Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 MiJack Honda endured a difficult qualifying session for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Rahal will start the race from 15th place having set a time of 01:08.1038s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Ultimately it’s on me; we just didn’t get it done. Something that has been nagging us a little bit this whole weekend is that we’re good on old tires, then we go to new ones and we just don’t pick up the pace. For sure in Turn 2, I went in and got real loose on entry and then it locked the inside front somehow so I was way, way, way offline and that probably cost me a couple of tenths. And then the same thing happened in Turn 9, it didn’t rotate and just pushed straight off. I left at least two-and-a-half to three-tenths (of a second) on the table and you just can’t do that in qualifying these days. Ultimately it’s on me to get the job done. I think we only needed a tenth-and-a-half (of a second) to advance and just didn’t get the job done. That’s how it is in IndyCar today. You miss by a little bit and you pay the price. Tomorrow is going to be a wet race. We’ll just have to try to outrace these guys, make no mistakes and see how it turns out.
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda starts the race from 18th place with a fastest time of 01:08.5676s and speaking following the session the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
I think we made some good progress since the last practice but it seems like everybody made some gains as it was a quite competitive qualifying. We got only the first run in, the warm-up run and just needed to be a little quicker but the session was stopped by a red flag. No one knows how it will be in the wet. No one has run a wet setup or run the wet tire. Only a few cars ran a wet tire in the Barber test. We didn’t so we will see how it is in the race.