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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 ...

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.

-credit: n/h/l

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais