CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Pre-event quoteboard



Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Toronto is the biggest race of the year for me. The Canadian races are always very important to me on a personal level, and Toronto in particular. We're looking good for the event coming off wins at Milwaukee and Cleveland. Team morale is high and we want to get everyone geared up for this event. I tend to have good weekends at the Canadian races so I'm hoping to have another strong event and take my third hometown win."

Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"We've had two very different races in Toronto. McDonald's wasn't involved with us the first season in Toronto and we didn't really succeed all that well there. We finished fifth; we had a tough day, it was just difficult. Last year we had a great event; we unloaded the McDonald's car and it was balanced and I was feeling comfortable. We were flying all weekend and the McDonald's car won the race and it was my first street course win so I was very happy with the things went last year. Last year there was lots of devastation going on behind me on track. It was crazy; I don't know what happened. I guess everybody got really excited. It was the first time with Ford's Push to Pass button in Toronto with the big back straight and everybody was trying hard, perhaps a bit too hard, and it put on a really awesome show for the fans but a lot of cars were stuffed in the walls for sure. Championship-wise it was an okay start but it is not really satisfying for the McDonald's team. We will continue to work hard to get back on top beginning in Toronto. I think the races in Canada are successful because the Canadian fans are really knowledgeable and they always show up in big numbers. It's always awesome. We've got three Canadian races. The Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal races were awesome. Now Edmonton is replacing Vancouver since we can't race there due to construction, and I'm sure it's going to be a great race too."

Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I really enjoy racing in Canada because the fans are so knowledgeable about Champ Car and motorsports in general. I think it is going to be a very exciting two weeks of racing in Canada with Toronto and Edmonton as back-to-back races. I have always enjoyed racing on the Toronto circuit. It has a good mixture of high speed and tight corners. I am very curious to see how the PKV Racing team does on a true street circuit. This is the first street circuit we have raced on since Long Beach where we did not fair as well as we had hoped. We have done well in Toronto in the past and are coming off a good showing last year. I think it will be a good challenge for the team and a good barometer of where we are as a team. Hopefully, the PKV Racing team can build on our second place showing in 2004 and get to the top of the podium this year.'

Cristiano da Matta, #21 PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Toronto is not one of my favorite street circuits, but it is one where I have had some success. It is a very tricky track and very difficult because of the surface changes from asphalt to concrete. The good thing is I very much the city of Toronto and the fans are great. They are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic so it makes for a great atmosphere at the race. I think the Toronto race is going to be a very good test for the PKV Racing team. The last two races we have been running really well, but the Toronto circuit is different from Portland and Cleveland. The last two circuits are more flowing. Now, we are going to a true street course where there is more hard braking and you have to be able to put the power down in the corners. However, I am confident that the PKV Racing team will get the setup correct and that will be key to having a good weekend."

Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I've always like racing in Toronto and this year I am expecting great things with the PacifiCare team. In three races with Newman/Haas we have been able to put the PacifiCare car on the podium and hopefully we will be able to win soon. I have always liked street races. The Toronto race is always an exciting one because it's easy for the drivers to make mistakes. There are a couple of really good overtaking places where too many things usually happen so we just have to be smart and cool and I'm sure we're going to have a good race. The Toronto track is a good combination of some fast turns, slower corners and hard-braking areas where a lot of overtaking happens. It's very challenging for engineers because it's quite slippery in some of the corners so you need a car with very good grip. You need a good car overall, you're not going to be fast by luck in Toronto and that's why I feel very confident with Newman/Haas there. The Canadian fans really like racing and they don't have as many opportunities to go to the races so when we go there it's really a big party and they really enjoy the event. It's a fantastic event for everybody."

Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Toronto is a lot of fun. I always look forward to racing in Canada. Toronto is such a great city and the spectators are fantastic. Being Paul's teammate this year is going to be a lot of fun. The Forsythe team always has a lot of fans there and it should be great with all the support Paul gets in his home town. Forsythe always seems to have a good car in Toronto and Paul has done well in the past. It's a track I quite like and I've had good races there so I'm hoping for a top finish."

Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Canadian fans are great supporters of Champ Car racing and I'm very excited about competing for the first time at this level in front of a partisan crowd. We are in a tight race for rookie-of-the-year honors and in the overall championship, so it's going to be important not to get too caught up with the pressure of racing" at home". As with any street circuit, you have to be mindful about being too aggressive, since any little mistake will cost you, but I am confident the Mi-Jack Conquest/Tide team can be among the frontrunner's this weekend. I have some good memories from Toronto where I finished second last year in the Atlantic series after qualifying fourth and a repeat visit to the podium would certainly be a huge thrill."

Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Toronto will be the same as every track in terms of I have to first learn the track before moving forward with the car set-up. It looks like a really nice track that is interesting for the driver to compete on. After Cleveland, where our performance was not bad, I think that we are well prepared for Toronto. I hope that we can finish the race in the top five and find a way to loose our bad luck that we have had in the last couple of weekends. I look forward to returning to a street course and anticipate a good result because I did so well at Long Beach starting and finishing sixth. I hope to improve those positions and finish on the podium Sunday."

Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I've watched the tapes, but I've never been to Toronto before. I have been to Canada once before, last year for the Formula 1 race in Montreal and I really enjoyed it and I have been looking forward to coming back to Canada and seeing Toronto and Edmonton. Toronto I is one of the places where the Swedish hockey team plays, so I know the Toronto fans have a lot of energy and I am sure it will be the same this weekend. The layout looks pretty similar to Long Beach and I thought the Long Beach circuit was really good. I like racing on street circuits and hopefully now, with a few Champ Car races under my belt, I have a better feeling of the car and that is very important on street circuits. We will take our experience from other tracks and use that to my advantage. I am really looking forward to the event, I have heard so much about it and I can't wait to experience the great support and atmosphere the Canadian fans create."

Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Toronto is one of my favorite tracks and the event itself is probably the most fun all season. I know the team has a good car so our goal is to be up there with the best. My ankle is not fully recovered and still hurts but I have rested it a lot and had rehabilitation treatments. We are always treated well when we go to Toronto so I can't wait to get there!"

Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sports Drink Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"This is our first stop on the Canadian leg of the Champ Car World Series. Toronto is always a fun, well-organized event, with huge, enthusiastic crowds. I won here in a Barber Dodge Pro Series car a few years ago and I was in the running for a podium finish last year, but got hit hard with only a lap to go. I anticipate a good race weekend, as we made some good changes before the race in Cleveland that were very positive. Unfortunately, we were unable to see just how significant those changes were because my race ended during the first lap. So I am confident we will have a good car this weekend. All in all this is a great weekend for all involved and I hope we can get a good result this time around."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Bjorn Wirdheim , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Timo Glock , Cristiano da Matta