Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda starts the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil this weekend from 16th place having set a four lap average qualifying speed of 226.557MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
We found some consistency. We are trying to find the ultimate speed and are still working on that but we found some consistency. The engineering group is really working hard. The three of us had kind of a difficult day yesterday but at least we were happy and at least we got a consistent run out of it today. We definitely learned a lot and made a step forward. Now we have a completely different scenario concentrating on the race car. We have some time to work on the race car between Monday and Carb Day. In traffic the car has to be really strong and consistency is important too. If it is a hot race, at the end of the race everyone will struggle with tire degradation. I think that’s the one we really need to work on.
Oriol Servia in the No.64 Scuderia Corsa/Manitowoc Honda starts the race from 26th place following a four lap average speed of 225.699MPH and speaking following the session, the Spaniard commented by saying:
We just tried to get a good base line today, nothing crazy, to get a solid four laps. I feel we are in a good place to regain confidence from yesterday. Now we just need to focus on the race. We have a good place to go back to; Thursday we had a good car in traffic. Obviously we wanted to start way more forward than where we are but I have come from the back many times in this race. It just makes your life easier when you start from the front. But I guess I am going to have to work a little hard on May 27th but that is what we are here for!
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda starts the race from from 30th place on the grid following a four lap average qualifying speed of 225.327MPH and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m happy to be in the race. From the word go on Tuesday we struggled with pace. Everyone on this United Rentals team has worked as hard as they possibly could. I ran the exact same setup as Takuma but the car is a mile and a half an hour slower. It makes no sense but that is the fact. At the end of this, what we can take away is that it’s been a great team-building exercise. All three teams – the 15, 30 and 64 guys – had their backs up against the wall and we all made it in. We will practice tomorrow and focus on the race!