Chicagoland: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing race report

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED FIFTH AFTER CHALLENGING FOR THE WIN IN THE FINAL LAPS OF THE PEAK ANTIFREEZE INDY 300; SERVIA FINISHED SEVENTH AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS FOURTH Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED FIFTH AFTER CHALLENGING FOR THE WIN IN THE FINAL LAPS OF THE PEAK ANTIFREEZE INDY 300; SERVIA FINISHED SEVENTH AFTER RUNNING AS HIGH AS FOURTH

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Honestly, when I went up high I thought we were going to get it (win) finally because the car had so much momentum. The McDonald's car felt good all night and it's no doubt we will win one soon. I was just trying to get us an opportunity and we got it. I pulled out of the draft, went up high and it (momentum) just died. Unfortunately we just didn't have enough speed. When you go up that high the distance your taking there is massive and unfortunately we just didn't have enough speed. Before this race was the most nervous I've ever been. I was watching people darn near hitting each other on the back straight last night in the warm-up so I knew it would be a crazy race. It was action-packed from start to finish. The idea was to get up front and just try to stay there. If we could stay there, we were going to be with guys that know what they're doing. The McDonald's guys worked hard tonight. I told them we needed good stops and the second to last stop was what really put us in this position. It was great what we did tonight; the McDonald's car was top notch. It just shows that we can beat these guys. It's going to take some effort but for us to be where we are now we've got to be pretty happy."

Oriol Servia, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was the perfect race where you want to move to the front but you want to take your time because it's crazy out there. Just before the last stop I was fourth -- just where you want to be -- and I made a mistake coming in the pits. I tried to brake a little too late and went too far on the marks and we wasted a little too much time trying to get to the car with the fuel. It was my fault. They were still able to do it but we lost 10 positions. The car was good and we were able to make it back to seventh so I'm very happy that at least we ended with a decent result. I thought we had a car to fight for the win at the end. I would have liked to be at the front. It makes me feel really good for Motegi. I know that we have a really good car for the ovals and that I haven't lost my touch. I had a lot of fun tonight and I cannot wait until Motegi."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Graham Rahal