Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato scored his best ever Road America start on Saturday as the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner will start the Kohler Grand Prix from seventh place on the grid having set a fastest time of 01:43.1108s and speaking following the session he said:

“It was definitely a good day.  The entire team worked extremely well. The 30 boys always have but it is great to give them back a nice position in qualifying.  We were just four hundredths (of a second) off from the top six (in Round 2) and that shows how competitive the field is. I’m extremely happy to start seventh, which is the best position here so far. It’s a long race. We believe we have a strong car for the race so I’m looking forward to having a strong result.”

Graham Rahal in the No.15 Gehl Honda will start the race from ninth place with a fastest time of 01:43.1874s and speaking following the session the session he said:

We wanted to be further up and get the GEHL Honda in the top-six. We’ve started in the top six every year, but there was nothing more in the car today. For maybe the first time this year I’m confident saying that; there was nothing more. We only lacked one-tenth (of a second) over four miles from fourth (place) but that’s what Indy car racing is now. Yeah we qualified ninth but when you think that a tenth of a second over four plus miles can move you five spots, it’s crazy but that’s the reality of Indy car.  We’ve just got to try to find a little more improvements for tomorrow, make the car a little more consistent for the race and hopefully we can go out there and attack.  I think a lot of people have a lot of questions for the race. There is no warm-up this year so we’ll see how it goes.

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