GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I never really had a grip on the car. I really, really struggled with the rear of the car on entries and exits and couldn't get a handle on the understeer mid corner. I'm obviously baffled now with the performance. There are a lot of tracks we've gone to that I can compete at and right now I can't which is frustrating. For the amount of effort that we are putting in, there is no reason this should be the case. We will regroup but the problem is the lack of time between races."
· FAST FACTS: Was his fifth event here. He qualified 19th and started 17th after two cars ahead served 10-grid penalties for unapproved engine changes. He struggled with the handling of his race car and finished 21st. He qualified third in 2012, led 27 laps but a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). He qualified 20th for the first of two heat races in 2011 and finished ninth with SCCGR. He drew the fourth starting spot for Race 2 in 2011 and finished 30th. He did not compete in Texas in 2010 during his partial season of competition. He qualified 12th with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) in 2009 but retired in 22nd place after contact. In 2008, he qualified 18th and finished 11th with NHLR… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 11th also in Long Beach… Is ranked 18th in series standings with 135 points.