flags waving every where, and he took me out. That started it off. After that, I was being aggressive and used all the tires up on the first stint. I lost it into (Turn) 8 trying to get around (Roberto) Gonzalez. From there on, I was just kind of riding around. I found that my car was absolutely amazing on the second and third stints. I think (Sebastien) Bourdais was the only guy faster than me. We just have to figure out how to get through the first stint."
JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"What can I say? I am obviously disappointed. The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team did a great job! The car was fantastic, and my crew gave me very good pit-stops, allowing us to take over Paul (Tracy). On the re-start he tried to pass me with a very aggressive move, pushing me against the wall. There was nowhere for me to go, and he kept hitting me until I spun. It is frustrating when you are so competitive and have your race ruined like that. At least I was able to stay in the race and collect a few championship points."
ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It was a disappointing end to a great run for us. I had great stops and my Nextel car was solid all day. We were positioned to challenge for another good result, but unfortunately some bent suspension cut our day short."
RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"We had a good rhythm - my lap times were okay, but we bent a toe-link and went a lap down because we had to change it. I'm better and better every race, and as frustrating as this weekend was at the end, I'm already looking forward to Vancouver".
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"Obviously, I'm extremely disappointed. It's a shame that Paul Tracy doesn't know how to compete fairly. I gave him enough room to race and he didn't return the favor. Someone hit me from behind at the start, so the Gigante crew and I had to work extremely hard to get into the top-six. It's a shame that our effort couldn't be rewarded with the result that we deserved."
MEMO GIDLEY (#17 LeasePlan Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"I went from 20th to 12th pretty quickly and then got spun around by Allmendinger. Then I tried to catch up from a lap down. I got sideways in lap 36 and couldn't save it, but I had a great time and enjoyed getting back into a Champ Car. I'm proud to have driven the No. 17 Rocketsports/LeasePlan car and work with a great crew."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)
"It is too bad. We had a good car, we had a good starting position. I was on the outside, Bruno didn't give me any room and he turned into me. I feel really bad because we have been fast this weekend, we should have had a very good race. We'll just have to do it in Vancouver."