Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda scored his best GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis starting spot as the Ohio native will start Saturday’s race from fourth place on the grid.
Prior to the session, Rahal said that he felt the team had a good car and setting a time of 01:10.1779s and speaking following the session he said:
It was a good end to our first day here at the GMR Grand Prix with qualifying obviously. We’ll start fourth so it’s a really good run for us in the Fifth Third Bank team. The guys did a great job. We had a really good lap in Round 2 to get us into Round 3 and then in Q3 we had one going that was just a hair better but it still ended up being our best lap. All in all I’m happy with P4; we can go race from there, we can do a good job from there. Honda has done an amazing job; you could see it. The other guys (Takuma and Spencer) didn’t have the luck we did today in getting through but they will. They will have a good day tomorrow. We’re pretty pleased with today.”
Spencer Pigot in the No.45 MiJack Shield Cleansers Honda for RLL with Citrone Buhl Autosport starts their first race from 16th place having set a qualifying time of 01:10.6350s and speaking following the action he said:
Overall the day wasn’t too bad. I think we made some good adjustments and changes throughout the first practice. Qualifying was just really tricky; it was super-hot. It was easy to miss a little bit of time. I think we have a pretty-solid car. It was pretty good on blacks (primary Firestone tires) and on reds, we’re just missed it a little bit. Hopefully tomorrow we can make a few ore changes in warmup and have a good debut race for everyone at RLL with Citrone/Buhl Autosport
Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic / One Cure Honda starts the race from 17th place after setting a time of 01:10.8853s and speaking following the session he said:
It was a tough one. Starting off I thought the car was pretty good. I thought we were hovering on position three or four on the black tires and then I put the red on and just didn’t get any bite with it; the car started to slide. And the grip wasn’t there as expected so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to improve the time a lot and ended up 17th. But Graham did a great job and had a great qualifying. We’ll go have a look and compare data to see what we can do and hopefully all three of us will be strong for the race.”
The team will have time on Saturday morning to fine tune their race set up with a 30 minute warm up.