CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Saturday report

McDONALD'S ® DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START AND MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL EIGHTHS IN THE MAZDA GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; RAIN SLOWED FINAL QUALIFYING Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "I'm just a little disappointed I ...

McDONALD'S ® DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START AND MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL EIGHTHS IN THE MAZDA GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; RAIN SLOWED FINAL QUALIFYING

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "I'm just a little disappointed I guess because this morning the car felt really good and we were already thinking the McDonald's team had a shot at the pole. As soon as we started qualifying it (the car) didn't seem to grip for us. Coming around the track and the grip never came in. I don't quite know what happened, so we just kind of tried different things and didn't get much out of it, so, trying a little harder I spun the car. We'll see tomorrow what the conditions are. But I think in the championship view it's still pretty good. I think starting third here is all right, and we'll see. It's going be to be a long and tough race tomorrow."

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "It was nice to set the second fastest time in the session but it only works if you're the fastest in the wet and guarantee a front row start. It was so close -- I guess you could say I sneezed at the wrong time. I saw on the back straightaway that I was only less than one-tenth down from my fastest lap from this morning so I knew if I pushed harder I could make a little bit of that time up and I knew what the fastest lap was. I made the time up but I was two-hundredths short. That's how it goes. I think we have a good car in the wet but I don't know about the car in the dry. I'm pretty satisfied that we were quicker than Sebastien in the wet because he's pretty good in the rain. Wilson is a sure bet to be tough to beat but Doornbos is kind of a wild card; we don't know what he will be like tomorrow. To get to the front we have to have good strategy and save fuel which is going to be tough in this weather. The Medi | Zone crew is good and will help us get to the front but it's still going to be tough with all these other guys out there. We all know this track is challenging to pass on but we'll do our best."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais