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McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL TO START SIXTH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was really awesome since this morning. We have run ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL TO START SIXTH

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was really awesome since this morning. We have run pretty good lap times all day and it would have been a shame to lose the pole. I think we definitely have a much better understanding of the car; we made a lot of progress and are heading in the right direction. I think there was a ton more in the McDonald's car and I was very happy with the balance. But I got one lap in the 15 laps or 14 laps we've done. So it was quite hard. I was pretty darn sure that we were actually not going to get the pole. I guess everybody ran into the same problem. The track is a minute long. When you have a red flag, everybody goes out at the same time. It's just the head of the pack catches the tail in three laps, meaning right when you start to be fast. This time we got pit out, which usually is good. But I was the first one to hit traffic, then I had to try and fall back down the pack. It was just a weird session but I am very happy with the way the car behaved. You know, I think we've got a very consistent car, too, for the race. This morning we were able to manage to keep our pace all throughout the session with small improvements. I think we're fairly confident with that. We'll keep on thinking about it and hopefully have a good warmup and a good race tomorrow."

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "Qualifying was really disappointing for the Medi | Zone team. We have a better car than this. It was difficult to get a lap out there. And frankly the lap that I did have, which would have probably put us third, which was the last lap, both Will (Power) and Robert (Doornbos) blocked me so that was it. It's just disappointing because they weren't on good laps so they should have gotten out of the way but instead they decided to ruin mine. I think we've got a good race car; I think we can drive around most of the guys that are in front of us. Honestly Seb is the only one who I think has got a much better race car than we do. We were very consistent in the pre-quals. Everybody ran new tires and we ran old tires and were third. The car felt really good doing those speeds. I think in the race we're looking pretty good."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais