CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Saturday notes

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START SECOND IN THE GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL TO START 6TH AFTER RUNNING FASTEST IN THE MORNING Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "Well, trust me, our ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START SECOND IN THE GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL TO START 6TH AFTER RUNNING FASTEST IN THE MORNING

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "Well, trust me, our performance in qualifying is better than this morning. You know, we've been basically struggling all day with realistically one bad rear tire. We only understood our problem when it was too late. And then when we wanted to check the car on new tires, we got a flat in the 15 minutes. So it just looks like nothing was going to be right today. Slowly on the first run, I tried to get things worked out and got another flat spot, so that didn't work. Then we made a pretty sizable improvement for the second run, and that got close, but it was nowhere near good enough for the pole. We had way too much understeer. So I think realistically we're pretty happy with the way it went because we were completely lost this morning and it doesn't happen very often, but it's pretty easy. So I think it puts things back in perspective. That just shows it's very easy to end up P10 in Champ Car. Just very glad we actually pulled one off yesterday because it would have looked pretty bad otherwise."

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "After being fastest in the morning practice the Medi | Zone team was were pretty optimistic for qualifying today. The car was pretty good but at the end of qualifying we had too much understeer which is what kept us out of pole contention. At the same time we took a gamble on when to go out and went earlier than a lot of other people. We felt that the track was probably already it its peak and we went early to get a clear lap but it didn't work out that way. The car is pretty good though so we'll see how the race goes and try to move to the front."

-credit: n/h/l

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Drivers Graham Rahal