Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway
Verizon IndyCar Series
QUALIFYING NOTES/QUOTES – August 20, 2016
RAHAL QUALIFIED 11TH FOR THE ABC SUPPLY 500 AT POCONO RACEWAY
POLE: Mikhail Aleshin 2-lap avg. speed of 220.445 mph (L1: 40.7901, L2: 40.8629)
11th: Graham Rahal 2-lap avg. speed of 218.204 mph (L1: 41.2689, L2: 41.2228)
GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Bobby Rahal Automotive Group Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “We trimmed out a lot more than (fellow Honda driver) Munoz and some others. The balance has been good but we’ve been lacking speed so we trimmed out a ton compared to them. I think we could have gotten away with it but the understeer was sky high. A little bit of lifting (off the throttle) and your time drops. I was pleased to see 18.3 (lap time) but I think we could have done a high 19 or 20 had we been flat so we’ve got to work on that but ultimately what matters most is having a good race car and we’re going to work on that in the final practice.”
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AT POCONO AND IN 500 MILE RACES… Will be the fourth race for the team at this track. The team entered cars for Graham Rahal and James Jakes in 2013 and Rahal in 2014-2015. Rahal earned the best start for the team here with fifth place in 2015 and the 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 three 500-mile wins – 2004 Indy 500 by Buddy Rice, 2002 by Jimmy Vasser and 2015 by Graham Rahal – both at Auto Club Speedway.
NEXT UP: The 200-lap ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will take the Green Flag at 3:09 p.m. ET Sunday. NBC Sports Network will begin live coverage at 3 p.m. ET.
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