Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Fifth Third Bank Honda says that he feels the team could be starting further up the grid for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course after qualifying for his home race in eighth place with a time of 01:06.5946s and speaking following the action he said:

We’re starting eighth tomorrow and would have liked to be higher up clearly. I think everyone will say that but I think we maximized the car. We made a couple of changes for Round 2 that weren’t as good, it was harder to get the lap time out of the car. We will turn our attention to the race. We think there are some guys starting ahead of us who aren’t as good in race trim so hopefully we will be able to get by them. But P8 was certainly, probably all she had today.”

Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic MiJack Honda starts the race from 19th with a time of 01:07.0951s and speaking following the action he said:

I’m a bit frustrated with qualifying. The field is pretty tight as usual for the course but we couldn’t find the speed when we got on the red tires. It seems like its running very well on black tires but we didn’t get a big gain like other people did. It’s a tough one. For the race we will have a warmup for the race, and the race is 5 laps longer than last year so it should give us a little bit of an opportunity. Hopefully we get a good racecar and race tomorrow.

In what has been anticipated as his last IndyCar Series outing of the season, Santino Ferrucci in the No.45 HyVee Honda starts the race from 22nd place, and speaking following the action he said:

Qualifying was not our best performance. We definitely struggled a little bit with understeer on track. I felt like we deserved better than that but will definitely have to pass a lot of cars tomorrow and get ourselves back in the top 10, and hopefully top five.

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