Dale Coyne Racing’s Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais will start today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from 12th place missing out on a place in the Firestone Fast Six by just two tenths of a second.
Speaking following the session Bourdais commented by saying:
Qualifying was OK in Q1 and then Q2, we ran out of juice I guess. I thought it was a decent lap but we came out two tenths short of making the Firestone Fast 6 and not only that but when you finish 12th in Q2 you think to yourself, we should have saved the tires! It’s obviously not the way we want to go so I’m disappointed for the group and to end up there. It’s so close, two tenths and you’re in or you’re out. I made a small mistake and that was enough. It’s not a fun race from mid pack and a lot of bad things can come your way. If it’s an incident free race like last year it’s tough to make stuff happen. We’ll keep digging and see what happens.
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Ed Jones starts the race just behind his team mate in 13th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It’s been great work by the team. I struggled a bit in practice but we worked hard overnight to improve the car from yesterday. The changes proved that we went in the right direction. It was a very good qualifying for me, so close to the Fast 12. It’s a bit frustrating, but thanks to the team for giving me the car to do that. I’m really confident for the race. I have great memories here from racing in Indy Lights two years ago, so I hope I can add to those memories tomorrow.