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Rahal and Servia Qualified 18th and 19th for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Verizon IndyCar Series

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – April 26, 2014

  

RAHAL AND SERVIA QUALIFIED 18TH AND 19TH FOR THE HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA

1)         Will Power                 1:08.3120 / 121.209 mph       (Group 1; set in Round 3)

18)       Graham Rahal           1:09.2228 / 119.614 mph       (Group 2; set in Round 1)

19)       Oriol Servia               1:09.2935 / 119.492 mph       (Group 1; set in Round 1)

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “We’ve made a lot of progress from yesterday to today. We tried some things for qual­i­fying and need to take a look at them and regroup for the morning.  We had a really great car in the race in Long Beach after some improve­ments in the morning warm-up and are hoping for the same here. We’re a strong group and we’ll keep fighting.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his fifth race here. In 2013, he set a lap time fast enough to progress to Round 2 and qualify in the top-12 if he had been in Group 2 but he was in Group 1 and ulti­mately qual­i­fied 21st.  He had to pit for a new nose on the opening lap after the field checked up and he hit Servia. Moved up to 12th place but he ran out of fuel on the final lap due to a malfunc­tion in the fueling system and dropped to 21st… Started 8th, led 1 lap and finished 4th here in 2012 for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). Started 10th and finished 18th in 2011 for SCCGR. Started 15th and finished 17th for Sarah Fisher Racing in ‘10.

ORIOL SERVIA, No. 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Our posi­tion is not what we wanted or hoped for but only so many can get in Round 2. We just didn’t get it just right and as we were saying earlier, this track doesn’t forgive any unbal­ance. There are just too many corners and long corners. We just didn’t hit it right but we’re going to hit it right tomorrow. I had a one lap wonder which was the first lap on red tires that I think would have just made the cut but two cars in front of me came out of the pits and I had to give up in the middle of the lap. At that point we were already two-and-one-half tenths up. That was the lap when the tires were at the peak and I couldn’t do it again. But still we’re not where we need to be or where we’re hope­fully going to be tomorrow.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his fourth race here and first with RLL at this track. His best finish is fifth in 2011 and best start is sixth the same season with Newman/Haas Racing.  In 2013 he drove for Panther/DRR where he started 18th and finished 15th.  In 2012, he drove for Lotus/DRR where he qual­i­fied 26th and finished 13th… Servia, 39, a native of Pals, Spain, has made 191 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000 prior to 2014.  His Indy car high­lights include one win (Montreal 2005) and one pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of 19 top-three, 51 top-five and 100 top-10 finishes.  He competed for the team in the 2009 Indi­anapolis 500 and was in ninth place halfway through the race when a mechan­ical failure led to his retire­ment in 26th place.

RLL AT BARBER. This will mark the third IndyCar race for the team at Barber Motor­sports Park (BMP). In 2013, Rahal set a lap time fast enough to progress to Round 2 and qualify in the top-12 if he had been in Group 2 but he was in Group 1 and ulti­mately qual­i­fied 21st.  He had to pit for a new nose on the opening lap after the field checked up and he hit Servia. He moved up to 12th place but ran out of fuel on the final lap due to a malfunc­tion in the fueling system and dropped to 21st.  James Jakes qual­i­fied 11th in 2013 but had to pit early in the race when the camber shims fell out of the left rear upright which put him two laps down to the leader. He soldiered on through fueling issues, set the fastest lap of the race and finished 23rd.  In 2012, Takuma Sato set the third fastest time in Friday’s first prac­tice and was fastest in the wet second session but traffic limited his qual­i­fying perfor­mance to 16th.  In the race he passed four cars for 12th place on red alter­nate tires but strug­gled on primary tires and ulti­mately retired in 24th place due to mechan­ical failure after 52/90 laps.

NEXT UP:  The pre-race warm-up will take place tomorrow morning from 9:45 – 10:15 AM CT. The Honda Indy GP of Alabama will be tele­vised live on NBCSN at 2:30 PM ET Sunday, April 27.  Timing and Scoring infor­ma­tion is avail­able for all sessions from www.indycar.com.

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