Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.13 PaySafe Honda who makes his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at Sonoma Raceway today say he enjoyed his qualifying run.
The Canadian will start the race from 21st place and speaking following qualifying he commented by saying:
“Today was really enjoyable. I made some good progress throughout the day. I was pretty far off in the practice before qualifying, but we made some changes to the car and I got better. I made some changes to my driving and I was only two-tenths off of making it through to the second qualifying round, so I think it was a good result. I will keep working on the car and myself for tomorrow.”
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals/SoldierStrong Honda starts the race from ninth and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We have just been a little off this weekend. Our United Rentals guys have worked extremely hard this weekend and the engineering staff has done a great job. We have thrown everything you can imagine at this car and we just can’t seem to make much of a difference.Today we really closed the gap; yesterday we were not this close. I’m proud of everyone here at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for keeping focused and putting us in a good spot for tomorrow. My gap to (Alexander) Rossi was only a couple thousandths (of a second) and only another couple of thousands to (Ryan) Hunter-Reay ahead of him. And (Scott) Dixon was only nine-hundredths ahead, so it’s tight. INDYCAR racing is the tightest, most competitive motorsport in the world. We’ve proven that time and time again and today is no different. The Penske’s are solid. We’re going to have our work cut out for us tomorrow, but hopefully we will find ourselves in front again.”