Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing endured a tough qualifying session for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda will start the race from 26th place.
Speaking following the session Rahal commented by saying:
I have been chasing it all week, particularly in qualifying trim. It’s been frustrating obviously because the car has gone slower as the week has gone on and I’m not sure why that is. My race car is really good, this is just a qualifying-trim issue. We can’t put our finger on it so we’re going to have to go back and figure it out for next year. We wanted to qualify further up for the points. We’re going to lose 30-plus points to lead group in the championship which is frustrating because we were fifth in the points coming into qualifying. This is going to hurt us pretty bad but what can we do? We’ve got to focus on next Sunday and try to get another Rahal in victory lane along with Steak ‘n Shake, PennGrade and all of our partners. We can win this thing. I started 29th and earned my best finish of third here. I’ve seen it all happen here. I’m not worried about the race.
Spencer Pigot in the No.16 RLL/Mi-Jack/Manitowoc Honda will start the race from 29th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The car was definitely very comfortable today. I think we put a little bit more downforce on expecting it to be hot, windy and kind of difficult like it was this morning but it turned out to maybe be just a little bit too much. It was comfortably flat the whole time but that’s alright. The important thing is that we’re going to be racing in the Indy 500 and the car is in one piece so a big thank you to everyone at the team. I think we have a good race car and we will put in a lot of laps in the next couple of days of practice to try and fine tune it.