Graham Rahal in the No.15 PennGrade Motor Oil Honda will start tomorrow’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from 17th place on the grid after his crew were able to get his car repaired and get him out on track for qualifying following his accident in practice this morning.
Rahal set a time of 1m 07.8841s at a speed of 104.336mph and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Hats off to my guys for getting the PennGrade car repaired. We thought we would be able to advance in qualifying but that wasn’t the case. The car was the same as this morning but in certain areas the balance was okay but that was as good of a lap as I could have done. There was nowhere on the lap that I thought I gave up some time. In Turn 9 I had a couple of big moments again. We just have to find a little overall grip. It seemed like the reds (Firestone optional tires) change my car quite severely. Even at the start of the session I was struggling a little bit but the blacks (primary tires) seemed more consistent for me than when I went to the reds. I just feel bad for the guys. They worked hard to get the car ready for qualifying. We thought we had a good horse but we’ll work on it for the race.