McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL EARNED HIS FIRST INDYCAR SERIES POLE ON AN OVAL FOR THE ROAD RUNNER TURBO INDY 300; DOORNBOS BROUGHT THE TEAM ITS FIRST ONE-TWO OVAL START SINCE 1993 IN HIS OVAL DEBUT
Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's a fantastic start for the McDonald's team. First of all, for us to get a pole when we go to St. Petersburg, and then to do it again here at Kansas, I think it's quite a shock. And obviously, in memory of Paul (Newman) it's great for us to have this success early in the season. Now of course, there's still a long way to go, but for us to get our first (oval) pole here, I hope it's a sign of things to come. It shows how hard these guys have worked all winter long."
Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "This is my first weekend racing on an oval so definitely tomorrow is going to be an exciting day. I think this qualifying format is enjoyable. I had a good run. I just had a little mis-shift on the first flying lap but other than that it was good. (Fellow Dutchman) Arie (Luyendyk) is a legend and he helped me out today and next month in Indy he's going to help me out even more. Graham has more experience on the ovals (than I do). I've been watching some videos and I think last year, the Ganassi boys ran one-two and pulled away helping each other. I don't think it's a good thing if we're not helping each other because then I'll be sitting in an office in Chicago (team headquarters) probably explaining myself. It's a team effort that we're here. They've worked very hard in the winter. I went out first, then the engineers saw what they could do and improve and he grabbed the pole and now we're second. So I think it's been a great team result and I think we need to thank the boys in the race tomorrow."