Mid-Ohio: Newman/Haas Racing qualifying report

FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER MUTOH TO START 12 IN THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO; NATIONAL TIRES & BATTERY DRIVER RAHAL TO START 26TH Graham Rahal, No. 02 National Tires & Battery Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We definitely struggled in qualifying.

FORMULA DREAM/PANASONIC DRIVER MUTOH TO START 12 IN THE HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO; NATIONAL TIRES & BATTERY DRIVER RAHAL TO START 26TH

Graham Rahal, No. 02 National Tires & Battery Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We definitely struggled in qualifying. It wasn't any one thing. The front of the car had a ton of understeer and the rear wasn't good either. I cannot attack; I can't go faster. Then when we put red tires on it made both of those things worse. Other teams improved since Friday but we went backwards due to some decisions with the setup that didn't work. Its going to be a tough race but we're going to see if we can play with the strategy and move the National Tire & Battery car forward."

Hideki Mutoh, No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I used up two sets of the red Firestone tires in the first round and that's why I couldn't go any fastest in Round 2 where we put on used reds for the first run and a set of primary tires for the second run. The car was sliding at the beginning and we made some changes during qualifying that made it better and I was able to get in the top-six in the first round. In the second stage, I think we made the wrong decision. We probably should have gone out with used reds again because I think they had more grip. Qualifying wasn't great but also not too bad. I think we can have a good race."

-source: nhr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Hideki Mutoh