Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Iowa Corn 300 – Iowa Speedway
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – Saturday, July 9, 2016
RAHAL WILL START 12TH IN SUNDAY’S IOWA CORN 300 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
POLE: Simon Pagenaud 2-lap avg. speed of 185.855 mph (L1: 17.3089, L2: 17.3245)
12th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 182.253 mph (L1: 17.6816, L2: 17.6364)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack/RLL Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “This Mi-Jack team is going to continue to work hard. We wanted to be the fastest Honda but ended up second fastest. For whatever reason we struggled in a little in Turns 3 and 4 but overall that was a decent qualifying run. We got a little conservative maybe on downforce. I told our guys that I thought if we were a little more trim (on aerodynamic setup) and the balance was right, we could go quicker. We didn’t have a good practice this morning and didn’t get a good read on our qualifying simulation. It’s hard as a single car team; we’re kind of guessing. Race day is a whole different animal. We’re going to do our best to get this car to the front.”
RLL AT IOWA: The Iowa Corn Indy 300 will mark the seventh event for Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing at Iowa Speedway. 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 2016 event, the team prepared a total of eight entries for drivers Scott Sharp (2007), Jeff Simmons (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2008), Takuma Sato (2012) Graham Rahal (2013-2015) and James Jakes (2013). The team has earned one podium (3rd, Sharp 2007) and five, top-10 finishes at the track. The No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal will bring that total to nine in 2016.
NEXT UP: Final practice will take place tonight from 6:15-6:45 p.m. CT. The Iowa Corn 300 will take the Green Flag at 4:40 p.m. CT and CNBC will begin coverage at 4 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com and includes commentary by the INDYCAR Radio Network.
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