Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – August 22, 2015
STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL EARNED HIS BEST QUALIFYING POSITION OF THE SEASON WITH FIFTH PLACE FOR THE ABC SUPPLY 500 AT POCONO
POLE: Helio Castroneves 2-lap avg. speed of 220.530 mph (L1: 40.8301, L2: 40.7916)
5th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 220.118 mph (L1: 40.8899, L2: 40.8844)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “That was a good qualifying session for sure. To get the Steak ‘n Shake Honda in the top-five feels really was good. I definitely think the aero efficiency of the Chevy has an advantage over us here but my guys did a great job to get us a starting spot up front, particularly Mike (Talbott) and (race engineer) Eddie (Jones) who chose a good downforce level (for qualifying). We didn’t shoot for it all. I told them ‘Lets be conservative, let’s get some good laps and we’ll be alright.’ To be the top Honda feels good again but we’ve got a big day tomorrow, I’ve got to make up some points and I think we can do it. We have to chase down Juan in the points. Obviously qualifying didn’t go his way but Juan is one heck of a competitor and I know he will be there right on our heels tomorrow. This is a relief. Starting practice today we were so slow I was really concerned but all of a sudden the car came to life.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT POCONO AND IN 500 MILE RACES… Will be the third race for the team at this track. The team entered cars for Graham Rahal and James Jakes in 2013 and Rahal in 2014. Rahal earned the best start for the team here today with fifth place and best finish is 12th by Jakes in 2013. The team’s highest 500-mile start is pole by Buddy Rice in the 2004 Indy 500 and the team has two 500-mile wins – 2004 Indy 500 by Buddy Rice and 2015 MAVTV 500 by Graham Rahal.
NEXT UP: The 200-lap ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will take the Green Flag at 2:36 p.m. ET Sunday. NBC Sports Network will begin live coverage at 2 p.m. ET.
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