Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda says it has been a challenging day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday after qualifying for today’s GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 11th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:

It’s been a challenging day for the entire RLL crew, both on the 15 and the 30. I was happy we got the Fifth Third car to advance into the second round but honestly, I think she’s been a beast today and had to be perfect to get it through (Round 1). The first half the lap was good and then we lost it. It’s going to be a challenge tomorrow, there are some guys that are fast, I think tire degredation is going to be huge and I think we will put on an exciting show and we will see. Obviously points are on our mind and we’re going to try to have a good day. The 15 boys have had a great year, other than St. Pete where we had a little slip there but aside from that I’ve been solidly in the top five pretty much everywhere. Our guys have done a great job and we came to the (oval) test and the car was a bullet. Fingers crossed; things can change quickly around here but we’re excited, really excited for what’s to come.”

It was a disappointing session for Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic Shield Cleansers Honda as the defending Indianapolis 500 winner rolls off from 17th place and speaking following the session he said:

It was such a tight field. We were just six-hundredths (of a second) off from moving to the next segment. The field was tight as always, we weren’t particularly happy with the (car in) practice, so we made a change in the car and I’m sure we made progress, but we just needed a little bit more speed. I’m confident we are pointing in a good direction so in warmup we should be better and I’m looking forward to the race.”

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