CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Saturday report

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS EARNED SECOND CONSECUTIVE POLE FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH AND AIMS TO WIN THREE IN A ROW HERE; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL FIFTH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "I think...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS EARNED SECOND CONSECUTIVE POLE FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH AND AIMS TO WIN THREE IN A ROW HERE; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL FIFTH

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

"I think it was a little bit of a better today for the McDonald's team. We were a little frustrated after yesterday. Obviously we had a very strong first run, then not making it happen on the second with the pit selection we had after the terrible mistake I made in Vegas. We just paid the price. You know, very costly. It was tough because we only got one lap and couldn't improve on the second run. But today was a different day. We worked really well this morning. We found some improvements and the track came to us a little bit, too. In second qualifying, I was pretty confident after the 15 minute practice. We seemed to have a nice margin. But when we put the option tires on the car, the car got completely disconnected. It lost the balance and I was really not feeling comfortable at all. So we decided to -- despite the fact that we were on pole, we didn't feel like we got everything out of it, and didn't feel like the balance was going to get there, so we switched back to the standard tires. That run really never happened. But the last lap was looking pretty good, and unfortunately I ran into some traffic. I was pretty happy to see that Will made a mistake because it would have been difficult. It's tough, when you start like this in a last-minute rush after a red flag and you start from the back in the pits. It's difficult and makes life pretty stressful. So we hopefully are going to have a better weekend and better race tomorrow. We'll have a better pit selection so we don't have to go through this again."

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone:

"I think that a fifth place starting spot is pretty good for the Medi | Zone team. Certainly we expected to be quicker and thought we would go quicker; that's always the goal. It didn't end up happening that way but we're happy with fifth. It's not too far from the front, let's just hope this time its not in the zone of the crashes. I would much rather start on the inside like we are so I can hug the wall here than let someone else sneak down the inside. We saw last year with (Mario) Dominguez and all these other guys that you have to be conservative here. That's kind of the goal right now. It will really be my first race. Hopefully we'll get a better start; hopefully the field will be more packed up than last race. Hopefully it will be a clean start and Tony (Cotman) can make sure that nobody is being idiotic out there and we'll make it."

-credit: nrlr

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