The Firestone Fast Six for today’s GMR Grand Prix were separated by just .2979s at the end or dramatic qualifying on Friday.
Christian Lundgaard in the No.45 Hy-Vee Honda led the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing resurgence starting the race from pole with a time of 01:09.3321s.
Speaking following qualifying, the Dane said:
Now we have a shot at it (victory),” “We’re leading the field to green, so that’s where we want to be. So, we’ve just got to stay there for the rest of the race.
“Every time we come here to IMS, at least this way (road course), we’ve been quick. So, coming into this year, I was confident. The last time I drove on this track (last July), I finished second. I was second in both practice sessions this morning, so I wanted to up it one, and I did.”
Jack Harvey will start fourth (1:09.4220) in the No. 30 Kustom Entertainment Honda and Graham Rahal eighth (1:09.4711) in the No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Honda.
It is the turnaround that the team needs as the prepare for 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place two weeks from tomorrow (Sunday).
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will run four cars for the 500 with Katherine Legge in the No.44 Hendrickson Honda returning for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing for the first time since 2013.
The English driver will join her teammates at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday for the opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.