CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Ford Racing Saturday qualifying report

Tagliani and Vasser qualify inside the top 10 for Molson Indy Vancouver. Notes: VASSER TO MAKE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE TOP-10 START - Player's/Forsythe driver and defending polesitter Alex Tagliani qualified eighth for tomorrow's Molson Indy Vancouver...

Tagliani and Vasser qualify inside the top 10 for Molson Indy Vancouver.

Notes:
VASSER TO MAKE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE TOP-10 START - Player's/Forsythe driver and defending polesitter Alex Tagliani qualified eighth for tomorrow's Molson Indy Vancouver with a lap of 60.869 seconds, while Team Rahal driver Jimmy Vasser qualified ninth with his lap of 60.942 seconds. Cristiano da Matta claimed his fifth pole of the season with his effort of 60.339 seconds, which broke the qualifying record of 60.405 seconds established in 2000 by Dario Franchitti. Provisional polesitter Paul Tracy qualified second and Dario Franchitti was third, while Scott Dixon and Michael Andretti rounded out the top five.

Quotes:
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 8th - "It's going to be difficult tomorrow because this track is not very good for passing so if you start up front you have a very big advantage. Obviously we have to start from where we are and try to make it up and score points."

HOW MUCH DOES THE CROWD SUPPORT HELP YOU? "Every time we come here the event is very popular. It was packed yesterday and the crowd is going to increase everyday until tomorrow. I hope we can finish well tomorrow because it would be nice for the fans."

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Qualified 9th - "We didn't make any big changes this morning and the car was just reasonable. Then we made a change for the last set of tires that was just overkill and I had too much understeer. When you're looking for a couple tenths and you go a couple of tenths backwards that's not a good jump. We'll see what we can get tomorrow."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 16th - "I crashed the primary car this morning so we had to go to the backup car this afternoon and we couldn't use the same engine we had this morning, which was very fast. The chassis on the backup car ... I've got to say it was horrible. The car was really, really loose and I kept losing it everywhere. I couldn't put the power down and I couldn't go forward, so it was a tough afternoon. But that's life."

DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE YOU CAN DO SOMETHING FROM YOUR STARTING POSITION? "Yeah, I'm going to hope. We'll see if some people go out of the race and we can score some points. Maybe we can pass some people in the pits and have a better racecar tomorrow. We had a much better car this morning; it was faster and the track was slower, so hopefully the same scenario will present itself tomorrow. We've got a lot of work to do tomorrow."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Competition Ford) - Qualified 17th - "We had improved the car quite a bit but unfortunately we did not make the correct final changes so we went backwards and couldn't improve our time. It's too bad because we definitely had a shot at the top 10. We'll just keep on trying and see what happens in the race tomorrow."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Qualified 18th - "I'm very, very disappointed. We had a very good day yesterday and I was hoping for a good day today too. We had a fuel pressure problem with the primary car so we brought out the backup car that had a different setup. Then I was having problems with the gearbox so I couldn't get a good lap going."

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO GET UP TO SPEED IN THE BACKUP CAR WITH ONLY A HANDFUL OF LAPS REMAINING? "Well ... when things are right it's easy, but when things aren't right it's not so easy."

-ford-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Cristiano da Matta