A few other tidbits from Friday in Detroit

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Here’s a few other noteworthy morsels from Friday here in Detroit, for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Chevrolet Indy Dual at Detroit:

Sebastien Bourdais will make his 100th start in open-wheel racing on Saturday. He has 31 wins, 31 poles and four consecutive Champ Car titles (2004-’07) in his career, although he has yet to score a podium finish since his return to IndyCar in 2011.

“It doesn’t make you any younger, does it?” the Dragon Racing driver pondered. “But obviously I am just very fortunate to be around and try to get to run a lot. I still enjoy it as much as I used to enjoy it.”

Ryan Briscoe didn’t have the smoothest of first days for Panther Racing in Detroit. The Australian will start 21st for the first race of the weekend, and his day included a spin. Although the chance to drive was unexpected, Briscoe was at least prepared, even though he’s running a seat made last-minute and Townsend Bell’s steering wheel.

“I wasn’t preparing for it at all, but I did just spend the whole last month in an IndyCar and I feel like I am comfortable in the cockpit again,” he said.

Quicken Loans-sponsored driver AJ Allmendinger nearly advanced out of group one in Q1, a tenth off Dario Franchitti in sixth, but will start 13th. It was a good effort for Allmendinger, who hasn’t been in a wet session since 2006 in Champ Car.

KV Racing Technology came down to Earth with a resounding thud in qualifying on Friday after its win in the Indianapolis 500 with Tony Kanaan. Simona de Silvestro qualified 18th, Kanaan 20th, and will each advance one spot thanks to a 10-spot grid penalty applied to Graham Rahal.

IndyCar isn’t the only series racing in Detroit this weekend. Polesitters in GRAND-AM’s Rolex Series include Jordan Taylor (No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP), Max Papis (No. 61 R. Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari F458) and Tom Long (No. 70 SpeedSource MAZDA6), and in the Pirelli World Challenge are Johnny O’Connell (No. 3 Cadillac Racing) and Mark Wilkins (No. 38 Kia Motors America Kia Optima).