Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Unifin Honda was left disappointing with his qualifying effort for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The Frenchman will start Sunday’s race from 10th place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
“It’s disappointing. I think the team did a good job with the car at the test and then we came back and we felt strong and we were looking really good but then the Firestone Reds happened. We keep on trying to find things to make them work but we’re losing track of things and it feels like we’re drifting and not really identifying what’s the cause. It’s tough because you don’t have enough time to work with them. I’m sure we’d find a solution but not in the short amount of time you have, you just have to make a lap time happen and I can’t do that so it’s tough but we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was presented with the rookie of the year award prior to qualifying and speaking about that achievement he said:
(On Rookie of the Year): “It’s been a great year for us. It’s an honor to receive this award. There’s so many great drivers in the past that have won it as rookies and have moved on to be champions or won a lot of races. I’m hoping I can be part of that.
“I have to thank Dale and Dale Coyne Racing, for the opportunity I’ve had this year, working alongside a great team of engineers which has allowed me to progress quickly and have some of the great results we’ve had. It’s been a fantastic year.
Jones will start Sunday’s race from 18th place on the grid and speaking about his session he said:
Coming through the Mazda Road to Indy was key to my success this year. Before 2015, I only raced in Europe. Learning all the American circuits was really important for me. To do that in Indy Lights was really helpful. Learning ovals, a part of that was the Indy 500. If I hadn’t done Indy Lights, I wouldn’t have been able to gain that experience, wouldn’t have been able to do that. It’s key for young, up-and-coming drivers like myself to go through that to make it in IndyCar.”
(On qualifying): “It’s a bit frustrating. We tried something and it helped in some areas but there were some down sides as well. That said, we had to try something because we were quite a bit off yesterday, but we’ll keep working on it overnight and hopefully we can get a good run tomorrow.”