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Rahal Qualified 15th for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Iowa Corn Indy 300 – Iowa Speedway

Verizon IndyCar Series

QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – July 11, 2014

 

RAHAL QUALIFIED 15TH FOR THE IOWA CORN INDY 300 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

 

POLE: Scott Dixon        2-lap avg. speed of 186.256 mph           (L1: 17.2662, L2: 17.2962)

15th:   Graham Rahal   2-lap avg. speed of 183.201 mph           (L1: 17.5681, L2: 17.5670)

 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “The National Guard car was very good in prac­tice. At the end of the session I think we found a lot of good things that helped us. And I thought that the car was absolutely planted in qual­i­fying; it was absolutely perfect. We just didn’t trim enough so we were too slow. We got the car where it needs to be but we didn’t get aggres­sive enough in qual­i­fying so it put us in the back. I think the car will be alright in the race. Its always tough starting at the back at Iowa though.”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his seventh race here. He has earned four top-10 finishes in six starts with his best being fifth last year. He set the 19th fastest lap time in single-car qual­i­fying in 2013 to deter­mine that he would be in Heat Race 2. He drove to victory in Heat Race 2 after starting seventh and progressed to Heat Race 3 where he also started seventh. Contact with Ed Carpenter on Lap 16 of 50 damaged his front wing and he held on to finish ninth of 10 cars to match his best start at Iowa of ninth. He started sixth after engine penal­ties were served and charged from 10th to second on his second stint. He chal­lenged for the win and led Lap 160 until the last 20 laps where he dropped to fourth while navi­gating traffic and then fifth on the final lap. In 2012 he qual­i­fied 10th, started 20th (penalty for unap­proved engine change) and finished 9th with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing (SCCGR). In 2011 he qual­i­fied 20th and finished 15th with SCCGR. In 2010, he qual­i­fied 17th with Dreyer & Rein­bold Racing, led 11 laps and finished 9th. In 2009 he qual­i­fied 9th and finished 11th with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) and in 2008 he qual­i­fied 16th and finished 10th with NHLR.

RLL AT IOWA SPEEDWAY: The Iowa Corn Indy 300 will mark the fifth event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing here. The best finish for the team is third in 2007 by Scott Sharp who also earned the top start for the team of fourth the same year. Prior to the 2014 event, the team prepared a total of six entries for drivers Scott Sharp (2007), Jeff Simmons (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012) Graham Rahal (2013) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned ONE podium (3rd, Sharp 2007) and three top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 National Guard entry for Graham Rahal will bring that total to seven in 2014. In addi­tion to Rahal’s run in 2013 at Iowa (details above), James Jakes was fourth in Heat Race 2 in Iowa when he made contact and finished sixth to earn a 21st place qual­i­fying spot but ulti­mately started 24th in his backup car due to an unap­proved engine change. He strug­gled with the handling of the car in the race and finished 18th.

NEXT UP: The 300 lap Iowa Corn Indy 300 will take the Green Flag at 7:50 p.m. CT. Live coverage will begin at 8 PM ET on NBCSN.

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