The Molson Indy Vancouver Pre-race Quoteboard PAUL TRACY ( ...
The Molson Indy Vancouver Pre-race Quoteboard
PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I like the idea of having back-to-back races in Canada. It's almost like having a homestand, the way it is in other sports. But it's even more fun having a second straight race in Canada when you're coming off a victory in the first one. I don't expect that I'll have a letdown in emotion going into Vancouver. With this being the final year for Team Player's, we want to be successful in all three of the Canadian stops on the schedule. It was mission accomplished in Toronto, and the mission hasn't changed for Vancouver. Fortunately, I've had both a race win and a podium in Vancouver in the last three years, so that's an added confidence-builder."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I ran very competitively the last two years in Vancouver but haven't had the results to show for it so hopefully I can finish strong in the PacifiCare car this year. For sure every race is really important now for the Championship. Especially the street races because it is very easy to make a mistake and very easy not to score points. You have to be consistent and Vancouver is a difficult track. It takes a long time to get the tires up to temperature and the weather can play havoc but I hope we can get a great result for the No. 1 PacifiCare car. I love Vancouver. It's my favorite city of the North American races. I think it's a pretty nice city and there are a lot of mountains and a good nightlife with great restaurants. I enjoy so much to go to Vancouver. It's a challenging street course and I hope the Newman/Haas team will be good there again and start from pole like last year."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was good to get back on the podium at Toronto but we still lost ground to Paul in the championship. We have had some of our strongest races on the street courses this season so I know we will be ready for a good run this weekend. Last year Vancouver was one of our best runs of the season. We had a lot of trouble in qualifying, but we were able to finish fourth with a strong race and some great pit strategy. Being successful in this stretch of three-races in three-weeks is important. As a team fighting for the championship we really want to build some momentum and carry it through this stretch. This will be a demanding run on the drivers and teams. The atmosphere around the Gigante team is very upbeat and I have a good feeling heading to Vancouver."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Vancouver is special for me, not only because it's another opportunity to race in Canada and I like that street course a lot, but it's also the place where I got my first Champ Car podium with Team Player's in 1999. It was such a great feeling to be on the podium for a home race. And that race in 1999 was one of the wildest ones we ever had, especially when the heavy rain started to fall and cars were sliding all over the place. I thought I might get back on the Vancouver podium last year, but the car got real loose late in the race and the back end gave way, causing me to spin and I had to settle for fifth place. But it would certainly be great to repeat that all Team Player's front row on the grid to start the race again this year!"
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "The main thing I have learned about the Vancouver race from watching the past events and going through the historical data the team has is that it looks like it rains pretty often there. The rain put us a little behind in learning about the car or the track in Toronto so I am hoping for good weather all weekend this time. It will be another street course for me to discover and I am also looking forward to being in Vancouver because it seems to be the favorite race city of many drivers. I think I am pretty confident approaching every event. It looks like we have a strong baseline car and everywhere we have gone the car is fairly strong. I'm not worried about the potential of the car before a race -- it's more about how I can fit and how the car fits to me and how quick I can get up to speed on this new race track. It was definitely good to win after having some DNF's (did not finish) and then follow the win up with a fourth place finish in Toronto. It was a difficult weekend for us and we were able to finish fourth so we are looking forward to a challenging weekend in Vancouver but want to improve on the results. It's a shame we are not really fighting for the Championship at the moment because of all of the DNF's so far but that is motor racing. There are nine more races to go we have plenty of time to get back to the top."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Vancouver is another street circuit so it means qualifying is extremely important. Fortunately for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team we have had a good qualifying record this year (qualified in the top-10 in every race). At Toronto we had a good car, but so did everyone else. Except Paul (Tracy), who had a great car. Hopefully, we can give him a harder time this weekend. Vancouver is a circuit where it is very difficult to pass. That is why qualifying is so important. However, because it is difficult to pass getting the right timing in qualifying, when there aren't a lot of cars on the track, is a key factor. If you can't get a clean lap it is impossible to put up your best time. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team has been very consistent this year. In the past the results we have posted would put us in the thick of the championship hunt. But, the top three drivers in the standings are all finishing on the podium in every race. It is only the halfway point in the season, so we still have a good chance to win the championship. But, we have to start consistently finishing on the podium if we are going to challenge for the championship."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "My accident in Vancouver last year was really the turning point for our 2002 season. I missed one race with the hairline fractures in my left pelvis caused by the crash, and then another three races after the Australia incident. This year I'm looking to Vancouver as being a turning point of a different sort -- the start to a strong run in the second half of the season. We've had two podiums so far [in 2003] and finally got our first win as Fernandez Racing. We are not out of the hunt in the points race, and we need to score good results starting with Vancouver. I always enjoy coming to this race. Like Toronto, it is a beautiful city and the fans are great."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Rocketsports has come on strong since the beginning of the season. We had fast cars and we are confident on street courses. I have had success in the past on the Vancouver streets. In 2001, I started on the pole and led the race until a mechanical failure put me out. We're always fighting for a podium finish and hope to have a chance at a top-three finish this year."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "We're going to another street circuit. Unfortunately, we didn't do so well on the streets in Toronto, but we've had a week off and the engineers have had time to look at what needs to change. So, we should be more competitive. Hopefully, we'll have a better result this weekend."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Vancouver is someplace where I have experienced the best and the worst, really! In 2000 I finished last in the race - a lap down even! But then in 2001, even after having an engine problem in qualifying and gridding 8th, I won the race! That was a difficult race; the race didn't really take shape until after the last pit stop and then it was between me and Mauricio Gugelmin and Gil de Ferran. I had to fight hard to win that one - I think I passed Gil three or four times for the lead before I finally won! Vancouver is also a place where the memory of Greg Moore is very strong for me. Greg brought so much to racing and still had so much more to give. He was very much in my mind during the last part of the race in 2001 and I dedicated that win to his memory. As for the track itself, I guess you could say it is quite technical because it is very bumpy and to be quick there you must be able to ride the bumps without losing speed. For me it seems that the more difficult the track the better I do so I'm looking forward to this race. As always, the fans in Vancouver are very enthusiastic and educated about their racing and it's a great city so it really has everything going for it."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Vancouver is a special place. The city is incredible and the fans really know their racing. We are gearing up for the busiest part of our season, nothing would get the rhythm going better than a strong result in Vancouver. We'll pick up where we left off in Toronto. My car was really good during the race, we made a lot of progress all weekend. 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."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Vancouver is another city track; street circuit which I like, but I have no idea what it will be like. I just watched tapes of last year's race, and it looks great. But, the tape doesn't tell me how bumpy the track is and if it's really bumpy, we could potentially have difficulty with the set up of the car. We'll have to see when we get there."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Vancouver is a fun circuit, it is a bit tricky, it certainly has some technical sections. You've got to get the car working right around the tight complexes. It has been two years since I competed there, it was not on the Toyota Atlantic schedule last year, but I enjoyed some success there in Barber Dodge, I started on the pole my first time there in 2000 and I raced from 14th to third there in the Barber Dodge car in 2001, so I am looking forward to returning. As always in Canada, the fans give us a ton of support and the atmosphere is awesome."
MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I am really glad to be returning to the Molson Indy Vancouver. Last year I went to the race, but only as a spectator. It is nice to be back as a full-time driver. I am expecting a lot of enthusiasm from the Canadian fans, since Paul Tracy had such a dominating victory at our last race in Toronto. All I hope is that the Canadian race fans save a bit of cheering for me!"
GEOFF BOSS (#11 Cross Pens Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm looking forward to racing in Vancouver. Every race is a new and a different challenge. For this race I want to find a good feeling with the car and I will give my best to do well."
GUALTER SALLES (#19 Alpina Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I am looking forward to Vancouver, it is a beautiful place and the track is good too. I haven't raced there on the new circuit but I have a good impression. My go is to build from Cleveland where we qualified 17th and finished 14th in the race."