CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Pre-race quoteboard


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

"It's (Vancouver) a challenging track and as a matter of fact it probably has one of the longest full throttle periods of time during the year like Elkhart Lake. From Turn 4 all the way down, it's flat even through the kink so you are a long time at full throttle. It's exciting. There is high braking and the corners are slow which makes it an interesting and challenging track. Push to Pass will be very powerful if you use it there but you won't have so many shots. You can only use a couple of times so you have to make sure if you use it you pass. Compared to last year we have the same level of speed but the thing is we are much more successful and we don't have bad luck so far. It's a much better year for us. We have a full time sponsorship with McDonald's and that helped our program. Things are looking pretty good we won four races out of six and we just hope to continue this.

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

"Vancouver is a good race track. I like to race in the city of Vancouver. It's one of my favorite cities we race in all year. Last year I finished second and this year I hope the PacifiCare car will do even better because the Championship is very close. It will be important to finish well. I like racing in Vancouver - it's a nice city with a lot of race fans. That's for sure the nicest thing about racing in Vancouver. It's a very beautiful city with a lot of mountains and the ocean. I wish I had more time to spend a few days there. I think in Vancouver the Push 2 Pass will be a big factor because of the long straight on the back of the track. If you use it right you can pass the guy in front of you."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"Vancouver is a great city and it's fun to be in town for the week leading up to the Molson Indy. There's a great atmosphere and Molson hosts some cool events in the city and at the race track. Fans have the opportunity to meet drivers or teams and see the cars at the track, and mix with other fans at street festivals and parties. It's entertaining for the drivers, crew members and fans alike!

The Vancouver street course always makes for interesting racing. The track is a mix of high and low speed corners and it gets pretty narrow in some places, so it can be tough to pass. The most challenging part of the course is the last chicane because of the curves and it's a high-speed area, so the car jumps over the curbing hard. The Johnson Controls team have been working hard all season and holding on to a top-five position in the point standings. It's important for us remain competitive and stay ahead for the season. Our plan for the weekend is to go with a solid street course set-up, put together a fast car and qualify well. If I'm in a good starting position and can maintain or move ahead in the race, then we have a good chance for success on Sunday."

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

"Vancouver is a special place-- the city is incredible and the fans really know their racing. We are in the midst of our busiest part of our season, so hopefully we can pick up where we left off in Toronto. Toronto and Vancouver are different in layout, but they are similar in the fact that they are tight, bumpy street circuits, so we'll see what we can put together."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"I have had some success at Vancouver; I raced there twice in Barber Dodge, started on the pole once and finished third once. Last year as a rookie in Champ Cars, I finished sixth. I like the Vancouver track and I love British Columbia. We have been working very hard on specific areas to stabilize the car since Toronto and that should make a big difference in Vancouver, I am looking forward to it."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

"Vancouver should be a good race weekend for us. I had a very fast racecar in Toronto, unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to show it in the race, but we will definitely apply everything we have learned to Vancouver. We have been continually developing our street circuit car all year and I think we have made big improvements. As for the city, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities we race in. I am going a day or two early just to get a chance to enjoy the city, it has everything to offer and is one of my favorites for sure."

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

"I'm really looking forward to Vancouver for several reasons. For one, I love the track and the last time I raced there in 2002 with Barber Dodge, I won. But really, it's a great event and great city, like all the stops Champ Car makes in Canada. Add to that, that each weekend we're making progress. We didn't get the finish that we wanted in Toronto, but we did have a good race car. So I'm looking forward to putting it on the track in Vancouver and getting the result I know we're now capable of doing."

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

"We have been getting faster with each race, and I know a podium finish is within our reach. Our last two race results are by no means any indication of what our season has been like so far. In Vancouver, I just need to continue qualifying well and try to avoid trouble during the race."

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

We had a really good run at Vancouver last year with a Reynard and coming from a great result in Toronto I think we can keep the momentum going. We where up for a 5th place finish last season when 15 laps to the end we lost 3rd gear. We ended up finishing 7th and I'm looking to improve on that. I like the Vancouver circuit a lot and I think that in race conditions the Reynard chassis should perform well. I have a lot of confidence in the team and the guys have been working really well on the pit stops which always helps when the race comes.

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

"I am anxious to drive my car in Vancouver; in the last two races there I just missed the podium finishing fourth twice. I haven't found the best setting in my car for street courses so I do not know what to expect this year. We will try completely new things compared to what we used in Long Beach and Toronto, so I hope we can find something. It is a really fun circuit, although it is very slippery, and it is really difficult to drive with cold tires. The team is improving every race and the only thing I am sure of, is that we will continue getting better, so, everything could happen."

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

"It's a shame we lost what would have been a fifth place run in Toronto, but that will drive me even more heading into Vancouver. The incident that ended my day angered me somewhat, so my job is to channel that energy into another positive race result this weekend. I'm confident in my team, more determined than ever, and feel that the Nextel car is capable finishing higher than what we've shown thus far."

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

"I had my best finish ever in Toronto, and have been improving my results since the beginning of the season. We just need to continue our good phase and finish in the top-10 again in Vancouver."


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