SERVIA DROVE TO A SIXTH PLACE FINISH AFTER STARTING 17TH IN THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; CONTACT ON THE OPENING LAP LIMITED McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO A 21ST PLACE FINISH Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I got a ...
SERVIA DROVE TO A SIXTH PLACE FINISH AFTER STARTING 17TH IN THE INDY GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA; CONTACT ON THE OPENING LAP LIMITED McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL TO A 21ST PLACE FINISH
Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I got a really good start and got past (Hideki) Mutoh and was hoping to tuck in behind Marco but I just tapped him and lost the wing. Then we came in to change the wing on the pit stop and the drive-shaft broke when I tried to leave. To be honest I can't tell you why it broke. I don't know if I released the clutch too soon. We looked at the data and it doesn't look like it so we're not sure why it happened but it broke no matter what. We fixed it and went back out later and the McDonald's car felt really good and we ran really fast laps. The amount of fuel we were saving was awesome, it was at a pretty impressive rate and a lot better than we thought we would. Ultimately we parked it when we knew there was no reason to stay out since we couldn't gain positions after we learned a lot."
Oriol Servia, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The weekend started as bad as it could which was not running in the only practice session before qualifying. But the car was good and I started to feel more comfortable with the track in the morning warmup and we were fifth fastest. It was just a matter of getting some clear laps to prepare. I knew we had a car to go fast. We saved a lot of fuel at the beginning which gave us an extra two or three laps on others and when they pitted we pushed and made up track position. For some reason I had a feeling that the start was going to be messy and it was; I don't even know what happened. I just saw (car) parts and more parts flying in the air.
There was a moment where I could have been a little more aggressive but you never know where the cars are going to be coming from. I'm happy no one touched us and we gained a lot of spots. Its always exciting racing with Justin; we've been racing together many years and its always as hard and fair as it gets. The proof of that is that he made a couple of over-optimistic maneuvers but he still managed not to wreck me or himself. It's what you expect from a real racer. I was on blacks (Firestone standard tires) and everyone was on reds so I was sliding all over the place, more than them. But the car was great and I was able to keep ahead of Justin. It's always exciting to come from the back and finish sixth. When you are that close to the front you always want more and you get a little hungrier. Considering how the weekend started and our starting position I think we should be pretty happy. It should be a good morale boost for the next couple of races and hopefully we're going to be at the front. I want to thank Carl, Berni (Bernadette) and Mike for the opportunity to race here. I enjoyed it."