Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal was left disappointed following his qualifying run at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday saw him qualify for Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix in 19th place.

Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda set a two lap average qualifying speed of 179.770mph with his first lap a 20.3621s and his second lap a 20.5702s.

Speaking following the session, Rahal stated:

It’s a shock for us because we were really good here at the test and came back and I have been turning right more than I have been turning left all day.  At the test, we were the fastest Honda in the no tows so we hoped to be much better than we are. The car has been incredibly loose and on a weekend like this, with such short track time, it’s going to be really hard for us to get a handle on it.  I have had several huge, huge moments including the one in Turn 1 on my first qualifying lap. We have a lot of work ahead of us.  I have a great pit crew so hopefully they can help me get a few spots on each stop.  It’s just frustrating to come back here after a good test with no real changes and be in this position.


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