Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser/Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda said that he had an interesting opening day at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Frenchman who goes into Sunday’s race in third place in the series standings ended the opening session in 10th place with a fastest time of 01:09.1270s while in the second session on Friday afternoon Bourdais ended the day in ninth place with a fastest time of 01:09.3552s.
Speaking following his day in the day in the car Bourdais said:
It was an interesting day overall for the Team SealMaster Honda No. 18. We are not exactly there yet, but I don’t know that anybody is really happy with their car. This afternoon the track temp was very high…115, 116 range, so this place, like most others, tends to be quite greasy when it gets that hot. I had one good lap going, which got a yellow flag, and that was that. I’m not exactly sure where we sit because I definitely didn’t get a good lap on the board. I think on a one-lap performance the car doesn’t seem too bad, but it seems to degrade pretty fast. We will take a look at the data and see what we want to do for tomorrow, but it is not easy. We have to keep searching.
Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.19 Paysafe Honda ended the day in 23rd place with a fastest time of 01:10.5442s. In the opening session, the Canadian ended the session in 19th place and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
(About his thoughts on the track) “It’s a really fun track. I’m really enjoying myself but I need to keep working on getting better. It’s a difficult track and I think most of the rookies are struggling with it from what I saw of the lap times.” (About his day): “It was a tough day and there’s some work to do, but we have another practice session tomorrow before qualifying and we’re going to use it to keep learning as much as possible.