IRL: Texas: Rahal Letterman Racing race report

RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING QUOTES: VITOR MEIRA (No. 17 Menards/ Johns Manville Honda Panoz Firestone) (Started Fifth, Finished Ninth) "We had a good car tonight but we lost contact with the lead pack in the middle of the race . We couldn't get...

RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING QUOTES:

VITOR MEIRA (No. 17 Menards/ Johns Manville Honda Panoz Firestone) (Started Fifth, Finished Ninth)

"We had a good car tonight but we lost contact with the lead pack in the middle of the race . We couldn't get back in touch that lead pack. The bigger pack was able to pull away from the smaller pack of Dan (Wheldon), Dario (Franchitti) and I. Tomas (Scheckter) had a very fast car tonight. He was pushing that lead pack too. I was surprised by some many green flag laps too. It wasn't like a normal Texas race with yellow flags in the middle of the race. I think we ran the last 120 laps under green. That is very surprising. My car felt very good all race. In fact, I ran flat (on the throttle) for one and a half stints (fuel runs). Actually, my right foot was getting a sore from stomping on the throttle. But I don't know why we couldn't race with the leaders. Timing is something that happens in a race like that. We just had some bad timing. I was able to stay in fifth in points right now and we are going to Richmond next. I was second there last year so maybe we can be better this time around."

DANICA PATRICK (No. 16 Argent Mortgage/Pioneer Honda Panoz Firestone) (Started Third, Finished 13th in her first race at Texas Motor Speedway)

"This was the first time back to side-by-side racing since Homestead. It took me a little while to learn how the car was going to react in traffic. I have said before sometimes it's a lot tougher race when you are running in the middle or the back than when you are at the front. This was a tougher day but we finished and I gained a lot of experience. I am going to have good day and bad days. The last two races have been pretty good. Today we will just learn from this race and move on to Richmond."

BUDDY RICE (No. 15 Argent Mortgage/Pioneer Honda Panoz Firestone) (Started Seventh, Finished 21st after a mechanical problem on Lap 25)

"I don't know what to say. I had a good car tonight. I was just taking it easy. Playing a waiting game with the leaders. Then a vibration got really bad and I didn't have any gears. We really don't know what the cause was at this point. It's a mechanical problem and it is tough to take when you have a good car and you feel you could run for the lead. We just can't get a break with the 15 car. Kenny (Brack) had a bad break at Indy too. I was just sitting in the pack and waiting. We just didn't get a chance tonight.

-rlr-

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