McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS LOST HIS FASTEST LAP THAT INITIALLY PUT HIM ON POLE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON; SECOND FASTEST LAP EARNS SECOND PLACE START OVERALL: Champ Car officials took away Sebastien Bourdais' fastest lap time in final ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS LOST HIS FASTEST LAP THAT INITIALLY PUT HIM ON POLE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON; SECOND FASTEST LAP EARNS SECOND PLACE START
OVERALL: Champ Car officials took away Sebastien Bourdais' fastest lap time in final qualifying after ruling that he interfered in a qualifying lap of Team Australia driver Will Power. His second fastest lap time earned him a second place starting spot on the grid for the Grand Prix of Houston.
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: I think I am the kind of guy that admits when I have done something wrong and I do not think this is the case. The only reason why Walker protested is because they saw the potential that they could nail us, not because they were quicker because they were slow on that lap. It would not have changed the outcome whether I interfered on that lap, tried to or tried to get out of the way or anything. They don't care about that. It's just like a payback that goes on and on and on. If they can nail us they are just going to nail us. They protested and Champ Car ruled in their favor but the truth is the only reason they protested is because they could nail us. That lap would not have changed the outcome of qualifying.0x2879
Brian Lisles, General Manager Of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing: "Qualifying on street courses is always difficult, there is always a lot of traffic. In final qualifying Sebastien had at least three laps that should have been three or four tenths quicker than his pole position lap but he ran into traffic and had to back off. It's really most unfortunate but Champ Car has decided to take away Sebastien's fastest lap. For instance, not only did Sebastien lose at least two or three better laps than the one he managed to get in but Graham was held up on his last lap by a couple of cars on the last couple of corners and we're sure that lap was much quicker than he took his grid position with."