Molson Indy Toronto Second Round Qualifying Session Quotes Sebastien Bourdais ...
Molson Indy Toronto Second Round Qualifying Session Quotes
Sebastien Bourdais #1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it feels good to be back up front. We've had some ups and downs this year. Obviously, today everything went well. I just made a mistake in the 15-minute practice. The McDonald's crew did an awesome job to put the thing together, to bring it on time so I could have the chance to challenge for the pole position. We pulled it off. The first stint was pretty short, but the third lap is usually not the fastest one. You know, I saw traffic in front of me. I said, you know what, it's going to be a good set to start the race on. I was expecting to improve on the second set. It really never happened. The guys were starting to pit in front of me. It was looking pretty good. Then the red came out. We never really got a chance to see what the car was able to do. I think we have a strong package. It's no real surprise. We had the strong package last year. As you can see, the position is getting really tough. Both PT and Justin could have probably ended up on pole also. It's just a matter of not real luck, but just a bit of success. I guess today was for us. We have to work hard tomorrow to keep it."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "That was really tough to take. I was up two tenths (of a second) on Sebastien with two corners to go. I'm really disappointed with Cristiano (da Matta). He looked like he decided to slow down to launch a lap with me right behind him and I had to back out of it. I slowed down to get some room and get ready to try again but then the Red Flag came out and that was it. But the car is better than yesterday and we'll be strong in the race. We just have to get through the first corner and see how things play out."
Justin Wilson #9 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Yeah, it's very close, and it just shows how competitive the championship is these days. After yesterday's performance, we're very pleased to have made this jump to go from seventh up to third. It's quite an improvement. I'm just pleased with the whole team, the way they've kept working at it. Myself and my engineer have given the guys quite a bit of work today. But they've not complained and they've done it. We've managed to get the result because of that. I am very grateful of that. We're able to keep pushing and working hard. Just trying to keep up with Paul and Sebastien. They're doing a good job at the minute. The closer we can keep to them, the better we're going to feel."
Oriol Servia #2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This was the best qualifying we have had so far for the PacifiCare team so I am very, very happy. We're only two-tenths behind the fastest man of the planet and that is pretty good. I'm especially happy because I think we have a good race car. Nobody's car feels good here on old tires but I think we have the best of those. We're getting closer to the front in every session so we are going to keep the faith."
Alex Tagliani #15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am certainly happy with the progress today but we just couldn't find that final couple of tenths we needed to get on the front row. There wasn't as much grip out there this morning after a bit of rain overnight but the boys did a brilliant job to change my engine just before the first practice session after we found a problem with a fuel injector. They did the entire job in about an hour and we only missed about five minutes of the session. The guys were fantastic to get it changed so quickly -- they just keep getting better and better. In qualifying my first run went well, but because of the red flag I didn't get a chance to improve even further on my second set of tires. The track gets quicker and quicker and you want to leave your run until the last minute, but the red flag can sometimes catch you out. We have been quick all weekend long and tomorrow fuel mileage is going to be important tomorrow. I really think we have a very good shot of getting another podium finish."
Mario Dominguez #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We started getting more understeer this afternoon but I think we had the car dialed in pretty well for the second stint. We were just getting up to speed and were on a quick lap when the Red Flag came out so it's really disappointing. On the plus side, the car seems to be pretty easy on the Bridgestone tires so I think we'll be good on long runs tomorrow. Toronto is a place where anything can happen and usually does, so we'll see if we can't come out with a podium finish."
Jimmy Vasser #12 Gulfstream/PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PKV Racing team has made a lot of gains with our street circuit program. We are definitely more in the hunt, but we still have some areas where we need to improve. Seventh and eighth on the grid is not where we want to be, but we can compete for the podium from the fourth row because I feel we have good car. The PKV Racing team is moving in the right direction, but we just have to stay with it and continue to improve."
Cristiano da Matta #21 Bell-Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bell Micro/PKV Racing team did not make as much progress from yesterday to today as we would have liked. The track changed a little and we just couldn't follow up on the changes we made to the car today. The PKV Racing team has a lot more work to do before tomorrow's race, but I am confident that the engineering staff will come up with something to improve the car."
A.J. Allmendinger #10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm really happy for Justin. He did a great job today. We did an engine change and really pushed to get the car on the track for qualifying. My guys did a great job, but we still just had no grip in the car. Starting ninth is not what I wanted, but we know what needs to be done to get a good result for tomorrow."
Nelson Philippe #34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It is a pretty good qualifying position considering the guys who are ahead of me. We are still a second off the lead -- it's closer than we've ever been but definitely we want to be closer but I think for tomorrow, it will be alright. If we can get the balance just a little bit better, I know we can go even faster tomorrow. We will work on it and see what happens in the warm-up Sunday. But overall I am happy with my performance today and that's good for the future."
Andrew Ranger #27 Tide/Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was much better then yesterday and this morning, but I still need a couple seconds. The engineers gave me the best car we had for today, and I did a little mistake in one corner, but it's racing and it's a very close competition. We got everything we could out of the car for qualifying; I changed my line in a couple of corners and try to improve. We will look at the data tonight, and I'll work with the engineers to get ready for the long race tomorrow."
Bjorn Wirdheim #4 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am struggling to find the pace on new tires. I have to learn the track on Friday and there is not enough time or enough sets of tires for me to get the optimum lap time out of the car. The car is good, the set-up feels good, Will (Phillips, Engineer) has given me a fast car and I am looking forward to that for the race tomorrow. I am sure we will have a quick race pace. Every lap was getting better and better in qualifying but I was just not quick enough fast enough, so I have some more work to do there, I will work on getting the most out of fresh tires faster."
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am not really sure what to say. It is disappointing that we are off the pace. The other guys are going so much quicker through the corners, but not Ryan and I. I am not really sure what is going on, or how we can fix it. The set up on the DHL Global Mail car is ok, so I really don't think it has to do with that. It is a shame, at the beginning of the season we were competitive, now we are just struggling and not being able to be competitive in the last couple of races is really putting us at a loss."
Alex Sperafico #55 HVM Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The session was going well. I had a good run in the first stint. We came in and looked for a few places to improve. I went out for the second stint and the car was great, I was getting better and better every lap and I matched my best time from the previous stint. I was on my final lap and my time was up three-tenths. I knew that turn six is where I had been losing time so I was preparing for that turn when I lost the back on entry, unfortunately there is no room for mistakes and I hit the wall. I am sorry for my crew, I knew I had a great chance today to qualify well and this is a disappointment. On the other hand, I am really looking forward to the race tomorrow because I am happy with my car."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-
Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are lost. That is all there is to it. The car keeps changing, once something feels right, something else changes. Towards the end of the qualifying session I was giving it all I had, and then I was blocked on my last two laps, so I could not even try to get a good lap in. It is very frustrating and difficult to be in this situation as a team. I am just loss for words. I guess we will wait and see what happens tomorrow."
Marcus Marshall #5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am starting to have a few nightmares about red flags right at the end of qualifying sessions. It seems to happen to me every race. I was about 2/10ths of a second up going into turn three when the red flag came out this time. We made a change which really helped the car and it was dramatically different than before. It is a continual learning process for me, but the positive aspect is we have really improved the car and that will be a big plus for tomorrow's race. I can't wait to get back in it in the warm-up tomorrow morning. Once we made the change, I kept getting faster and faster but then the session finished too early. I am looking forward to the race and taking a serious shot at a top ten finish. The plan is to have a good steady race and keep out of trouble."