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McDONALD'S ® DRIVER BOURDAIS 8TH AFTER CRASH IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE LEXMARK INDY 300; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL 13TH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "It just seems like it's my corner over there.

McDONALD'S  ®  DRIVER BOURDAIS 8TH AFTER CRASH IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR
THE  LEXMARK INDY 300; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL 13TH
Sebastien  Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's  Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone:   "It
just seems like it's my corner over there.  I clipped the tire mat on the right
side of the apex and it ripped the  whole left side off when I hit the wall.  I
have crashed there three times already in five years.  I'm kind of getting
used to it but I  feel bad for the guys.  The  McDonald's car was pretty good;
it's just unfortunate.  I just got the tire on the left side of  the track and
it grabbed the whole suspension and that was that.  We'll give it another try
tomorrow.  At least Justin didn't get the pole  point.  Congrats to Oriol.
"Obviously it's better if you don't crash  a car.  But I don't quite know yet
whether the tub is damaged or not.  We'll see what happens.  It's  always the
same situation where you've got to push and we're giving it a real  try out
there.  I would really like  to start on pole, but there are quite a few guys that
are trying to.  If you don't try, you're not going to  start there.  It's a
step back, for  sure, but it's not in final qualifying, so it's not too
damageable.  Last year it was a little bit of a  different accident.  Obviously I
clipped the tire mat on the right side at the apex.  That sent the car airborne,
ripped up  the whole left side when I landed.  This year it's a little bit as
usual.  The tire bundle kind of sticks out onto  the racetrack.  It's not
aligned  with the wall.  You kind of aim at  something on the racetrack, and for
the most part that wall you're looking at,  and I kind of forget about being
clear of these tires.  Usually you just kind of slide on  it.  This time it
just happened to  grab the whole suspension.  It's a  little bit of a stupid game
sometimes.  It doesn't take much one way or the other."
Graham Rahal,  No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone:  "The Medi | Zone
car was good through  out the session.  We had one lap  that was going to be
significantly quicker.  After Turn 7 the lap time was up  nine-tenths but it
was the lap that Sebastien crashed so I didn't get to  complete it.  Right
after I got out  of Turn 7 it went red.  From there  on out it was just
frustrating because, that was our first run and literally  from then on out we had red
flags or traffic.  I was behind Neel Jani and he held  Katherine and I up.  The
first one  was going to be the good one but unfortunately when Seb hit it
ruined our  session.  I enjoy the course.  It's fun; Turn 7 is awesome as it the
fast chicane.  I really do think we  had a Top 10 car."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Neel Jani