Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Christian Lungaard in the No.45 Hy Vee Honda was the class of the field in qualifying for today’s Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix of Indianapolis as the rookie will start his first NTT IndyCar Series from fourth place with a time of 01:10.7433s and speaking following the action he said:
“Let’s just say I didn’t expect to be here now when I left home. I know my family is asleep right now. I guess they will have a heart attack when they wake up in the morning. I’m definitely happy with P4. I didn’t expect that so I’m happy. Yeah, I’m just super happy to be here. I’m enjoying every second of it. It’s so different to Europe. Just seeing fans is amazing. We’ve had one or two races this year in Formula 2 where we’ve had fans. It’s only half capacity. So to come here and see so many people near us is just awesome. I’m just enjoying myself and seeing all the opportunities I have, trying to grab them obviously. But it’s always about going out there and give it your all. For me, it’s just amazing to be here and to prove myself. I think it’s looking good so far. But I didn’t expect to be here now. Let’s see what tomorrow brings
Speaking to Paddock Eye following the action he said:
I think the drivers probably won’t agree with me because they want the tires to come in faster. These tires come in a lot quicker than what I’m used to. We basically do two warmup laps. We go out and do one, then we push for two laps, and that’s it. Here, it’s going straight out of the box. You basically want to push as hard as you can going straight out of the box. That’s quite different to what I’m used to.
I think I’ll be struggling with getting straight out of the box and being sure I’m at the right braking point because I haven’t got used to that because it’s nothing that I’ve done before. That will probably be something to learn
Takuma Sato starts the race from 16th place and speaking following the action where he set a time of 1:11.4174s and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was pretty tough day. Once again in practice, I didn’t get a chance to complete a lap on red tires because of traffic, and obviously the red flag came out also. It was an unknown situation going into qualifying and then for us we had a huge struggle to get the balance right in the conditions. It was a shame; I think the car has great potential, but we just didn’t get the balance correct so we need to look at the data, and tomorrow I’m sure we will put it together but it was a pity
Graham Rahal starts the race from 17th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was a frustrating end to the day for us on the One Cure team. In practice we were okay, I just wasn’t very happy with the car, and I think I led us down a path of doing a big differential change, doing a rear roll center change and a bunch of stuff. And unfortunately in qualifying we just completely tipped the car over and really just shot ourselves in the foot unfortunately. We’re quite different on the 15 car from our teammates so we are going to deviate to more of their setup for tomorrow and hopefully it will work out for us a little bit better. I’m disappointed, mightily disappointed to not do better. I feel like we, with all the preparation we’ve had coming into the Indy road course we should have been stronger than what we saw today. Obviously Christian did a great job. He drives this track very different from us, so I think both Takuma and I have a lot to learn in the way he approaches Turn 4 and a couple of the others. We’re just going to have to sit back and learn as much as we can and get the cars better for tomorrow. We just have to keep our heads down and hope for a good result tomorrow.