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PAUL TRACY (#3 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We wanted to go out there and set our time early in order to get out of the way so that nobody could complain that we were in their ways. We set a mark for everybody to beat and fortunately nobody did. The talking is done on the track and that's what happened. I'm happy for Team Player's because we did it in Vancouver. Now we are going to win that race."
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA (#1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Today was okay. This morning the car was good. We felt that I had a very good car. Then came qualifying. I pushed my best. Unfortunately, I just had three laps on the last outing. I ran a 10th short of PT. He was fast today, and so was Moreno. I think three of us were like half a second step from the guy that's in fourth. That was very impressive because this track is not that long. But anyway, I think the PacifiCare car is very good, and I hope it can do a good race tomorrow."
ROBERTO MORENO (#4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I think the best way to describe, it's been an effort that's been growing in our team. Our team, the Herdez Competition, has gone to a two-car team this year. We've hired a bunch of good people, and they are starting to work together. We're starting to work together. Tom Brown is feeding the two new racetrack engineers with information. Me and my engineer are trying to use that to the best possible way. In the first four races, we sort of have very strong personalities, we sort of clashed a little bit. One day we sat down and fixed that. From that day on, which was Germany, we started to just gel and learn more and more about the car, Lola car being a new car for me. He's new to CART. We're starting use what Tom Brown was giving to us, and the results are starting to show now. The result today is just the result of all this effort that we've been putting to develop. We just keep looking at what Paul is doing, and we're trying to do the same a little bit to get to his level. That's what's been happening really."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "We had what we thought was the right strategy for today. Since we had trouble getting a clean lap yesterday we wanted to get a clean lap early and then wait for the track to get better. The late red flag just didn't leave us with enough time to get everything done. That's ok because we made a big improvement over yesterday. Starting position is so important here and we are in position to fight for a podium result, which is out goal for the weekend. We made a couple of changes today to the Gigante car and it was much better. We had a strong race here last year starting at the back of the field so now let's see what we can do starting towards the front."
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (#2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It's always a frustrating situation when you think you or the car is capable of a better result. I had too much understeer on the first run so we came in and tried to improve the car for our second run. We waited in the pits as others ran so we could go out at the end on hopefully a clear track when it was at its best but the red came and now everyone was forced to wait until the end. The strategy didn't work well because we got only three laps when the track went green with three minutes to go. We thought we could fight for the pole or a better starting position than fifth but we will have to work hard in the race and have great pit stops. Now we have to work to have a good car for the race which is going to be another hard one."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I pushed a little bit too hard going into the apex of the last corner of the track and went outside before I lost it. The same thing almost happened on the first set of tires at the same spot. We used Paul's setups for qualifying and the car was half a second quicker. My first set of tires where better than the second one but overall we did not have the car to beat Paul. He did a very good job to win the pole. We will have to hammer away during the race and score maximum points because all the leaders in the championship race are always at the finish. They don't make mistake and I will have to do better."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was an okay day for the Rocketsports team. Not as good as we could've' been. We made some changes to the car, which ended up making the car stiffer; too stiff. I came in, corrected things and was able to finish seventh today, which is not as quick as we were yesterday. We'll make some adjustments and expect more from the car for tomorrow's race."
DARREN MANNING (#15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "It was a bit of a scrappy session with the red flag. We gambled and waited until the very last minute to go out which is sometimes good to get rid of all the traffic and the conditions are generally better by the end. It hurt us a little bit this time though with Pat (Carpentier) causing the red flag in the last ten minutes of qualifying. We were just about ready to go for our last run. I didn't get a clean run when I actually set my fastest time. We thought we did have a few tenths left in the RAC Walker Racing car. We could have had a top-six start, but we got eighth which is a bit of a disappointment but it's still within striking distant for the race. We normally make positions up in the race, so it's good to be as far up as the fourth row."
ORIOL SERVIA (#20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "It was a very disappointing final qualifying session for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team. I am particularly frustrated because we were in the top-five in every session until this afternoon and to end up 10th on the starting grid, especially on this track, is not where we wanted to be. The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team just didn't make as big a gain as the other fast cars today. It is going to make for a long race, but we know we have a better car than we showed today and with a little luck, and good pit stops I am confident we can have a good performance. The main thing right now is for the Visteon/Patrick Racing Team to sit down and figure out where to get some more speed so we can stay in touch with the leaders tomorrow."
MARIO HABERFELD (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "I think we improved the car bit by bit. We're 0x00bd second over yesterday and a bit more competitive. We've closed down the difference to the quickest Reynard. It's okay; we're in the top ten, but we're always shooting to be the top Reynard. We're almost always better in the race than we are in qualifying, so tomorrow should be okay. Today the man from Sheboygan made the steering dash work, so that's a good thing too."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (#7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "Considering where we've been at from the beginning of the weekend, I'm happy with today's result. The car has good balance; I think we did a good job working on the car to get it where it is. Compared to what we've had before, this is much better. We're 11th and in front of veterans such as Vasser, Papis, Dominquez and even Fernandez. Being competitive against those guys feels really good. We're also the 3rd fastest Reynard, only 100th away from the 2nd Reynard, so I think we did a really good job. We're not in the top 10, but right there; very close."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "I'm really pleased for Pupo [teammate Roberto Moreno] for his third place qualifying position. From my standpoint, we just haven't gotten my car setup right yet this weekend. But we're improving all the time so we should be okay for tomorrow."
JIMMY VASSER (#12 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "had a couple of extra tenths in the bag and I was pushing too hard to make a move out of it and I threw it away. It would have been good enough for ninth or tenth easily, maybe even eighth. It has been a tough weekend for us, we got behind when we missed a session making changes on Friday and I think we're still trying to catch up. We have two strategy meetings coming up before our race tomorrow, so we'll work up something special for the race."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone): "Today was a pretty devastating day to be honest. We had a lot of problems with push yesterday and we tried a different differential today. The diff made the car worse. The push was still there but it made the car very loose. We went back to the diff we had yesterday when the car felt better and made some changes, but for some reason the car is still bad. Everyone seems to be picking up time and we just keep going backwards. The car has more push than yesterday. I thought that the track was slower but if you look at the times, everybody is improving. We are definitely doing something wrong and we just don't know what. It is really frustrating. We just have to regroup and see where we are because right now we just don't have a car to even compete in the top 10."
MAX PAPIS (#27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "We worked on the car again this morning, and we didn't seem to make the improvements we wanted. It was a hectic qualifying session because we went back to yesterday's car in the middle of the session because I felt that it was a better car. We have made some little improvements but I am disappointed because I wanted to put the car in the top 10. We were on the right track yesterday, and we are definitely learning about the car. We just need more time."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (#31 American Spirit Team Johansson Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone): "The car was a little better balance-wise. We're still not there with the set-up. I had a gearbox failure on my fastest lap and had to limp around in fourth gear, but still managed to meet my time from yesterday. So if we just could have finished the session, I think we could have been 12th at least. Clearly I need to be using the Penske wing, all of the other Reynards are using it and have benefited from it, so we need to make that change."