Kansas: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing qualifying report

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 ...

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."

-credit: nhlr

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