Bourdais claims pole for Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar, IndyCar News/Releases, INDYCAR PR — By on August 2, 2014 6:04 pm


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet): “The last lap I knew I was shy and needed some more, so I just went for it and made it stick and that Mystic machine gave me everything it had and it was enough – so thanks to Chevy and all our sponsors. Things are finally starting to align for us – sometimes it’s the difference between things going your way or not going your way. I like it a lot better like (this). It’s a lot of fun and these guys deserve a lot of respect for all the hard work they put in and it’s great when it finally turns into results. It was totally different (in the Firestone Fast Six) from the first two segments, there was a developing dry line. So we went from totally outside to having to venture in not really well-known territory with wet tires, which was difficult.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): (About if good track position help you here): “It’s definitely better to start closer to the front. Pole is a big deal here because it’s so difficult to pass. I was really happy to make it to the Fast Six. The toughest possible conditions at this track, it’s just so slippery. It’s typical IndyCar, it’s all mixed up, you don’t know who is going to be pole one week to the next. It’s great racing. Hopefully we can get together and get a podium tomorrow, maybe a win.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda): “Well, I think honestly the rain helped a little bit, just spread everyone out because it’s so tight. I mean, I really felt confident, we were here testing. I thought we were pretty bad last year, we didn’t have a handle on what we needed and I didn’t get the most out of what we needed. This year I thought we had a much better package in general. I thought we were pretty good in Practice 3, but it was so tight I was kind of happy that it rained because it spread everyone out. I thought we had a good car. It was just about managing traffic. We were down in the pit lane so we had a lot of traffic every time. Fortunately we were able to pull out a good lap. The car was great, I thought we had a really good car. Just trying to get the most out of each lap was the key. You couldn’t have any mistakes was the biggest deal.”

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 8 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): “Qualifying today definitely wasn’t what we were hoping for. We’ve been so fast in all of the practices and the car has felt really good, unfortunately the track was just so slippery that first time out. I spun out in the first lap to cause a red flag. I wasn’t able to turn any laps that counted, so NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing will have to start in the back for the race tomorrow. I still feel really optimistic about the race, especially since I know what the car can do.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet): “Obviously our qualifying efforts were really disappointing. The rain threw a wrench into everyone’s day. It’s disheartening especially because Practice 3 was good and we came out with a really good car. I just wasn’t able to get the lap time that we needed. I know some of my teammates struggled as well, so hopefully we can all regroup tonight and see what we need to do to make things right for tomorrow. We’ll do everything we can to get the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet back up to the front where it needs to be.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): “Not the best qualifying session we’ve had this year I can tell you that. Unfortunately it was dry yesterday and this morning and we were fast, then it rained for qualifying. I had an off in the second session and lost my two fastest laps. After that we had one more chance to advance the Target car on our final lap but there just wasn’t any grip to be found out there. We’ll have to come up with a great strategy for tomorrow to dig us out of this hole.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 Glad Chevrolet): “It was a good day for the Glad car after all. We struggled in the morning practice session when it was dry, but were able to put the laps together in the end when it counted in the wet. This series is so tight from the top to the bottom of the grid. You really have to get the most out of the car at any opportunity you have out there and that’s what we were able to do today.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda): “Obviously, the conditions were really tricky. We sort of lost out in the sense that because of where we are in pit lane, because of those two red (flags) that came out, I was always behind the red. So I hadn’t actually completed a lap – I hadn’t been down the front straight or been through that last corner until that one flying lap. There was only so much we could expect, given that. The cars just had no grip. Just disappointed because the car was so much quicker than that in the dry and even if you go off strategy, with how close we saw the times, the difference between 20th and first is not that much. It’s going to be tough to move up from where we are starting.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 25 Snapple Honda): “I just didn’t get the most out of the car today. I went off on the out lap which just destroyed my confidence. I had no idea on the grip and we just came up short today.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “A little bit disappointed, we were really quick in the wet and then when it started drying out, we came up to some other cars and fell off a bit. It’s unfortunate we just missed (pole). We have a great car here this weekend so to start fifth is definitely disappointing, but we can get it done from there. It will be a challenging day for us trying to get through those top four, but we can definitely do it. I feel like we missed an opportunity a little bit but tomorrow is the only day that counts.”


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