Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’ Shake Honda will start the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course from sixth place having made it into the Firestone Fast 6. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver who took victory here last season set a fastest time of 01:04.4697s.
Rahal will start the race just ahead of Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves. Rahal goes into Sunday’s race in 11th place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings on 292 points.
Speaking following the qualifying session Rahal commented by saying:
I’m really pleased with the performance of the Steak ‘n Shake team. These guys never cease to amaze me and they did one heck of a job today. The weekend did not start off well but they kept working hard. I’m pleased to be starting sixth. I started 13th last year so I have a lot less work to do. There are a lot of fast guys around us but I think we can out race them. It’s going to be a physical race. There is going to be a lot of tired guys out here tomorrow. It’s going to be a pretty hard race so hopefully that suits our team well. To be honest, we played our card and decided to run one set of reds (Firestone alternate tires) through three stints so that was a pretty old set of tires we ran at the end. Had we put the other set of reds on I think we could have gone considerably better but we know from looking at strategy from last year that to have good reds is going to be key for the race so we decided to keep a set fresh and not use them for more than one run. Group 2 (Rahal’s group) got a little hosed with the rain so we had to use two sets of reds in our group.