Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal said this morning following practice that the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda was fast and that translated in qualifying for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course on Saturday as he will start the race from fourth place.
The result means that Rahal has equaled his best qualifying result in Mid-Ohio. Rahal started in fourth place here in 2009.
In 2015, Rahal took victory, winning the race by 3.4s from Justin Wilson. Speaking following the session, Rahal commented by saying:
To have the Steak ‘n Shake Honda be the fastest overall in qualifying is special but we would have liked to be on pole. I messed up on my best lap in Q3 and obviously the two rounds before I put it all together but when it counted we lost a lot in the last turn, in turn 12, on the very start of the final lap. I don’t know if we had enough on used reds – Power was on used reds too – but I don’t think I had that sort of time in me but we were definitely better than fourth so I’m a little disappointed in fourth place. I lost four-tenths in one corners alone and then on the last lap I almost lost it. It’s great for our team and program to be up front once again. We’ve got a good starting spot and hopefully can battle from there. Last year you saw with the three-stopper that a lot of guys were on reds, even if they were used they were preferred. This year it’s a new tire so we haven’t run them a full stint yet. We’re in a really good spot in terms of tires. We didn’t use any new blacks and Helio used two sets in qualifying. So I thinking tomorrow morning we can use a set and then we can have a heyday in the race and run whatever we want.