Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Team’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda ending the opening day of qualifying for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented PennGrade Motor Oil in 21st place and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
That’s (qualifying time) not what we hoped for but the car has been giving me these sorts of signs the last few days. We’re going to continue to work hard here; there is no quit in these guys and they deserve better than this and we’re going to fight hard to get it. I think we have to give it another shot, if for no other reason than to try to improve the car.
(On second qualifying run:) “We went back out to try to learn. We went back out to try a different mechanical setup. I think it was better but obviously still slow. We have got to look at why this thing is not pulling; it’s just not pulling the gears it should easy. We’ve got a little work to do. But as I always say, and I really believe, we’ve got the best team out here. It’s a great group of people and they do a great job of building this car so I see no reason the car shouldn’t be pretty quick.
Spencer Pigot in the No.16 RLL Honda commented on his day after ending the session in 23rd place saying:
The most important day is next Sunday but I think we can improve the car a little bit for tomorrow and jump up a couple of rows. But again we are just focusing on the race especially after the track time that we lost this week. We’re focused on just building a good, fast race car. The car felt pretty good. It’s pretty windy and gusty out here which can be difficult. The guys gave me a good car. They have worked really hard the last couple of days especially and I can’t thank them enough.