Rahal Scores His Best Indy GP Start

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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 MiJack Honda scored his best Indy Grand Prix of Indianapolis start position for today’s race as he starts the race from seventh place.

Speaking following the day’s action he said:

Everybody on this team just did an amazing job coming up with the set up for qualifying here.  We were nervous to go to Takuma’s set up a little.  Takuma can just drive a car that’s a lot looser than I’m willing to tolerate.  So, we were a little nervous to go that far, but we came up with it.  It was a complete flyer honestly from where we were in the second practice but it worked and I think we were a lot more competitive.  If you find one tenth, you’re second or third so it’s close.  We came up just a little bit shy there, but it was a tremendous job by everybody and, you know, we can race from there.  What you want (from your car) to qualify and what you want to race are different, at least in my book.  We’ll detune her for tomorrow and hopefully she’ll be a little better.”

Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Honda starts the race from 11th place and speaking following the session he said:

We didn’t have a strong day at the test day here so we came here with different concept and we’re working through it.  It seems that we we’re looking at quite good speed for qualifying, but unfortunately on the second segment I had some traffic and couldn’t get heat in the tires.  I just had one shot, it was the last lap and unfortunately I didn’t get the grip I wanted, so it’s disappointing being 11th after a competitive first segment but I think tomorrow it’s a track we can overtake so I’ll stay optimistic.”

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