Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Total Honda is hoping to have a strong end to the season and will roll off from ninth place on the grid following a lap of 01:17.9043s.
Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I think we found some good improvements between Rounds 1 and 2 that helped the Total Honda. We still have a little bit of work to do. Tomorrow is going to be an interesting day. Without a morning warmup, I think there will be a lot of drivers and teams scratching their heads wondering what to do. We certainly didn’t have three-plus-tenths (of a second) to advance, but to be ninth was decent. I expect both tires (Firestone alternate reds and Firestone primary blacks) to fall off a lot, so we’ll see. I don’t know which one will be preferred. Actually, I thought the reds were going to be, but then in qualifying from lap to lap, you can feel the rear tire degradation a little bit whereas the blacks don’t seem as bad
Takuma Sato in the No.30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda who won last time out in Portland will roll off from 12th place following a lap of 01:17.9919s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Qualifying provided a mixture of feelings. In Round 1, the car reacted how we expected, but when we put the red (Firestone alternate) tires on, the car was not quite there. In Round 2, we struggled with the balance. It was very close, but I just didn’t get good grip out of the tire. I wish we had a higher starting position, but I think tomorrow we will be strong for the race and hope we can gain back some positions