McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO START SEVENTH IN THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; DOORNBOS TO START 15TH AFTER DIFFICULT SESSION Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's obviously disappointing that we didn't make it ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO START SEVENTH IN THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; DOORNBOS TO START 15TH AFTER DIFFICULT SESSION
Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's obviously disappointing that we didn't make it through to Round 3 of qualifying. After putting the McDonald's car on pole at the last race we had expectations of making it to the last round. I think we had to pace to do it but weren't able to. We had pretty much the same pace on old tires as we did on new. You expect to have a big gain on new ones but we had nothing when everybody else gained quite a bit. That's how it goes sometimes. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow starting seventh because it's not easy to pass here. It's so close its going to be hard to get by people. Our hope is that the car stays underneath us and we can move up through the field. We're pretty good on old tires which bodes well for us but we've got to hope we can save fuel better than these other guys and get by them in the pits. It's possible but we've got to figure out how to make it happen now. I think the difference between the alternate tires is quite a bit more here than it was in St. Pete. Honestly I would say the alternates are about seven to eight-tenths of a second quicker. That will be a big part of the race tomorrow especially if they can hold on, used. I and think they can."
Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Qualifying didn't go well at all. Some mistakes were made and we just need to raise our game. Running out of fuel in qualifying is not ideal. At this level you cannot afford mistakes. Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing is a great team and I am a strong driver and we should be the perfect combination. We put ourselves in a difficult position starting so far back for the race and now we have to get ourselves out of it."