Texas: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing race report

DOORNBOS FINISHED 11TH IN THE BOMBARDIER LEARJET 550k AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL MADE CONTACT AFTER THE FIRST LAP Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's frustrating. We struggled a little bit all ...

DOORNBOS FINISHED 11TH IN THE BOMBARDIER LEARJET 550k AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY; McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL MADE CONTACT AFTER THE FIRST LAP

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's frustrating. We struggled a little bit all weekend but the McDonald's car felt very comfortable and very good. It was unfortunate because right away something did not feel right as I went into Turn 1 and I lost a couple of spots in the initial start. I was hanging on going into Turns 3 and 4 the car was so loose and I lost tons of spots maybe 6 or 7 spots. Something did not feel right going back into Turn 1 and I let up for the second lap and I was trying to be careful but as I went into Turn 1 something snapped. I couldn't hang on. I feel bad for the others involved. It was horrible."

Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's great to get a Texas race under my belt. It's hard for me because we're going to get a good season going here. It's a while different discipline. I'm learning as much as I can. I'm not used to finishing 11th, 10th or ninth but that's the way it is at the moment. We just have to work hard and close the gap to the strong guys. I'm very happy I finished the race for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and the 06 guys because they know as well as I know that I need the experience as fast as I can. I enjoyed myself in the night race in Texas. Seeing the crowds is very exciting. It's unfortunate that the last sting destroyed my race a bit with backmarkers not going me any room. Other than that, I am happy I can focus on Iowa."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Robert Doornbos