CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Saturday report

MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL TO START 10TH IN THE VEGAS GRAND PRIX; McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START 16TH AFTER LOSING FAST LAP DUE TO ACCIDENT Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "It's been a tough day for the Medi | Zone...

MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL TO START 10TH IN THE VEGAS GRAND PRIX; McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START 16TH AFTER LOSING FAST LAP DUE TO ACCIDENT

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "It's been a tough day for the Medi | Zone team. I hooked it on the last curb at the end of the chicane and damaged the car so we had to get the backup car out for qualifying. The car was equally prepared. The guys did a great job getting it ready especially since it's never turned a wheel. Qualifying was pretty good but we just can't seem to get that last little bit; we need to find it. I know I'm giving my 100 percent so we need to figure out what it is. It's going to be a tough race. It's really hot out here. I think a lot of guys will fall out of the saddle. For me it will be a learning experience to go out there and figure out what I have to do. It's tough for me to tell if we have a good race setup having not run in a race"

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone:

"I screwed up and brushed the wall on the outside of Turn 9. The McDonald's car had too much understeer and I just forced the thing.

The car stepped out a little bit on exit and I was already too close to the wall and hit the rear a little bit. It wasn't that bad a hit but it bent the toe link and broke the rim. To aggravate things we had the clutch creeping so I couldn't get into neutral, couldn't back up, couldn't anything so we were stuck in fourth gear in front of tires and they wouldn't push me back or do anything so I was stuck there until they moved me out of the way. We have 60 seconds of push to pass which isn't a lot here. We are going to have to be pretty darn good to get it (win) done but we'll see. It's a new track so we don't quite know if it's possible to pass or not. I think Turn 1 seems to be pretty difficult because everyone starts braking in the middle of the track so maybe Turn 4 might be the best option. We'll have to try and pull it off. We've done it before but it was a different thing; we don't have the car we knew. It's not the best way to start the season for sure."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais