CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Raciing Friday report

McDONALD'S ® DRIVER BOURDAIS ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND PRESENTED BY LASALLE BANK; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL SEVENTH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "I don't know if there is a safe...

McDONALD'S ® DRIVER BOURDAIS ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND PRESENTED BY LASALLE BANK; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL SEVENTH

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "I don't know if there is a safe place (to start), but I'd rather start on the front row than back in the pack. We'll see what happens. I think the McDonald's team did a good job. The car was pretty good. I think it was a little harder to do it on the second run because there was a lot of traffic and I didn't slot in the right place on the racetrack. I had a slow car in front. You know, it was just kind of playing yo-yo a little bit. It's never really easy when you can't put a string of laps together around here. You really need to get in the rhythm and get it a little bit faster lap after lap. I think we were pretty lucky we held onto it on the last run. We'll see how it goes. But it seems to be going on for a good weekend."

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "Qualifying was disappointing for the Medi | Zone team. In pre-qualifying warmup we were the fastest and we thought we had a pretty good car. We ran the Bridgestone reds at the end but they weren't faster like we thought they would be so we wasted them. I think we would have gone faster on the standard black tires like we ran on the first run. I went out but couldn't put a lap together because of all the traffic. I came up on Tracy a couple of times and it screwed up my laps. Luckily he spun on my second set (of tires) so I didn't have to deal with him again. It makes it tough. We also had an oil leak and haven't figured that out yet. So far it seems like another classic weekend for us where we haven' t been able to put it together. Eventually things have to start going our way and we can make something happen."

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning warm-up will take place from 10:15-11:30 AM ET while final qualifying will begin at 2:00 PM ET.

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais