Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais made it into the Firestone Fast Six on Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and will start today’s IndyCar Grand Prix from sixth place just behind Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya.
Speaking following the session, the Frenchman commented by saying:
This is the first time where we were literally a Firestone Fast Six car and we were in the mix. We were in the fight just by being in the middle of the Penske fest. It’s quite good really. I feel that we’re a bit of a minority here with Scott (Dixon) and I being the only Hondas in the top six. So hats off to the boys, and to our Honda tech guy. He did a really, really nice job as well. We found a bit of performance in qualifying. We just did everything we had to do and did it well. It was pretty close, I made a small mistake on that last lap in Q3, I just went for it. So it ended up being a one lap only effort. The guys worked countless hours to build the Sonny’s car back up from what it was after Phoenix, which really wasn’t much at all. They worked every day except Sunday so it’s a big testament to this team, it really has inspiration to roll and not give up, and it’s just a cool feeling.
Ed Jones did another good job in the No.19 Honda as he will start the race from 13th place on the grid and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
In the first two practice sessions we had a few issues which made it really difficult to learn and progress. But we made some big changes heading into qualifying and went close to what Seb (Bourdais) had. That allowed us to make a big jump. I was really close to the Fast 12, by less than a half of a tenth to the two guys in front. So its frustrating not to get to progress through to the next round, but it’s still massive to qualify where we did. Much better than we expected after the two practice sessions.