Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix – Phoenix Raceway
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES — April 28, 2017
RAHAL TO START 17TH IN THE DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY PHOENIX GRAND PRIX
POLE: Helio Castroneves 2-lap avg. speed of 194.905 mph (L1: 18.8837, L2: 18.8701)
17th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 189.786 mph (L1: 19.4304, L2: 19.3417)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 United Rentals Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “It was tough today; the wind played a lot of games. We didn’t get a qualifying sim in during practice due to the conditions so we took a flyer, a complete guess, and the rear of the car was actually better than it has been. After what we had been struggling with all day, which was rear-end related, to go into qualifying with a lot of understeer was a shocker. I just didn’t anticipate it enough and get the tools adjusted enough. The United Rentals guys are working hard. They will give me good pits stops tomorrow and we’ll try to work our way forward.”
- FAST FACTS: Will make his second start at this track… In 2016, he started 19th and passed two cars (Daly, Hawksworth) on the start and later moved into 16th when Luca Filippi had a problem. He was in 15th place when he made his first stop and the crew gained two positions in the pits. He moved into the top 10 near the halfway point of the 250-lap race and was on his “in laps” of his second and third stops when a caution period came out but was able to continue on low fuel each time until the pits opened. He ran as high as third, which is the position he was running in when he entered his pit for his third and final stop but lost a spot to Simon Pagenaud. He was passed by Tony Kanaan on Lap 223 of 250 and was in fifth place when the final caution came out for debris with a few laps to go and the race ended under yellow… Has four IndyCar Series wins (2008 – St. Pete street course; 2015 – Fontana Super Speedway, Mid-Ohio road course; 2016 – Texas oval) and two poles (2009 – St. Pete street course, Kansas oval). His highest series season-ending standing is fourth place in 2015.
NEXT UP: There will be a 10 minute pit stop practice session from 5:00-5:10 p.m. MST Saturday and the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix will take the Green Flag at 6:35 p.m. Live coverage will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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