Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda felt that he had a decent day during qualifying for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix as he will start the race from 12th place and speaking after setting a fastest average speed of 183.920MPH, Rahal said:
All in all it was a decent day for us.” (About the difference having a teammate made): “It did make quite a difference. We heard Takuma’s (Sato) report that his car was extremely loose in qualifying, so we adjusted ours. And then mine in qualifying had a ton of understeer, which, I think, limited us a fair bit. Having said that, it’s a powerful thing to have a teammate. We rolled off the trucks this morning we both struggled, but at least we both had the exact same feedback, which gives us a good opportunity to improve the One Cure car as we go through this next session. Twelfth isn’t great, but if you look at it, if you gain a tenth and a half (of a second), you are four or five spots up. INDYCAR racing is the most competitive form of motorsport in the world. Here is just a prime example: I ran my laps and thought they were going to say over the radio that is was eighth or seventh and they said 11th. I thought ‘No way.’
Rahal’s team mate and 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Honda starts the race from 13th place having set a two lap average speed of 182.960MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a challenging qualifying. In the practice session, we couldn’t get things together and we had to change so much on the car for qualifying. I had a wiggle twice over the two laps, but I saved it. It was a bit too sketchy, but I’m relatively happy with where we are. Compared to where the car was in practice, it was much better in qualifying.