Iowa: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing race report

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 11TH IN THE IOWA CORN INDY 250 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY; DOORNBOS HINDERED BY EARLY CONTACT AND FINISHED 15TH Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "When we started the race, the McDonald's car ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL FINISHED 11TH IN THE IOWA CORN INDY 250 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY; DOORNBOS HINDERED BY EARLY CONTACT AND FINISHED 15TH

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "When we started the race, the McDonald's car didn't feel so hot right away. I was trying to work and do whatever I could to keep the car on the track and make sure we got off for Richmond in one piece. That was the main goal. When Danica and I came together that hurt us pretty big. She tried to pass on the inside and I was going to let her go and she just never wanted to turn. I haven't seen a reply but all I know is that I was pretty high already and I still got hit. I kept it off the fence but it was pretty hard. I'm glad I did, that's for sure. After that it was just disappointing because you're running around here in the heat just knowing that you aren't going to win the thing and you might as well just do circles. We were lucky people were dropping like flies at the start and I thought it was going to continue that way and we might be looking at a top-10 finish but it never happened. It was a difficult race, probably the most difficult I have ever driven. When you run 125 straight laps straight like that with no yellow and the g-loads like they are, it wears you out pretty good. It requires some strength for sure. I think we should be better at Richmond. We tested there at the end of last year and the car felt really good. Hopefully we will go there and be even better."

Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I don't know what was wrong, the car balance was really bad. We had a lot of oversteer straight away. I tried to warm the tires as good as I could but it didn't feel good and going into Turn 3 the car got sideways and I got collected by the ABC car. The guys did a good job to fix the left front suspension as quick as possible and we got back out there to complete more laps than (Rafeal) Matos for Rookie of the Year. It hasn't been a very good weekend for the 06 team. We'll forget about it and work hard for next week."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Robert Doornbos