Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda had a solid qualifying run for today’s Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin.
The Frenchman who last weekend was racing in his home town of LeMans in the 24 Hour race with Chip Ganassi Racing will start the race today from sixth place on the grid having set a fastest time of 01:43.7332s. Speaking following the session Bourdais commented by saying:
(About if he feels he’s in a good position to win tomorrow): “Yeah, I don’t know. I’d like to say so, but I’m not sure I believe it myself. It’s been a bit of a tough day. I thought after yesterday we thought we had everything under control, and things were looking good, and this morning we rolled out and struggled with grip and then we went into qualify and really struggled for good. I think I only did one good lap to be honest with you in Q2 on that new set of option tires. Everything was really scrappy and really difficult to put anything together. In (the Firestone Fast Six), I really didn’t get anything done properly. We tried one lap on both sets, but I’m not convinced it was the right thing to do – hindsight 20/20. Just one of those where you come out of the car and you’re not quite sure what else you should or would have done, but not super happy with the way things have gone. The guys did a really good job, but I just — yeah, I’m struggling to read anything that’s happening out there, it’s up and down, making a lot of mistakes, so don’t really feel great about it.“
Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.19 Paysafe Honda starts the race from 17th place on the grid and speaking the session in which he set a time of 01:44.0189s the Canadian commented by saying:
It’s so competitive out there,” expressed Claman De Melo. “I thought we had a really good chance at doing better in qualifying, but we ended up on the wrong end of the timing sheet. We just missed making it to the second round by a few tenths so that’s a bit disappointing. That said, tomorrow is a long race and a lot can happen. I’m confident we can move up the field and get that good result we’ve been chasing the last few races.