Texas: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing qualifying report

DOORNBOS TO START NINTH IN THE BOMBARDIER LEARJET 550k AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO START 12TH Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's frustrating because the McDonald's team expected to be faster...

DOORNBOS TO START NINTH IN THE BOMBARDIER LEARJET 550k AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO START 12TH

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's frustrating because the McDonald's team expected to be faster than this. To be quite honest, all weekend I thought that something was amiss. I didn't feel like the car was pulling properly. I noticed this morning that we couldn't tow up on people in the draft. It's unfortunate because you get so used to being so competitive. To come here and not be is frustrating. We hope that we can figure something out here so we can get a little more speed for passing in the race. We're going to work on having some good stops and move forward in the race."

Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "This is obviously a very special oval. It's an exciting place; I really love it. On the banking you feel like Spiderman. I have raced on three total until now and this is definitely up there. I think we had a good run. You always want more as a driver. I pushed the pedal so far that I think I almost bent it. I think we can be happy and I look forward to a fun race tomorrow with a good setup. In qualifying we just stayed on the white line. I hit the pedal hard. I was flat, flat, flat. There was no more in the car so we can be happy. I got the maximum out of it. Every time I am in the car, I learn. I like this four lap average format. I think you can really make a difference on your out lap if you are aggressive out of pit lane and flat straight away. It's good fun."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Robert Doornbos