Sonoma: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing qualifying report

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO START SIXTH FOR THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; FUEL PUMP FAILURE LIMITED SERVIA TO 17TH PLACE START Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The McDonald's car felt pretty good all day especially for...

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO START SIXTH FOR THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; FUEL PUMP FAILURE LIMITED SERVIA TO 17TH PLACE START

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The McDonald's car felt pretty good all day especially for not having tested here. I thought we did a good job. When we showed up we were pretty close. There is still work to be done because we certainly we struggled quite a lot in that last session of qualifying. It wasn't a very comfortable feeling; we'd like to be closer than that. Overall the guys worked hard today. We made a lot of big changes over lunch and they worked out so they're going to sleep well tonight. We made the Firestone Fast Six again which means we made it every race this year but one and that is a good feeling. Now we just need to have a straightforward race tomorrow, save some fuel, get by some of these guys and be in it for the win."

Oriol Servia, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We lost the first session because of a fuel pump problem which is never something you want to happen, especially when it is one of two road courses where it's a two-day event. If you miss the only practice you have before qualifying it doesn't help the team or myself. I needed laps under my belt. Most of the teams tested here last week and we didn't so we knew we came with a small handicap to catch up and not getting to run in the first practice session didn't help. I tried to do what I could in qualifying and I knew it would be difficult but you still try your hardest. I think we made big improvements every lap but this place is so special with all the blind corners. I loved it last year, I was very fast but it takes laps. It's just a shame that we couldn't make it happen for qualifying. We'll have to find a way to get to the front in the race."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Graham Rahal