Sonoma: Newman/Haas Racing race report

QUICK TRIM DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED NINTH IN THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER MUTOH FINISHED 17TH Graham Rahal, No. 02 Quick Trim Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The race went pretty well for the Quick Trim team. We...

QUICK TRIM DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED NINTH IN THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER MUTOH FINISHED 17TH

Graham Rahal, No. 02 Quick Trim Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The race went pretty well for the Quick Trim team. We certainly had our ups and downs. I thought the first stint was really promising for us when we got up in the top-10 in one stint. I think we were probably the quickest of the group that we were in at that point but we went to blacks and really started to struggle and couldn't get it sorted out. We struggled through that stint but got out of it okay. Then we put the red Firestone's on and I thought it would be a lot like the first stint. I thought that even though we didn't have the ultimate pace of (Ryan) Hunter-Reay, (Tony) Kanaan and some of those guys, I thought that at the end of the day when everybody else started to fall out of the saddle we could catch up. Unfortunately it just didn't work out that way. The guys did a good job in the pits and everybody worked extremely hard. This was definitely not an easy weekend. I think we all have to be pretty pleased with the end result. Now we've got Chicagoland next week and it's a place that we know we could have potentially won the race last year. There's no reason we can't do it this time."

Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The car was good at the beginning and I managed to keep my position but after 15 or 16 laps I struggled with tire wear and it was getting harder and I couldn't keep pace. I came in early and put black Firestone's on. During the last stint I had contact with (Alex) Tagliani and lost many positions there into Turn 7. And on a restart I had contact with (Mario) Moraes into Turn 7 again and lost some positions. I feel bad for the team. The car was capable of a top-10 finish but I just couldn't make it happen."

-source: nhr

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