Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal endured a tough qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Friday.

Rahal driving the No.15 SoldierStrong/TurnsforTroops.com Honda will start Saturday’s race from 20th place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

We struggled in qualifying for sure.  This morning we were pretty confident because the car was good. And as the track temp has come up like this – which we saw with the car in Alabama too – for some reason we lose a significant amount of front grip.  I saw that on the primary tires at the start of qualifying but I was hoping it was kind of an oddball thing.  And when we went to the reds, we just didn’t have the pace. Unfortunately in the two practice sessions before, we couldn’t build fuel pressure so we weren’t getting full power so our guys have been chasing that.  And we hadn’t made many chassis adjustments because the car was pretty close but nowadays when advancing (the next round in qualifying) or not is a couple of tenths (of a second), we didn’t advance.  It’s a frustrating day. (On starting in the back the past two years and finishing high:) Yes, we can do it again but I hate making our lives this difficult.

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