|Sebastien Bourdais was not able to start the St. Petersburg GP after this morning warm-up crash|
This is a day Dale Coyne probably wished he had stayed in bed. Dale Coyne Racing's rookie, James Jakes, and four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais both had big crashes in morning warm-up here at St. Pete.
The 23-year-old Briton ran wide on the exit of the fast Turn 3 section, tearing most of the left side off of his Dallara-Honda.
Bourdais, after reportedly suffering an exploding brake disc, crashed in the Turn 11/12 complex and the car also caught fire, causing even more damage.
While nothing official has been filed with the series, we hear Bourdais' entry will probably be pulled from the race.
Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe posted a 1:03.138 to lead the session. The Aussie led Justin Wilson, whose 1:03.313 was just 0.009 ahead of Penske's Helio Castroneves.
Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay followed with a 1:03.366, and his new Andretti stablemate Mike Conway completed the top 5 with a lap of 1:03.418.