Race Quotes A.J. Allmendinger ...
A.J. Allmendinger #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "The whole Forsythe Indeck team, they've been absolutely doing a brilliant job every weekend that I've been with the team. The crew guys, they worked really hard and keep plugging away, and the whole engineering staff, they just did -- this is definitely the hardest weekend to go through because the car wasn't great right away, we had to keep working at it. Seems like every time we get in race mode, they hit it perfect, and the car's just brilliant to drive, nice and smooth, and we can keep the pace, not abuse the tires. Everything's just falling into place so far during the races. It takes a lot during the Champ Car races to have a lot of luck with timing of the yellows and everything that can happen. It's just we've been fortunate, made the right calls, had the car to beat. Just want to keep doing this."
Paul Tracy #3 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was a good race for us. I'm happy for team Forsythe. To come away in Toronto with a 1-2, it's great. I did that back in '02 or '01 with Dario. It's a great feeling to know that our team has rebounded this year. We've got performance back in the car, and the team is up. You know, I had a good race today. AJ was strong. There was a point in the race where everybody was saving a lot of fuel. AJ was starting to pull out a little bit. I knew I could get by if I just tried to use a little bit of fuel for a couple laps. But I was able to get by Sebastien and Wilson, but then had to save a lot of fuel. You know, we had a pretty big margin after the last pit stop, over Sebastien. I was able to really just run at my own pace and try to pace off of AJ. But all in all, happy. You know, it's been a rough year so far. But to come away, we know we can perform, we know we can run with the top guys in the series. To come away with a podium in my hometown is great."
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It's been a little bit of an up and down day. I think I really missed a shot at the start. I had a pretty good reference point for braking, but unfortunately got on the brakes and locked up the right front. Just couldn't make it stick, so had to give up second place. After that, it was all about fuel consumption. The whole race, we ended up saving fuel, saving fuel, saving fuel. When we took that early yellow, it got even worse from there on. Didn't get so many yellows, only one towards the end. We had to save fuel really, really hard. I guess it kind of really threw the race in the end of how you going to catch traffic and who was going to lose the tires and when. Quite honestly, I just missed another shot on Justin. Two laps later PT got me. That's really a shame. But it's one of these days where you just got to think "championship." We took some risks, we've been aggressive, but didn't get desperate and try something stupid. When Paul got a run on me, I just, you know, kept enough room for him to sneak in, and he went around. After, the only problem was Alex took advantage of that, and now I had to pass two cars to get back on the podium. Felt that at some point we were going to get only five out of this thing. Still managed to bring the McDonald's car up front."
Justin Wilson #9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was a difficult day. Starting from the pole position, we were obviously hoping for a little bit more than fourth place, but under the circumstances, I think we had to try and play it smart here and keep ourselves in the game. But we weren't quite quick enough today. We just couldn't get a good balance in the car. We were sliding around and seemed to be giving our tires a harder time than anyone else was. We have to try to work out why we're different than anyone else. We'll learn from this what we can and move on to Edmonton now."
Cristiano da Matta #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I personally thought my race in Portland was better than this one, because it was my first go in the car. This was my third race with RuSPORT, and I expected to be a little bit better by now. We don't always get everything right because we haven't had time to go testing, but step by step, we're getting closer. I think we just have to keep on working. The engineers and mechanics are pushing very hard to make me comfortable as quickly as possible, and I'm pushing myself very hard to adapt myself to everything around me. So, it's a matter of time, and it should be good soon."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "All I have to say right now is what an outstanding job the team did for putting this car together in about two hours. They are the reason why we are out there. The engineers did a great job in giving me a fast car, we had the fastest lap of the race and we never gave up. Even at the end we had the shot at the podium if the race would have kept going green. It was amazing. I can't thank them enough. They are a great group of guys. Early on in the race I didn't want to push. I wanted to be safe. Then I felt that the car was good so I was able to stay close to Tracy, Bourdais, and Wilson and to fight with those guys. We had a pretty good car for the whole race, and I'm so happy with the result."
Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Today I got a really good start, and got a good run down the back straight in turn three and passed a few people. In the first pit stop we lost a position because the rear tires went off really badly and I was struggling for pace. After that the race was just a procession. The last couple of laps were really interesting. I passed Junqueira and unfortunately Zwolsman prevented me from having a chance to attack Alex. Still we had a really good result. I think it put us in really good points off the rookie standings. Compared to how I was in qualifying it was really good for the team."
Bruno Junqueira #2 Newman/Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola -- "I started to have a misfire around Lap 15 or 20 and it continued throughout the race," said Junqueira. "It didn't hurt our performance too much except for the miss-shift where I lost two places. I was shifting from second to third and was full throttle and I had a misfire, miss-shift. Then Tagliani came to pass me. Two corners later, Tagliani went wide and I tried to avoid him and the other guys passed me. I had a good start and gained a position then when the others pit we took a gamble on the pit strategy and stayed out. I think the last yellow helped a lot of people who were tight on fuel. We were good until the end so maybe we could have earned a few positions if some others had to pit if they yellow hadn't come out. At least we finished. After 15 or 20 laps into the race I was worried we wouldn't make it until the end."
Charles Zwolsman #34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "It was an eventful race. At the beginning I wanted to pass Jan Heylen as fast as I could and I did that. After, I was catching Da Matta but I got held up with Kasemets and that created a little incident with Clarke. Later on I had build up on my tires and I was just sliding around a lot for a few laps. We came in for tires but I still had difficulties with the car and I lost a lot of time in that stint. During the end I was putting in some good lap times but we had already lost a lot of time. There were some good parts in the race and some bad parts but ninth is a good overall finish."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I had a good start to the race and we were trying to play with our fuel strategy but with the yellow at the end it did not play out as we wanted. When they realigned the field there was a miscommunication between me and my engineer and I lost a position there. I guess that's racing, we will just have to look forward to the next race and hope to do well in Edmonton in two weeks."
Nelson Philippe #4 CTE Racing --HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "Oriol made a comment in the drivers meeting to stay left when passing after the straight which is exactly the opposite of what he did during the last ten laps today. He broke inside as I went to make the pass which sent me airborne and into the wall. It's disappointing as I know we could have had a chance at a podium finish as we were really quick in the second stint. It felt like I was qualifying every lap. I am proud of the CTE-HVM team as our strategy was to be in fifth position by the first lap and we achieved it. It felt good to lead again--it's definitely a feeling I can get used to."
Oriol Servia #6 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It was a weird race. We had a problem with the left front of the car during the first stint. I still don't know what was wrong. So we pitted early. But, it actually worked out well for the Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team because we had a lot of clear track and I was extremely fast on my own. Then at the end, the other drivers were saving fuel and I was good to go to the end, so I thought we were in good shape. Then Nelson (Philippe), I think, obviously he missed his braking point. I don't know maybe he was focused on something else and just forgot where he was braking and he nailed us. There was nothing I could do at that point. It's a shame for the whole Gulfstream -- PKV Racing team because we had good momentum. We had a good qualifying session, the car was fast, so we are moving forward it is just a shame we missed all those points for the championship."
Katherine Legge #20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone -- "I am not really sure what happened. I was coming out of the last turn and something went wrong. I had big understeer coming out of the corner and there was just no chance I was going to make it. Today just did not go the Bell Micro -- PKV Racing team's way. I came together with Jan (Heylen) early in the race and things just got worse after that. The only redeeming factor was I had the quickest lap time until that happened. It is unfortunate. The Bell Micro -- PKV Racing crew did a good job all weekend and even though the race wasn't going great we were still going to pick up some good points. We will just have to regroup and set our sights on Edmonton."
Dan Clarke #14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone - "It's been technical problems that have shaped this weekend for us, reducing our track time, which led to us starting at the back of the grid. Yesterday's failure in qualifying was a bit of a hairy moment, but the resulting loss of qualifying time was the biggest problem for me. In the race today, both incidents that I was caught up in were due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I just got unlucky, but that's the nature of racing. After going one lap down we would have had a tough fight to get into the points, but I need as much experience as possible, so I'm disappointed not to have gone the distance. It just hasn't been our weekend, but I'll stay positive and be looking to turn it around in Edmonton and bring back the momentum from Portland and Cleveland."