CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Saturday quoteboard


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

No, I think everybody got quicker and quicker and quicker. That's why everybody wants to wait really. I think when we tried the first time, the track was at its best pretty much, and I think I've been able to put like three laps in a row very clean and clear and just building at the speed, and that's working pretty well with these tires. You know, I'm just glad that the setup was pretty correct. I really thank the McDonald's team because they did a great job.

PAUL TRACY (#1 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

Well, I think it was a little bit frustrating. We didn't have the type of car we had yesterday. It was quicker, but we made some changes this morning. The car just really didn't respond as well as we wanted it to. Again, like I said, it was faster, but it was a lot of work to drive it. It wasn't as easy to do the time as it was yesterday. A little bit of a mixed bag of everything, handling, a little bit of oversteer, a little bit of understeer. Obviously, it was a fantastic lap by Sebastien and we weren't close enough to it. But we got the job done on Friday, which puts us on the front row, which is great.

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

I think today was a very, very difficult qualify session. I was very much under pressure. Was a lot of traffic. The first set of tires didn't get -- the last lap was clear, but still not at full speed. And at one point, I was eight. I went to the second set, and I said, "Going to be difficult." I tried to pass, I brushed the wall out of 11, very little, but to have a good exit going to pass him going into turn one. Then I had like a lap left, and I knew that I had to improve my position. At that time I was fifth. I knew that maybe I couldn't go too fast, otherwise if I make a mistake, I would start fifth. I think the PacifiCare car today was good, maybe not good as yesterday. At one point I said, "I need to be top three, I need to be top three," and the final lap I got it.

JUSTIN WILSON (#34 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"First of all, I'm very pleased with the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team. I'm a bit disappointed that we could not qualify higher, as we expected. Due to some traffic I encountered during my last laps of the session, I was unable to improve my time, especially since I felt the car was capable of a top-3 grid position. Nevertheless, the car has been fast all weekend, and I am very confident about tomorrow's race."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"My car is faster today - I'm very happy with it ... I lost my best time when I locked up the front into the first corner after the pits and really flat-spotted my tires. My 59' [59.200 second] was easy to do, so I know the car is good. I missed out towards the end in traffic, and obviously would have preferred to be up the front for the start of the race, but the most important thing is that the car is fast and so I'll just have to get the places back during the racing - watch this space!"

A.J. ALLMENDINGER (#10 BG Products/Red Bull Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I'm fairly satisfied with that session, with 8th place. I led the team in the wrong direction with what I wanted from the car and after practice this morning we kind of went back. I just misread the car. I flat spotted the front tire on my first qualifying run, so there was a bit more speed there. The car was definitely better on the first set of tires; I just didn't get the lap in. We should have a good race car. I think the race will be like Portland in that if your car's OK, you can maintain the tires. If your car's not handling well, you're just going to fade."

JIMMY VASSER (#12 Gulfstream Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I got a bad read on the old tire pressures and it cost us some time out there today. We got faster as the session went on for sure- we were fastest on our final lap I think- but we're still a bit off of where we need to be. We'll have to go back again and look at the data to see how we can improve on it."

MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We need to make improvements on the Gigante car so that we can run a consistent race tomorrow. There are not too many places to pass on this course. The back straight is one possibility, but it's still very difficult. Turn 3 has normally been a place for incidents at the start of the race. Hopefully, we can run a steady race and take advantage of the opportunities that come our way."

RODOLFO LAVIN (#3 Corona Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We've been making a lot of changes this weekend, and improving every session ... springs, roll-centre ... I'm still getting some over-steer into the corners and up to the apex, and some under-steer during the exits; and that's affecting a little how I can get the power down. Maybe we'll make some small changes this evening for the race tomorrow."

MARIO HABERFELD (#5 Cummins Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone)

"The car was much better than yesterday, but still has to get quite a bit better. We were conservative with the tires, which is an advantage for us tomorrow. Overall, I think we should be competitive here in Toronto, and any result in the top-10 will be welcome."

ROBERTO GONZALEZ (#21 NII Holdings, Inc. Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We were expecting to get a bigger jump up the speed chart with newer tires in qualifying, but we only managed to get four tenths out of it. It's difficult to determine what's going on because we are so off right now. I'll have to go back and discuss it with my engineers and get Jimmy's [Vasser] input to make sure the Nextel car is faster tomorrow."

ALEX SPERAFICO (#14 Mi-Jack Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"We were able to improve the car through qualifying, even after the tires were already worn. Unfortunately, once we changed to new tires and expected to go even faster, I encountered too much traffic and was unable to get a clean lap. On the positive side, we were able to make improvements to the car, and hope to run a competitive race tomorrow."


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