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2014 Long Beach: Chevrolet IndyCar Qualifying Recap
Posted by: newsla on Apr 13, 2014 - 07:44 AM
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2014 Long Beach: Chevrolet IndyCar Qualifying Recap

Sebastien Bourdais carried the banner for the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 in Firestone Fast Six qualifying for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Behind the wheel of the No. 11 Mistic KV SH Racing Chevrolet , the three- time Long Beach winner will start third on Sunday in Round Two of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.


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Also posting top-10 qualifying times were Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet - seventh, and Helio Castroneves, No. 3 AAA of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet - ninth.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda) was the pole winner.

The Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy is scheduled to start Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET with live television coverage on NBC Sports Network and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 209 and www.indycar.com. Race timing and scoring can also be found on www.indycar.com.


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS: NO. 11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT - KVSH RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3RD: "It was fun. First of all, I really need to thank all the people at E Cigarettes with Mistic. It's been a great partnership so far. That white car is good karma. So it's good to be here and Jimmy, Kevin and Sully for putting that program together, and all the guys that did the work in the background silently keeping their heads down and making it happen for me. So all the guys at KVSH it's really been a team effort.

"We all thought we were going to have a shot at this after a very loaded of work winter. I really believe that it's paying off. We had a fast car in St. Pete, and we really have a fast car here. Came just a bit short, but there's always tomorrow, so we're going to keep digging, and hopefully we can make it happen tomorrow.

"Maybe the cars are separated by a hundredths. It's just all bets are off, really. It's all over the fact that you have a lot of cars that can obviously or well seem to be able to make it happen. It's just you look at how the gaps are close, and then you just realize that all it takes is a little thing to go sideways and that's it. You don't make it.

"When you see Will Power who is obviously kind of king of qualifying, and not making it out of group two, it's kind of surprising. I think it really sums up how much things are uncertain right now in IndyCar, and how the field is competitive. So it's a big testimony to, obviously, the quality of the field, the quality of the cars, and the fact that, obviously, Indy car came up with a package that limits how much you can do to the cars and just puts everybody on a level playing field."

SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 7TH: "In the first round the Target car was good and we had good speed in the session I felt. We made a lot of progress from yesterday to today, and again from this morning’s practice through to qualifying. We have some work to do tomorrow from our starting position, but we will be prepared."

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 AAA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: "The red tires were unbelievable. It completely changed the handling on the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy. The car is running really smooth. It’s going to take some strategy to get to the front and I have the man for that in Roger Penske. I’m counting on him tomorrow. I can’t wait for tomorrow. We obviously want to start in the front, but with the standing start I feel like we can still be in good position."

TONY KANAAN, NO.10 TARGET CHIP GANASSI CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 13TH: "Obviously it’s not where the Target team wants to qualify - outside the top-12. It was a difficult day and we’re still searching for the grip we haven’t been able to find. We have a lot of capable people and I think overnight we can find a solution here. There are a lot of people on this team that want to win and I’m confident we’ll be ready when the race comes."

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 14TH: ""Obviously, the No. 12 Verizon Chevy team is starting a lot further back then we had hoped. We just have to try to make that work from where we are and do the best we can tomorrow."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 16TH: "The No. 2 Verizon Chevy has been really good all weekend. We keep gaining on it and I definitely think we had a car that was capable of the Fast Six. We just brushed the wall in turn four. I was trying hard to get that extra two tenths (of a second) and it didn't work out. Part of it is I'm still learning what the red tires are going to do. It's part of the process and I understand that. I really thought we would have a little more grip. We have some work to do for tomorrow but we do know we have a fast car."

MIKE CONWAY, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 17TH: "That is not what we were expecting today for qualifying. We just couldn’t get tires right where we wanted them to be. Things just didn’t fall our way today. We do have an extra set of tires for the race now that could help us. We’ll have to make some adjustments overnight and be ready for the race. The standing start will be interesting here. I think there is enough room for everyone at the start. We were okay last year at Toronto but there were some issues at the Houston race with some guys stalling. It should be fun for the fans too."

RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 8 NTT DATA CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH: "In the first round the Target car was good and we had good speed in the session I felt. We made a lot of progress from yesterday to today, and again from this morning’s practice through to qualifying. We have some work to do tomorrow from our starting position, but we will be prepared."

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 83 NOVOLOG FLEXPEN CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 19TH: "It wasn’t the result that Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing would like and we have some more work to do on the cars. I have a lot of confidence in my engineers and the crew that they’ll give me a really good car for the 85 laps tomorrow. The Chevrolets seem to be really good on the standing starts so I have a lot of confidence in that aspect of the race tomorrow. We’ll come up with a great race package tonight and be ready to race from where we start tomorrow."

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA: NO. 17 KV AFS RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 22ND: "It has been a rough weekend so far," said Saavedra. "The setups we had previously been trying hadn’t been working, so we made a drastic change before qualifying. Looking at how Bourdais’ car was running, it was a no brainer to switch to his setup, but unfortunately not enough time to fully to adapt the car. I do feel comfortable with the KV AFS car and believe we have good race car and will focus on learning from it and having a positive day tomorrow."

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