Jakes and Rahal Qualified 14th and 17th for the Pocono INDYCAR 400

Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco – Pocono Raceway
IZOD IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – July 6, 2013

JAKES AND RAHAL QUALIFIED 14TH AND 17TH RESPECTIVELY FOR THE POCONO INDYCAR 400 FUELED BY SUNOCO

POLE:   Marco Andretti  2-lap avg. speed of 221.273 mph         (L1: 40.6926, L2: 40.6547)
14th:     James Jakes     2-lap avg. speed of 218.240 mph         (L1: 41.2435, L2: 41.2345)
17th:     Graham Rahal   2-lap avg. speed of 217.457 mph         (L1: 41.4483, L2: 41.3266)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “I’m proud of our Midas guys, they’ve been working awfully hard.  Handling-wise we made a lot of gains. To be honest, I thought the balance in qual­i­fying was pretty good but we hit the hard limiter on the front straight, which all but ends your run, and unfor­tu­nately that killed our first lap. I think we prob­ably could have run a mid-18 (second lap) if that had happened but unfor­tu­nately we didn’t. Our race car is pretty good but our qual­i­fying car seemed to be our weak­ness here but we will go out there and pound around tomorrow and hope­fully make up some spots. It’s going to be tough to pass here tomorrow with the aero­dy­namic setup that we have and with the tire grip that we have avail­able to us.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his first race here… His best finish this season is second place in Long Beach and best start is 9th at Iowa… Is ranked 15th in series stand­ings with 182 points.

JAMES JAKES, No. 16 Acorn Stair­lifts Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We strug­gled a little bit gener­ally to find the balance. Its strange because when we came here for the test day we were pretty happy but obvi­ously with the track temper­a­ture and the air temper­a­ture creeping up, its changed the car.  We will work on the race car in the final prac­tice and hope­fully that will put us in good shape for tomorrow.  This morning Turn 3 was giving us trouble but in qual­i­fying it was Turn 1 but that’s the nature of this place. I guess that’s why they call it the Tricky Triangle, because it’s always changing and its fun to be out there with the three different corners.  No corner is the same so trying to get the car sorted out for all three is pretty tough.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be first event here… Four races ago in Detroit was a break­through event for Jakes as he earned his highest career start and finish in Dual 2 in Detroit of second place… It is his third season in the IndyCar Series and first with RLL. In 31 Indy car starts with Dale Coyne Racing from 2011 – 2012, his best finish was eighth at Toronto and series-best start of eighth was at Motegi… His best start to date this season is 2nd at Detroit Dual 2 and best finish is also 2nd in Detroit’s Dual 2 … Is ranked 17th in series stand­ings with 172 points.

RLL RACING AT POCONO RACEWAY: This will be the first event for RLL at Pocono Raceway but team co-owner Bobby Rahal competed at Pocono Raceway eight times between 1982 – 1989 and earned one win (1988), three podiums (3rd – 1982, 1984) and six top-five’s in addi­tion to leading 131 laps.

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