Toronto: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing qualifying report

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We have to be pleased with starting third. The McDonald's boys have worked extremely hard since yesterday because the car just wasn't exactly what we wanted but there was no panic. The...

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We have to be pleased with starting third. The McDonald's boys have worked extremely hard since yesterday because the car just wasn't exactly what we wanted but there was no panic. The team's motto is 'Keep it simple' and that's the way we kept going through this weekend and fortunately it worked to our advantage. The car felt pretty good and we were just trying to maximize the tires and unfortunately I think we didn't quite get all of it on the last run but we'll take third any day. The race is going to be a tough one tomorrow. Braking is extremely hard in these cars on this track and I think that there are mistakes to be had for sure and I think people are going to do it. We've seen a lot of people lock up. I've done it twice, Dario's done it several times and I've seen a lot of the top guys do it. Keeping it on the track is going to be goal number one!"

Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We worked hard yesterday and today, although there wasn't much running this morning. For qualifying we pushed very hard. For some reason on old tires, the used Firestone's our car seemed to perform very well and get up to speed quickly but the new ones never came in really. It's a very competitive field anyhow but it's a shame we didn't make it to Round 3 because I think we had the pace. Starting from the fourth row on a street circuit always put you a little bit in the danger zone but we're going to make the best of it tomorrow. We know we have a fast car and a good crew."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Robert Doornbos