Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal says he is awfully proud of the hard work that his No.15 Total crew did during qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach which enabled him to get into the Firestone Fast Six and saw him equal his best Long Beach start as he rolls off from 5th place with a fastest time of 01:07.1275s.
Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We snuck into the Fast Six here last year. I’m awfully proud of the Total team for all of their hard work. We were awful in St. Pete and if that’s your last baseline on a street course you never know what you’re going to get when you come into a weekend like this. Tom and the boys have done a fantastic job to put together a really good car. Obviously we didn’t have that ultimate pace that some of the others did but we’ve got tires for days for the race. Strategy wise I think the race is going to be a lot more fun for the fans to watch because this isn’t just going to be a fuel mileage race which it historically is because the new car is so much more fuel efficient so you’re going to be able to run this race on two stops so I think it’s going to be a lot more fun. Hopefully we can go to battle and win this thing.
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda was left disappointed with his qualifying performance as the 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner will start Sunday’s race from 22nd place with a fastest time of 01:08.6340s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Qualifying was disappointing. On the first lap, I was kind of held up in traffic and never got the temperature in the tires. Then on the second lap there was another local yellow flag in Turn 1. After that I caught up to Marco and was behind him the entire lap so I couldn’t go faster. That was it. It was very disappointing. Hopefully we have a strong race car so we can try to go through the field.