Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda was left disappointed as he will start Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from 10th place on the grid.
Rahal who managed to make it into round 2 in group two of qualifying set a fastest lap time of 01:01.6181s commented by saying:
Starting tenth is obviously not where we want to be but all things considered, and where we’ve been this weekend, we knew it was going to take everything we had to advance out of the first group this weekend. When you have guys like Helio (Castroneves) and Simon (Pagenaud) and all these boys in there, you know you have to be at your absolute best to advance. We made it through, but that Top-12 was going to be tough for us to advance out of. I felt like I got all of it out of the car honestly. We just need to find some consistency and find some grip. I’ve seen the sector times and I know where we’re losing it compared to everyone else but I don’t see how, within myself, we’re just going to find a magical three-tenths (of a second). We’ve got to get to work. Tomorrow is a whole new day and we seem to excel as a team on race day. Who knows what can happen but we’ll try to get this Steak ‘n Shake car in Victory Lane.