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McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETE; DOORNBOS 16TH Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "For the whole McDonald's crew it's been a pretty good day. This morning we came out of the box and...

McDONALD'S DRIVER RAHAL IN PRACTICE FOR THE HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETE; DOORNBOS 16TH

Graham Rahal, No. 02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "For the whole McDonald's crew it's been a pretty good day. This morning we came out of the box and we were 10th and I think some of the guys were a little worked up but we knew that the car was quick. As Justin (Wilson) just said, even in the first session we couldn't ultimately get our good lap. We got held up a little bit but that doesn't really matter. In the second session we knew we had a pretty good car. It was all about trying to find some little tweaks that were going to help us in the long run. We ran old tires for quite awhile. We were still right up there in the top five so we were pretty happy with that. Then we threw the new tires on and obviously things went pretty well. We got caught behind Danica (Patrick) which kind of hurt us a bit because it seemed like you could be three seconds back and still catch her in a lap so that kind of got me out of my rhythm. I kept having to back up into him (Wilson) and I'm sure that got him out of his rhythm. But we got one good lap in and obviously we're pretty happy with that. There's still a little bit left on the table but overall for the McDonald's team its been a good day."

Robert Doornbos, No. 06 Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's nice to be on a street course; I always enjoy it. We are just struggling a bit with the setup. Graham tried something with his setup that was really good so we are going to try it tomorrow. It's great for the team to be fast and show that the car can do it. I need to adjust my driving style a little bit for these cars as well. I'm a bit too aggressive maybe but we will learn. Tomorrow we will be stronger."

-credit: nhlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Robert Doornbos