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McDONALD'S ® DRIVER BOURDAIS EARNED FIFTH POLE OF THE SEASON FOR THE CHAMP CAR BELGIUM GRAND PRIX AND SECOND IN EUROPE IN THREE ATTEMPTS; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL HAD TO ABORT FAST LAP AND WILL START 13TH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's...

McDONALD'S ® DRIVER BOURDAIS EARNED FIFTH POLE OF THE SEASON FOR THE CHAMP CAR BELGIUM GRAND PRIX AND SECOND IN EUROPE IN THREE ATTEMPTS; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL HAD TO ABORT FAST LAP AND WILL START 13TH

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "It was a little harder than I thought. The 15 minute practice went really well with the standard tires. I thought when we put the red tires on it was going to be easier and the lap time would come really fast but we got a little bit of traffic and I made a couple of mistakes and didn't hit the tires when they were at their best. Then it got a little harder to get the lap time. I am just glad that it was sufficient today but it was a little stressful until the very end. I was on the limit. The sweet spot on the red tires was on lap two or three and I was stuck in traffic at that stage. Then when I started to push it was past the window -- probably cost me a couple of 10ths but the McDonald's car is very consistent."

Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "We went out on black Bridgestone's and it immediately went red. Then on the second run we went out on the alternate tires and I was up four to five tenths of a second from my best pre-qualifying time which would have been a 13.0 or 13.1 but I lost it coming out of Turn 10. There was stuff going on in front of me with Sebastien trying to get around Ryan (Dalziel). It didn't cause me to go off but I tried to brake later to gain some time and locked up the rear wheels and went off. I had to drive through the escape road. I lost the momentum and on the next, and final lap, I wasn't able to repeat it. The track is very narrow so it's going to be tough to pass in the race but the Medi | Zone team will give me good pit stops and we can work our way to the front. We have a good car for the race."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Sébastien Bourdais