Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal who drives the No.15 Total Honda said that the team were lucky to the car into the Firestone Fast Six at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday.
The Ohio native will start Sunday’s race from sixth place with a time of 01:07.3052s and speaking following the day’s action he said he said:
We were lucky to sneak into the top six. We’re having to work too hard to get the pace. The rear of the car is just not good enough. We felt that all weekend. In the morning’s when the track grip is a little higher, we can get away with it but when it gets hot we struggle, We’ve got to figure that out. We’re going to push hard to get the TOTAL machine a win. Barber was a huge step forward for us but all year I have felt like we were close to getting into the Fast Six consistently.”
Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda starts the race from eighth place after setting a time of 01:07.2626s and speaking following the session he said:
“I don’t think we optimized the reds (alternate Firestone tires). In Q1 (Round 1), due to the red flag, I didn’t get a taste of them to know how they were going to be. Yesterday we struggled so this morning we were chasing around the lap setting. The first time we used this setup was in qualifying. We seemed to be okay on the black tire but we just needed to optimize the red tire a bit more. (On whether he can win from eighth:) Everything is possible, nothing is impossible. I would love to be on the podium if I can. It is extremely tight and extremely competitive which is good for the sport but from the competitors point of view, it is tough. ”