Rahal Secure Their First Front Row Lock Out Since Chicago In 2005
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing secured their first NTT IndyCar Series front row lock out since 2005 when Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice started from the front row at Chicagoland Speedway.
Speaking following his NTT IndyCar Series pole lap, Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda said:
This is a dream result. We don’t really care which (teammate) is first; obviously, I do care that I am in front of Graham (Rahal, teammate), but this team is working so hard and sometimes a lucky break comes, but today we did everything together. This is a team effort. I’m really happy for both. Black (Firestone primary) tires and red (Firestone alternate) tires had a similar performance yesterday, but today, clearly the red tire was the faster one. I actually did try the black tire in the Firestone Fast Six to try and go again faster, but obviously, the red tire was much faster and in the end I was very happy with my lap.”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda was delighted with his team’s performance in qualifying and speaking following the session he said:
Well, I think overall, we got a little bit better everywhere. The one sector (where we were losing time yesterday) might still be a little bit not perfect, I would say, maybe a little thorn in our side. But typically, I think the guys did a tremendous job today. This morning, our time and our finishing position, which ended up in the gravel, is not indicative of our pace and we felt that. Did we feel we had the front row locked out? Probably not. But the really good sign of this, I think, is that our cars are clearly pretty consistent with tire wear from first run to second run on those reds (Firestone alternate tires). I’m excited. I think we’re in a good position as we go forward. I think we’ve had good races here in the past, but we’ve never started anywhere near here. Hopefully, tomorrow can be a pretty straightforward, really strong day for us.”