Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – May 13, 2016
RAHAL EARNED HIS BEST START SINCE 2012 WITH THIRD PLACE FOR THE ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS; PIGOT TO START 20TH IN HIS SECOND RACE
1) Simon Pagenaud 1:08.6868 / 127.832 mph (Group 2, Round 3)
3) Graham Rahal 1:09.1816 / 126.918 mph (Group 2, Round 3)
20) Spencer Pigot 1:09.4591 / 126.411 mph (Group 2, Round 1)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “This cold has definitely taken a lot out of me the last couple of days. We gave it all she had (in qualifying). It feels good to start third. Everyone at Honda has done a great job. You can see all the hard work they have put in with three Honda’s in the Firestone Fast Six. I’m really proud of them and proud of this Steak ‘n Shake team because they just keep their heads down and keep working hard. This is our best start in a long time. Tomorrow will be a big day for us just to gain points. Pagenaud qualified on pole but hopefully we can out smart him tomorrow. Our guys have done an excellent job with pit stops and they keep fighting. Penske is kind of the standard when it comes to pit stops but I think we can get them. I think our team has been a shining light for Honda and we continue to work very hard at that. We can win from this starting position. We need to stay out of trouble. We all know about Turn 1 in this race. We’ve got momentum on our side and have a good run going here. I hope we can continue it in the race.”
SPENCER PIGOT, No. 16 RLL / Mi-Jack / Manitowoc Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We had good potential after practice. Everything felt good but just didn’t really maximize it on the red tires. I think we have a really good race car. I will try and stay out of trouble tomorrow on the first corner and pick them off as we can. It’s good to have a teammate, especially one as quick as Graham is so I have a lot of great data to look at and we can compare notes about setup differences. The great thing about having a teammate is that we can help each other.”
RLL AT INDY ROAD COURSE…. The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will mark the third Verizon IndyCar Series race on the 2.439-mile road course. The team’s best finish here is second in 2015 by Rahal who also brought the team its best start of third place here today.
NEXT UP: The pre-race warm-up will take place tomorrow from 11:30-12:00 p.m. ET and ABC will begin their broadcast of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis beginning at 3:30 PM ET.
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