Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal driving the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda secured his best qualifying position of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season as he will start Sunday’s final race, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from fifth place.
Rahal who ended the day as the fastest Honda powered car with a time of 01:16.7419s goes into Sunday’s race in the hunt for a top finish in the championship commented by saying:
It was a really solid end to the day for the Steak ‘n Shake team. It’s been a challenging weekend. No one has had their head down but we have had to work very hard to get ourselves into a good spot for sure. I don’t think any session was smooth for us so far but to come out of qualifying the top Honda is something that makes us very proud, particularly since the Andretti team has been so strong here this weekend. It was nice to beat them out there. We’re fifth and have four Penske’s ahead of us. My guys have worked very hard; we’re the little team that can. Tomorrow hopefully we can get a victory. It would mean a lot to end the season off strong. Obviously we’ve got championship contenders in front of us, we’ve got to be smart about what we’re doing tomorrow but we’re here to win. I’m not going to sit around and wait for someone else to do it. We’ll push as hard as we can and hopefully we can get Honda, PennGrade, United Rentals and the rest of our sponsors in Victory Lane. We just have to have a good solid race. We started up front last year but everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. We just need to be smart tomorrow, protect those rear tires and have a good solid race.