Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Team’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 PennGrade Motor Oil Honda will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama from sixth place, the highest placed Honda on the grid.
Last season Rahal finished the race in second place and it will be a result that he will be hoping to replicate on Sunday.
Speaking following his qualifying performance, Rahal commented by saying:
It will make life a little easier being this far forward. It’s always an interesting race around this place but we’ll just have to see how it plays out tomorrow. I think we have a pretty good race car. Qualifying pace is typically our concern. When our other teams can turn it up a bit, we kind of struggle with pace. For us to get in to the Fast Six, the 1:06.8 I did was about as good of a lap as I think I have ever put together here. From comments I’ve heard from others, they are struggling with the rear tires going off a lot in the long run and I don’t really have that problem. We’re going to keep our heads down, keep focused and try to do what we always do, just out race them a little bit. And if we can keep the rear tires under us, save some fuel hopefully to make the end of the race easier so we can attack hard, I think it will put us in a good spot.