CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Saturday notes

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR THE CHAMP CAR GENERAC GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL TO START FOURTH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "This morning we had some kind of gearbox issue,...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR THE CHAMP CAR GENERAC GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL TO START FOURTH

Sebastien  Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's  Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "This
morning we had some kind of gearbox issue,  something broke at the back.  I don't
know exactly what it is, at least not  in English.  It just kind of broke.  We
did one lap and that was  that.  I'm just very, very happy that the
McDonald's car was super fast  again.  It was very consistent for us.  To be very
honest, we haven't  changed anything on the car since yesterday.  It felt just as
well.   It just proves we had a really good read at the test, and had a very
productive  work.  It's about as good as it gets.  It was a fantastic lap.   You
know, I really had a great, great time driving this car.  We'll see how it
goes tomorrow.  It's going to be a  completely different story.  It might be
raining, might be doing anything,  since we're on the pole and dominant.  I guess
we'll see what happens.  We've been in this position before and we still
managed to lose it, so I'm  not going to say anything about the race really.  This
is one of these  places where when you get into a rhythm, you just really
enjoy yourself and have  a great time.  That's what happened today.  Just the car
was super  well-balanced.  You know, you get in a flow and you enjoy
yourself.   Usually when you do that, it goes fast."

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "After being fastest in the morning practice and running well in the short practice before qualifying, we were hoping to make a big improvement in our qualifying position from yesterday and we were able to. Actually on the last lap we were up two-tenths of a second on my quickest lap but I ran out of fuel. I was up two-tenths of a second on a part of the track where I always lost two-tenths so I knew the lap was going to be good, and, ultimately it would have gotten us a front row start. We weren't expecting to get the extra lap so it wasn't a big surprise but we thought we would go for one last lap and it would have been better. Fourth is still a good starting position for the Medi | Zone team. We're still a ways back from Sebastien but so is everyone and we'll just have to work hard to close the gap in the race."

-credit: nhlr

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