Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais ended Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the final day of practice before qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil as the fastest driver in the No.18 Sonny’s BBQ Honda.
The LeMan Native set a fastest speed of 233.116mph and speaking following the day of action which saw him take home a cheque for $10,000 for being the fastest on Fast Friday, Bourdais commented by saying:
There’s never a bad day when you’re at the front. Definitely happy with the way things turned out. The car felt good. We tried a couple of things and finished the session really happy with the speed and the car balance. Hopefully it stays that way. It’s a tricky place. When you get any sense of consistency through different conditions, sunny, shade, different track temps, humidity, wind, it always gives you confidence. You never know what’s going to come at you the next day. I think tomorrow’s going to be another example of that. Sunday might be pretty tricky, as well. We’ll just hopefully be able to deal with those conditions very well and, you know, make it happen when it matters because this is obviously awesome.
I can’t thank Dale, Craig, Olivier and all the mechanics and everybody. Craig was the first one to tell me, ‘let’s do it when it matters on Saturday and Sunday’. It’s pretty exciting just to be in the mix knowing that we seemingly have a chance to do well in qualifying. Every other time I’ve been here, I’ve never been in contention to really be any kind of factor, and that’s just boring. When you’re in that position where you know there’s going to be something you can do to actually play at the front, then hopefully it happens, because it’s a heck of a lot more fun.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda ended the day in ninth place with a fastest speed of 231.252mph and speaking following his day in the car he commented by saying:
It was fun to drive the car with the high boost today. I think we should always be running at that power if not more. When you’re at the lower boost it kind of feels like when you’re in a cadet go kart and you don’t have enough power really to do much, not that I’m comparing an Indy car to a go kart just that feeling of lack of power. It was good to trim out. We seem to have good speed, the team has good speed with Seb (Bourdais) as well so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
Pippa Mann in the No.63 Honda ended the day in 21st place and speaking following the day in the car the Ipswich native stated:
It was good to get out there this morning and have a really positive start to Fast Friday. We have had a couple of issues this week, so to go out there this morning and run a 230 in our first run was really kind of cool. I believe that was the first time that’s happened for a female athlete here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sadly, it was done with a tow, and I don’t think we stand a huge chance of repeating that tomorrow in qualifying. We’re just working on our qualifying car. We still have a little bit of work to do and some decision-making tonight, and then we cross our fingers for tomorrow and hope we can have a good day.