McDONALD'S Â® DRIVER BOURDAIS ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE REXALL GRAND PRIX OF EDMONTON AND MOVED TO SECOND IN THE POINT STANDINGS; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL EARNS HIGHEST PROVISIONAL SPOT WITH THIRD Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's ...
McDONALD'S ® DRIVER BOURDAIS ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE REXALL GRAND PRIX OF EDMONTON AND MOVED TO SECOND IN THE POINT STANDINGS; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL EARNS HIGHEST PROVISIONAL SPOT WITH THIRD
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "It was a good session for the McDonald's team. It didn't look good at all for most of it. But the last two laps we did on the run, we were fast and consistent and the balance was reasonably good. So, no, I was pretty happy. Obviously, I hope Tristan doesn't suffer a major injury. But for the ones who had put a good lap on the first run, it was pretty good for us that it didn't go back green because obviously it would have been really hard to get a gap, being so far down pit lane because of our pit selection from the bad result we had in Toronto, it would have really hurt us. I was not too upset that the session didn't go back to green, to be honest.
(ON THREE WINS & THREE DNF'S THIS SEASON:) "Well, obviously, you know, there's one on me from Vegas where I made a mistake, and that's it. I just screwed up. Then in Cleveland, we had a mechanical. Then we made the whole loop around, I guess, of bad circumstances and we got taken out in the last one (Toronto). For sure it's not the way our season needs to be going if you want to be a championship contender, but we're still in it pretty much starting from scratch from this weekend. It's a new season again, I guess, on a much shorter period. So we're just going to have to hopefully get cleaner runs and no problems anymore, and that should work out. But, yeah, for sure, basically we've had as many problems in the first half of the season than we've probably had in the last three seasons. So it's not perfect, but we'll try and make the best of it."
Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "I'm not sure that there's anything specifically about this track (that makes me successful here). I've always liked the airport circuits, here and Cleveland. But at the same time, I think after the last two weeks, the whole MEDI|ZONE team has taken time to recover, get caught up on some rest. I think we've come back here refocused for the second half of the season. I think it's showing. Today was an awfully good day for us. I think it's unfortunate that we couldn't run a second set of tires because I certainly think we could do better on our time, but certainly that's how it works. We're just happy to be third.
(ON WHY THIS TRACK SUITS HIS DRIVING STYLE:) "We were here last year in Atlantics. In these cars, as Simon rightly said, they are far different. I think it definitely suits my style. I like the fast corners. And being that it's pretty physical, it plays into my hands. Being a bigger guy, I think I have the upper edge when it comes to physical strength. So I think when you look at it that way, it's a good weekend for me. I think it seems the airport circuits always work well for me. In Cleveland last year, we won both races in Atlantic. Then this year unfortunately P.T. hit us but we came back and had a strong run. And then here we finished second last year. I think so far things are heading the right direction. I don't know if it's just the airports or what it is, but I certainly like it."
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning warm-up will take place from 10:15-11:30 AM ET while final qualifying will begin at 2:00 PM ET.