McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS BROKE THE UNOFFICIAL TRACK RECORD EN ROUTE TO BEING FASTEST ON FINAL DAY OF SPRING TRAINING TEST AT THE MAZDA RACEWAY AT LAGUNA SECA; RAHAL FOURTH DESPITE LIMITED ON TRACK TIME
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/Panoz/Bridgestone: "It's great that we were able to get under the track time set by the 2006 F1 car. We used Push to Pass but it's only good for a couple of tenths here so we would have broke it without using it. The track has a lot of grip; it's really fun to drive here. Unfortunately there is so much grip that I really doubt we can use any of the information we gained at any of the tracks this season. The information might be completely irrelevant. We were able to work through some issues with the car. Cosworth is really trying to get some issues resolved and have made some progress and Hewland has improved the gearbox. The McDonald's boys have fixed what they could but now it is in the hands of the suppliers. There aren't any tests left so I really hope they can fix the problems but we won't know until we get to Las Vegas. You hardly ever win a championship with a good start to the season but you can lose it if you have a bad start."
Graham Rahal, test driver of the No. 2 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Cosworth/Panoz/Bridgestone: "We had some engine problems this morning and didn't get back on track until mid afternoon but ended the day fine. We made a good run that I thought was better than it ended up being but we did what we could. We have to keep in perspective that we didn't get much running in because of the engine change and when we did get back on track we focused on long runs. I'm pretty happy with where we are compared to some guys who were buzzing around and around here logging laps."