Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 Mi Jack Pansonic Honda put the events of last weekend in Pocono firmly behind him on Friday night at World Wide Technology Raceway as he will start tonight’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 from fifth place with a two lap average speed of 185.050MPH and speaking following the session he said:
After the first practice, I felt positive. We made great progress and I was able to commit in qualifying. I’m very happy for the team. They did a great job. It’s an extremely challenging track. Turns 1 and 2 and Turns 3 and 4 have very different characteristics. The car was quite loose in Turns 2 but then nearly flat out in Turns 3 and 4. It’s a fun track. I am optimistic for the race.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 Mi Jack Honda had a disappointing qualifying as he starts the race from 16th place on the grid and speaking following the action he said:
I thought it (the car) was going. I got so sideways in Turn 1 (on his first qualifying lap). I thought it was gone. I sent her in there and we just didn’t have enough. Once she settled down into the bowl, she just gave up. Going into it (qualifying), I felt really good. The car was nice and stable in practice but we almost lost it in Turn 1 on that first (qualifying) lap. She went all the way around pretty much. It wasn’t as bad as Marco’s but it was close and that’s it. When you lose momentum as bad as that, it’s (qualifying run) over. It’s disappointing. We’ll just have to work our way forward.”