Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Kohler Grand Prix at Road America
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QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – June 25, 2016
RAHAL QUALIFIED SIXTH FOR THE KOHLER GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA
1) Will Power 1:42.2105 / 141.379 mph (Group 2, Round 3)
6) Graham Rahal 1:43.7782 / 139.243 mph (Group 1, Round 3)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Gehl / D-A Lubricant Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We’re surrounded by our championship competitors and the top Honda so it feels good to be in that position. I feel like the Gehl / D-A Lubricant Honda is pretty good going into the race. We’ve got to improve it a little bit but these guys have worked extremely hard to get us in this position. Yeah it would be nice to be on pole but I didn’t think that we had enough to get that once I saw the times those guys did. The 2.5 (1:42.55) I did in Round 2 was just about as good of a lap that I thought I could do. On the last round, we decided to go with new blacks (tires) instead of used reds because maybe used reds will be better tomorrow so I didn’t want to put a second run on them. I thought we could still do a high two on blacks, and we probably could have but I chased throttle extremely hard coming out of Turn 5 and almost looped it so we lost that lap. I haven’t raced on a track this difficult in a long time. It seems like every lap you do, the track gives you a little something different each lap. It’s always a challenge. We need a good win this year and want to get a win for Honda and be the team to get them back in Victory Lane at Road America. It’s a big race for our championship this year. If we can have a good day tomorrow, it could really catapult us up. It’s pretty clear that in this part of the world there is a great amount of support for Indy car racing and it’s awesome to be here.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT ROAD AMERICA … This will mark the team’s 13th time to compete in an Indy car race here and first since 2003. The team competed in CART and Champ Car-sanctioned raced here from 1992-2003 with a best starting position of pole by Kenny Brack in 2001 and best finish of second place by Bobby Rahal in 1996. The team has earned a total of four podium finishes here (2nd – Rahal 1996; 3rd – Rahal 1992-1993, Kenny Brack 2000).
NEXT UP: Pre-race warmup will take place tomorrow from 8:00-8:30 a.m. CT and the 50-lap Kohler Grand Prix will take the Green Flag at 12:15 CT. NBCSN will begin coverage of the Kohler Grand Prix at 12:30 PM ET Sunday. Timing and Scoring information and live streaming video is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes live commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.
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