Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO START FOURTH FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO; SERVIA TO START 14TH 1st: Ryan Briscoe 1:06.6814 / 121.905 mph 4th: Graham Rahal ...
Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO START FOURTH FOR THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO; SERVIA TO START 14TH
1st: Ryan Briscoe 1:06.6814 / 121.905 mph
4th: Graham Rahal 1:07.0640 / 121.210 mph
14th: Oriol Servia 1:08.4314 / 118.788 mph
Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The McDonald's car felt pretty good all day. We were just trying to squeeze as much out of those red tires as we could. It took us a little while, that's for sure, to get to that point but I think at the end it felt pretty good. We didn't have new reds and some of the other guys did and we were just lacking that little bit. If we had a little more grip, I think we could have been awfully close to pole. That's what I would have loved, obviously, with this being my hometown but that's how it goes.
FAST FACTS: Will be his second major open wheel race here but he has competed in many other series at his "home track." In 2008, he started 14th and ran as high as eighth, but an off track excursion on lap 53 limited him to a 16th place finish. At the age of 16 in 2005, he became the youngest to claim the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs here by a dominant 43-seconds. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 (S/F 4/9). Tested a Grand Am car here in 2007...Highest start this season is two poles (St. Pete/street & Kansas/oval) and highest finish is third place at Richmond...Is ranked 9th in series points with 265.
Oriol Servia, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We didn't manage to do the best job in terms of timing to get on track. We still could have been okay because the car felt really, really good especially on red tires but the yellow flag came out to end the session and I had only completed one (fast) lap. On the second lap I was already three-tenths (of a second) up in two corners then the full course yellow came out and we were seventh quick so we didn't make it to the next round. We got on the track behind some slower cars and then it took me a lap to get a gap and I had only completed one fast lap before the yellow came out. It was a little bit of bad timing and bad luck. Unfortunately we couldn't show what the car was capable of and I really felt comfortable finally. The car feels really good so it should be good for the race."
FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth major open wheel race here and only second of the 2009 IndyCar Series season (competed in Indy 500). He has competed in four CART/Champ Car races (2000-2003) and one IndyCar Series event (2008) here to date. Last year he started eighth and finished fifth for KV Racing. In his rookie CART season in 2000, he started 17th and finished 10th; started 26th and finished ninth in 2001; started 12th and finished 10th in 2002 and started eighth and finished 18th in 2003 after contact with NHR driver Junqueira...Last raced on a road/street course in the 2008 season-ending exhibition race in Australia on October 26...Competed for the team in 2005 as the replacement driver for the injured Bruno Junqueira and earned seven podiums in 11 events
NHLR AT MID-OHIO: In their previous 22 races here the team has earned THREE wins (Mi. Andretti 1991, 1990; Ma. Andretti 1984), SIX poles (Mansell 1993; Mi. Andretti 1992, 1991, 1990; Ma. Andretti 1986, 1984), and ELEVEN podium finishes (2nd- Fittipaldi 2002, Tracy 1995, Ma. Andretti 1990, 1988, 1983; 3rd- Fittipaldi 2000, Mi. Andretti 1996, 1989).
- Tune In... The race will be broadcast live on VERSUS Sunday, August 9 at 1 pm.