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PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's very important to set the fastest time on Friday as it gives you more leeway for Saturday. Team Player's can now either concentrate on race set ups or save tires for the race. But, I think we will attack again tomorrow and hope that we can get into a rhythm for the second qualifying session. Hopefully we will get more laps tomorrow. The red flag situation threw everything out of whack. At the end, it was difficult to get a quick lap as everybody went out at the same time."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The PacifiCare car was really good. I was really confident. We came to qualify. Unfortunately, when I was put in first gear to get out of the pits, there was a red flag. Then there was a big mess with everybody on the track at the end of the session, and I couldn't get a clear lap. That's pretty much what's happened. It's unfortunate. I don't know, Tracy is now saying that someone was slow, but I was in a very good lap. About like turn six or turn seven, like in the middle of the track, I caught Tagliani and Tracy at 20 miles per hour. It was really bad. Took out my chances to improve. I'm a little disappointed on this side."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think it's not different than the rest of the tracks that I didn't know before (laughter). I discover pretty much every track this year. It's a bit easier than Toronto because of the conditions we got this morning. I've been able to put more laps on dry conditions. I could go up still a bit earlier. I was about ready for the qualifying session. Unfortunately, as Bruno said, we got a red, then I only got one shot, with one set of tires. I was pretty happy with the car. As everybody, I think I got someone in one of my biggest lap. But it's pretty much always the same deal in a street course. It's as it is."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We have a good car this weekend and it's turning out to be a great weekend for the Rocketsports team. I'm pleased with the fantastic job from the guys (Rocketsports team). We switched tires and actually ran faster on an older used set. I know we have a podium can and we can be faster. I am just disappointed we didn't get the opportunity to get a fast lap with Tracy blocking me, and there's data and witnesses to prove this. He (Tracy) did a 1:06 and I was doing a 1:02, but he wouldn't let me get by. He's got the pole and he'll do whatever it takes to preserve it. It's the hardest thing for a driver that knows they've got the fastest time so far, to move over and let someone else challenge him and possibly take that away. That's no way to compete."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The red flag hurt everybody the same, but the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team was running with the quick cars, so we had the same chance as they did. Everything went well while we were qualifying, we were just .4 too slow. I think we are closer to Paul Tracy than we were in Toronto, but we still need to catch up a little. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team had one quick lap on each set of tires so I think we took our best shot today. There was a little bit of traffic on my last lap, but even if it had been a clean lap I wasn't going to be on the pole. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team just needs to find a little more speed for final qualifying tomorrow. We don't have a long way to go, just some more fine-tuning."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm very pleased with the development we've done here today. We based our starting point on our Toronto setup and the car has handled quite well. It still needs to be a bit better on the long runs but it is pretty good so far. It's unfortunate that we got that misfire toward the end of qualifying - the track gets a lot faster in the final few minutes and I think I had more still to get out of it. But overall, I'm very pleased with our performance so far."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Things did not work out today. On my first run the car was understeering. On my second stint, I flat spotted my tires and the Player's car would not turn left. The car is much better than what the results show. At the start of the session, I sincerely believed that we would do much better. At the end, it was very difficult to get a clear lap with everybody out, but it was the same for everyone. On this track, we must move up on the final grid as there are too many curves to make your way up during the race."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The name of the game today was getting a clear lap in qualifying. When you put all the cars on the track in the last ten minutes it is difficult for everyone to get a clear run. Obviously we didn't get the run we wanted and so we are ninth. I know we have a very good car and if we get a chance to show it I think we can be right at the front of the field. I had at least two laps today that would have put us on the front row, but there just wasn't enough track to finish the run."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The car feels good on older tires. When we put on new tires, it is the same problem. We develop a huge amount of push and can't balance the car. That has been our headache all year and that is where we are losing. I did my fastest time with a lot of laps on the tires. We just need to find a way to make the car more balanced with new tires because the car is more competitive than 10th place. It feels great to be in Vancouver. I love the city. It doesn't bother me what happened last year [with the accident]. It is out of my mind."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I think we started off the pace this morning, but be made a good step in the right direction between the first and second session. After that for qualifying we improved quite a lot. We were okay, but unlucky with Tiago's crash. I was just starting my quick laps of that set and it took awhile to recover and I was only able to use 1 set of tires. I also had problems with the dash that made it hard changing gears, but we're in better shape than the last 3 races and I think we'll be even better tomorrow."
MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We're showing progress and we're more competitive than before. During the second set of qualifying (after the red flag), I found traffic on my second to best lap. We still have to know the car better, but we're showing progress and are looking for a solid Top 10 tomorrow."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We are struggling a lot today. It's really strange because we've had fairly decent set ups out of the box at virtually every race but today it's like I'm driving on ice. We'll need to sit down with Roberto (Moreno) and his engineers and compare notes. It's a very serious problem right now and I don't know where it's coming from so hopefully we'll find something we can use from the other car. I didn't have any problems with traffic at all; we got clear laps and the times were consistent - just not fast enough."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I have horrible understeer, the car just won't turn. If we can just get the car to turn around the corners we'll be much faster. I am confident we will get it sorted, but we have some work to do. On a positive note, we only used one set of tires, so I'll have an extra fresh set for the race, which will help."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It was a bad session and I have a car that is behaving even worse. We didn't catch a break with a clear run that is for sure. We never got the opportunity to give it all we've got, but we know we have a lot of work to do at the same time, we learned one thing today for sure, the Toronto set-up and what we learned there do not apply to Vancouver, Ed (Nathman) will sort it out."