McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL CONTINUED PREPARATION FOR TOMORROW'S POLE DAY FOR THE INDY 500; DOORNBOS UNINJURED IN PRACTICE CRASH AFTER SETTING FIFTH FASTEST TIME TO THAT POINT
Graham Rahal, No 02 McDonald's Dallara Honda/Firestone: "I think the McDonald's team got quite a bit done today. The car felt pretty good there at the end. We kept working on it at the end and it got a little bit better but we still need to improve it. I think we still need to trim it out a little bit more to get up there with the big guys. Something is amiss to me compared to yesterday and I'm not exactly sure what it is but something in the car feels like there is more drag. We need to figure out what that is, improve on it and go forward for tomorrow. It's a good thing we finished the day without any incidents on our side because we only had one spare car between Robert and I and they are putting an engine in it after he crashed. That was definitely going through my head. I need to qualify for the Indy 500 tomorrow and if something were to happen we might not have been able to."
Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Going into Turn 1, I felt something really light on the front of the car and then I brushed the wall. Then I went into the Turn 2 wall. Hopefully, it was just driver error and nothing went wrong on the car and we are able to fix it and come back strong tomorrow. The guys worked hard to put an engine in the spare car and get back out for a few installation laps at the end. I'm looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow morning and experiencing my first Pole Day for the Indy 500."