Toronto: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing race report

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 20TH AFTER CONTACT IN THE HONDA INDY TORONTO; DOORNBOS RETIRED IN 23RD DUE TO AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM IN THE GEAR SHIFT SYSTEM Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: b^0x001cIt was a...

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 20TH AFTER CONTACT IN THE HONDA INDY TORONTO; DOORNBOS RETIRED IN 23RD DUE TO AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM IN THE GEAR SHIFT SYSTEM

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: b^0x001cIt was a frustrating day for the McDonald's boys. Right from the start the race was bad because (Will) Power didn't try to stay in his lane on the start. It's as easy at that; you're supposed to be two wide and he wasn't. He came straight across and just took off my front wing. So right away we were fighting an uphill battle and those are the worst races because it's so frustrating when you know you're out of the game at the start. After coming in for the wing change I just tried to recover. We had pretty good lap times but I just couldn't hang in there being behind Danica. She would brake so early and I was bad at judging where she was going to hit the brakes because it was inconsistent, but always early and I ended up flat-spotting my tires.

I tried to recover from that as well and then tried to pass Ed. Danica dove in (ahead of Ed) and Ed stayed wide so I dove underneath him and got mid-corner and he turned in while I was there. I tried to back out but I was pinched. That was it for us. I'm not going to blame him though because I should have known that's what he would do. The whole idea today was to get some points and close on fifth place but now (fifth place) Danica gained a lot of points and moved further away."

Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I had a great start and was up four positions. I got the maximum out of that and was up to third and running strong and settled into our strategy of saving fuel. We were looking good and then the gearbox started performing less good on the downshifts and it slowly got worse until we ended up with no ability to shift. It's a very frustrating end to the race given the potential we showed at the start."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Robert Doornbos