Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda was left extremely frustrated after being one of the early casualties of qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Rahal will start the 85 lap race from 17th place on the grid after setting a time of 01:10.3605s and speaking following the session he said:
Clearly I’m disappointed. It was frustrating to go out there and to lock up the right front like that. I’ve never had it where I went into Turn 1 and I couldn’t read the brake markers because the car was vibrating that badly. It’s disappointing because I think that we probably had a car that was quick enough to maybe advance. Was it a top-six car? No. But should it have advanced? Yes. We’re just going to have to work hard tomorrow and stay out of trouble. Turn 1 is going to be hectic tomorrow. Luckily I’ve got Scott (Dixon) by me. Hopefully he and I can take care of each other and go race
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will start the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis from 11th place on the grid having set a time of 01:10.1979s and speaking following the session he said:
The first session was quite encouraging. The car felt better than at the test and at that moment, it looked like we would have a good weekend. And then in the second practice we started to struggle with a balance of grip. In qualifying I tried really hard. It was a good feeling to get through the first round but then we missed out getting to the third round by less than two-tenths. That shows how competitive it is these days. We just need a little more speed. (For the race:) It’s always challenging to overtake but you can actually overtake here. There are two good opportunities per lap. We will try to make the most of it.”