McDONALD'S Â® 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."