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Bourdais Makes Firestone Fast 12 For Third Straight Race While Jakes Earns Highest Starting Spot Of The Season
Sebastien Bourdais made some excitement out of qualifying on Saturday afternoon in Edmonton as he waited until his last lap to qualify into Firestone Fastest 12 for the third straight race this season. Bourdais’ #19 Boy Scouts of America car will start 12th for Sunday’s running of the Edmonton Indy Grand Prix on the 13-turn, 2.24-mile temporary circuit at the Edmonton City Centre Airport.
Bourdais has raced in Edmonton three times before on the old track configuration, where he earned two wins in 2005 & 2007 and one-second-place finish in 2006. He is also coming off a season best sixth-place finish two weeks ago in Toronto.
“It was a great thing to make the Firestone Fast 12 again for the third straight race,” Bourdais said. “We definitely improved on our times from the morning practice sessions. I think being rained out yesterday hurt us a bit because it took away a full day of practice on this new track configuration. The #19 Boy Scouts of America team did another great job giving me a great car for qualifying.”
After two Saturday morning practice sessions, the #18 Acorn Stairlifts crew decided to make several changes to James Jakes’ car that ended up paying off in qualifying. Jakes earned his highest starting spot of the season and will start 18th out of a field of 26 on Sunday. The rookie was only seven-tenths-of- second away from making the Firestone Fast 12 field.
“It was a much better run in the afternoon thanks to the #18 Acorn Stairlifts team,” Jakes said. “It’s a shame we couldn’t make it into the Fast 12 to reward them for all their hard work. We made a lot of changes after the first two practice sessions and the car was so much better to drive in qualifying. I think we have a good car for the race tomorrow.”
By: dale coyne racing