CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Pre Race Quotes

Toronto Prec Race Quotes ALEX ZANARDI (Target Reynard Honda), on back-to-back runner-up finishes at Toronto: "With a close second last year, I'm still looking for my first victory in Canada, so I'm anxious to get back there [Toronto]. Right ...

Toronto Prec Race Quotes

ALEX ZANARDI (Target Reynard Honda), on back-to-back runner-up finishes at Toronto: "With a close second last year, I'm still looking for my first victory in Canada, so I'm anxious to get back there [Toronto]. Right now, our team has so much confidence, so it's fun to get to each track and push for a top finish."

JIMMY VASSER (Target Reynard Honda), on his enjoyment of Toronto: "I'm looking forward to Toronto. It's a fun race and a great city. Our team keeps moving in the right direction and I'm confident that we'll have a great car ready for the Molson Indy street course."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford), on his five victories at Toronto: "The Toronto course is one of my favorite street circuits and it's a course that seems to really fit my style. Three podium finishes so far this season isn't indicative of what our potential has been. We had a strong race last week in Cleveland [finishing second] and plan to carry that momentum to Toronto. This is the middle of the season, when wins seem harder to get for us. No one in this sport is a quitter, though, and we plan to work hard to continue our good races in Toronto. I wouldn't mind winning my sixth Molson Indy race and adding to my Canadian collection. I also love the town and the manner in which the race is run. It's very professional."

GIL de FERRAN (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda), on the importance of the pre-race warm-up: "The warm-up is really a warm-up for the car. The warm-up for the driver happens later on, nearer to race time, when I start reviewing everything in my mind - everything I did to get to that particular point that weekend and what I'm going to be doing during the race. I go through it again and again and again, top make sure nothing has been missed. In my case, that makes me feel more confident."

DERRICK WALKER, Walker Racing owner, on the importance of setup on temporary street circuits: "Toronto is the second race in a row on a temporary circuit, where it is impossible to test ahead of time. That makes it doubly important to start with a good setup and to have a minimum of problems during practice, so you can fine-tune the car for qualifying and the race."

BOBBY RAHAL (Miller Lite Reynard Ford), on his memories of Toronto: "The Toronto race has been special to me, as has racing in Canada. I started my racing near Toronto and winning the inaugural race is something I'll never forget. In recent years, we've had cars capable of winning also, but the breaks haven't fallen our way. I think we'll have another strong car this year and I'd sure like to win my last Toronto race Toronto is one of those places that, no matter what you do, you do it right. We've always qualified well. We've always finished well. I just have the knack for that place. I have a feel for it. I won there, then second, and third quite often. It's just a place I always look forward to going to. Just as the Australians, the Canadian people are very sophisticated about their racing. They're all fans of the sport. They really study it. And it's always great going to places where your record and your efforts are not only appreciated but known and understood."

MARK BLUNDELL (Motorola PacWest Mercedes), on defending his Molson Indy championship: "Obviously, we're looking forward to going back to Toronto as the defending race champion. It was my best race of the season last year. I've already been to Toronto earlier in the year to do a promotional day, and it was very well received. I'm looking forward to a successful race weekend. We're making progress and getting further and further up the grid each week. Hopefully, we'll continue to move forward this weekend. There's no reason why we can't achieve a strong and solid result."

MAURICIO GUGELMIN (Hollywood PacWest Mercedes), on the PacWest Racing Group's success in Canada: "Canada has been very kind to the PacWest team. I had my first win in Vancouver last year and Mark [Blundell] had a great race at Toronto. It's another street course, where we always like to race. Now that we've got our car working, we're looking for a great result Toronto is one of my favorites on the CART schedule. Molson does a tremendous job building the event and taking care of the fans. The Canadians love racing almost as much as hockey. It's also a great town for Japanese food."

ANDRE RIBEIRO (Marlboro Penske Mercedes), on racing in Toronto: "I've always had very good races in Toronto. In 1994 [with Indy Lights], I finished second and in 1996, I got my first road-course pole. Last year was especially important because I had my first podium finish of the season [third], which marked a turning point for us. So hopefully, we'll have a good race this weekend in Toronto and it will be a fresh start for me and the entire Marlboro team. I think that each week, we show more and more the potential of the Marlboro car. It's just a matter of time before all the pieces come together."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (Kmart Swift Ford), on the challenges of the Toronto circuit: "Toronto is a straight-forward street course that's very well built. It's been repaved in the last few years, so it's a lot smoother to drive. There a not a lot of passing places because it's very narrow, so you really have to calculate a pass. If you have a solid car, you can pretty much stay in front of the other drivers all the way. Qualifying is very important at all street courses. Qualifying hasn't been exactly our strong point so far this season, so I hope we can put a clear lap together so we can start up front. We plan to turn a competitive run at Cleveland into a good race in Toronto. It was good to run up front. Now we just need to stay there until the checkered flag."

RICHIE HEARN (Budweiser/Ralphs Swift Ford), on the Toronto layout: "Toronto is a neat track. It's fast and bumpy, which is pretty typical of a street course. It has a long straight[away] and a few heavy braking areas that promote passing. The fan support in Toronto is phenomenal! Everyone gets involved in the events supporting the race earlier in the week and that carries over into the weekend. It is definitely one of my favorite cities to race in. The people are terrific, it's a beautiful location with a lot of things to do while we're there and there's great food everywhere."

PJ JONES (Castrol-Degree Reynard Toyota), on past success at Toronto: "I like racing in Toronto. I won the 1991 Indy Lights race there. It's a tough street circuit, but if we can get the cars working, we could finish in the points."

ALEX BARRON (Castrol-Degree Reynard Toyota), on close quarters at Toronto: "Toronto is a compact course. It's very narrow, bumpy and the blind corners can be challenging. I started the [KOOL/Toyota] Atlantic race from the pole in Toronto last year, but finished sixth. It's nice going into this weekend knowing that I'm already familiar with the circuit."

Source: CART Online

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar